Lost Legends: Mysterious Tales of Vanishing Islands

You’ve probably already heard some lost legends about vanishing islands. Across history, there have been numerous tales abound of islands that appear on maps, documented by explorers and cartographers, only to vanish without a trace. And all they did was leave behind enigmatic legends and baffled minds. And some of these mysterious accounts of vanishing islands weren’t even that long ago! So it’s no surprise that they have fascinated storytellers and historians for centuries. So if you’re someone who enjoys weird history and mysteries, then here are some islands that you would wish to visit. But you’ll never get the chance to.


One of the most enduring legends is that of Hy-Brasil, an island believed to lie off the coast of Ireland. Often described as a paradise shrouded in mist, it appeared on maps from the 14th to the 18th century. Sailors sought this elusive land, yet they never really found it. It wasn’t too long until it started vanishing from maps and all attempts to locate it ended. Was it ever a real thing? Or did someone just confuse it with a different island during premature world explorations? We might never know.

Sandy Island, Pacific Ocean

In 2012, researchers were astonished to discover that Sandy Island, a supposed landmass depicted on maps for over a century, didn’t exist. Expeditions sent to locate this mysterious island found only the open ocean where it was charted to be. Which only sparked debate about how such a phantom landmass had been included on maps for so long. I mean, let’s think about it, 2012 was only 12 years ago. Is it really possible that the island was mistakingly on maps for so long?

Bermeja Island, Gulf of Mexico

Once documented on maps in the Gulf of Mexico, Bermeja Island vanished without a trace by the 20th century. Its existence was referenced in various historical documents, yet extensive searches failed to rediscover this enigmatic landmass, leading to theories ranging from natural subsidence to deliberate erasure. While we do believe that it existed at some period in time, we currently don’t have any idea about how it could have vanished without any trace.


Mayda, Atlantic Ocean

Mayda was purportedly sighted by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century. Documented in maps of the time, it was considered a stopover on the route from Europe to the Americas. However, subsequent explorations failed to find any trace of Mayda, leading to speculation about mapping errors or transient natural formations. What makes it even weirder is the number of maps that Mayda was shown on under various names – Brazir, Mam, Asmaida, Asmayda, Bentusle, Las Maidas Bolunda, and Vlaanderen. Could it really be a mistake made by so many throughout history? Or is this phantom island one of the greatest mysteries of the Atlantic Ocean?

Kanita is a wanderlust-fueled traveler with an inclination for unraveling the mysteries of history, the paranormal, and the bizarre world of medicine. As a true crime buff, Kanita's nights are often spent delving into the depths of chilling mysteries. Yet, it's not just the paranormal that captivates her—her background in medicine fuels a fascination with the weird and wonderful world of medical oddities, from twisted historical practices to the myths and legends that shroud the field. From exploring haunted locales to uncovering the strange and morbid tales of medical history, Kanita is your guide to the unconventional, the unexplained, and the downright eerie.

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