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10 (almost) deserted islands

By: Josh Lew on May 23, 2014, 8:37 a.m.
Storm on Jaco Island

Photo: Kate Dixon/Flickr

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Jaco Island

This uninhabited island in East Timor has an unusual story. Considered sacred, locals have traditionally chosen not to set foot here. Nonetheless, Jaco's fine sand beaches and bright turquoise waters draw tourists seeking untouched paradise in this southern corner of Asia. The island has been included in East Timor's first national park. Since no one lives on Jaco, there are no accommodations, but Jaco is popular among tourists. Even so, the island could hardly be considered part of the mainstream tourism scene. Local fishermen provide rides to tourists who want to spend the day on Jaco.