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South Pacific Islands Port Planner

The islands of the South Pacific number in the thousands. Although you might imagine they consist of interchangeable, postcard-perfect lagoons around volcanic peaks, they are instead remarkably diverse. The islands of Melanesia stretch east from New Guinea to Fiji. Historically, the inhabitants of these…

The islands of the South Pacific number in the thousands. Although you might imagine they consist of interchangeable, postcard-perfect lagoons around volcanic peaks, they are instead remarkably diverse. The islands of Melanesia stretch east from New Guinea to Fiji. Historically, the inhabitants of these islands were related to the Aboriginal peoples of Australia, and ancient traditions survive into the 21st century. To the north, several countries and some U.S. possessions, including Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, dominate Micronesia.The largest of the Pacific’s three regions, Polynesia, is a vast triangle with New Zealand at one corner, Hawaii at the top, and Chile’s Easter Island at the third point. Inside that triangle are French Polynesia, the Cook Islands and Samoa—to name a few of the thousand or so islands in this area whose name translates as “many islands.” The ancient Polynesians were famous for sailing the vast distances of the Pacific guided only by the stars. For travelers today, the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora and others remain as magical as ever, even if they are much easier to visit.   

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