Wanderlust
10 Least Visited Island Countries In The World
Image: Maria Cartas via Flickr
Published: Dec 6, 2015

Whether you’re looking for a new travel destination to zone out away from the crowds; or you’re looking for a picturesque location for your honeymoon, check out this list of the least visited Island Countries in the world.

1. Tuvalu

With just over 150 flights into the country each year (with 68-seats per flight) and minimal accommodation, Tuvalu has essentially a non-existent tourism industry with most visitors arriving for business-related trips.

Source: mrlins via Flickr
Source: mrlins via Flickr

2. Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands are the second least visited island country in the world because the islands are dangerously threatened by rising sea levels.

Source: Wikimedia
Source: Wikimedia

3. Kiribati

It’s believed Kiribati will be the first country to be completely underwater due to rising sea levels. Thus, since the beginning of the 21st century, Kiribati’s political leadership has been encouraging locals to migrate to other countries.

 Image: Wikipedia
Image: Wikipedia

4. Niue

Bringing in only 7,000 tourists in 2014, Niue is the fourth least visited island country. Most tourists would be expected to visit Niue’s steep limestone cliffs and coral reefs which surround over 90% of the island.

Image: Wikimedia
Image: Wikimedia

5. São Tomé and Príncipe

One of Africa’s most democratic countries, São Tomé and Príncipe does not have a developed tourism industry (only 8,000 visitors in 2010) due to lack of tourism infrastructure but is working to diversify its economy and draw more foreigners to the small nation.

Image: Maria Cartas via Flickr
Image: Maria Cartas via Flickr

6. Dominica

Referred to as the “Nature Isle of the Caribbean” due to its extensive natural beauty and rare plant, animal, and bird species, Dominica has he world’s second largest hot spring: Boiling Lake. Visitors are taken aback by the lush beach vegetation and inland rainforests. Dominica doesn’t bring in a lot of tourists – but it wants to stay that way. After seeing the natural destruction caused to other islands which have pushed tourism, Dominica is focusing on preserving its natural beauty and only scaling up tourism slowly.

Image: Wikimedia
Image: Wikimedia

7. Comoros

A highly volatile country, Comoros has experienced multiple coup d’états since its 1975 independence which keeps tourists at bay. Leisure tourism isn’t really a considerable factor for the country, one of the poorest in the world.

Image: woodlouse via Flickr
Image: woodlouse via Flickr

8. American Samoa

The southernmost part of the United States, the islands (about the size of Washington D.C.) rarely received tourists (only 20,000 visitors in 2013).

Image: Wikipedia
Image: Wikipedia

9. Solomon Islands

Though diving and tourism are important industries for the Solomon Islands, infrastructure and transportation is poor, making it a generally unappealing destination for all but the most hearty traveler.

Image: ravilacoya via Flickr
Image: ravilacoya via Flickr

10. Tonga

Ranked by Forbes as one of the most corrupt countries in the world, Tonga is beginning to develop its tourism sector. Many who come to this rarely visited country do so on cruise ships for whale watching or game fishing.

Image: Wikipedia
Image: Wikipedia

Visit one of these least visited Island countries for a unique experience!