What You Need To Live Comfortably On A Deserted Island

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For the purposes of our article we would assume that you have unlimited funds or at the very least a very high amount of funds. The first thing I would suggest is choosing an island in the pacific one of at least several miles wide. Possibly sporting an inactive volcano with a fresh water stream flowing down the side.

Large enough that it could contain mammals for food such as wild boars, and other such creatures as well as attract larger seafaring birds to land. It should be rich in vegetation and fruit bearing trees as well. South Pacific is ideal as it would be free of temperate weather changes and you would not have to endure cold conditions at any point of the year.


A large hut built from strong bamboo and thick grass roofs with the floors raised from the ground about 4 - 5 feet should do. High enough from the ground to keep you away from wild animals, poisonous snakes and other harmful creatures on the ground. You should have windows that open like trap doors on each side but that can be fastened down very securely. This is primarily to protect you from pacific storms.

If you can have your home built away from the beach possibly part way up the incline to the volcano but still allowing you to view the beach. Have your structure connected to a a few solidly planted trees. Being at a higher elevation can ensure your home is not washed away or destroyed by a tsunami.


There are a few things that can make it feel like home. Electricity, Sewage/running water etc.

For electricity here are several options, again supposing we have unlimited funds and that some things we have brought to the island.

1) HYDRO-ELECTRIC TURBINE - At the waterfall coming off the mountain this option will provide the most power to your electrical generators.

2) WIND TURBINE - Place possible a dozen wind turbines (depending on the size of course at a very large size would probably only need one) this can produce the electricity you will need as well.

3) SOLAR POWER - Panels placed on the roof or any area where sunlight is good. This can produce quite a bit of electricity depending on the amount of solar panels you have. I would cover my large roof and possibly a big shed roof. that should suffice.

4) GEOTHERMAL POWER - Depending on the inactivity of the volcano it is possible to drill down into the earths surface far enough to harness geothermal energy and have it fed to your electrical generator. Also if geysers are present in the vicinity this could also be harnassed. But the first three options would probably be the most viable.

In the interest of backup sources I would have a mix of the above, possibly harness the stream, have several wind turbines and solar panels.

For water sewer keep in min as earlier you are at a little higher elevation than the beach. My suggestion is to create a large concrete tank higher up the slope that captures some of the water from the stream. run pipes down from the tank to your home and apply to toilets, sinks, etc. Farther down the slope away from your home you could do one of two things. Either have the waste water pipes run to a swamp (keeping in mind of course that what goes down the drain is natural) or you could set up a large sewage tank where it would empty and slowly allow the sewage to sink into the ground over time.


With the availability of electricity you can have air conditioning, stoves, computers, satellite TV, a satellite phone and if you have a internet satellite connection it would complete your setup. I would also recommend having a back up radio for communication just in case.

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Noble One 5 years ago from Milpitas, CA

Cast Away! First thing that popped into my mind was Tom Hanks calling that volleyball "WIlson." LOL Is this practical? How do you know until you really experience it though?

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rambansal 5 years ago from India

It seems you are not fed up with the modern lifestyle so carry it with you spoil the virgin island. I would rather like to go there even without my clothing (or with minimum) but only with my beloved, and nothing else.

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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

he he, yeah I threw cast away in the keywords thought it might make someone laugh :) I think it is possible but as in the article it would depend on having the funds to do it. the only way to live off the grid is after making a pile of dough on it.

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Noble One 5 years ago from Milpitas, CA

...and that's what it's all about! the almighty dollar!

rambansai, what does a level 1 commenter mean? i know, i can search it, but i prefer getting answers firsthand.

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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

Hi rambansal, well it would be interesting to be there with nothing but the island to live from but I think I would get tired of it. Mainly because everyday would begin to be a struggle for survival, to feed onself, shelter, also dealing with things like tsunamis massive storms, wild animals, etc. Wouldn't be the life for me.

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Noble One 5 years ago from Milpitas, CA

oh yeah! it's easy to sit back and press some buttons on the keyboard writing about it, but applying it, their lies the real challenge. and i know you weren't talking to me, but i really appreciate your output and it's nice to have met at least one good friend here, terrektwo. thanks again. have a good night! tomorrow's another day. and yes, another cent, soon to be a dollar. =)

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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

Noble One - true money is needed unfortunately. Also Level 1 Commenter is the first level you get to once you have made a lot of comments on others hubs, I've seen level 2 and 3 not sure how high it goes though.

Noble One 5 years ago

I hear ya! Totally understandable! 'til next time..

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point2make 5 years ago

I can almost feel the warm breezes and the sound of the waves crashing on the shoreline. It does beg the question though... with all the modern conveniences, giving you all the comforts of home, wouldn't the dream or the fantasy of living on a "deserted" island be....lost? Interesting hub voted up!

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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

no problem Noble One, glad to meet you too :) good night.

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Carolus 5 years ago from USA /Portugal

Sign me up! Great hub. I need some time on a deserted island.

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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

Hi point2make, I think for me it is more of escaping loud cities and being somewhere to completely call your own. But to anyone wanting to just be on the island alone with nothing or very little that's cool too.

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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

Carolus glad your on board :)

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