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Island Dream meaning

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Did you have a dream about an island? Whether you dreamt about a tropical island or had a dream about being stranded on a deserted island, there is much you can learn about yourself from an island as a dream symbol.

What Does it Mean to Dream About an Island?


Dreaming about an island can mean a number of things, from independence and self-confidence to isolation and loneliness. A dream about an island can also mean you need a much needed break and some time to recharge.

We have many culturally ingrained ideas and expectations when we think of islands, and this may be useful in interpreting our dreams.

For example, we go to islands for luxury vacations. We watch movies about people being stranded on deserted islands, fighting to survive.

We might typically think of islands as small, or remote, but islands come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and numbers all over the globe. The climate and terrain of islands varies as well, as they are found very near our equator as well as very far from it.

Our dreams about islands likely have a lot of variation, and many important details to pay attention to. Maybe we are feeling isolated and lonely, like a lone island out at sea. Or perhaps our island dream is telling us we need a little solitude to regroup and recharge.

island dream meaning

Let’s explore some common themes we see in dreams about an island:

Independence, Self Confidence

The theme of independence and self-confidence in a dream about an island is common when you dream of finding yourself alone on an islad but you don’t feel lonely at all – in the dream you may actually feel relieved to be alone or even empowered by it.

Perhaps in your life you feel constantly surrounded but your family, friends or coworkers. You never get a moment of time to yourself. Or maybe there is an overbearing presence in your life: a parent, a partner, a boss, someone who doesn’t let you live your life the way you want.

This dream could be about your desires for more independence. You likely have an underlying need to break away from the confines everyone else imposes on you.

In this dream scenario, you could be on the brink of a big change in your life. Are you thinking about changing careers, finishing up a degree, or thinking about moving somewhere new? This dream could be a manifestation of your hopes for the future and need for more freedom.

tropical island beach with palm tree

Needing a Break, Time to Recharge

Many people love to go on beach vacations. In some minds, it is the ultimate in luxury and relaxation to travel to a beautiful tropical island.

If this is something you personally fantasize about, perhaps your dream is telling you that you need to recharge. Maybe you don’t have to take a fancy vacation, but you still probably could use a little down time for some self care.

Were you enjoying your time on the island in your dream? Was it like a little sleep vacation? This is very likely a clear sign for you to take a break and take some much needed time to practice self care.

Feeling Lonely, Isolation

island rock

Have you heard the song “I Am a Rock” by Simon and Garfunkel?

“I am a rock, I am an island, I’ve built walls, a fortress deep and mighty, that none may penetrate”.

Simon and Garfunkel, I am a Rock

The lyrics of the song paints a pretty dismal picture of someone who has isolated themselves. Someone “being an island” is a pretty common metaphor that elicits the imagery of that someone being alone, hard to reach and separated from everyone else.

In your dream, did you feel isolated and alone? Were you sad or scared? This dream could be about fears or anxiety you are experiencing in your waking life.

Do you often feel lonely? Are you going through something difficult that makes you feel like you are alone in the experience? Have you built up a fortress to keep yourself protected while also pushing away your loved ones?

Our brains can trick us sometimes into thinking we are alone and should stay that way. It might be a good time to reach out and confide in a friend how you are feeling.

Common Examples of Island Dreams and What They Mean


Now that we’ve covered some common themes regarding islands, let’s take a look at a few island dream scenarios and what it means to see an island in your dreams.

You dream you are stranded on an island…

Negatively, this dream could indicate that you are feeling isolated and trapped, fending for yourself. If you are alone and struggling in the dream this is probably a reflection of how you feel about a situation in your life, or your life in general.

Where do you feel a sense of struggle? Is there something you need to speak up about at your job, in your relationship or with a friend? Can you ask for support when you need it?

Positively, this dream could be about feelings of independence and confidence. In the dream you might not struggle at all and find ingenious ways to overcome all of your challenges.

Are you someone who thinks they can overcome anything all by themselves? This can be good, but remember not to let your ego get in your way and allow you to think you never need anyone else in life.

You dream of a tropical island vacation…

This dream is possibly an invitation that you need to take a break from the stresses in your life and recharge. You will likely know right away if that sounds like you.

However, sometimes it’s easy to convince ourselves that we aren’t overworked or overstressed, or that we “shouldn’t” be… but if you really check in with yourself you will know if this is what you need. Take a nap. Or a day off if you can.

You dream you are traveling to an island…

Sometimes in life we really need to disconnect from all of our distractions and take some much needed “me time” – and what better place to do that than your very own island?

If you are traveling to an island in your dream your subconscious may be telling you you need a little solitude to sort out your thoughts. Maybe you have been working to solve a problem or question and you really need to give yourself the time and space to do it. This could also be a sign you need to readjust your boundaries with certain people in your life.

You dream of frozen island…

The island in your dream, in all of these examples, likely represents your emotions. A frozen icy island is a pretty bleak inhospitable place to be, and suggests that you maybe feel frozen or stuck in some area of your life.

Perhaps you are trying to get away from something, but find no way out. The isolation of an island would make it pretty hard to escape. Do you feel like you are stuck in some area of your life? A relationship going nowhere, an unfulfilling career, or general lack of contentment?

This dream may be telling you that you feel like you are in a rut. How can you shake things up?

You dream of an island surrounded by water…

While all islands are surrounded by water, if the water around the island is a main feature of your dream, its important to pay attention to what that water looks like because it can represent your feelings.

Rough, choppy water around the island can mean you feel uncertain about something in your life or you feel uneasy about a situation you are in or about to face.

On the other hand, crystal clear calm water that is blue or green can mean that you feel relaxed, calm and in control. This can be how you currently feel about your current life circumstances – or could be what you wish you felt in life.

See our dream meaning on water for more on what it means.

Watching the sunrise or sunset on an island…

A sunrise or sunset on an island can give us some insight on how we currently feel about our lives.

To watch a sunrise on an island means you are optimistic about what is to come in your life.

To watch a sunset on an island can mean that a chapter in your life is coming to a close. Maybe you are changing careers or are ready to move into the next phase of your life with something different than the norm.

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”

John Donne

To understand more about what your dream means, ask yourself these questions:

  • What do you think of when you think of islands?
  • Have you been feeling lonely or isolated?
  • Are you looking forward to taking a vacation soon?
  • Do you feel stuck?
  • What other symbols appeared in the dream?
  • Where you alone or with other people?
  • How did you feel inside the dream?

Did you have a dream about an island? Tell us about your dream and what it means for you in the comments section below!

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  1. I dreamed I was on an island I’m guessing vacation. I wasn’t alone I was with my sister. The water was crystal clear/blue/green. There was a small Island in front of us and my sister decided to try and walk over to the island. We noticed the island had life 3 houses on it so you needed a boat to get there. It wasn’t that far so my sister started to walk over because I told her she can walk the water wasn’t deep. Once she started to the island I jumped in and the water became a hill and I went up the water hill and slid down as if I was on a sliding board (Laughing while coming down) I looked over my sister was doing the same thing. Lol my phone rung and I woke up so that’s all I have.

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