Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean
Located in the clear blue waters of the Central Indian Ocean, Diego Garcia might appear a picture postcard paradise from afar, but seen close up, this is no place to kick back on the golden sands.
Housing a vast US naval and military base since the 1970s, access is strictly forbidden to all but the 1,000 or so personnel stationed here, and such is the atoll’s troubled past, no chances are taken when it comes to securing its secrets.
The subject of fierce territorial disputes since the US moved in at the height of the Cold War, the island’s inhabitants were forcibly removed and controversy has raged here ever since. Life is said to be good for the military personnel and contractors who are based here, but outsiders are not welcomed and all approaches are rebuffed in no uncertain terms. Paradise this might appear, but Diego Garcia is no place for the curious.