How many of us dream of an unforgettable trip to places like the Maldives, Hawaii, and Australia or maybe the biggest cities like New York, Los Angeles, or the European capitals? All of us!
Some destinations are swarmed by tourists, who are in the midst of mass tourism routes every year. But there are also destinations unknown to most of us, small corners of paradise scattered across the oceans. The tourism there, for one reason or another, still hasn’t developed, which is why there are heavenly beaches and unspoiled nature. However, the trips to these distant places often take a lot of time and money.
Are you intrigued about which countries have the lowest number of annual visitors? We know you are, which is why we did some research and compiled this list of the 10 least visited countries in the world!
Annual visitors: 74,000
Timor-Leste is a small state that occupies half of the Este island. It’s located in Southeast Asia, between Indonesia and Australia. It gained independence first from Portugal in 1975 and then from Indonesia in 2002.
It’s a wonderful place but far from the tourist routes. This is because, apart from being a fairly new country, it’s also very little known. When you go to this area of Southeast Asia, you reach areas like Indonesia, which offers Bali and Lombok, and paradises like this one are completely ignored.
Its coasts are surrounded by wonderful coralline barriers, which can also be reached on foot, thus making this place a paradise for snorkelers. Furthermore, there, you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, stretches of white sand and crystal clear sea.
How to get there: You must arrive in Denpasar and, from there, take one of the two weekly flights to Presidente Nicolau Lobato airport in Dili. The journey takes an average of 20 hours, with flights from €1,000
Why it’s not visited: Unknown to most tourists
Why it should be: A paradise for snorkelers, offering some of the most beautiful beaches in the world
Annual visitors: 68,000
It’s a British territory located in the Caribbean Sea consisting of a main island and several smaller islets around it. Its beauty is the reason for being a popular destination among newlyweds, who choose it for their honeymoon.
Unfortunately, it’s rarely visited because the other Caribbean islands are preferred and this one is considered for a day trip from St. Martin, the Lesser Antilles. Another reason is its location, which is in the hurricane route. Hurricane Irma was one of the most devastating, destroying 90% of the island.
However, there you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, unspoiled nature, and a sea that you will see a few times in your life. Its most beautiful beach is Shoal Bay, followed by Little Bay. You will also have the opportunity to enter a wonderful tropical forest and enjoy breathtaking landscapes.
How to get there: First, you need to go to Paris. From there, take a flight (12 hours, prices starting from €600) to St. Martin and then take the ferry to Anguilla (15 min travel time, with departures every 30 min)
Why it’s not visited: Hit by hurricanes; other destinations in the Caribbean are preferred
Why it should be: Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, unspoiled nature
Annual visitors: 61,000
Officially the Kingdom of Tonga, it’s an island country located in Polynesia. It’s made up of about 170 islets (only 53 are inhabited) in the South Pacific and the main island is Tongatapu, where the capital Nuku’alofa is located. Today, the country is a Constitutional Monarchy.
These islands represent a real corner of paradise: crystal clear sea, white beaches, and unspoiled nature. You can indulge in relaxing on the beach and snorkeling on the beautiful coral reef.
But why are they so little visited? First, it’s because the journey to reach them is very long and expensive since you have to go through Australia. Also, they are not very well-known as they are overshadowed by the most famous Fiji, which attracts many tourists with its indisputable beauty.
How to get there: You have to make a stopover in Los Angeles to get to Fua’amontu International Airport. Without counting the stopovers, the journey from Europe takes about 30 hours. Flights from €990.
Why it’s not visited: Very far to reach, Fiji is preferred
Why it should be: Dreamy beaches, crystal clear sea, coral reef
Annual visitors: 28.000
This island country is located on the eastern side of the African continent, in the Indian Ocean, between Madagascar and Mozambique. It’s a federal republic and is made up of 3 volcanic islands. Grande Comore, Mohéli, and Anjouan.
Those few tourists who go to Comoros mostly go to the main island, Grande Comore, while Mohéli and Anjouan have very few tourists and are much wilder.
Why visit them? Because there you will find a landscape that resembles that of the famous Seychelles: white beaches, crystal clear sea, palm trees, greenery, and unspoiled nature. Actually, many tourists choose Seychelles, and Comoros remain little-visited today despite their beauty.
How to get there: To reach the Moroni International Price Said Ibrahim airport, you have to take a 26-hour flight with stopovers, with prices from €488.
Why it’s not visited: Little known, the Seychelles are preferred
Why it should be: Crystal clear sea, beautiful beaches, and unspoiled nature.
6. Solomon Islands
Annual visitors: 22,000
They are an archipelago of Oceania, located off the coast of Papua New Guinea, in the Solomon Sea. The entire archipelago has a thousand islands and islets, many of which are uninhabited, and the capital is Honiara, located on the Guadalcanal island. They are a parliamentary monarchy and are part of the Commonwealth Realm.
It’s a real paradise on earth: unspoiled nature, crystal clear sea, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world! Unfortunately (or fortunately, from a different point of view) there is no mass tourism mostly because of the long journey and the costs to be faced if traveling from Europe.
How to get there: There are no direct flights from Europe. Handerson Airport (near Las Vegas) is directly connected to Brisbane, Australia. So, first, you need to get to it and take a direct flight from there. The duration of the flight is 30 hours (stopovers excluded) with prices from €1,630.
Why it’s not visited: High travel costs and long flight
Why it should be: Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, unspoiled nature
5. American Samoa
Annual visitors: 20,000
Near the aforementioned Tonga, we find another wonderful archipelago, American Samoa. These islands are located in the South Pacific and are an associate state of the United States (part of the list of non-autonomous territories of the United Nations). The capital is Pago Pago, located on the main island.
It’s one of the most distant territories in the world (with a 13-hour time zone in front of Europe) and is connected to the rest of the world only by two weekly flights departing from Honolulu. Now you can understand why it is very little visited: it is a long and expensive journey. But if you have the opportunity, we really recommend you to visit these islands. There, you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and uncontaminated nature as a result of the low number of visitors. You can choose to relax for hours on the long white-sand beaches or snorkel in the crystal clear waters.
How to get there: The only connection is Honolulu – Pagopago, twice a week. Hence, you have to fly to Los Angeles, take the flight to Honolulu, and from there take the direct flight to American Samoa. The entire journey lasts around 30-40 hours, with flights from €4,772.
Why it’s not visited: Expensive and long journey, only two weekly connections from Honolulu
Why it should be: Wonderful beaches, unspoiled nature
Annual visitors: 10,000 annual visitors
Tonga and American Samoa form a triangle with this country. The Niue island has a status of free association with New Zealand. Actually, the official currency of this country is the New Zealand dollar. Its capital is Alofi, which is located on the east coast of the island.
But they are really difficult to reach due to a 2-day journey and really high costs. Just like with the other islands and archipelagos, here, too, you will find unspoiled nature, beautiful beaches, and a dreamy sea. This coral island is also unknown to most people and this has allowed nature to be the sole and undisputed mistress. If you have the opportunity to take this trip, don’t hesitate! We whole-heartedly recommend it.
How to get there: You have to go to New Zealand, in Auckland, which is connected to the island with two weekly flights operated by Air New Island. The journey takes 50 hours, with flights from €2,000.
Why it’s not visited: Long and expensive journey (more than 2 days), mostly unknown
Why it should be: Coral island, untouched nature
Annual visitors: 8,000
Montserrat is located in the Caribbean Sea. It’s a wonderful island dependent on the United Kingdom of the Lesser Antilles, and part of the Leeward group of islands. It has two capitals: Plymouth in the south and Brades in the north.
Being in the Caribbean Sea, it’s little known because it’s overshadowed by the major destinations found here, such as Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, and others, which are mostly chosen by tourists.
Once more touristy, this island was, unfortunately, hit by the eruption of the Soufriere volcano in 1995. From then, it really struggled to rebuild and resume its life. Nowadays, there are very few visitors who choose it as a travel destination.
Not only dream beaches, but the volcano itself is a real attraction of the island. There are various treks that make it an ideal destination for those who love the sea and nature and want to stay outside the routes of mass tourism.
How to get there: You have to get to Antigua (which includes a stopover in London) and from there take either a ferry (90 min) or an internal flight (20 min). Flights from €2,500.
Why it’s not visited: Eruption of the Soufriere volcano, obscured by other famous destinations in the area
Why it should be: Perfect mix between sea and adventure, between relaxation and trekking on the volcano
2. Marshall Islands
Annual visitors: 6,000
It’s the second least visited country in the world, with only 6,000 annual visitors. This island is located in Oceania, in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean, between the Federated States of Micronesia to the west and Kiribati to the east. It’s made up of two archipelagos, Ratak and Ralik, with Majuro being the capital.
If you open Google Maps, you will immediately see why these islands are little visited – they are in the middle of the ocean, far from everything. Unfortunately, these islands had to go through a really bad time. Namely, the surrounding areas were used as a field for atomic tests between 1946 and 1958, thus causing heavy pollution and radioactive waste presence. However, it’s a real corner of paradise, full of paradisiacal atolls and beaches.
How to get there: You need to reach Majuro International Airport and Kwajalein Airport. There’s a required stopover in Honolulu, Hawaii. The flight lasts 30-40 hours, with prices from €3,000.
Why it’s not visited: Difficult to reach, in the past it was used for atomic tests
Why it should be: Heavenly atolls and beaches
Annual visitors: 2,000
And, here we are, at the least visited country in the world, which has only 2,000 annual visitors! It’s Tuvalu, a Polynesian island country located in the Pacific Ocean. It’s located halfway between Hawaii and Australia and the closest archipelagos are those of Kiribati, Samoa, and Fiji, which are already difficult to reach. The country is a parliamentary monarchy belonging to the Commonwealth and Funafuti is the capital.
There are only 9 inhabited atolls of this wonderful archipelago, which are made up of paradisiacal beaches and coral reefs rich in fish and corals. It’s the ideal destination for those who want to live in absolute relaxation away from everything and everyone. But, yes, the real problem is reaching itas you have to face a very long and expensive journey.
How to get there: The main airport is Funafuti and is connected only with three weekly flights from Suva, Fiji. Alternatively, they can be reached by sea from Fiji in 5 days. The journey lasts for 32 hours, with flights to Suva from €3,500.
Why it’s not visited: Long and very expensive journey
Why it should be: Heavenly beaches, coral reefs full of fish and corals