A dream island is a distinctive and desirable place to be, which is defined within a physical, cultural, administrative, biological, mental, or virtual boundary. It is likely that most people's dream islands would fall within the physical, administrative and biological categories.

Barrier
Entity
Physical
Oceanic islands

Wetland islands

Delta islands

Tidal islands

Peninsulas

River loop-meanders

Mainland cliff tops, sand dune systems, shingle bars and prominent hilltops
Cultural*
Political enclaves
Administrative
Protected habitats and landscapes
Biological
Seminatural ecosystems surrounded by rural or urban landuse
Mental
Specialised compartments of knowledge
Virtual
Participatory movie/game
Two dimensions
Literature, poetry, art
*
The name Indonesia, meaning Indian Islands, was coined by an Englishman, J. R. Logan, in Malaya in 1850. Derived from the Greek, Indos (India) and nesos (island), it has parallels in Melanesia, "black islands"; Micronesia, "small islands"; and Polynesia, "many islands." A German geographer, Adolf Bastian, used it in the title of his book, Indonesien, in 1884, and in 1928 nationalists adopted it as the name of their hoped-for nation. Most islands of Indonesia are multiethnic, with large and small groups forming geographical enclaves. Towns within such enclaves include the dominant ethnic group and some members of immigrant groups. Large cities may consist of many ethnic groups; some cities have a dominant majority. Regions, such as West Sumatra or South Sulawesi, have developed over centuries through the interaction of geography (such as rivers, ports, plains, and mountains), historical interaction of peoples, and political-administrative policies.