You would be forgiven for thinking that every country is full of tourists and there is nothing left to explore. However there are a few countries rarely heard of that can provide amazing experiences with little to no tourists around you.
The world is easier than ever to access. 100 years ago it took weeks to get to the other side of the world. Nowadays you can get to any country in the world in less than 2 days. So it would be natural to think that every country is swarming with tourists, eager to explore and adventure. This isn’t always the case, and there are still countries that are rarely visited by tourists. Some of these countries are torn by war and are not safe for tourists. I have left those countries out of this list. However the countries on this list are safe to visit and if you are thinking of a unique and different experience on your next travel adventure, consider these countries!
The least visited country in the world for tourism is Tuvalu. However you may be wondering where the hell Tuvalu is and you wouldn’t be the only one. Located in the Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu forms part of Micronesia and is situated about half way between Australia and Hawaii.
Tuvalu is a micro nation and has a population of just 11,000 people. In 2010, only 360 visited the country for tourism purposes. The reason for the lack of visitors is accessibility to the island nation is difficult. However Fiji Airways flies to Tuvalu from Fiji a few times a week.
If you are able to get to Tuvalu you will be treated to amazing beaches, beautiful scenery and the most friendly local people you will ever meet. Don’t wait to visit as Tuvalu is in trouble from the threats of global warming.
A nation of atolls and coral islands, Kiribati is another Pacific nation struggling with global warming and rising sea levels. With Kiribati making up a total of 33 islands, the nation has a much bigger population than Tuvalu at 110,000.
The nation’s capital is the island of Tarawa and has a population of 50,000. With numerous lodges on the island there is ample accommodation if you decide to visit. Similar to Tuvalu, if you enjoy peaceful tranquility and quiet surroundings, you need to tick Kiribati off your list. Because the nation is located right on the International Date Line, visiting at New Year’s will allow you to be one of the first in the world to bring in the New Year!
Another Pacific Island nation makes the list. Nauru is a tiny island in Micronesia region. With a population of only 11,000 residents, Nauru experiences virtually no tourism and is not a significant contribution to the economy of the micro nation. However getting Nauru is simple enough with a regular flight being scheduled from Brisbane, Australia. With a number of hotels on the island and activities such as deep sea fishing and scuba diving able to be done, maybe Nauru is the location you are looking for your next adventure.
If you are looking for a truly unique experience on one of the least visited countries in the world, you should definitely consider Nauru as an option as it is one of the more easily accessible nations on the list.
4. São Tomé and Príncipe
Leaving the Pacific, São Tomé and Príncipe is nestled in the Gulf of Guinea off the western coast of Africa. The collection of islands have 204,000 people that call the country home. With relaxed vibes and a soothing mood, the country is blessed with natural attractions such as volcanic peaks, wild vegetation and wildlife. The popularity of the country is growing, with over 30,000 visiting the island nation in the previous years, inceasing 7-8%.
There’s plenty to do on São Tomé and Príncipe, with islands, waterfalls, peaks and ancient plantations to explore on your visit. The African nation is one of the safest on the continent, and boasts one of the highest HDI’s, so it is a relatively developed country in the region.
5. Solomon Islands
The Solomon Islands is the largest country on this list, with a population of 650,000 inhabitants. The country is made up of over 900 islands, and is a perfect spot for fishing and scuba diving if that is your thing. Solomon Islands makes the list of least visited countries with only 21,000 visiting in 2015.
Fall off the map and visit the unexplored with the people of the Solomons. With no mobile signal, this will truly be a off the grid experience and one to build your arsenal of travel stories. However the locals are some of the most friendly people you will ever encounter and will do anything to help you on your adventure.
Have you experienced any of these least visited countries? What is your story? Let us know in the comments below!
Are you heading to Australia on your way to these isolated Pacific Nations? Check out our guide on the top 10 places to visit in Australia!