Do you know there are some cool places in our world that is out of bound? These places which ordinarily would have been tourist sites if not for the secrecy shrouded in such places are off limits, maybe forever! This article reveals 10 places in the world you and I are forbidden to visit
Our spectacular planet has so many wonders to explore. However, there are some places that are just too dangerous, too protected, or maybe too special to visit—even for the most widely traveled tourist or most seasoned voyager. These places have been completely cut off from the outside world.
1. Heard Island Volcano, Australia
This barren volcanic Antarctic Island, an Australian external territory about two thirds of the way between Madagascar and Antarctica, is considered one of the most remote places on earth. The 368-square-mile landmass is mountainous, has 41 glaciers and is also home to an array of wildlife including penguins, seals, and marine birds.
However in 2000, the University of Hawaii noticed a two-kilometer-long lava flow coming from the southwest side of Mawson’s Peak, a 2,745-foot-high complex volcano which has been active ever since. Aside from the volcano and its dangers, the weather on the island is notoriously poor. Plus, its a minimum two-week sail to any other major land mass — making it one of the most dangerous, and hardest places in the world to access.
2. Snake Island, Brazil
Ilha da Queimada Grande, or Snake Island, as it is more affectionately known, is a 43-hectare island located of the Brazilian coastline, approximately 20 miles from the Sao Paulo shore. The island is home to one of the globe’s most deadly species of snake, the Golden Lance-head Viper, who’s venom can eat through flesh.
There are more than 4,000 of them on the island, but local lore suggests that there is one snake for every five square meters of the land. Whatever the case, the Brazilian government has prohibited any visitors from setting foot there with one exception: Every few years the government grants a handful of scientists a permit to study the snakes.
3. North Sentinel Island, Andaman Islands
This small, heavily forested island in the Bay of Bengal is completely encircled by coral reef, making it difficult to approach by boat. However, its inaccessibility is not the main obstacle to a visit: North Sentinel Island is inhabited by a small indigenous population known as the Sentinelese, who have rejected contact with all other people — they are among the world’s last communities to remain untouched by modern civilization.
In 2008, two fishermen whose boat accidentally strayed too close were reportedly killed by the tribe. And in the wake of the massive 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and resulting tsunami, research helicopters assessing the damage in the area were attacked by the Sentinelese, who shot arrows and threw stones as the aircraft flew over the coastline.
4. Poveglia, Italy
This small island is located between Venice and Lido within the Venetian Lagoon in Northern Italy. Throughout its history, it has been home to a fort, used as a shipping check point, been a quarantine station for the Bubonic Plague, and since the turn of the last century, there has been an asylum.
In 1968, the psychiatric hospital was closed down and the island was abandoned. It’s no wonder — Poveglia has long been considered one of the most haunted places on earth. Rumor has it that the ghosts of plague victims, war victims, and the ghost of a murderous asylum doctor roam the decaying grounds. The Italian government offered the island up for long term lease (99 years) in 2014 in the hope that someone would redevelop the land.
5. Vatican Secret Archives, Vatican City, Italy
Buried deep within the walls of Vatican City, and mostly underground, are the Vatican Secret Archives, which house the immense history of the acts of the Holy See, along with historic documents, state papers, papal account books, and other official correspondence, some of which dates back to the eighth century. Items include letters from Michelangelo, a letter from Mary Queen of Scots written while she was awaiting her execution, and King Henry VIII’s request for a marriage annulment.
The archives, which are the official property of the current pope, have been estimated to span over 52 miles of shelving with more that 35,000 items. Other than a very small staff who take care of the archives, access is strictly limited to qualified scholars from very select higher education and research institutions, all of whom have to undergo a rigorous access application process to be granted entry.
6. Area 51, Nevada
No list of prohibited places would be complete without a mention of Area 51 — the nickname for a remote detachment of United States Air Force facility Edwards Air Force Base, located in Southern Nevada. The facility is shrouded in secrecy and while it has long believed to be a testing facility for experimental aircraft and weaponry, conspiracy theorists favorite theory that the base is where the U.S. government examines and stores a crashed alien space craft and the alien occupants, including evidence from a supposed alien crash landing in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.
While the area surrounding Area 51 is a popular tourist destination for alien enthusiasts, access to Area 51 itself is completely prohibited, except to intelligence and military personnel with special clearance. The airspace above the base is also a no-go area and is rumored to be protected with anti aircraft weaponry and fighter jets.
7. The Queen’s Bedroom
The bedroom is buried within Buckingham palace and heavily guarded. In 1982, however, a man named Michael Fagan broke into the bedroom. It was considered one of the biggest royal security breaches.
8. The Vault of Coca Cola
The secret formula behind the Coca Cola recipe is one of the most heavily guarded secrets. To protect it, the company has a high tech vault that holds the recipe. Only a handful of people actually know the formula.
9. Bohemian Grove
Every summer for around 150-years this secretive California camp ground hosts a gathering of the most powerful men in the world. Past presidents such as Richard Nixon and Herbert Hoover have attended. Women are not allowed.
Private meetings at this retreat were directly responsible for the Manhattan project – the project that led to the development of the atomic bomb.
10. Room 39, North Korea
It has been suspected that this top secret location is behind North Korea’s illegal counterfeiting. Its drug smuggling. And also weapon sales. Very little is known about what happens within its perimeters.