You can use Nook Miles to buy tickets to visit deserted islands on the Mystery Island Tour! There are lots of different island types so you’ll want to go island hopping as often as you can. It costs 2,000 Nook Miles to buy a ticket at the Nookstop.
Preparing to Go Island Hopping!
There are a few things you want to do to maximise your trip to a new island!
Empty your pockets! - During your first trip, you’ll likely only have the default inventory size (or one upgrade higher), which means you’re tight for pocket space. Make sure you sell or put away anything you don’t need! You want as much space as possible for collecting new materials.
Make Tools! - You definitely want to bring a set of tools! Bring a fresh set of tools so that they don’t break on you straight away. If you’re wanting to gather a lot of resources, bring some extra materials with you to make some more tools. Most islands will have trees to gather wood from, but not all will. You can buy tools from the pilot for Nook Miles, but you want to avoid spending Miles on things like that, at the beginning at least.
Head to the Airport
First things first, you’ll need to a have a Nook Miles ticket to hand. If you’ve completed your first home upgrade, Orville at the Airport will have your gifted ticket. If not, then you’ll need to purchase a ticket from the Nookstop in Resident Services (for 2,000 miles). You’ll need to bring it with you to the airport to be able to use it.
Next up, you’ll need to tell Orville that you want to fly! If you have a Nook Miles ticket to hand, you will have the option to use the ticket. After selecting this option, Orville will double check that you definitely want to go and are ready to fly!
What to Do on the Island
You will decide to go to mystery islands for a variety of reasons, but here are a few examples of what you should try to do on every visit to a new island.
Gather Materials! - There are often lots of trees, flowers and a few rocks on mystery islands, you should make the most of the deserted islands by harvesting whatever you need. You can also do some weeding if you like!
Dig Up Any Fossils - Sometimes, you might come across some fossils on your journeys. Make sure you dig them up so you can donate them to the Museum back at home.
Shake Trees - One tree on the island (if there are trees), will have an item of furniture in it. Careful of the potential wasps though!
Scour the Beaches - Keep an eye out for bottles on the beach, you might be able to get a new DIY recipe!
Collect Fruit - This is particularly important if the fruit aren’t native to your island! Your native fruit sells for 100 Bells a piece, but non-native fruit sells for 500 each! If you come across an island with new fruit, you should harvest as many as you can, so you can plant some on your island and sell the rest for big bells. Mystery Islands will often have palm trees on their beaches. You should consider harvesting all the coconuts on an island because you can plant some on your beaches and sell the rest of the fruit for 500 bells a piece.
Catch Bugs and Fish - You might find some new fish and bugs that you haven’t caught yet. Sometimes, the islands have specific, rarer creatures that spawn repeatedly, so it’s a great way to farm some of the rare, expensive fish and insects.
Talk to new villagers! - This won’t be the case for all visits, but if you have empty lots on your island, you will come across some new villagers wandering the deserted islands. You can talk to them and even invite them to your island. If you don’t like them, though, you don’t have to invite them!
When you want to return back to your island, head back to Wilbur on the dock. Remember, anything you leave on the island will be lost to you, so make sure you’ve picked up everything you need. Wilbur will double check with you that you have everything before he whisks you back to your home island.