The world’s most visited countries definitely have a lot to offer but if you’re looking for a place that’s not too popular, the world’s least visited countries are equally beautiful and waaay too underrated. These countries will surprise you with pristine, untouched nature and very, very few tourists who could ruin a perfect photo.
This list includes the top 10 least visited countries of the world and even though most of them are extremely small or in a location far away from us, I’m sure they’re worth a visit, or more.
The small independent state Palau was formerly part of Micronesia and it’s a hidden gem of the Western Pacific Ocean. Last year, only a little over 100,000 visitors reached this island (105,000 to be more exact) but if you look at a couple of photos I’m sure you will want to go there as soon as possible.
A small country nestled between Romania and Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova is a country that will amaze everyone with its simplicity, vineyards, monasteries and more. Even though last year only 96,000 crossed its border, I’m sure more and more people will follow.
Timor-Leste or East Timor is a small state in Southeast Asia, which includes only the eastern side of the island of Timor and several islands you haven’t heard of, like Atauro, Jaco and Oecusse. It had 78,000 visitors back in 2013, but thanks to its lovely beaches I’m sure more people will want to visit the country soon.
A surprising entry in our list is Dominica, one of the exotic destinations I was actually planning to visit in the next years. I’ve thought the lovely island located in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea gets more tourists every year, but apparently only 78,000 visitors arrived to the islands last year.
6. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Another exotic destination we all should add to our bucket list, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is also hidden in the Caribbean Sea, actually right at the border with the Atlantic Ocean. Only 72,000 visitors managed to see its ravishing scenery last year.
Anguilla is actually a British Overseas Territory, but it’s an island state in the Caribbean, lying east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and right north of Saint Martin. It used to be a tax heaven for a lot of people but probably the 69,000 tourists who came here last year were more interested in the awesome beaches.
It’s a bit odd to see an European state this high in this list, but the tiny country Liechtenstein doesn’t attract too many visitors every year. Probably it gets a lot of people going from Switzerland, that surrounds the country to the west and south, and Austria, which surrounds Liechtenstein to the east and north. Still, only 60,000 people were reported to be visiting the country last year.
The world’s smallest independent nation is very different from all other tropical states. Located in the South Pacific Ocean, the small island state has a rocky beach filled with surprises like caves, tunnels and limestone chasms. Niue also has some of the world’s most unique diving spots, which will definitely attract more visitors to the country. Last year it had only 7,000 tourists, but this number is about to explode.
Another small state that’s technically a British Overseas Territory, Montserrat is part of the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies. If you like volcanoes, you should know that almost two thirds of the island are scarred by ash and lava flows and only the northern part of the island is inhabited. Only 7,000 visitors arrived to Montserrat back in 2013.
The Republic of Kiribati is one of best kept secrets of the central tropical Pacific Ocean. The country is made of several islands and atolls which barely rise above the surrounding ocean and if you’re looking for a pristine land, this is as good as it gets. Most of the locals still live in traditional raised thatched huts, even though you will see some modern influences here and there. Only 6,000 visitors arrived here last year and you should visit it quickly because the state might disappear due to rising sea levels.