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15 September, 2011

Fantastic Floating Islands Around the World

When we hear the word island the first nation that comes up in our mind is Mauritius; does this mean Mauritius is the only island that is worth visiting for a traveler? Is Mauritius the only travel destination when it comes to island? There are many other fantastic and far-fetching islands across the globe. Shall we look at these islands?

Floating islands, have you heard of them? Floating islands are generally a natural phenomenon and are either a mass of floating aquatic plants or mud or peat. Floating islands are otherwise referred as tussocks, floatons or sudds. Here is a sneak preview of some of the fantastic and out of this world floating islands.

  1. Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
Amantani Islands in Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
Lake Titicaca in Bolivia is a place for a number of floating islands, both natural and artificially created. The shape of this lake resembles a puma hunting a rabbit. Floating islands of Lake Titicaca include Amantani, Taquile, Isla del Sol, Isla de la Luna, Suriqui and Uros. Isla del Sol is one of the largest islands in Lake Titicaca. Motor vehicles are not allowed in these floating islands, they rely on manual labor for farming and fishing; however, these lakes have few steamships. Majority of the people in these islands rent their homes for tourists and serve them home cooked food.

  1. Loktak Lake, India
Phumdis in Loktak Lake, India

Image source: Wikipedia
Loktak lake is the largest freshwater lake in India and contains floating islands called Phumdis’ these are exclusive to Lake Loktak of India and is in Manipur state. This floating island has the largest floating park in the world called “The Keibul Lamjao National Park.” Phumdis are heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil and organic matter covering an area of 15.4 sq miles. Visitors can enjoy different geometrically shaped phumids in Loktak Lake.

  1. Vlasina Lake, Serbia
Vlasina Lake, Serbia

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Vlasina Lake is a semi-artificial lake in Serbia that has two islands, namely, Dugi del and Stratorija; these two islands are permanent islands. Floating islands occur in this lake when the water breaks from a height to tiny chunks of peat. The largest floating island in Vlasina Lake is the “Moby-Dick” with an area of 8 ha.

Many more lakes have floating islands built artificially that look so natural. Stay tuned to know the artificially created floating islands around the world.


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