Do you know what is the largest island in the world? If you thought Australia, we’re sorry to tell you this, but you’re wrong. It’s a continent. Although continental landmasses are entirely surrounded by water they are not classified as islands. Australia is usually considered to be the smallest of the four, the other three being the Americas, Antarctica, and Afro-Eurasia. As the smallest continent however, Australia is still three times bigger than the number one island on our list of the 25 largest islands in the world.
Formerly called Ceylon, Sri Lanka is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, located in Southern Asia, just off the coast of India. Adam’s Bridge, a land connection to the Indian mainland, is now mostly submerged with only a chain of limestone shoals remaining above sea level.
One of the larger members of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Banks Island is situated in the Inuvik Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. It is treeless and the only permanent settlement on the island, Sachs Harbour or Ikhuak, an Inuvialuit hamlet, is on the southwest coast.
Sakhalin is Russia’s largest island, and is administered as part of Sakhalin Oblast. It is about one fifth the size of Japan and has a population of roughly half a million.
Hispaniola is the site of the first European colonies in the New World, which were founded by Christopher Columbus on his voyages in 1492 and 1493. It is the ninth-most-populous island in the world, and the most populous in the Americas. It is the second largest island in the Caribbean (after Cuba) and the 22nd-largest island in the world.
Formerly known as Ezo, Hokkaido is Japan’s second largest island; it is also the largest and northernmost of Japan’s 47 prefectures.