The slice of paradise you can own for less than a property
The Ultimate Extravagant Purchase:
A View Into The World Of Luxurious Private Islands
Owning a private island is the ultimate extravagance in life. Secluded idylls with clear waters, white sand beaches, breathtaking scenery and complete privacy. Nothing can beat an entire paradise all to yourself. Did you know, some are more affordable than you’d think? In fact, there are plenty of private islands you can buy for less than a UK flat.
Evoluted analysed 805 listings for tranquil private islands across two of the main online marketplaces. We used Rightmove and Finder to compare UK city flat prices and around the world, to the costs of private islands, and who could be your celeb neighbour.
Dive into the key findings:
There are 805 private islands listed across the two main marketplaces.
The total value of all the listed private islands across the world is $2,902,212,657 (£2,078,869,437).
You can buy a Beachfront Island Parcel in Belize, Central America (6 Acres) for less than a 2 bedroom flat in Edinburgh.
There are 201 islands around the world that cost less than the average 2-bedroom flat in London. Over half (56%) of all islands with a price tag, cost less than the average flat in Hong Kong.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Eddie Murphy, Shakira and many more celebrities are proud private island owners, and could be your neighbour.
The most expensive island is Rangyai Island in Thailand, and costs a whopping $160,000,000 (£114,608,800). The cheapest island is Half Island in Canada, and costs a mere $65,000 (£46,559).
The Private Islands That Cost
Less Than A UK City Centre Flat
Idyllic paradise living is worlds away to living in city centres across the UK. So how does UK city living compare to island living? What do you get for your money?
London, 2 bed flat
- Close to the tube station
- Views of skyline and high rise buildings
- Ensuite, and bright and contemporary living space
Treasure Caye, Belize, Central America - 4.88 acres private island
- Crystal clear aquamarine waters and easy to dock your vessel
- Snorkel in deep waters
- The island is ideal for use as a private getaway or a resort
Cambridge, 2 bed flat
- Gas central heating
- Allocated parking space
- Open plan living room and kitchen
Howard Island, Michigan, USA - 2 acre private island
- Beautiful views of the sunrise and sunset - paradise
- 12 miles from the Canadian border
- A main cottage and a quaint guest cottage
Brighton, 2 bed flat
- Views across Brighton
- Close to mainline Brighton railway station
Bensley Island, Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada - 12 acre private island
- Spectacular views from sunrise to sunset
- Warm waters for swimming and sunbathing in seclusion
- 12 acres of natural beauty with White Pine and protected coves
Edinburgh, 2 bed flat
- Close proximity to the finest shops and restaurants
- Views of Edinburgh city
- Open plan living
Beachfront Parcel, Southern Long Caye, Belize, Central America - 6 Acre Private Island
- Beautiful sunsets from the south-facing beach
- Gorgeous white sand and crystal clear Caribbean water
- Fishing, snorkeling, diving, spearfishing and whale watching
Manchester, 2 bed flat
- Close to main shops and Manchester Arndale Centre
- Lift in block of flats
- Open plan lounge kitchen
Gillis Island, Prince Edward Island, Canada - 11 Acre Private Island
- Paradise of forest
- 200 feet of south-facing sandy shorefront
- Outstanding canoeing and kayaking
Birmingham, 2 bed flat
- Walking distance to New Street station
- Parking space
- Close to shops and local amenities
Half Island, Nova Scotia, Canada - 6 Acre Private Island
- Natural beauty with great fishing and wildlife
- Located less than 1 mile from mainland
- Beautiful beaches
UK City living vs island living:
How many islands are cheaper than the average property in these UK cities?
|UK City||Average cost for a 2-bed flat||Number of islands listed for less money|
We analysed the average cost of a 2 bed flat in some of the UK’s biggest cities, and calculated how many private islands were listed for less money.
201 islands around the world cost less than a 2-bedroom flat in London. That’s 38% of all islands with a price tag, that are cheaper than accommodation in the UK’s capital. Nearly a fifth (19%) of islands with a listed price cost less than a 2-bed flat in Cambridge.
The Private Islands That
Cost Less Than A Flat In The Most Expensive Cities In The World
Most people have to live in cities for the job that provides them with the opportunities to buy expensive accommodation, or maybe many would rather live on the mainland than travel home by boat. However, if you’re in the market for secluded living and the ocean on your doorstep, here’s what your money can buy you instead.
Hong Kong flat
- Roof terrace
- Close to central business district
Isla Guapa, Panama, Central America - 17 acre private island
- Rolling hills and fertile ground with lush vegetation
- Beautiful sea views
- Swimming pool
- 2 bedrooms
Green Bay Island, Philippines - 15 acre private island
- White sand beach that encircles the entire island
- Snorkel or scuba dive with colorful tropical fish
- Coconut and Talisai trees
How many islands are
Cheaper than the average flat in these worldwide cities?
City living vs island living:
We also looked at the average cost flats in some of the most expensive cities around the world, and calculated how many private islands were listed for a cheaper price.
There are 297 private islands for sale for cheaper than an average flat in Hong Kong. There are 223 islands that cost less than a flat in Singapore, and 201 costing less than a flat in London
|City||Average cost for a flat||Number of islands listed for less money|
|Hong Kong Hong Kong||$1,950,286 (£1,397,000)||297|
|Singapore Singapore||$1,204,794 (£863,000)||223|
|London United Kingdom||$1,058,208 (£758,000)||201|
|Seoul South Korea||$987,009 (£707,000)||189|
|New York NY, United States||$945,128 (£677,000)||181|
|Beijing China||$922,791 (£661,000)||181|
|Taipei Taiwan||$859,968 (£616,000)||167|
|Shanghai China||$850,196 (£609,000)||167|
|San Francisco CA, United States||$837,632 (£600,000)||167|
|Geneva Switzerland||$837,632 (£600,000)||167|
Celebrity private island owners:
Who could be your neighbour?
What makes a private island even more exclusive? An A-list neighbour.
Kim Kardashian hired a private island for her 40th birthday party with her nearest and dearest - reportedly costing over $500,000 (£358,152) for 5 days of luxury. It’s thought that she rented out The Brando resort in Polynesia, sitting on the private, 193-acre island of Onetahi, 30 miles north of Tahiti.
High profilers don’t just rent islands for lavish parties, many famously own them, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Tyler Perry, Mel Gibson, Eddie Murphy and Shakira.
We analysed the locations of celebrity owned islands and to find island hot spots with famous neighbours nearby.
Mel Gibson bought the 5,400 acre Mago Island in Fiji for $15 million (£10.7 million). While visiting his huge private island, Gibson runs a cattle farm, and has reportedly met with the local government about potentially setting up other farming and fishing activities. In the same area, Nanukulevu island is for sale; snap that up and Mel might invite you over for a glass of champagne - or milk.
Leo’s island, Blackadore Caye, is 104 acres and set him back $1.75 million (£1.25 million). Since his purchase, he’s been busy transforming it into an eco luxury resort. The lavish spender who buys Benbowe Caye in Belize will be DiCaprio’s neighbour.
Buy Benbow Caye in Belize for $ 3,000,000 to be Leonardo’s neighbour
Bought Blackadore Caye island
- $1.75 million
- 104 acres
Buy Big Sampson Cay in The Bahamas for $14,500,000 to be Johnny’s neighbour
Little Hall Pond Cay
- The Bahamas
- $3.6 million
- 45 acres
Buy Hawks Nest Cay in The Bahamas for $1,500,000 to be Tyler’s neighbour
Bought White Bay Cay
- The Bahamas
- About $7 million
- 25 acres
Buy Nanukulevu Island in Fiji for $3,250,000 to be Mel’s neighbour
Bought Mago Island
- $15 million
- 5,400 acres
Buy La Patella in The Bahamas for $4,000,000 to be Eddie’s neighbour
Bought Rooster Cay
- The Bahamas
- $15 million
- 15 acres
Buy Bird Cay in The Bahamas for $26,000,000 to be Shakira’s neighbour
Bought Bonds Cay
- The Bahamas
- $16 million
- 700 acres
Buy Bonefish Cay in The Bahamas for $8,200,000 to be Tim and Faith’s neighbours
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Bought Goat Cay
- The Bahamas
- 22 acres
Can you afford a private island?
Private islands range between $65,000 (£46,559) and $160,000,000 (£114,608,800). However, that’s just for the islands with a listing price; some don’t even include a price - it’s only available on request, due to their bespoke nature. Of the 537 islands that have a price tag, the value totaled over $2.9 billion (£2 billion).
Total listings price:
Average mean price:
Rangyai Island, Thailand
- 110 Acres
Half Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
- 6 Acres
Cerralvo Island, Mexico
- 35,000 Acres
- South America
$20,000,000 (£14,326,100) Cost per acre: $571 (£409)
The largest private island in the world:
Cerralvo Island, in Mexico
Cerralvo Island is 16 miles and 35,000 acres. This uninhabited island is located off the east coast of Baja in the Sea of Cortez. The natural landform allows for development of an exclusive eco resort offering watersports, fishing, diving, and beaches. The largest listed private island could be yours for $20,000,000 (£14,326,100).
Asia is the most exclusive place to own a private island
Already reserved for the rich and famous, private islands still have an elite tier. The most expensive and exclusive islands by area are in Asia, closely followed by the Caribbean islands.
It’s no surprise considering they boast the most stunning scenery, clear oceans and gorgeous tropical weather.
Asia has 22/27 islands costing over $1,000,000 (£716,305)
The Caribbean has 85/93 islands costing over $1,000,000 (£716,305)
- Asia $280,765 (£201,113) per acre
- Caribbean $122,040 (£87,417) per acre
- United States $114,978 (£82,359) per acre
- Europe $57,447 (£41,150) per acre
- South Pacific $23,305 (£16,693) per acre
- Canada $13,174 (£9,475) per acre
- Central America $5,622 (£4,043) per acre
- Africa $4,733 (£3,404) per acre
- South America $1,120 (£806) per acre
The current island listings were collected from Private Islands Online and Vladi Private Islands - the two largest online marketplaces for private island sales.
The price of flats around the world were collected from Finder.com.
The full list of sources we used are listed to the right.
Any currency conversions were completed using the Google Currency Converter - https://www.google.com/intl/en/googlefinance/disclaimer/.
- Private Islands Online: https://www.privateislandsonline.com
- Vladi Private Islands: https://www.vladi-private-islands.de
- Finder: https://www.finder.com
- Rightmove: https://www.rightmove.co.uk
- Property Guru: https://www.propertyguru.com
- Eighties Kids: https://www.eightieskids.com
- People: https://people.com
- Insider: https://www.insider.com