Everyone wants to get their own little island to retire on. But the truth is that there’s a reason so few people get to do it. First of all, you need a lot of money.

Second, many of those islands are still inhabited by people – and those people don’t like strangers.

North Sentinel Island sits in the Bay of Bengal, east of India.


To passing boats, it looks like an idyllic island paradise, but it’s actually home to the Sentinelese people. And they don’t like intruders… not one bit.


Despite living on the island for an estimated 60,000 years, few have ever made direct contact with them. And it never ended well for the visitors.


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Attempts to land have almost always been met with a shower of arrows from the forest.


Those who did land disappeared into the forest, never to be heard from again.


In 2006, two fishermen who were illegally hunting for crabs drifted along the island shore. They were ambushed and killed.

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 This photo was later released by the Indian coast guard.


All attempts to retrieve their bodies were met with a rain of arrows from the forest.image-2Atlas Obscura

Other boat crews didn’t fare well, either. 


This sunken old ship can still be seen on Google Earth.


In the early 1900s, the tribe started allowing boats to approach the island shores. 

However, once the boats came closer, the Sentinelese would start shooting projectiles and make threatening gestures towards the crews.


The Sentinelese are believed to be the last pre-Neolithic tribe in the world.


Almost nothing is known about their society. 

We only know that they subsist almost entirely off of hunting and gathering, and that there’s no evidence of agriculture or even fire usage.


Their language might be one of their greatest mysteries. It’s unclassified and weirdly bears no resemblance to other languages. sentinel-islandGuardians Of Fire

Their exact population is also unknown. Estimates have pegged their number as low as 40 and as high as 500.island-people-5

It’s hard to believe that tribes like these have been able to remain so isolated. Let’s hope they stay that way forever… for their safety and ours!