What is an island?
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Part VIII states:
An island is a naturally formed area of land, surrounded by water, which is above water at high tide.
When I started Island Guides I did some research to find out how many islands there are in the world. Type in “How many islands in the world” in Google and it returns 36,600,000 pages! Then when you start reading those pages you’ll find almost as many different answers.
So after many months of extensive research, using the most powerful computers, satellite imagery, and databases from the world’s most learned institutions I’ve finally come up with the definitive answer…
To narrow that down a bit – somewhere between 2,000 and 5,980,000…
But there could be more!
Islands have held a fascination for me ever since I saw Swiss Family Robinson as a kid. I was born in London, and although England is an island it was a long way from the tropical island of my dreams. So as soon as I was old enough I started traveling. Europe was opening up as a holiday destination with affordable package tours so I traveled to Ibiza, Majorca, Corfu, (where I met my first wife). Then I moved to Canada and suddenly the Caribbean was within easy traveling distance – Antigua, Barbados, (third wife) Cuba, Dominican Republic, and just about every other letter in the alphabet had an island.
After many years in the music industry I decided on a career change and became a writer, then combining my love of travel, photography, and writing I became a travel writer. I wrote the Adventure Guide Barbados, contributed monthly travel features to Macedonian Life, and then took on the position of executive editor at Whitesand Magazine.
I live by the philosophy that –
“Although No Man Is An Island, that doesn’t mean that Any Man can’t be On An Island”
So I spend as much time as possible visiting islands, photographing them and writing about them. And I created Island Guides as a series of features each providing in depth information on different islands.
Things To Do
They are illustrated with numerous photos, which are available on request, and videos