Not every island is a stereotypical sandy paradise with a tropical breeze. In fact, some of our world's most intriguing islands are anything but that. Abandoned cities. Haunted buildings. Mysterious relics. Are you a strange island expert? Show your stuff with this quiz.
The answer is true: This artificial-island development, called "The World," will include 300 islands grouped into the shape of a world map. However, the project is currently on hold because of Dubai's debt crisis.
Around 1,200 Uros people still live on the 60 man-made islands that float on Lake Titicaca. The 8-to-12-feet-thick islands are made of reeds.
The dragon's blood tree on Socotra island seeps red sap, and it's also known for its peculiar umbrella-shaped branches.
Property owner Don Julian dredged dolls from the Xochimilco canals and hung them from wire to ward off the spirit of a woman who drowned nearby.
Each year, about 200,000 tourists visit these islands, and the Uros people profit from that tourism.
France's Fort Boyard island has recently served as the set for a French game show called "Fort Boyard," which is similar to America's "Fear Factor."
Hashima Island, off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan, was once the most densely populated place in the world. But after the mine on the island closed, the island city was completely abandoned.
Poveglia Island, off the coast of Venice, is widely believed to be haunted because of its grim past. It was the site for an insane asylum in the late 1800s, and a place of quarantine for plague sufferers in the 1300s and 1600s.
The name for Easter Island's mysterious statues is "moai." "Ahu" is the word for the base on which the moai is placed.
Nobody really knows exactly how the Easter Islanders were able to move such wieldy statues around the island. But both of these theories have been posed.
Mobster Al Capone was one of the many violent criminals to do time at the Alcatraz prison before it closed in 1963.
Madagascar was once part of the African continent.
This one is true: Amazingly, you won't find 90 percent of Madagascar's flora and fauna anywhere else on Earth.
Socotra Island, off the coast of Yemen and Somalia, is nicknamed "The Galapagos of the East" because of its unique ecosystem, which attracts ecotourists.
The island is made of boulders from a nearby mountain range and more than 120 million cubic yards (92 million cubic meters) of sand dredged from the sea floor.
In 1775, Lt. Juan Manuel de Ayala mapped the island and decided to call it "Isla de los Alcatraces," which translates to "Island of the Pelicans," because so many seabirds roosted there.
This one is true: During World War II, as demand for coal increased, men from China and South Korea were forcibly moved to Hashima to work the mines.
Supposedly, he performed strange experiments on mental patients at the asylum, and that's why he committed suicide.
About 9,000 people lived on Easter Island at its height in 1550.
Not really. Almost as soon as the fort was built, it was obsolete because of advancements in gun technology. But it has been used as a military prison.