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This is a guide to what items and fruit you can get on Mystery Island Tours with Nook Miles Tickets in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch. Learn how to spend a Nook Miles Ticket to go on a Mystery Island Tour and what kind of islands can be visited.

Types of Mystery Islands Tours

This is a list of all islands currently confirmed to exist on Mystery Island Tours. Take note that the apperance rate of islands and critters depend on the date and time.

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Normal Island 1

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Appearance Rate Very Common
Island Characteristics
  • Has the same fruit native to your island
  • Usually has the same kinds of flowers as your island
  • Has rivers requiring a vaulting pole
  • Usually has a visitor that you can invite to your island

Normal Island 2

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Appearance Rate Very Common
Island Characteristics
  • There is a waterfall at the front
  • Usually has the same kinds of flowers as your island
  • Has a cliff that requires a ladder

Bamboo Island

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Appearance Rate Common
Island Characteristics
  • All the island's trees are Bamboo, which can be pulled up with a shovel to be replanted on your island
  • Ideal for creating your own Tarantula Island

Rare Flower Island

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Appearance Rate Very Rare ★
Island Characteristics
  • Flowers which can normally only be obtained by crossbreeding grow natively. You can use a shovel to pull up flowers and replant them on your island.

Island with Many Waterfalls

Appearance Rate Uncommon
Island Characteristics
  • The island has a lot of waterfalls
  • River Fish that appear above the cliff are easier to catch
  • You can catch the Stringfish (Unconfirmed by Game8)

Island with Dorsal-Finned Fish

Appearance Rate Rare
Island Characteristics
  • All Fish found on the island Dorsal-Finned
  • The island also has a shape like a dorsal fin
  • All varieties of Sharks and Ocean Sunfish can be caught (Ocean Sunfish don't sell for much, so target the Sharks to sell for Bells)
  • Can yield more money than hunting Tarantulas

Island with Hybrid Flowers and Emperor Butterflies

Appearance Rate Very Rare★
Island Characteristics
  • Flowers which can normally only be obtained by crossbreeding grow natively. You can use a shovel to pull up flowers and replant them on your island.
  • Emperor Butterflies spawn infinitely
  • There is a central lake where Koi can be fished
  • All-around most beautiful island!

Money Rock Island

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Appearance Rate Uncommon
Island Characteristics
  • Bells come out from all of the rocks you hit. Use a shovel or axe to hit the rocks 8 times each.
  • There are five rocks in the center of the island
  • A vaulting pole is required to get to the center

Trash Island

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Appearance Rate Rare
Island Characteristics
  • You can only fish Trash/Garbage items. Fishing up Trash gives you new DIY recipe ideas.
  • The Trash you fish up depends on the fish shadow sizes
  • Giant Water Bugs also spawn

Tarantula Island

Appearance Rate Very Rare★
Island Characteristics
  • Tarantulas spawn infinitely
  • Even if you get stung, you'll respawn on the Mystery Island Tour, so you can try as many times as you need to catch them
  • An update added Giant Water Bugs to the island, making less Tarantulas spawn

Scorpion Island with Gold Nuggets

Appearance Rate Very Rare★
Island Characteristics
  • Scorpions spawn infinitely
  • Even if you get stung, you'll respawn on the Mystery Island Tour, so you can try as many times as you need to catch them
  • There's a pond with a single rock in the middle
  • Only Gold Nuggets come out of the rock. These are extremely rare and valuable, so be sure to bring them back with you.

Scorpion Island with Money Rocks

Appearance Rate Very Rare★
Island Characteristics
  • Scorpions spawn infinitely
  • Even if you get stung, you'll respawn on the Mystery Island Tour, so you can try as many times as you need to catch them
  • Only Bells come out of the rocks. Be sure to hit each rock 8 times.

Coelacanth Island

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Appearance Rate Under Investigation
Island Characteristics
  • Coelacanths are easy to catch
  • Although Coelacanths usually appear on rainy days, they were caught even in sunny weather
  • It is still unkown if their supply is infinite here

Big Fish Island

Big Fish Island

Appearance Rate Rare
Island Characteristics
  • Fish with large fish shadow sizes appear
  • You can fish Black Bass in the river
  • You can fish Oarfish from the ocean
  • From the bridge, you can fish Tuna and Blue Marlin
  • To fish from the bridge, you need to bring Fish Bait

(Provided by commenter)

Spiral Pond Island

Appearance Rate Under Investigation
Island Characteristics
  • There is a pond with a spiral shape
  • We caught Coelacanths here even in sunny weather (Can be caught on other island tour types)
  • Probably no other special traits

Fruit Tree Island

Fruit Tree Island

Appearance Rate Under Investigation
Island Characteristics
  • The island only has Fruit Trees
  • The Fruit is guaranteed to be different from your local or native Fruit.
  • You can only get 1 new type of fruit from these islands.

(Provided by commenter)

Island with Tall Cliffs

Appearance Rate Under Investigation
Island Characteristics
  • There's a large pond in the middle of the island
  • There's a cliff on the top left of the island
  • There is no waterfall
  • No other special traits or rare critters to speak of

Island with a Waterfall at the Back

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Appearance Rate Under Investigation
Island Characteristics
  • There is a left-facing waterfall found on the right backside of the island
  • No other special traits to speak of

May Day Tour Island

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Appearance Rate Available only during the May Day event on May 1 to May 7, 2020
Island Characteristics
  • You can go to a May Day Tour using a one-time May Day Ticket at the airport.
  • Island characteristics will be drastically different from the usual Mystery Tour islands as listed above.
  • A special character named Rover can be seen on the island.

May Day Event Info and Rewards| Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

Have You Been to a Different Island?

As you can see, the Mystery Tours in this game lead to various islands with many different features and fruits. It's likely that many more rare Mystery Island Tour islands exist that have yet to be discovered.

Send us more info in the comments!

When you've come across one of these rare islands, be sure to post in the comments with a picture to help keep us up to date on the latest and greatest info!

Thank you to the commenters who provided information and images!

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Accessible Islands May Depend on Date and Time

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Note that accessible islands may change based on the date and time.

For example, Tarantulas only appear from January to April or from November to December in the Northern Hemisphere, and spawn at night, so it's highly likely that these conditions are required to visit the Tarantula Island.

If you're planning on hunting for a certain rare island, it might be worth it to try changing the Date and Time Setting on your Nintendo Switch first.
How to Change the Date and Time

How to Use a Nook Miles Ticket

Go on a Mystery Island Tour

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When visiting another island on a Mystery Island Tour, you can use a Nook Miles Ticket. After playing your initial loan of 5,000 Miles, Tom Nook will give you one of these tickets for free. In addition, you can buy another any time from the Nook Stop in Resident Services for 2,000 Miles.

How to Get Nook Miles Fast

What To Do on a Mystery Island Tour

Collect Materials Easily

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You can find all kinds of Materials for use on your own island on a Mystery Island Tour. In particular, Iron Nuggets are a difficult to find item with the limited number of rocks on each island, so consider going on a Mystery Island Tour to collect more.

How to Get Iron Nuggets

Invite Villagers to your Island

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On a Mystery Island Tour, you can invite new residents found there to come back to your island. When you talk to the same resident twice, you'll get the option to invite them back, so if you find someone you like, go ahead and bring ‘em on home!

List of Starting Villagers

Take fruit home with you

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On a Mystery Island Tour, you'll sometimes find Fruits different from those native to your island. Be sure to grab these when you find these and take them back to your own island to plant and sell for a higher price.

Also, consider trading your found items online to other players, to get every different kinds of fruit tree on your island!
Recipe and Fruit Trading Board

Take rare flowers home with you

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If you manage to find one of the island where flowers with rare colors bloom, be sure to take some back with you. These can usually only be gotten through Cross Pollination, which requires both time and luck, so it's a great find!

You'll have to use a shovel to dig up the entire flower to bring it home.

How to Make Hybrid Flowers

Take home wildlife

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You can also find fish and bugs different from those found on your island on a Mystery Island Tour, so catch as many of these as possible.

Even if you happen to forget a Fishing Rod or a Net, you can either craft these using the DIY Crafting Table (conveniently located near the airport on every Mystery Island Tour island) or by talking to Wilbur, the Dodo Airlines pilot, who will sell you Flimsy tools for 100 Miles each.

What to Bring on a Mystery Island Tour

Best Tools to Bring

Tools to Bring on a Mystery Island Tour
Net ImageNet Fishing Rod ImageFishing Rod Vaulting Pole ImageVaulting Pole
Shovel ImageShovel Ladder ImageLadder -

It's best to have all your most important tools on hand when going on a Mystery Island Tour.

Craft or Buy Tools on the Island

If you'd prefer to have your inventory completely empty before you leave, you can head to the island first and craft the items you need there. A DIY Workbench will always be available on the Mystery Island Tour island, so you can craft the tools you need there from the Materials available on the island.

Otherwise, you can buy a Flimsy version of the Net, Axe, Shovel, or Fishing Rod from Wilbur, the Pilot, for a fee of 100 Miles apiece.

What to Watch Out for on a Mystery Island Tour

Don't forget a Vaulting Pole

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When going on a Mystery Island Tour, a variety of rivers will surround you, limiting your movement. If you go on a Mystery Island Tour before unlocking the Vaulting Pole, it might end up being a waste of your Ticket, so be sure to get the Vaulting Pole first before embarking on one.
How to Get the Vaulting Pole

The island you visit is random

Spring Island Bamboo Island
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These are examples of possible islands.

There are a variety of Mystery Island Tour islands available, and it's random which of the islands you will visit, so you'll need to be prepared for anything!

Empty your inventory as much as possible

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When visiting a Mystery Island Tour island, you'll want to bring as many items as possible home with you, so be sure your inventory has as much space as possible. Without leaving behind any of the tools you'll need, bring a mostly empty bag to the island.

Also consider purchasing the Pocket Organization Guide first to get an extra 10 slots in your inventory before going.

How to Increase Inventory Space

Some Mystery Island Tour islands have no Villagers

On a Mystery Island Tour, sometimes you'll encounter an island with no Villagers at all. If you're going on a Mystery Island Tour to try to recruit new Villagers, consider using an amiibo+ card instead to add new Villagers without the risk of wasting your Miles on a Nook Miles Ticket.
List of amiibos and Compatibility

When you Save and Quit, you will leave the island

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Your Mystery Island Tour has no time limit, but if you need to turn off your Switch for any reason, your trip will be over. Be sure to go on a Mystery Island Tour at a point when you won't need to turn off your Switch soon, and try to get everything done before you do so.

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Things to Do Every Day All Island Shops and Facilities Upgrades
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How to Increase Inventory Space How to Get Presents from Balloons
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How to Get Specific Villagers You Want How to Raise Your Island's Star Rating
Infinite Tarantula Island - How to Get or Create It Art Guide | Complete List of Artworks and Fakes
Money, Miles and Shopping
Nook Mileage Program Activities & Rewards List Nook Miles+ Challenges and Rewards
Nook Stop Explained Spending Nook Miles
How to Get Nook Miles Fast How to Make Money Bags (Bell Bags)
How to Get Bells (Money) Fast Money Rock and How to Hit the Rock 8 Times
How to Grow Money Trees from Glowing Spots How to Get Bank Interest
Should You Use the Drop-Off Box? How to Get the Royal Crown
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How to Get Rid of Cockroaches | Catching Cockroaches How to Get Moving Wallpaper
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Reshape Your Island
How Close Can You Plant Trees? How to Chop Wood and Pull Up Trees
How to Get Palm Trees on Your Island How to Build a Bridge
How to Build Slopes, Stairs and Inclines How to Break Rocks
How to Change the Island Tune How to Use Island Designer
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List of NookPhone Apps Mystery Island Tour and Nook Miles Ticket Guide
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How to Add or Delete Players Can You Transfer Data From Pocket Camp?
amiibo Compatibility NookLink Features
The Language Setting How to Pre-Load

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131 Anonymous5 days

I just got the money rock and scorpion island so I took a higher quality picture than the one you have so that you can use it

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130 Anonymous5 days

i think there's a diving beetle island, I went once at night an that's all that spawned and some snapping turtles

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