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♦ WEB­SITE ASSISTANT ♦ Jot­ting down read­ers’ tips on your favourite re­mote is­lands

From co­ral reefs off the coast of Hon­duras to the free-roam­ing ki­wis of Ste­wart Is­land, you re­ally have been to the ends of the Earth with this col­lec­tion of far-flung isles…

Fer­nando de Noronha, Brazil

“It mixes every­thing from na­ture re­serves to stun­ning scenery like the Dois Ir­mãos vol­canic out­crop. There’s his­tory (Por­tuguese colo­nial ar­chi­tec­ture) and lots of wildlife, too, in­clud­ing spin­ner dol­phins and tur­tles.” Wil­liam Mackay

Koh Rong, Cam­bo­dia

“Lo­cated off the south­ern coast of Cam­bo­dia, this was the high­light of our trip through the re­gion. It’s about the same size as Hong Kong but is 70% pris­tine trop­i­cal for­est, with barely any ma­jor de­vel­op­ment at all. It has a small stretch of hos­tels along one side, run­ning the stretch of the beach, which is great for so­cial­is­ing and meet­ing other trav­ellers.” Me­gan Fitzger­ald

Roatán, Hon­duras

“From liv­ing in a wooden shack with a tin roof, to laz­ing in a ham­mock af­ter a hard day’s scuba div­ing (bet­ter than the Great Bar­rier Reef) with a cock­tail in hand, to din­ing on steak at a fine Ar­gen­tinian grill – heaven!” Lau­rel Ben­ninger

Tetepare Is­land, Solomon Is­lands

“An eco-re­serve cut off from the rest of the world. Just you, half a dozen rangers and the last res­i­dents of the is­land – the mon­i­tor lizards. En­joy tur­tle tag­ging, swim­ming with sharks, snorkelling co­ral and bas­ketweav­ing and cook­ing with the lo­cals.” Adele Mus­cat

Is­lay, Scot­land

“Known for its im­pec­ca­ble taste in whisky, one of our favourite mem­o­ries of Is­lay was its un­manned cake stand and hon­esty box, next to Kil­dal­ton Cross – an 8th cen­tury AD relic in an an­cient church ruin. We sat eat­ing le­mon driz­zle cake, star­ing at the rolling hills, and didn’t see a soul for an­other two hours.” Amy Walsh

Bird Is­land, Sey­chelles

“This is­land is just an hour’s flight from Mahé by small plane. Im­merse your­self in the con­ser­va­tion of its many birds – as well as tur­tles and tor­toises – then feast on lo­cal fruits and fish. Each morn­ing, step across the white sands from your rus­tic bun­ga­low and wade into the pris­tine blue wa­ter where you can snorkel or just re­lax.” Gwen­dolyn Llewellyn

Taquile Is­land, Peru

“This is one of the is­lands on Lake Tit­i­caca. The lo­cals there were nice enough to make us a meal con­tain­ing some fish they’d caught that morn­ing, and then per­formed one of their tra­di­tional dances. Un­for­get­table.” David Paul

Ste­wart Is­land, New Zealand

“While not be­ing the most re­mote of lands, Ste­wart Is­land still feels a world away, with its tran­quil, pris­tine set­ting, fas­ci­nat­ing lo­cals and miles of un­spoilt wilder­ness.” An­drew Ben­nett

Liv­ing­stone Is­land, Zam­bia

“Visit at high-wa­ter for an adrenalin-fu­elled boat trip, then ad­mire the power of the Zam­bezi River as it plunges over the edge and into a 100m-high gorge. Awe­some!” Robin Cor­mack

Cape Clear, Ire­land

“This re­mote es­cape off the south-west coast of Ire­land has a warm and wel­com­ing pub, beau­ti­ful scenery and an an­nual sto­ry­telling fes­ti­val. All that makes it a must-visit.” Paula Sul­li­van

Namdo, Swe­den

“A small is­land in the Stock­holm ar­chi­pel­ago, Namdo’s hori­zon is dot­ted with hun­dreds of tiny islets, stretch­ing as far as the eye can see. Char­ac­ter­is­tic Swedish cab­ins cling to the rugged gran­ite boul­ders that make up its shores, com­plete with their own jet­ties.” Me­gan Win­dell

Ar­recife Mar­garita, Puerto Rico

“This man­grove-cov­ered sand­bar has two chan­nels run­ning par­al­lel to the main­land, so you can snorkel up one and down the other (not for weak swim­mers) to spot its colour­ful fish. A reef pro­tects the sand­bar and man­grove from the worst weather and the is­land is also home to quite a few birds.” Bruce Turn­bull

All by my­self… Just a few hun­dred vis­i­tors are al­lowed on Fer­nando de Noronha at a time, mak­ing sure the crowds don’t take over

Over the rain­bow ( clock­wise from this) Ad­mir­ing the drop on Liv­ing­stone Is­land; liv­ing the slow life on Bird Is­land; Ki­dal­ton Cross; the har­bour at Koh Rong

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