A STUNNING paradise island has been deemed a no-go area for anyone hoping to visit – as locals kill anyone who comes close to their land.
North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean, but no outsider has made it on to the tropical paradise since the late 1990s.
The island is inhabited by the Sentinelese tribe, who are thought to be the last isolated, pre-Neolithic tribe to remain anywhere on earth.
The hardy tribe survived the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and resulting tsunami – three days after which, an Indian government helicopter observed several locals.
The helicopter could not land, however, as it was shot at with arrows and stones.
The population of the tribe is estimated to be anywhere between 50 and 400 individuals.
As the Sentinelese reject any contact with the outside world, they are among the last people to remain untouched by modern civilisation.
So determined are they to not interact with outsiders, they kill those who get too close, as two fisherman unfortunately discovered in 2006.
The two men were fishing for crabs off the island and dropped anchor for the night before falling asleep in their boat.
Unfortunately for them, their anchor failed and they were carried into the shallows unawares, where they were attacked and killed by the islanders.
Those that live on the island face the potential threat of infectious disease, as they have no immunity.
The Indian government has therefore declared the entire island and its surrounding waters extending three nautical miles from the island to be an exclusion zone.
The story of North Sentinel Island comes after a mysterious figure captured on film was thought to be a member of Indonesia’s lost pygmy tribe.
A group of bikers riding down a dirt track in near Banda Aceh happened to film a small, half-naked man during a ride out.
The motorcyclists were travelling down the track when they saw the bald man leap out of the trees.
The clip shows one of the bikers falling to the ground as the unknown figure runs away from the group.
One of the bikers races in pursuit of the man – but he eludes the biker, and jumps into bushes by the side of the road before disappearing altogether.