7 of the best real life treasure islands to explore

Lord Howe Island, Australia

Located in the Tasmanian sea, Lord Howe Island is the stuff of legend. The story goes that a whaler ship carrying large quantities of gold coins hit a rock and ran aground just off the island in 1829. It is believed that the crew were instructed to hide the treasure somewhere on the island, but it has never been discovered.

Even if you don't find gold, Lord Howe Island is home to a stunning reef, beautiful beaches and offers an array of picturesque day hikes. The World Heritage-listed paradise is also considered to be one best honeymoon destinations.

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of the best real life treasure islands to explore

Hiding in the waters off Sumatra, the Flor Do Mar is rumoured to be the richest vessel ever lost at sea after she sank in 1512. Treasure hunter Robert Marx has spent millions of dollars trying to locate her – but a lucky yacht might still stumble upon her gold and jewels or another shipwreck treasure haul.

of the best real life treasure islands to explore

David Copperfield’s retreat offers a multi-island treasure hunt — perfect for boats — covering 700 tropical acres. Created by the illusionist, discover the secret world of “The Unknown Pirate”.

of the best real life treasure islands to explore

The jewel of the lost 1715 Treasure Fleet, the wreck of the San Miguel is thought to lie somewhere off Amelia Island – she’s worth a day cruise.

of the best real life treasure islands to explore

Morgan’s Cave is said to conceal the loot of infamous buccaneer Henry Morgan (Captain Morgan of rum fame), buried in the 17th century. Never mind that, the paradisical island is a treasure in itself.

of the best real life treasure islands to explore

Drop anchor and search the caves for the Treasure of Lima. Buried by Captain William Thompson in 1820 after he and his crew stole the loot they were transporting, it is thought to include two life-size solid gold statues.

of the best real life treasure islands to explore

The 140-acre private island is home of the longest running treasure hunt in history. Adventurers and academics have been trying to solve the mystery since 1795 — to no avail.

If you like heading underwater for your treasure don't miss our guide to the best shipwreck dives in the world.

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