The stars call it Voya Nui. But they have another name for it as well: "The Daggers of Death". I fear the second name may be more accurate.
Turaga Dume, talking about Voya Nui, BIONICLE Legends 1: Island of Doom
Voya Nui
Location Information
Primary ResidentsNone
Former ResidentsMatoran, Rahi
LocationCenter of the Southern Continent
SizeSlightly smaller than Metru Nui
PronunciationVoye-ah New-ee

Voya Nui was a landmass that broke off of the Southern Continent during the Great Cataclysm, smashing through Mata Nui's chest, out of the Matoran Universe and up to the surface of Aqua Magna. It was south of Mata Nui.


Shortly after the Great Beings created the Matoran Universe hundreds of thousands of years ago, they forged the Kanohi Ignika, the Legendary Mask of Life and hid it away near an underground coastline, under a volcano, that came to be named Mount Valmai, in a staircase with 777 steps. Relatively soon afterwards, the Order of Mata Nui discovered the mask's location and sent an agent called Umbra to protect it. At some point, the ruler Karzahni was sent broken Matoran for repair, but he didn't do a very good job. Wanting the "repaired" Matoran somewhere out of his sight, he sent them to Mount Valmai. Possibly around the same time, the Order of Mata Nui sent two more guardians, Axonn and Brutaka, to live in the region and keep an eye on the mask. They also took on the responsibility of secretly watching over the Matoran as well.

After the Metru Nui civil war, Miserix assigned each Makuta to monitor a region in the Matoran Universe. Mutran was assigned the center of the Southern Continent, which included the Voya Nui region.

Around eighty thousand years ago, a team of Toa led by Toa Jovan entered the region and made their way to the Mask of Life, facing and defeating all the obstacles and guardians in their path. They needed the mask in order to help Mata Nui recover from injuries sustained due to the conflict in Metru Nui. At least one Toa died using the mask, and others may have perished as well. Toa Jovan, now a Turaga, became a leader to the Matoran of the region.

One thousand years ago, the Great Cataclysm struck. It caused Mount Valmai and the surrounding region to break from the southern continent and be launched up to the planet's surface, where it came to rest floating on the water. Many died that day, including Turaga Jovan, and the region was from then on known as the island of Voya Nui. Life was hard there. Resources were hard to find, and some of the Rahi were dangerous. But the Matoran were determined, and, unable to escape due to the treacherous seas around Voya Nui, they survived there.

When volcanic eruptions increased the landmass of Voya Nui, the Matoran built a city on the new coastline, which they christened Mahri Nui. But the land was unstable, and eventually broke off and sank beneath the sea. The residents of Mahri Nui managed to survive in their new environment, although the Matoran on Voya Nui presumed them dead.

One thousand years later, the island was invaded by six Skakdi calling themselves Piraka. Upon arriving, the Piraka enslaved the Matoran residents and had them begin draining the lava from Mount Valmai, hoping that they would be able to access to the staircase, and thus, the Chamber of Life. As they were doing this, six Matoran arrived in Toa Canisters and were transformed into Toa by lightning from the Red Star. The Toa Inika, as they became known, confronted the Piraka and journeyed down the staircase beneath the volcano to find the Mask of Life. The mask flew to the surface and plunged into the sea, and was followed by the Toa.

The Toa later destroyed the stone cord linking Voya Nui to the underwater city of Mahri Nui, causing Voya Nui to sink beneath the sea and return to the Southern Continent. The Matoran of Voya Nui and Mahri Nui were sheltered in caves at the time, and survived the trip and later migrated to the surface.

It is unknown what became of the island after Spherus Magna was returned to its original state although the island's Matoran migrated to Spherus Magna.

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  • The name Voya Nui means "Great Journey" in the Matoran Language. The name of the island also translates to Daggers of Death.
  • The Voya Nui Matoran used a different variation of the Matoran Language, also seen in a secret lab on Bara Magna, that had a different symbol for "K" and had hexagon-shaped letters rather than round.
  • According to Christian Faber, the Ice Ring around Voya Nui formed as a way of preserving the island outside of the Matoran Universe, much like organs are chilled when outside of the body.


Matoran Universe
Mata NuiMetru NuiKarzahniXiaZakazOdinaNorthern Continent
Southern Continent (Voya NuiMahri Nui) • Karda NuiDestralDaxiaSteltArtakhaTren Krom's IslandNynrahVisorakThe Pit
Southern Islands • (ArtidaxKeetongu and Tahtorak's Homeland)
Voya Nui
Fire Regions: Mt. ValmaiLake of LavaChamber of LifeLava Reservoirs
Water Regions: The Cape of No HopeLagoon EntranceMahri Nui (Formerly) • Voya Nui Bay
Village Regions: Matoran StrongholdMatoran VillageThe Jungle SanctuaryCanyon Fortress
Piraka Regions: Piraka StrongholdThe Chamber of TruthPiraka Outpost
Ignika Chambers: Staircase to the IgnikaThe Zone of NightmaresThe Chamber of DeathUmbra and Protodax's ChamberLava Chamber Gate
Other Regions: Ring of IceCavern of Historical RecordsDesert of SorrowsThe Green Belt
Lake of ProtodermisNui CavesStone Cord (Destroyed)