Your Own Surf Paradise

Shopping for private tropical islands has never been easier

Make your wildly impractical dreams a reality.

Make your wildly impractical dreams a reality at Ginger Island in the Caribbean. Then rename it.

Do you love to surf, but hate the crowds? Tired of scrimping and saving all year to spend a week at a tropical reef pass with 75 other office drones? What if I told you there was a better way? What if I told you there was a website that meant discovering your own little slice of heaven was just a few clicks away?

Now, with Private Islands Online, it’s never been easier to search for islands for sale all over the world. All you need is a computer, an Internet connection, a desire to break free from the crowds, and somewhere between $100,000 and $100 million in liquid assets. Your dream of being a tropical island baron are closer to reality than ever before.

Budget a little tight? Offered at only $199,000, little 7-acre Kastawei Island (get it?) is an absolute bargain. It’s in the Vanuatu Island group in the South Pacific, and I don’t know about you, but when I read something like “Vanuatu” I think “Heaving Reefbreak Barrels.” Are there waves? Who knows? But there’s definitely a reef, and there are definitely no crowds. How are you going to get there? Good question. You’ve got a yacht already, right?

7 acres of tropical...something.

7 acres of tropical…something.

Looking for something a big bigger? Have a peek then at 59-acre Bandaa Dhidhoo in the Maldives. Palm trees, white sand, turquoise water, and, maybe, just maybe the next Pasta Point. This one’ll run you a cool $7.5 million, but once you set foot on your own private Maldivian paradise, and shoo away any interlopers you see sailing over the horizon—maybe with a flare gun, perhaps with a shot across the bow from an island-mounted howitzer (hey, it’s your island)—the price will seem like an afterthought.

The view from your new front yard.

The view from your new front yard.

So next time you’re sitting feebly in a crowded lineup, back-paddlers and flailing kooks doing their best to make you wish you’d never learned how to surf, just head on over to and make the best financial mistake you’ll ever regret.