Image: Ben Tullis
1. Ascencion Island
Ascenion Islands’s Comfortless Cove – blue skies, white beaches and clear blue water.
Ascencion Island is a 91-square-kilometre volcanic island in the South Atlantic Ocean that belongs to the territory of Saint Helena. It is 2,250 km (1,400 miles) away from the South American east coast and 1,600 km (990 miles) from Africa’s western shores. The island has no indigenous human population and was first recorded by the Portuguese navigator Alfoso of Albuquerque on Ascencion Day in 1503 – the Catholic holiday he named the island after.
Though ships frequently stopped by to hunt the seabirds and enormous green turtles the island had in abundance, it wasn’t until Napoleon was exiled in neighbouring Saint Helena in 1815 – if one can call an island that’s 2,300 km away neighbouring – that Ascencion Island got populated. It was garrisoned by the British as a precaution.