First off I want to give props to GSDesu for the amazing guide at the start of this thread, I found it very helpful first starting out on my island. I faced ALL the issues that lots of ppl complain about, and starting out is very hard as it is challenging to find anyone who knows what they are doing to give good advice + share island experience with. Everything changed for me the instant I found a lv3 island friend! They knew what they were doing and were able to pass this knowledge down to me :3
The answer to the most complained about topic "burning island" is AUTO FISH! It takes around 20 mins for a rod to be depleted autofishing so if you are going to watch a show, or go afk for any reason its SUPER easy to hit fish and go about your business. If you have multiple chars on the same acc you can send excess fish to them so they can also build up extra mallets. Essentially you will yield more then enough mallets to maintain your island + a friends if you want to, especially if you have more then one char
The higher level your fishing char is, the better quality things you will get out of your fish, for example, more grade A att and def scrolls.
Fishing manually for the "daily" exp bonuses in lv1 area AND lv2 area (anyone with lvl3 island have access to Chord Rock, the lvl 2 fishing area) is also a must for speedy exp, again if you are doing it on multiple chars you get hundreds of exp daily. Using 15 mallets in one day getting 50 "bonus" exp daily ontop of the base exp you already get really helps with leveling to get your own island to lv3.
Lastly, if you've been collecting all that fish food, once you find a friend with lvl 3 island and with something inside their fishery, feed that fish like mad until you have no fish food left! If you autofish you will get plenty of extra fish food also, more then you will ever need. You can spam feeding the fish to get hundreds of exp, even when they are "full".
My island is half way to lvl 3 right now and Ive only been doing these things for a couple weeks!
It really is easy if you have access to your pc even while your busy. Be warned that the exp bar only gets bigger the higher lvl you get
I am hoping to have my island to lv3 soon and everyone is welcome to come and visit me! PM me if you need any help and/or have any questions in game :3 Aelitalily / VioletLilly are my 2 mains if anyone wants to add me and check out what an awesome island looks like!
Side note; this is my first time posting here so I really hope I got it right LOL