79-year-old Mauro Morandi enjoys a life of solitude on deserted Italian island


In 1989, Morandi set sail with his friends and decided to go to Polynesia “to look for an island and start a new life.” His journey would take him to the nearby island of Budelli. “I was very angry with a society that does not take into consideration the individual, but only runs for power and money,” Morandi said.

Morandi said there was one “caretaker” who was leaving the island, and he asked if he could move into his home. That was on July 1, 1989, and the rest is history. Morandi fell in love with the island and decided to make it his permanent residence.

“This island was what I was looking for … The whole island is my place.”

Budelli is located in the northern Sardinia region of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea and is part of La Maddalena National Park. The area is known for its pink sand beaches, which Morandi said is composed of calcium carbonate from seashells and a “pink micro-organism that gives color to the beach.”

Morandi lives alone on the island, but tourists visit during the summer — but only for a day and there are no overnight stays. The visitors are always fascinated by his lifestyle.

“No one comes from November to April, and then I enjoy the solitude,” he says. “I love, reading, taking pictures and sharing them with the whole world to communicate beauty.”

However, Morandi’s friends visit him and bring him fresh fish. (He lost his boat three years ago and can no longer go fishing.)

He relies on solar panels to supply power to his home and has a system for collecting and purifying rainwater to drink. He even builds his own furniture, using driftwood and other materials he finds around the island.

Several years ago, Morandi began posting his photos on Facebook and Instagram — allowing the rest of the world to appreciate the island’s beauty as much as he does. He hopes that by bringing attention to the island’s beauty, more people will fight to protect it.

“I am realizing that there’s beginning to be an awareness that it is essential to protect nature.”

In 1999, Italy closed Budelli’s pink sand beaches to tourists, who now — in an effort to protect the island from further erosion — may only walk along a pathway behind the beach.

“We must try to see the beauty to the end, and then we will respect nature and perhaps this world will be saved.”

His message to the world: “Looking at the surface is not enough. You must see beyond, feel the beauty, the scents, the whistling of the wind, the noise of the backwash, the gleam of the sun on the sea…”


Travel company that will strand you on a desert island

Want to be stranded on a remote tropical island but without having to survive a traumatic shipwreck or plane crash? Enter Docastaway, a travel company that will transform you into a modern day Robinson Crusoe and maroon you on one of a number of pre-selected remote tropical islands.

“We have dedicated several years to exploring the most uninhabited and isolated tropical corners of the planet with the aim of discovering the most remote islands, those which remain a secret and still completely untouched by western influence,” the site states.

To cater to both the survivalist and the vacationer, Docastaway offers two isolation categories, Adventure mode and Comfort mode. With the latter, you’ll still be at one with nature, but there’s likely an eco-resort not to far away to cater to your every need. Adventure mode on the other hand features everything from a simple hut with a modern bathroom to “it’s up to you to find your own food and water.” Take for instance this description for the 15-day excursion on Devil’s Island.

“We must reiterate the fact that this island is only suitable for those who love to experience difficulties and those who don’t mind being totally abandoned during long periods of time,” the site warns. “This island is an ideal destination for those who want to become an authentic castaway, completely alone and without guides. This is probably the most extreme experience that Docastaway has to offer.”


It’s worth noting that while Docastaway offers communication options for all its stranded clients, in the case of Devil’s Island, help isn’t always just a phone call away.

“Should there be a storm, the castaway will have to wait up to two weeks to be rescued,” they share. “Therefore, much patience will be necessary and also flexible dates.”

Want something a little more tame that your partner won’t hold against you for the rest of your life? Check out the stunning Blue Lagoon option under Comfort mode.

While guides and staff will deliver food and other luxuries daily, you’ll otherwise be completely alone — with no electricity, but plenty of wildlife and gorgeous scenery to entertain you. “There are no villages or towns for many miles and the immediate vicinity of the island is not frequented by fishing boats,” the site states. “The feeling of isolation in The Blue Lagoon is generally maximum.”

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