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12 Cool Naturally-Shaped Islands Around the World
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When On Earth, 3 April 2015.

Do you have a strange hobby of creating imaginary figures out of cloud formations, shadows, and maybe even cookie crumbs? Then, you might like doing this out of the different angles of islands around the world. So far we’ve seen islands that resemble random objects such as seahorses, helicopters, hearts, and even a man’s down under. Are you ready to have fun in discovering oddly-shaped islands? We promise they’re all natural and not photoshopped!

1. Helicopter Island, Philippines

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Dilumacad Island, found in El Nido, Palawan, catches the eye of island hopping tourists because it looks like a helicopter - without the propeller. Going near the helicopter’s body will give you a clear sight of the towering cliffs and dark green rainforests. Trace your eyes down from the helicopter tail to see the white sand beach waiting for you to come over.

2. Turtle Island, Taiwan

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Photo Source: Attractions in Taiwan

Looking like a huge turtle that floats but never swims, Taiwan’s Guishan Island is actually a volcano and the only active one in Taiwan. It’s also the largest and the only island with residents in the Yilan county. Besides being a special island that resembles a turtle, Guishan Island is a well-known tourist destination especially for those who want to do some whale watching.

3. Heart island, Fiji

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Photo Source: Jeff Divine

Tavarua is a heart-shaped island resort in Fiji that is just close to Viti Levu, the main Fijian Island. Surrounded by coral reef, the island is a spot you’ll love because of the activities you can do such as surfing, sport fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling, and kayaking. You won’t even need to worry about food and relaxation for the resort is complete with restaurants and facilities to cater to your needs.

4. Crocodile Island, Philippines

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The Philippines is known for its giant crocodiles and there’s also an island that looks like one. It’s more surprising to see one near the country’s most popular beach destination, Boracay. The island is called Crocodile Island for an obvious reason and also because it’s one of the best diving spots near the white beach. Crocodile Island is just 20 minutes sailing time from Boracay.

5. Seahorse Island, Galapagos, Ecuador

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Photo Source: Earth Observatory

With an area of 4,640 square meters, Isabela Island is considered as the largest island in the Galapagos archipelago. It’s the youngest among the other islands, formed 1 million years ago as a merger of six  active shield volcanoes. Isabela Island is known to be the home of wild tortoises with a great population that beats the tortoise population of the other islands of Galapagos.

6. Smiley Group of Islands, Malaysia

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Photo Source: Wikipedia

From Malaysia’s Kota Kinabalu, you can fly to see the aerial view of the Manukan, Mamutik, and Sulug Islands that form a welcoming smile. If you see the smiley, then you’ll know you’re above the islands known to possess great beaches and coral reefs made popular for their scuba diving and snorkelling. These islands are three of the five islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park between 3 to 8 kilometres off Kota Kinabalu.

7. Moon Island, Hawaii, USA

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Photo Source: National Geographic

Molokini is a crescent-shaped volcanic cone (caldera) partially submerged in the Alalaleiki Channel between the islands of Maui and Kaho’olawe. Molokini is also Hawaii’s only Island Marine Sanctuary possessing beautiful coral reef and marine animals with over 200 species of fish and rare Whale Shark visits. Over 50 species of plants grow along the slopes that surround Molokini. Also included here are the seabirds and the other species of birds that live in the steep slopes of this islet.

8. Penis Island, Fiji

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Photo Source: Mavuva Island

You’ve read it right. An actual phallic-shaped tropical island exists and it’s located in the popular paradise of Fiji. The island’s real name is Mavuva Island and it’s right off the northern coast of Fiji’s second largest island, Vanua Levu. Mavuva sits in a protected coral lagoon with a variety of marine life and belongs entirely within the world’s third largest barrier reef, the Great Sea Reef. It’s not bad to have a getaway in this oddly-shaped island right?

9. Boomerang Island, Spratly Group of Islands

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Photo Source: Storm Crypt

This boomerang-shaped island belongs to the disputed Spratly Islands lying on the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia, and southern Vietnam. The group of islands has more than 750 coral reefs, islets, atolls, cays, and islands in the South China Sea. This boomerang island and the other remaining islands of this group aren’t only chased by these surrounding countries due to its shape but mainly because of its land rich in gas and oil deposits.

10. Fish Island, Croatia

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Photo Source: dasovicsalguero

When you go on a holiday in Croatia, don’t miss the scenic beauty of the islands of Brijuni. Brijuni is a group of fourteen small islands in the Croatian part of the northern Adriatic Sea. The archipelago is known to be home of some of the world’s important archaeological and cultural sites such as the 200 dinosaur footprints discovered in one of its island. Besides the archaeological stuff in Brijuni, one island named Gaz Island catch people’s attention just because it looks like an itsy-bitsy cutie fish.

11. Dolphin Island, Italy

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Photo Source: Pinterest

Sirenuse is a dolphin-shaped archipelago located just off Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy, between the Isle of Capri and the village of Positano. Also known as Li Galli, Sirenuse got its name after the Greek mythology’s Sirens who believed to have visited the islands frequently and tempted Ulysses on his way back home with their enchanting voices. Now, the island is filled with resorts and hotels and has become an ideal snorkelling site.

12. Pizza Island, Portugal

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Photo Source: Metro News

If you looked at a certain angle from above, you’ll realize that the small paradise known as the Islet of Vila Franca do Campo actually looks like a good slice of pizza with a huge pepperoni placed at the middle. The islet you see is the crater of a submerged volcano and the almost perfectly round lake at the centre is linked to the sea by a narrow channel. The Islet of Vila Franca do Campo is just off shore the larger island of Sao Miguel.

Top image: The Manukan, Mamutik, and Sulug Islands (Smiley Group of Islands) in the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Sabah, Malaysia. Credit: Ninety East.

[Source: When On Earth. Edited. Top image and some links added.]

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