The Ultimate Fantasy Island Quiz

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Who currently owns the private island paradise of Skorpios, in the Ionian Sea?

Athina Onassis, who inherited Skorpios from her grandfather Aristotle, was widely rumored to have sold the island to Georgio Armani in 2009, but both sides denied the transaction, leaving Athina its sole owner.

The homes on Johnny Depp's Little Hall's Pond Cay in the Bahamas are powered by what alternative energy source?

This pristine getaway in the Out Islands of the Bahamas features several small cottages, all solar-powered.

Protecting more than a dozen of the Out Islands of the Bahamas, the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park is managed as what kind of nature preserve?

The first park of its kind in or around the Caribbean, the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park is an example of a "no-take" marine fishery reserve, allowing populations of both endangered and commercially important species to thrive there.

Where are the Hans Lollik Islands located?

Great Hans Lollik and Little Hans Lollik are surrounded by the crystal clear Caribbean, less than 2 miles off the northern shore of St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

By what unusual means were building materials and heavy equipment transported to Petra Island, N.Y., for the construction of a 5,000-square-foot home there?

The owner of this 11-acre private island on Lake Mahopac waited for the lake to freeze, then drove supplies out on John Deere tractors. Try that in the tropics!

What famous architect drafted the original plans for the main residence on Petra Island?

Frank Lloyd Wright drew plans for Petra Island in 1950, but the home was not completed until nearly 50 years after his death, leading purists to insist that the house is merely inspired by Wright, and not a true Wright creation.

What island was the first land (mistakenly) spotted by Columbus when he sailed to the New World?

When he first sighted High Cay, a 31-acre island in what we now call the Bahamas, Columbus believed he had finally reached India. This piece of world history can now be yours for the asking price of $3 million.

How much did Sir Richard Branson pay for Necker Island, his private paradise in the British Virgin Islands?

Today, the luxurious 74-acre getaway has an estimated value of somewhere around $60 million, but Branson paid just $100,000 for the then-undeveloped island in 1978.

Which of the following are NOT included in your $200,000 rental fee for a one-week stay on the exclusive Isla de sa Ferradura off the coast of Spain?

When you stay in the seven-room hacienda on Isla de sa Ferradura, an attentive staff will serve you made-to-order food and drink almost anywhere on the 14-acre island, but you'll have to pay extra for caviar and certain specialty wines.

What Hollywood icon owned the French Polynesian atoll of Tetiaroa?

Marlon Brando bought this ring of 13 idyllic islands in 1965 and stayed there frequently until his health began to deteriorate in 1990.

What movie was Marlon Brando filming when he first saw Tetiaroa and fell in love with the Tahitian way of life?

Marlon Brando fell in love with the islands while filming "Mutiny on the Bounty" in and around Tahiti.

The Greek island of Nafsika is covered with what sort of vegetation?

The island is full of vegetation, and covered in lush forests of olive and fruit trees.

Spanish explorer Vasco de Balboa first encountered the Pacific Ocean not far from what island pair?

Balboa's travels took him within shouting distance of Isla Majagual and Isla Maje, which are in the Gulf of Panama, just a few miles from the Pacific coast.

Where was the movie "Castaway" filmed?

Tom Hanks (and his film pal Wilson) toiled away on the island of Monuriki, Fiji during the making of the movie.

What common pricing scheme should you be aware of before you set out to buy a private island?

It's standard for brokers to add a mark up of 20 percent or more to the top of an island's sale price. This commission goes straight to the broker, and sometimes the seller isn't even aware of it.

For about $25,000 a day, you can rent the entire island of Musha Cay in the Bahamas. How many of your friends can you bring along?

The island can accommodate up to 25 total residents, so ask 24 of your best friends to help you cover the bill for one of the most expensive island rentals in the world.

What is one of the most important questions to consider if you plan to buy a private island to live on?

Water, water everywhere -- make sure some of it is fit to drink!

Who famously offered Johnny Depp practical advice about buying Little Hall's Pond Cay?

Marlon Brando advised Depp to think about things like the island's water supply, as well as its elevation above sea level in case of hurricanes and tropical storms.

Where would you find "The World" and the Palm Jumeirah, two luxurious man-made island groups?

These massive feats of engineering and excess are found in the Persian Gulf, just off the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

How much did Mel Gibson reportedly pay for his personal retreat in Fiji?

Gibson reportedly spent $9 million in 2005 to buy the 5,400-acre Mago Island, one of the largest privately owned islands in the South Pacific.

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About This Quiz

For most of us, buying a private island is just a fantasy. But it's still fun to find out who does own them, and how much they paid! See what you know about private islands in our Ultimate Fantasy Island quiz.

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