Morgan Island, South Carolina, United States
Thinking about paying a visit to Morgan Island? Take our advice: don’t. Known also as Monkey Island — for obvious reasons — this wild South Carolina marshland is home to around 3,500 free-ranging rhesus monkeys, housed here since 1979 and protected under strict US federal laws.
Located close to Beaufort on the state’s scenic coastline, you can spot the monkeys from the water, but those keen to get a closer look shouldn’t be tempted to set foot ashore. Morgan Island is a base used for education and research into allergies and infectious diseases and is uninhabited for good reason.
The monkeys are of Indian origin and, with their protected home an invaluable breeding colony, their numbers are growing all the time. It’s a secretive place, where trespassing is forbidden and mysteries endure. Take a boat trip by all means, but please don’t think about trying to dock.