This tropical paradise that houses less than 100 residents hasn’t changed since the 1960s

Looking for a unique getaway? Take a look at these quirky islands in Asia

 

The One That’s Men Only

Okinoshima, Japan

This sacred island off the coast of Japan is where sailors in 4th to 9th century would pray for safe ocean voyages. This place of worship comes with numerous strict taboos, including the fact that it’s a women-free zone. As it’s covered in more than 80,000 religious relics the Japanese government is now partitioning UNESCO to add it to its World Heritage List in 2017.

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The One That Hasn’t Changed Since The 60s

Pulau Ubin, Singapore

Leave those glittering skyscrapers behind and catch a bumboat to the picturesque island of Pulau Ubin near Singapore. This tropical paradise that houses less than 100 residents hasn’t changed since the 1960s. Take a bike ride through the tropical jungle, stop for chilli crab in the kampong or enjoy beef rendang with a family in one of the traditional wooden village homes.

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The One That’s A Former Palace

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Lake Pichola in Udaipur plays host to possible one of the most glamorous islands of all – Lake Palace. The former home to the rulers of Udaipur comprises 83 rooms that are lined in marble and semi-precious stones. It has starred on the big screen and small screen, but most famously as the lair of Octopussy in the James Bond film of the same name.

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The One Filled With Art

Naoshima, Japan

Art Island first came to fruition when art lover and CEO of Benesse Holdings Soichiro Fukutake snapped up the former fisherman’s haunt in 1987. It’s now home to museums, galleries and even its own biennale. The island has played host to works by world famous artists such as James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama and Yves Klein.

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The One With Bunnies

Okunoshima, Japan

The humans living on Okunoshima love bunnies so much that they’ve allowed their furry friends to run wild on this island. They’ve also banned any natural predators, such as cats or dogs, and the result is that they’ve bred like, erm, rabbits. As soon as you step onto the jetty you can expect a furry mob to come bouncing your way. Cuddles will be traded for food.

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