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The islands in question, the South Seas islands, consists of two islands only described as "an island within the South Seas" during a quest in World of Warcraft. The island is southeast of Land's End Beach in Tanaris.
Although not drawn on the world map or the map of Tanaris, they are clearly visible from Land's End Beach. These islands are separated from the mainland by deep water. It is impossible to get to these islands without a special ability or additional help, as fatigue would kill the player before reaching shallow water.
The two islands are geographically similar. One of the islands is populated by Fire Rocs, hyenas, scorpions, as well as Southsea Pirates. On the second island is a mound of wood and shovels, possibly denoting a buried treasure. It also contains a number of uninhabited Gnomish and Goblin structures and an abandoned goblin oil rig between the two islands.
These islands are involved in the quest  for acquiring the . People with the Ahn'Qiraj quest will be able to get an optional quest named  from Meridith the Mermaiden. After completing this quest, Meridith will grant the player a swim speed buff.
Alternatively, a player can reach the island by using a combination of , Water Walking, Levitate, Aquatic Form, Reincarnation, Soulstone, Blink, Divine Shield, Path of Frost, and . It is also possible to heal through the fatigue to reach these islands.
You need to go at approximately 120% walk speed (or 180% swim speed) to arrive without (or just barely) taking damage.
Until the release of Ahn'Qiraj, these islands were deserted and only had a on the island closer to the mainland. The message read, "What are you doing [sic] here?". The bottle has, since patch 1.8, been removed; however, its shadow is still there. The Goblin and Gnomish structures have been added in patch 2.0.
This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
These islands are now gone, probably to keep players with flying mounts to reach them too easily.
The may be added again to the game in a possible expansion or patch focusing on them.