Nearest Island to Tristan da Cunha

Tristan da Cunha is the remotest group of islands in the world. As such, there are no islands ‘nearby’ to the Tristan da Cunha group. Here is a satellite image of the island of Tristan da Cunha from Google Maps:

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If you zoom out from the image, you will see Inaccessible Island and the Nightingale Islands. Gough Island, the final island in the Tristan da Cunha group, can’t be seen without zooming out further, as it lies some 400 kilometres (250 miles) south east/south south east of the other islands.

If you continue to zoom out, Tristan da Cunha’s remoteness unfolds, with South America 3,360 kilometres (2,088 miles) to the west and South Africa 2,816 kilometres (1,750 miles) to the east. There are a few land masses nearer to Tristan da Cunha than South America and Africa, but many are uninhabited.

Zooming in allows you to see the island in more detail, including Edinburgh, the major settlement.

Currently the only method of travelling to Tristan Da Cunha is by boat from Cape Town, South Africa – this is one of Tristan’s ‘nearby’ locations. Saint Helena (north of Tristan) is also ‘nearby’, a mere 2,430 kilometres (1,510 miles) distant.

As we have said elsewhere, it is not possible for outsiders to settle in Tristan da Cunha. If you would like to make your home in the southern hemisphere, both New Zealand and Australia accept large numbers of new residents each year.