July 28, 2007
World's most expensive island
It's Vatu Vara (above and below), in Fiji.
"Reputed to be the most expensive island in the world,
Vatu Vara is often referred to as 'Hat Island' because of its unusual shape.
Its limestone cliffs are covered in dense tropical jungle
and the flat summit is like a cross between
Bora Bora and 'The Lost World' of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
And Mel Gibson is a neighbor: he owns Mago Island, just 32km east."
[via today's Financial Times House & Home section]
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Global warming? Give me a break
Posted by: Bob J | Oct 10, 2009 12:01:31 AM
These are such an incredible islands which are becoming popular. @Matthew - i think Global warming is a danger to these small islands but they are here for long time so we can enjoy the moments we have rather than worry too much. What do you think?
Posted by: katie | Oct 1, 2009 3:27:08 AM
Looks good but it will disappear very soon.
Posted by: Spammer | Sep 7, 2009 8:44:58 AM
Amazing island, it is at times like this that I wish I was a rich bastard and could afford to buy my own wee island....
Posted by: William Wallace | Sep 6, 2009 12:09:53 PM
All you people harping on about Australia are wrong. Interestingly enough, Australia is the only place that is simultaneously considered a continent, a country and an island. So there you go.
Also, New Zealand is not 'an island' it's a country made up of 3 major and many smaller islands.
Oh and steph, Australasia and Oceania are simply two variations on the name given to the collective group of Australia and New Zealand. They are on different continental plates though so are not part of the same continent.
ANYWAY, that wasn't meant to take so long I was just trying to finish the argument once and for all. heh.
Beaut' island XD
Posted by: tom | Jul 20, 2009 7:36:52 AM
... and you could probably make back 1/2 that money in timber alone.
... and some scenes from the movie The Beach were filmed there.
... and other than that, it's pretty much a piece of uninhabitable crap!
Posted by: JC | Feb 26, 2009 3:26:38 PM
Why have they taken it off the market?
I just get enough to buy it ;-)
Posted by: Green cheeked conure | Feb 16, 2009 10:08:59 AM
And no doubt this place of unspoilt natural beauty will before long be a 'tourist stop' (read: place for overpaid tourists to dump litter and install cheap bars and casinos for the lower classes). Next stop: prisons and rubbish dumps on the moon.
Someone mentioned Lost; in fact if I had the choice I'd probably prefer to be stranded on such an island, away from television, shopping malls, shell-suited thugs, gangsta rap, the BNP, etc. I can see why jack would say "We have to go back!"
Posted by: Oahu | Feb 8, 2009 11:42:37 AM
The most expensive island in the world.How amazing would it be to have a nice villa on that island? Give a thumbs up on su!!!
Posted by: coach group charter | Feb 5, 2009 8:55:02 PM
Keep tellin' yourself that, G-dawg. Just cover your ears and hum, pretend it's not happening.
Anyway, goooorgeous island. Makes me want to go swimming and lounge about in the shade with a book all day (not gonna happen here in Canada).
Posted by: Isa | Feb 5, 2009 4:12:06 AM
wooo... nice... i love the view...
Posted by: Suertres Hearing | Feb 4, 2009 9:42:51 PM
I'd make it a SuperJail ^_^
Posted by: Soho | Feb 4, 2009 6:42:23 AM
I guess if you can afford the asking price you can install a heliport. Note that the lagoon has no natural entrance, therefore no water entry for Mr. Moneybags.
Posted by: Matthew Cushing | Feb 2, 2009 11:36:30 PM
Hate to tell you all this, but Australia is a country not a continent. The continent is called Australasia or Oceania depending on your source of information. Very nice pictures, wish I could afford it!
Posted by: steph | Feb 2, 2009 12:51:26 PM
Only if it comes with velociraptors and at least Tom Hanks -- no, not Tom Hanks; Robert Sean Leonard, or Hugh Laurie...no, both, I think --running around in loincloths, with a basketball. Hmm, the velocies could be problematic for the guys...hmm...need 'raptor food...hmm...I have it! Mel Gibson! Problem solved.
Posted by: Flautist | Feb 1, 2009 4:10:00 PM
I was going to buy until I saw that Mel Gibson would be a neighbour!
Posted by: graham john spink | Feb 1, 2009 3:46:22 PM
Interesting. thanks for posting! Mel Gibson's Island?
Posted by: tommy | Feb 1, 2009 11:45:05 AM
I saw someone pointing out Australia up there and thought,(by this logic) aren't all the continents (strike that) isn't all the land on this earth surrounded by water? Thereby making every continent an island? Thought some may enjoy this technicality in what constitutes an "island".
And if the latter were held true, which would be the most expensive?
Posted by: J | Jan 30, 2009 12:42:20 PM
It may be the most expensive island, but it does not have a website as cool as Pen Island. www.penisisland.com
Posted by: Rocketboy | Jan 30, 2009 12:11:26 PM
Posted by: Lee | Jan 30, 2009 1:51:12 AM
Global warming oh yeah that totally happening. Just like on the first earth day the were freaking out about global cooling happening. Also if you think about it Australia and New Zealand would be islands, yes they are continents but also islands.
Posted by: bug | Jan 29, 2009 7:09:43 PM
Hey P-Dawg and locam...please read through the rest of the posts. I wasn't making fun of Matthew's grammar. I was trying to correct a fact! I do thank the gentleman from Australia that put the entire argument to rest.
P-Dawg..."I hate people that feel the need"??? Anyone that uses the word "hate" when describing an individual is intolerant of their opinion, thereby making you a bigot. I bid you a pleasant day.
Posted by: G-dawg | Jan 29, 2009 11:03:37 AM
Yeah I'd kick it there
Posted by: Jon L | Jan 29, 2009 6:00:53 AM
Actually I have to disagree in regards to this being the most expensive island because we have a listing off the coast of Panama for an island that is priced at $100,000,000. The link to view this listing is here: http://www.buyingcr.com/index.php?option=com_cmsrealty&Itemid=56564&action=listingview&listingID=69
Anyone interested in buying then feel free to contact us for anything regarding Costa Rica real estate.
Posted by: Costa Rica Real Estate | Jan 29, 2009 2:52:44 AM
Looks like the island from the TV show lost
Posted by: Paul | Jan 28, 2009 9:51:43 PM
Why do some people always think that beautiful pictures are photoshopped? Great post
Posted by: Armando | Jan 28, 2009 9:06:17 PM
$75,000,000? I'd get a good inspector. "Its limestone cliffs are covered in dense tropical jungle." That's a tip-off right there. I bet that tropical jungle was put there to hide something. Take a look at the limestone cliffs underneath, and you'll probably find water damage.
Posted by: mermaldad | Jan 28, 2009 8:42:42 PM
these are obviously shopped, the shadows are all wrong
Posted by: brreeeeeen | Jan 28, 2009 5:13:57 PM
There are at least 10 mistakes in the post from Matthew.
Posted by: Ewen | Jan 28, 2009 7:27:51 AM
More expensive than Japan, Greenland, Madagascar, Cuba, or Hawaii? I find that hard to believe... well scratch that it might be more expensive than Cuba.
Posted by: Amadeus | Jan 28, 2009 2:59:25 AM
Also, Matthew...Australia is NOT considered an island. It is a CONTINENT!
Well I'm an 100% Aussie (Australian) I found this when I was stumbling; bloody hell it's a good giggle, OK! now enough of the haha.
Shock boys you are both RIGHT! AUSTRALIA is the worlds largest Island & the worlds smallest CONTINENT
No New Zealand is not a suburb of Sydney Bondi NSW Not as you Northern Hemisphere People are led to believe!!
IT'S A COUNTRY!!!
BUT ROOS STILL JUMP DOWN GEORGE ST SYDNEY
[(But you know this as the establishment in the UK!)You Know the police!!]
Posted by: Phlan-Michelle | Jan 27, 2009 11:31:34 PM
Hey bookofjoe, cool posting.
Hey G-dawg, Matthew's grammar is fine, his punctuation and spelling not so.
He wasn't pointing out grammatical errors, his logic may have been faulty
just stating facts.
Hey Matthew, Why can't you just enjoy the fucking posting? You're an arrogant
Posted by: locam | Jan 27, 2009 8:18:11 PM
Yo G-Dawg why do you feel the need to make fun of someone grammar when he was making a comment about something totally different. I hate people who feel that need.
Posted by: P-Dawg | Jan 27, 2009 5:47:38 PM
estrella del Mare
Mas o menos 140 - 150 million anos.se han contrado en el meandros delta Turquia aydın(Miletos)
Posted by: NAZIM YILMAZ | Jan 27, 2009 3:20:21 PM
Truly awesome. - dantheman
Posted by: Dantheman Johnson | Jan 27, 2009 3:18:28 PM
By "Soon to be under water thanks to global warming" do you mean in the next 10,000 years? I would accept that. Global warming is not a man-made phenomenon...over the course of billions of years our planet has undergone exactly what we are going through now. Do you not think we will have another Ice Age?
Also, Matthew...Australia is NOT considered an island. It is a CONTINENT!
Posted by: G-dawg | Jan 27, 2009 2:45:40 PM
Matthew before you try to correct other peoples grammar maybe you should look at your own..
"I would think if someone wanted to by Australia, new zealand, that would be more expensive, so i think the real heading would be World's most expensive island thats for sale"
Can you see the mistakes or would you like someone to help you..
There are a minimum of two, far more than you tried to point out in the title...
Posted by: Alan | Jan 27, 2009 10:00:20 AM
Pro: You're closest neighbor is 32km away!
Con: It's Mel Gibson
Posted by: Brad | Jan 27, 2009 1:53:50 AM
World's most expensive island?
i would think if someone wanted to by Australia, new zealand, that would be more expensive, so i think the real heading would be World's most expensive island thats for sale
Posted by: Matthew | Jan 27, 2009 1:00:57 AM
Soon to be under water thanks to global warming. Looks like a good mandatory retirement location for the heads of major carbon producing companies.
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jul 28, 2007 5:00:51 PM
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