Most isolated island [Non atoll]
Last updated: October 19, 2017 at 3:20 am
Easter Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle in Oceania. The island is renowned for its moai monolithic human figures, which were created by the Rapa Nui people between the years 1250 and 1500. Based on the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Index of Isolation, Easter Island is the most isolated island (including atolls) in the world.
UNEP INDEX OF ISOLATION: To measure the isolation of the island from potential sources of colonization, the square roots of the distances to the nearest equivalent or larger island, the nearest island group or archipelago and the nearest continent are added to give an index of isolation. Where one of these does not exist, the next higher distance is repeated, except in the case of small satellite islands close to much larger land masses.
Easter Island (Chile)
Isolation index: 149
Island distance: 2011 km
Group distance: 2011 km
Continent distance: South America, 3568 km