The official website for the most remote inhabited island in the world reads like a travel warning. Readers are advised: "There are no package tours for independent travellers, no hotels, no airports, no holiday representatives, no night clubs, no restaurants, no jet skis nor safe sea swimming." This, we think, is to discourage visits by rabble-rousing yahoos from bothering to make a pilgrimage to the island that sits 2,805 km from its nearest mainland city, Cape Town. Then, in a late attempt to attract tourists, the site goes on to say: "Nevertheless, Tristan da Cunha is one of the world's most sought after destinations for travellers determined to find a special place." Visitors to the island of 300 people are required to obtain entry permits, but may also be asked to provide a copy of their police record. One of the big draws to the island is its diverse wildlife, including the Northern Rockhopper Penguin. The island also bills itself as "far from the madding crowd."

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