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Connections to the main island

  • The Others simply use a boat to get to the second island. This is why they took Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Hurley to Pala Ferry.

Names and previous mention

  • Hydra Island is called Pala, a reference to the Aldous Huxley novel Island.
    • On the Blast Door Map, next to the C3 Station, there is reference to a "geological composition likely to cause magnetic interference with weather research project". Interference which "might also prevent location from use as listening station/cryptography research or analysis". It is possible that whatever device causes such interference is also cloaking the Hydra Island.


  • Hydra Island is cloaked in some fashion. This would explain why no one has seen it from the main island and might also explain why Michael was given a precise heading to proceed on.
  • Hydra Island is invisible to the Main Island for the same reason that's keeping the outside world and satellites from seeing the whole "Lost-Islandworld".
  • The 2nd Island is now only visible because of the discharge.
  • The Island is a closed universe. When you get to one edge you find yourself looking at the beginning. So, from the northernmost point on the Island you have a clear view of the southernmost point on the Island.
    • This would explain why Juliet said Sayid/Sun/Jin could sail around in circles forever.
    • It would also explain why Desmond called it a "snow globe."
  • Was once part of the main island. Due to sea level rising, it became separated. All the stations were meant to be on one island.
    • Not likely considering it was so animals couldn't get off.
      • But there were Polar Bears on the Lost Island, how did they get there?
        • They were released and swam to the Losties Island.
  • The island may be located on the far end of the island, near the Barracks, hence the Losties never seeing it.

Reasoning behind Kate and Sawyer's abduction

  • Kate was brought to Hydra Island in order to choose a mate (either Jack, or Sawyer) and conceive. Due to the fact that, according to Juliet, mothers who conceive off the Island (The Main Island) survive the delivery of their child.
    • Kate was brought there so Jack would do the surgery on Ben. Jack would do the surgery if Kate told him to and the way Kate would do it is if they would kill Sawyer.


  • In Greek myth, the Hydra was a sea serpent with numerous heads. Hercules was tasked with killing it as one of twelve labors he had to perform as a favor to the gods. Whenever Hercules cut off one of the beast's heads, though, two more grew back in place. In order to kill it, Hercules had to have a friend use a torch to cauterize the Hydra's bloody neck stumps before the new heads could grow. Naming the island after a mythological creature fits in with the show's running motif of mystical/religiously significant names (ie, DHARMA, "Adam and Eve," etc.)
  • The name also refers to an animal/creature, alluding to its zoological research. The fact that it had multiple types of research facility (for land and sea animals) may be one reason why the multi-headed Hydra was chosen.


  • Will be revisited and a secret will be found out about the Hydra Island, possibly a new section of The Hydra or the purpose of the Runway will be revealed.

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