You might assume this would be the most remote place in the world, like Easter Island. But maybe it is somewhere difficult to reach, expensive, undesirable, or downright awful?
Most lists include remote islands, like Easter, or Nauru, Niue, Tuvalu, Kiribati, and the Marshall Islands. My grad school classmate (and future Surgeon General) once had the US Trust Territories as part of his domain. I was once offered a job in Guam.
But all of these places have scheduled, albeit perhaps irregular, flights for mail, medication, and specialized personnel.
If you are a pilot or love geography, perhaps you have heard of the island (atoll) of Palmyra? Palmyra is an atoll in the Pacific Ocean, about a third of the way between Hawaii and American Samoa. Have I been there? No, but some of my more adventurous relatives sailed there from Hawaii many years ago. No commercial or charter flights!!!!
The nearest continent is 3355 miles away, to the northeast. The atoll is only 4.6 square miles in size. Palmyra Atoll is part of Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, the largest marine protected area in the world. The atoll is made up of submerged sand flats, along with dry land and reefs. It is not inhabited. Over 150 species of coral have been recorded here, double the number of Hawaii.
The story goes, according to my distant relatives, is the island was used for target practice during World War 2. And it is possible this is where Amelia Earhardt crashed or was stranded in her quest to fly around the world. Many stories abound.
The lagoon where they anchored was highly polluted, even though fish appeared to thrive. They anchored their boat, went ashore, and found shelter in an abandoned building, covered with graffiti. Here, they met up with other adventurous travelers, and enjoyed a few nights of communal meals and stories of great adventure.
Would I sail there? Not likely, but it makes a great story!