This Beautiful Island Is Illegal To Visit Because It Has One Dangerous Secret
Katie Mooney 8/4/2017
We invest a great deal of time, resources, and money into the exploration of our world. Researchers leave "no stone unturned" as they strive to collect information about every inch of this fascinating planet we call home. The more we see, find, and experience - the more we want to know!
But as we're learning, not everything or everyone, was meant to be discovered. In some cases, certain areas of the earth may be better off keeping to themselves. Perhaps, it's safer that way...
Just west of the Andaman Islands and off the coast of India, lies a tiny piece of land called North Sentinel Island.
After a number of violent and deadly encounters, the Indian government made the official decision to ban any visits to this dangerous island - realizing that this is one of those places which is better off left alone.
This small island, which is covered in thick forests and surrounded by vast ocean, is actually inhabited by a group of people - an indigenous group which has used deadly force to keep visitors away from their home.
In a documentary about this intriguing island, the narrator explains,
"The people who live on North Sentinel Island are called the Sentinelese. They are thought to be direct descendants of the first humans who emerged from Africa, and have lived on this tiny island for almost 60,000 years."
"Their exact population is unknown. It could be as little as 40, or as high as 500. The Sentinelese are among the last uncontacted people left in the world."
And, as visitors have learned, the Sentinelese wish to remain "uncontacted" - and will use violence to keep it that way.
Back in the late 1980's and early 1990's, an anthropologist from India embarked on a number of government sponsored visitations to North Sentinel Island in the hopes of learning more.
During each trip, consistently upon arrival, the inhabitants of the island would run to the water's edge, wave their spears, and make what seemed to be offensive gestures. It was obvious to the anthropologist and his crew that the Sentinelese were signaling to the visitors that they were not welcome.
In the documentary, another encounter with the inhabitants of this island is shared,
"Even gifts of food and clothing are of no importance to them. They were even hostile to rescue missions after the tsunami in 2004. A group of rescuers in a helicopter wanted to find and help survivors."
Because the Sentinelese have displayed a strong desire to keep to themselves, and due to the violence that has been experienced during each visit - the Indian government has declared it illegal for its citizens to journey within three miles of the island.
In order to preserve this rare and unique indigenous group, and in an attempt to keep others safe - this tiny island has been declared "off limits" to outsiders.