I've been to one of these countries (Marshall Islands) twice, and have been on three of the islands comprising the country (Kwajalein Atoll, Majuro, and Bikini Atoll). I was there both times to dive the shipwrecks in Bikini lagoon, which were sunk in US nuclear tests in 1946. They include the WWII aircraft carrier USS Saratoga, and WWII Japanese Imperial Flagship HIJMS Nagato, and a number of smaller vessels. The Saratoga is the among the best wreck dives in the world (the only thing I've dived that came anywhere close in size and complexity was the Andrea Doria). Got lots of surface and underwater photos which I could scan if anyone's interested. I can say categorically that there is nothing that's anything like a mountain on any of the islands, unless the huge synthetic aperture radar station on Kwaj counts.
Bikini is as close as I've gotten to true isolation; since the US conducted atmospheric and underwater nuclear tests there though the early sixties it was off limits to everyone but Atomic Energy Commission personnel until 1997, when a dive "resort" was created in the old AEC facilites. The resort consisted of military style barracks for up to ten visitors and a few staff, a mess hall, a dive shack with a compressor and some tools, a rec room with ping pong tables and a TV+VCR (for watching videos of the dives, and the library of old movies, cartoons and porn left by the AEC staff), and a dock with a boat. There was nothing else on the entire island other than ruins of concrete bunkers from WWII and the nuclear tests. It's pretty wild going for a walk in the early morning and knowing that, aside from the people back at the barracks, there's no other human for hundreds of miles. There's also no phone, no internet (there was a sat phone for emergencies), no TV or radio, no boat traffic, no emergency facilities, and only one flight a week in or out.
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