Earth’s last unspoiled places

Noble Horvath

A world away… The world might feel like a smaller place today, but there are still some remarkably remote and pristine places. From the sand dunes of Namibia to far-flung islands, here are some of Earth’s most unspoiled spots to marvel at. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate […]


The world might feel like a smaller place today, but there are still some remarkably remote and pristine places. From the sand dunes of Namibia to far-flung islands, here are some of Earth’s most unspoiled spots to marvel at.



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While many will recognize the famous Tiger’s Nest monastery in Bhutan, most of the country has barely been affected by the trappings of modern life. The country’s constitution demands that 60% of its land is under forest cover at all times and more than 51% of the country is protected – the largest percentage of any Asian country. Bhutan’s intact forests also make it a biodiversity hot spot, providing habitat to animals such as red pandas, wild pigs, snow leopards and Himalayan black bears.



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Hand-carved into the mountains 2,000 years ago, the rice terraces in the Philippines’ Ifugao province are staggeringly spectacular. There are five vast, UNESCO-listed terraces stretching hundreds of feet into the air. Local law has it that if you joined all the paddies end to end, they’d reach halfway around the Earth. The rice fields and the life of the local people have remained largely unchanged for centuries.



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Situated in Palau’s southern lagoon, the Rock Islands are made up of approximately 300 individual islands, stretched over almost 20 miles (32km) of ocean. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012, the limestone and coral uprises are almost completely deserted apart from one inhabited place, and the surrounding reefs provide home for several kinds of stingless jellyfish only found in Palau.



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Dubbed the soul of Papua New Guinea, the Sepik River snakes its way through the north of the country. The area surrounding the river is sparsely populated, with just a few small indigenous tribes living there. A world of lush, tropical forests, mountain valleys and cascading waterfalls, Papua New Guinea remains largely uninterrupted by the modern world and locals live in true harmony with their surroundings – truly the definition of unspoiled.



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This remote archipelago, made up of 150 islands, is hidden 62 miles (100km) off British Columbia’s mainland. Previously known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, they are home to miles of empty beaches, gargantuan forests, thousands of sea lions and humpback whales. This place isn’t nicknamed the Canadian Galápagos for nothing. In a bid to protect this rugged wilderness, activities are usually strictly controlled and to safeguard the fragile marine life, boats need a permit.



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