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10 (almost) deserted islands

By: Josh Lew on April 23, 2018, 10:11 a.m.
Tetepare Island

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Tetepare Island

Tetepare Island was not always a deserted island. Humans once thrived on this member of the Solomon Islands, speaking a unique language and living in several large villages. However, for reasons that remain unknown, these people all left Tetepare in the mid 19th century. Subsequent attempts at establishing a farming colony failed, and the forests that cover large parts of the island have now overtaken the former plantation sites. Marine life thrives off of Tetepare's shores. The descendants of Tetepare's former residents recently established an organization to oversee conservation activities on the island. This group offers some ecotourism experiences and makes sure that Tetepare's landscapes remain pristine and untouched.