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Top 10 largest islands in the world
The largest private islands are between 100 and 200 kilometers long and up to 50 kilometers wide - you actually acquire your own realm. However, the larger the island, the easier it is for the island feeling to evaporate: You may only be able to see your own shores from the windows of your house built in a high position or after climbing a summit. If nature has given your own giant island such a hill, then it is an indescribable pleasure to let your gaze wander far over tree or palm tops to the ocean.
The Isle of Eigg in Scotland is 31 square kilometers and its highest mountain peak is 394 meters high. The inhabitants of Eigg could see friends and foes coming from here for centuries. The extensive farm and resort island of Pohueni in the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand is owned by a European family and is an imposing beauty with an area of 2,000 hectares and its green hills with pastures and forests. Islands of this size have a special development potential that increases their value significantly. There is enough space for several residences or even an entire holiday complex. Even the emergence of entire villages is not ruled out: the Italian island of Capri in the Gulf of Naples, which was privately owned during the time of Emperor Tiberius, is now home to around 13,000 residents.
Almost endless walks on the beach, expeditions in a jeep, a picnic in the forest or a ride on your own horse - there are many activities on a large island and absolute privacy is assured. Passionate landscape gardeners or lovers of animal breeding can develop unrestrictedly. And if you value an independent arrival and departure, you might consider your own runway or a spacious marina.
Isla de Altamura, Baja California, Mexico
About 200 kilometers north of the Tropic of Cancer in the Gulf of Baja California, Altamura lies off the coast of Mexico and takes up almost twice the area of Manhattan. The natural jewel is one of the last areas on earth that has been saved from destruction by humans. Extensive sand dunes, sheltered bays and lush mangrove groves alternate over a length of 50 kilometers. All sorts of fish, including whales, cavort in the water. There is currently a cattle farm on Altamura. For the future, there are plans to develop the island for a luxurious private resort, whereby compliance with the latest environmental standards for the protection of the unique nature will have top priority.
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Norman Island, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean
With an area of 610 hectares, the island is just over four kilometers long. Gentle hills surround the central bridge of the island. Norman Hill is the highest point on Norman Island at 427 meters above sea level. A multitude of bays and reefs along the coast make the island a paradise for snorkeling and diving.
Legends of pirates and treasure caves play a big role in Norman Island's history. Probably the most famous legend of all is that Norman Island is the island from Robert Louis Stevenson's novel "Treasure Island". While the island is now uninhabited, farmers have raised cattle there in the past. Their caves are popular tourist attractions.
Traiguen Island, Chonos Archipelago, Chile
Traiguen Island is part of the Chonos Archipelago, an archipelago with rivers, lakes and waterfalls that used to belong to the Chilean coast, but was then flooded and separated from the mainland. Lush, gently rolling hills stretch across the island and deeply cut bays give the irregular bank its characteristic shape.
Pohuenui, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
The future owner of Pohuenui will acquire an island about eleven times the size of the Principality of Monaco. Around 50 kilometers of coastline with hidden bays surround the wild, green mountain landscape. Dolphins, whales, penguins and seals have their territory in the water and on the banks. For starters, the unusually shaped island can also be rented.
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Vatu Vara, Fiji
An extinct volcano, overgrown by coral reefs over the millennia, is the origin of Vatu Vara. The ring-shaped reef with its fascinating underwater world now forms an atoll around the island. Steep cliffs made of coral limestone and a dense, tropical jungle, plus fine sandy, white beaches make up the special topography of this paradisiacal, uninhabited place in the Koro Sea. The table mountain-like summit gave Vatu Vara the nickname "Hat Island" and, with a height of 310 meters, shapes the surrounding skyline in a radius of 56 kilometers.
Gardiners Island, East Hampton, New York, USA
In 1639, Lion Gardiner settled on this island with the permission of the English royal family, thereby establishing the first British settlement in what would later become the state of New York. He planted fruit, tobacco and maize plantations, and he also devoted himself to raising livestock. Gardiners Island is still owned by his descendants today.
Batchawana Island, Lake Superior, Ontario, Canada
A peninsula connects the two islands that make up Batchawana Island about a mile from the mainland. The result of this amalgamation is an island with more than 20 miles of waterfront and more than six miles of pristine sandy beaches. Batchawana Island is heavily forested with deciduous and coniferous trees, making it a perfect home for the moose, bears and wolves that live there.
Batchawana Island is located in the center of Canada in close proximity to the border area of the USA. All year round, this region is a popular leisure paradise for both American and European visitors.
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Isla Porcada, Panama, Central America
Directly off the Pacific coast of Panama is Porcada Island, an extremely large rental island with rustic, elegant accommodation that can accommodate up to ten guests. This means that visitors to Porcada Island are always aware of the island's dimensions. The focus during their stay is on authentic enjoyment of the simple things in life, which awaken the feeling of freedom.
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Mouton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
Mouton Island is the largest private island on Canada's east coast. The influence of the Gulf Stream and the high position of the sun ensure a moderate Atlantic climate in these latitudes, so that the white sandy beach, which surrounds a third of the bank, attracts sunbathing from May to October with mild to summer temperatures.
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