Each island has unusual landscapes, amazing natural ecosystems, incredible atmosphere and unique history. But among them there are the most striking ones that are capable of engraving in the memory for the rest of their lives. Some of them are known to tourists and travelers seeking to replenish their treasury of impressions, but there are those that are hidden from the whole world, although they deserve unconditional attention.
Secrets, legends, beauty of the planet, incredible locations for clips or photography - the islands are fraught with so much that it is difficult to list. But the main treasure for which people rush to these pieces of land cut off from the mainland are those emotions that emerge from the depths of the soul after touching the amazing and unexpected.
Learning about the Izu Islands, it is impossible to believe that we are talking about real life, and not about cinema, which has taken on another TV show on the topic of post-apocalypse. Experts consider Izu to be the most unusual and extreme place for civilized living on Earth.
This area is known for the fact that the local volcano Oyama has been in a state of activity for several decades, while emitting vapors containing sulfur into the atmosphere. This concentration of sulfur-containing substances is not good for the health of the islanders, but until recently they tried to ignore this fact.
In 2000, the activity of the volcano became threatening, so the authorities decided to evacuate 3 thousand people living on Izu. For five years, these settlers were forced to look for new housing or to live with relatives, but when it became clear that an increase in the volcano's activity in the near future should not be expected, most returned to their homes. They were forced to do this not so much by nostalgia for island life, but by an unusual offer from the authorities. The condition is that local residents will receive a monthly pension from the research fund in exchange for the opportunity to constantly monitor their health.
The fact is that many viruses cannot exist in conditions of an increased concentration of sulfur in the air, they do not reproduce and die. But otherwise, the effect of sulfur on the body is not so favorable. The residents of Izu know this, but they voluntarily agree to participate in an experiment, the price of which is disproportionately higher than the pension paid. But local residents are comforted by the fact that in the event of an attack on earthlings by an unknown virus from space, they will not fall into the number of its victims.
Nevertheless, the islanders cannot completely ignore the harm of sulfur, therefore, most of the time they are accustomed to walking in working gas masks, which the fund supplies them with in the required amount.
A person wearing a gas mask is just as common here as a person without a gas mask in other cities and villages.
In this guise, people go to work, visit, walk the streets and even get married. "Life in a Gas Mask" - this is the name of the photo exhibition, created on the basis of photographs taken at Izu.
A place where you definitely should not meddle if a person has a vulnerable soul and a weak psyche, because after visiting this object you can lose peace and sleep for a long time. Isla de las Muñecas is located near Mexico City. The name is translated from Spanish as “island of dolls”. The inhabitants of this gloomy corner of the planet are about a thousand broken and mutilated dolls and the only living person - Anastasio Santana. From the lips of this local, people can learn the story that became the reason for the transformation of the blooming oasis into an ominous and mystical space.
The notoriety for the Isla de las Muñecas stretched for many decades, it was always believed that the spirit of the death of children lurks here. The most tragic episode was the death of a girl in the waters of a canal that surrounds this piece of land, cut off from the rest of the world. The drowning woman, fighting for her life, screamed so loudly that her cry was heard by the only inhabitant - the fisherman Julian Santana Berrera. He hastened to help the child, but was a little late. At the scene of the tragedy, he found only an old doll that was floating on the surface of the muddy water.
The fisherman was so shocked by what happened that he decided to hang the doll on a tree as a memorial sign of the girl's soul. After that incident, the man at night began to haunt visions of the deceased, he constantly heard a child's voice calling for help. This left an indelible mark on his soul, so Julian Santana began collecting all kinds of old and broken dolls that he hung in the trees. Sometimes the fisherman caught them from the canal, and sometimes friends gave them away. Over time, from a flourishing territory of Isla de las Muñecas, it turned into a toy graveyard that looks downright creepy.
The man lived for a long time as a hermit, without attracting too much attention to himself, but in 1991 the authorities started a large-scale cleaning of the channel, after which the unusual landscapes got into the lenses of television reporters and photographers and received wide publicity. In 2001, Julian Santana drowned in the same canal, where he could not help the drowning girl before, but his relatives continue to maintain the same atmosphere.
Now you can get to the Isla de las Muñecas with a guided tour, but you need to consider that such extravagant entertainment is quite expensive. This is due to the fact that many boatmen, out of superstitious horror, refuse to take tourists to this incredible place. You need to pay quite a lot to take photos or shoot a video, but even those travelers who could not leave pictures of this excursion in memory of this excursion keep the gloomy landscape in their memory so clearly all their lives, as if they were seeing it in reality.
For Russian-speaking tourists, this place is always presented as the Snake Island. This is the most dangerous place on the planet with an area of 0.43 km2but travelers constantly strive here. Keimada Grande is located in the Atlantic basin near Brazil.
The place is striking in its picturesqueness, the greenery and the blue sea here are so bright that it is just right to paint pictures. Only one caveat prevents you from enjoying these beauties: Snake Island is the area with the densest population of snakes on Earth. For ordinary people, Keimada Grande is a real hell, but for serpentologists who flock here from all over the world, it is just heaven.
Exotic "population" helps to preserve nature in its original form for many centuries much more reliably than the strictest laws. Many species of snakes that live on these rocks and beaches are very poisonous to humans, and the nearest medical center takes several hundred kilometers by sea, so the decision to trample the sand of the Keimada Grande beach is truly insane.
According to scientists, the density of snakes on the island reaches four to five individuals per square meter, that is, there is literally nowhere to set foot here.
Moreover, tourists are prohibited from visiting the snake land by the laws of the country, taking care of the lives of travelers. But this does not stop some reckless adventurers who manage to get out of the ship and stand on the ground for at least a few minutes in close proximity to dangerous and unusual neighbors.
In the ocean waters near Keimada Grande, tourists enjoy diving and diving, but the beaches of the island are snow-white, there are no traces of vacationers, plastic bottles, bags and other debris that appears in places of recreation of people. Thousands and thousands of vigilant eyes of those who hide in the grass and in the green of trees vigilantly keep order and cleanliness.
Most of the unusual islands were created by nature. But this does not apply to the Palm Archipelago, because this object was created from the beginning to the end by the thought and labor of man. This place is located in Dubai, and many admit that the epithet "the eighth wonder of the world" is so often applied to it for a reason: there has never been such a large-scale project in the history of mankind.
The unusual archipelago is made up of three large islands and many small ones, which together form the image of a palm tree when viewed from above. That is why the most popular excursions here are conducted not by water or by land, but from helicopters. The cost of such excursions, of course, is not small, but the impressions after them are amazing. The shape of the palm tree was not chosen by chance: this tree is a universally recognized symbol of Dubai.
It took only 15 years from the start of the project to its full completion. At first, few believed in its reality, but the speed with which the new landscape rose into the sea was amazing. At the first stage, a detailed study of the bottom of the Persian Gulf was carried out, where they were going to begin the construction of the archipelago, then a huge amount of stone and sand was lowered to the bottom.
Many barrier reefs have been erected around the islands, which protect the object from erosion by severe storms.
All guests visiting the Palm Archipelago for recreation are very wealthy people. The hotels, hotels and cottages located here have been created with the latest technology and show all the signs of comfort and luxury living that one can imagine. This paradise has entertainment complexes, water parks, sandy beaches with imported white sand, golf courses, nightclubs and many other attributes of a beautiful holiday.
There is enough space on the Palm Archipelago for everyone, since its area is eight hundred football fields. Small islands located in the archipelago can be purchased for personal property, and although the price for them is exorbitant, there are a huge number of people who want to buy a piece of paradise on earth.
Not everyone is equally complacent about this unusual creation of human hands. For example, ecologists believe that the construction of such large facilities can cause irreversible changes in the nature and ecosystems of the bay. But despite these fears, the view of the Palm Archipelago definitely arouses admiration and a rush of dreams of relaxing in warm regions.
In the Indian Ocean, there is an unusual piece of land that attracts the attention of not only biologists, but also ordinary travelers. It was made famous by the earthen red crab, which once a year becomes the owner of Christmas Island for more than half a month. At this time, housing is becoming more expensive here, as zoologists, tourists, photographers and clip makers from all over the world flock here. Such excitement is caused by the fact that with the onset of the rainy season, a massive migration of terrestrial crabs begins, the analogues of which are not known anywhere else in nature.
The start of migration depends on exactly when the monsoons begin, this always happens in the period of time falling between October and January. With the onset of rains, crabs enter the mating season, after which they all travel together from the tropics to the ocean to lay eggs.
According to experts, about 100 million copies make this path every year. The whole island is changing and from helicopters it looks like red earth.
On the fields, roads, paths, private yards, millions of crabs move, going in one direction in a continuous stream. The unusual invasion is an unforgettable sight.
Driving cars, walking people and large animals cannot help but damage these fragile animals, but the authorities are trying to do everything possible to reduce losses during migration: they put up portable road signs warning of an invasion of crabs, change the main paths of cars, construct temporary tunnels and bridges over which residents and guests of the island can pass, etc.
Migrating animals play the role of ideal natural orderlies, because on the way they eat all organic matter: fallen leaves, rotten fruits and vegetables, dead animals, and after they leave the streets are perfectly clean. The residents and authorities of the city are experiencing some inconvenience during these weeks, but at the same time they love their determined neighbors making an unusual transition that so delights tourists and travelers.