15 Must See Spectacular Man Made Islands
A popular vacation destination is an island. The further away from home and more tropical, the better. Many people wish that they could have their own private island to get away any time they want. Some wealthy people already do. If you can scrape up enought nickles and dimes you can have your own island built. That seems to be the new trend in real estate. All of the world man made islands are popping up. Some are used to create space for a crowed country or city, other islands are built to attract tourist and create a fun atmosphere. There are a few downsides to artificial islands but it is still a relatively new concept. The following islalnds all were made by man. Some are fading away with time, and others are being built to last.
Thilafushi Thilafushi is an artificial island in Maldives. Geographically it is a part of the Vaadhoo channel, which is between the Kaafu Atoll’s Giraavaru and Gulhifalhu. The island was built in 1992 on reclaimed coral reefs. The area was originally used as a landfill for the island of Male in the 1990’s, but now it is being leased to entrepreneurs who are interested in using the land for industrial use.
Balboa Island The Balboa Island in Newport Beach of California is a chain of three man made islands that include the Balboa Island, Little Balboa Island and Collins Island. These islands started out as mudflats surrounded by swampland. There is a bridge that connects the Balboa Island community to the mainland, with ferryboats further connecting the two. Balboa island has about 3,000 residents and is one of the densest communities in Orange County.
Artificial Islands for Tokyo Disneyland Tokyo Disneyland is an internationally famous theme park in Japan. One of the reasons it is so famous and different from Disneyland in the states is because it is located on a man made island in Urayasu, Chiba. The Tokyo Disney Resort is one of the greatest tourist spots, and it is the first Disney park built outside the United States. It has been around for 32 yaers already. The island resort has five hotels within walking distance from the themed areas, as well as four Japanese airports.
Willingdon Island Willingdon Island in India is the largest artificial island in the country. It is a part of the city of Kochi, in Kerala. The island was constructed by filling in dredged soil around a natural, but very small island that existed previously. It was built to provide space for and already crowded city. Willingdon Island is important as it is the home for Port of Kochi and Kochi Naval Base, as well as several hotels and business centers.
Venetian Islands The Venetian Islands in Biscayne Bay, which is located in Miami, Florida, are a chain of man-made islands, connected by bridges from the Miami mainland to Miami Beach. The Venetian Islands are one of the most prominent sets of islands, among the many artificial islands in the world. The islands include Belle Isle, Rivo Alto, Di Lido, San Marino, San Marco and Biscayne. The islands aren’t much of a place to party, with the average age group of residents being in the 40’s.
Kamfers Dam Island Kamfer Dam Island is situated in the Kamfers Dam lake of South Africa, north of Kimberly. The island was built in the shape of a giant “S.” The island has been an important breeding ground for Lesser Flamingos since its construction in 2006. The island was constructed using 26,000 tons of material. Almost 50,000 flamingos live on this island. However, due to deteriorating water quality and rising water levels, the island is in danger.
The Pearl-Qatar The Pearl-Qatar is a man-made island in Doha, Qatar. It is about 4 million square meters in size and was the first land in Qatar available for freehold ownership by foreign nationals. The island saw an increase in its population from 3,000 people in 2011 to 12,000 people in 2015. The Pearl-Qatar, is expected to accommodate great entertainment facilities for residents as well as tourists in the near future.
Islands of Uros The islands of Uros, Peru, are made from reed growing along the edges of Lake Titicaca, Puno. The island floats on bundles of reeds put together to make floating platforms. Each of these artificial islands have 2-10 houses made of reeds as well. The biggest island has a watchtower. Tourists are affecting the traditional culture of the Uros people which create an unwelcoming environment. Environmental and health issues are also on the rise, here.
Spiral Island Spiral Island in Mexico is a floating man-made island, in true sense of the term. The island was more of an art project built by British artist Richard “Reishee” Sowa back in 1998 using more than a quarter-million plastic bottles. Unfortunately it got destroyed by hurricane Emily in the 2005. Sowa started rebuilding the island with intentions to make it bigger and better. Since 2008, a replacement island named Joyxee Island has been open for visits.
Peberholm Peberholm is an artificial island in the Danish part of the Öresund strait. It is a part of the Öresund Bridge which connects Denmark with Sweden. This small but visually appealing island was built to have a crossover point between the bridge and the tunnel that had been built for an obstacle-free link between Sweden and Denmark. There are no resident or attraction there. Only biologists are allowed annually here, to preserve its ecology.
The THUMS Islands The THUMS Islands are a set of four man-made islands in San Pedro Bay off the coast of Long Beach, California. Built in 1965 to tap into the East Wilmington Oil Field, these are the only decorated oil islands in the US. Tall structures like The Condo, a waterfall and significant landscaping, were built to conceal the drill rigs. Island Grissom and Freeman Island are among the most beautiful of these the THUMS islands.
Amwaj Islands The Amwaj Islands are a group of man-made islands near Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. These islands were reclaimed from the shallow seas. These islands are fairly new and a pioneering project to offer 100 percent freehold ownership to those who are not citizens of Bahrain, but live there. It has recently become fit for residential purpose, with complete infrastructure, complete with commercial and residential buildings, hotels, and a circular marina. Expect these islands to be a hot spot for vacations and getaways.
Île aux Cygnes The Île aux Cygnes in France is a small artificial island in the Seine in Paris, located in the 15th and 16th administrative districts, known as arrondissements. The island, which translates to Island with the Swans, was formed in 1827 in order to protect the port of Grenelle. There are three bridges crossing it, and a tree-lined walkway. One of the major features of this island is the one-fourth scale Statue of Liberty replica, which faces in the direction of the original Statue of Liberty in New York. The island is only 2,789 ft long.
Palm Islands Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Deira Island are three artificial islands that create the Palm Islands. They are located on the coast of Dubai, in United Arab Emirates. The Palm Jumeirah was completed in November 2014 and is the only one that is completed. This archipelago was built using land reclamation by a UAE government owned company, Nakheel. The islands are shaped like a palm tree, hence the name. Palm Jebel was expected to be completed in 2008, but ran into complications. Deira Island was added to the Palm islands recently and has no estimated date to its completion.
The World Islands The World Islands in the Persian Gulf is another of the many sets of artificial islands in Dubai. This group of islands are placed roughly in the shape of the world map about 100 meters apart. They are composed of sand which is dredged from the shallow coastal waters of Dubai. It was originally conceived by the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The construction of the islands began in 2003, but came to a halt in 2008 due to financial crisis. The progression of these islands have been very slow.