The Island Hopping Contest

How many islands have you visited, and how many can you name?

Those are questions being discussed over on the TravelBlog forums, and those who have answered so far have made me realize that, previously unbeknownst to me, I am not much of an island person.

The average count of named islands visited appears to be in the 30-40 range. Of course, as D MJ Binkley points out:

An island is an island…small or not.

But despite that valid point, it’s just too difficult to count the number of very small islands you have stood on in the middle of a lake or river and so for the purposes of this discussion only islands with names are being counted.

My remarkably short list – and not counting airport-only visits:

  1. England
  2. Manhattan
  3. Long Island
  4. Staten Island
  5. Hawaii (Big Island)
  6. Martinique
  7. Padre Island
  8. Boca Chita Key (FL)
  9. Assorted barrier islands near Tampa/St. Pete – Clearwater, Madeira Beach, etc.

What does your list look like? Are you an island person or do you prefer keeping land route escape options open?

Read the thread in its entirety: How many islands?

Aerial View – Maldives Island” by Badr Naseem. CC BY-ND 2.0.


  1. Off the top of my head:

    Staten Island
    Hawaii (Big Island)
    Padre Island
    South Beach (and other various Barrier Islands near Miami)
    Various Islands in Lake Superior

  2. Manhattan, Long Island, Hatteras, Ocracoke, Kiawah, Hilton Head, Duafuske, Galveston, Key West, Key Largo, Marathon, Puerto Rico, St Lucia, Nassau, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand (north island), Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, Kauai, Johnston, Guam, Honshu, Jeju, Kwajalien, Phuket, Luzon, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Lantau, Fifi, among others

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