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Journey to Easter Island

I spent almost a week at Easter Island. The island is one of the most remote places in the world. Take a geographical map and observe its location you will see that the nearest inhabited lands are thousands of kilometers ...

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Anakena: the most beautiful beach on Easter Island

Anakena, Easter Island, Chile. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Easter Island is famous for its mysterious civilization, the one that built the huge volcanic stone statues called “moais”. The island is located in the so-called southern seas, in the waters of the South Pacific Ocean and is part of ...

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History of Easter Island: many questions, few certainties

Ahu Nau Nau, Anakena, Easter Island, Chile. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Every place on Easter Island has something to discover if you look carefully. Because here the story speaks of an ancient civilization of which we know very little. This island gives the feeling of a place with infinite spaces, but ...

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Easter Island: a fascinating island full of mysteries

Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island, Chile. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Located just under 6 hours flight from Santiago de Chile and at more or less the same flight hours from Tahiti in French Polynesia, Easter Island is one of the most isolated places in the world. To get an idea ...

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Traveling with children: the Fiji Islands

Andrea and Mattia with a friend, Ratu Namasi Memorial School, Yasawa Island, Fiji. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Located about 2,000 kilometers north of New Zealand, the Fiji Islands are an archipelago of the southern Pacific Ocean formed by several hundred islands. These islands are located just south of the Equator, between the Vanuatu Islands, the Tonga Islands ...

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Tasmania: the great Australian island

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia. Author Bjørn Christian Tørrissen. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Tasmania is a large island located in the southern part of the Australian continent. This island lost along the southeastern coast of Australia – from which is separated by the waters of the Bass Strait, an arm of the ocean ...

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Oceania

Luengoni, Lifou, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

OCEANIA GEOGRAPHY Oceania is the continent that extend in the Pacific, the largest ocean on Earth, it includes Australia (7,620,000 sq km, a real continent), New Guinea (785,000 sq km, after Greenland the second island of the world), Tasmania (67,800 ...

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Savaii: island with a genuine Polynesian atmosphere

Lano Beach, Savaii, Samoa. Author Neil. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

The island of Savaii (1,709 sq km (659 sq mi)) is the biggest island of the Samoan Archipelago, it lies just 20 km northwest of Upolu across the Apolima Strait in the Pacific Ocean. The island is of volcanic origin ...

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Upolu: waterfalls, beaches and tropical vegetation

Lalomanu, Upolu, Samoa. Author NeilsPhotography. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

The island of Upolu (1,125 sq km (434 sq mi)) is the most important island of Samoa, although the largest island is that of Savaii, Upolu is also the most populated with 140,000 inhabitants. Along the north coast of the ...

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Samoa tourist attractions: what to see in Samoa

Savaii, Samoa. Author Felipe Skroski. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

An independent state since 1962, Samoa has succeeded in proudly preserving its age old Polynesian culture and the village lifestyle of its people, like a living history book opening up in front of the visitor. Samoa is a truly rare ...

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Samoa climate: when to go to Samoa

Savaii, Samoa. Author Felipe Skroski. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution.

The islands of Samoa are located a few degrees south of the equator so their climate is tropical equatorial. The main features of the climate of the Samoa islands is the little difference in the temperatures of the various seasons, ...

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Samoa: the most authentic Polynesia

Upolu, Samoa. Author Stephen Glauser. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Samoa Islands (Malo Sa’oloto Tuto’atasi o Samoa), previously known as Western Samoa, are located in the South Pacific (Polynesia) between the islands of Tonga, American Samoa, Tokelau and the Wallis and Futuna Islands, are governed by a constitutional monarchy. The ...

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Pitcairn: the island of the Bounty mutineers

Pitcairn. Author Wileypics. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Pitcairn Island, located in the South Pacific, just south of the Tropic of Capricorn, is a British colony made up of 4 islands, Pitcairn (4.6 sq km), Ducie (0.7 sq km), Henderson (37, 3 sq km) and Oeno (0.65 sq ...

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Tokelau: atolls in the seas of Samoa

Atafu Atoll, Tokelau. Author NASA. No Copyright

Tokelau Islands, known in the past as the Union Islands are a group of three coral atolls located north of the Samoa Islands and south of Kiribati, about 10° south of the equator. Tokelau is a dependent territory of New ...

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Solomon Islands: equatorial forests and volcanoes

Choiseul, Solomon Islands. Author Luigi Guarino. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

The Solomon Islands are a group of islands in the southwest Pacific ocean located a few degrees south of the equator, the islands are part of the so-called Melanesia. Formed by about ten major islands, all of volcanic origin Solomon ...

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Tonga climate: when to go to Tonga

Eua Island, Tonga. Author Boris Johnson. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Tonga islands climate is tropical maritime. The climate of the islands can be easily divided into two distinct seasons: a cooler and less rainy season between May and November, and a warmer and rainy season between December and April. In the capital ...

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Tonga: the Friendly islands of Captain Cook

Atata Island, Tonga. Author Haanofonua. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

The Islands Tonga (Pule’anga Tonga), are a group of tropical islands located in the South Pacific (Polynesia) between Fiji, Samoa and the Cook Islands, is a constitutional monarchy associated with the British Commonwealth. The islands – inhabited by a Polynesian population ...

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Tuvalu: traditional customs and traditions of Polynesia

Funafuti, Tuvalu. Author Stefan Lins. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

The Islands Tuvalu, known in colonial times as the Ellice Islands, is a small parliamentary monarchy associated with the British Commonwealth. Tuvalu is one of the smallest state entities in the world, is located in fourth place for smaller surface ...

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Papua New Guinea: forests, mountains, islands and tribal traditions

Mount Tavurvur, New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea. Author Taro Taylor. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Papua New Guinea (Papua Niugini) is a parliamentary monarchy associated with the British Commonwealth, located south of the equator, in the south-west Pacific, east of Indonesia and north of Australia from which is separated by the Strait of Torres, it’s ...

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Palau: the spectacular Rock Islands

Rock Islands, Palau. Author Tata_aka_T. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

The Palau Islands (Republic of Palau, Beluu er a Belau) are a small island republic located in the Pacific Ocean, just north of the equator, at about 800 km east of the Philippines. The Republic of Palau is divided into 16 ...

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Vanuatu: volcanic islands with populations with primitive traditions

Champagne Beach, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu. Author Jae Lee. No Copyright

Vanuatu Islands (Ripablik blong Vanuatu; Republic of Vanuatu; République de Vanuatu), previously known as New Hebrides, is a republic located in the Western Pacific Ocean (Melanesia), south of the equator, between the islands of Fiji, the Solomons and New Caledonia, ...

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Wallis and Futuna: islands with an authentic Polynesian folklore

Uvea (Wallis), Wallis and Futuna. Author NASA. No Copyright

The islands of Wallis and Futuna (Wallis-et-Futuna; Uvea mo Futuna) is a French overseas collectivity of the Pacific Ocean located south west of the Samoa Islands and north-east of Fiji. The territory consists of two groups of volcanic islands (Wallis ...

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Niue: a raised coral atoll

Niue. Photo courtesy of Mike O'Halloran.

Niue is a raised coral atoll, among the largest in the world (260 sq km), located in the South Pacific east of Tonga, south of Samoa and west of the Cook Islands, is a territory freely associated with New Zealand. ...

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New Zealand travel insurance, health insurance, documents, sockets, mobile phones

Cape Reinga, New Zealand. Author Wendy Schotsmans. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

NEW ZEALAND DOCUMENTS Documents: For entry into New Zealand you must be in possession of a passport valid for three months beyond the date of return, a return air ticket and a sufficient amount of currency or a credit card. ...

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New Zealand climate: when to go to New Zealand

Milford Sound, New Zealand. Author Wikikiwiman. No Copyright

The climate of New Zealand is a maritime climate and it varies between sub-tropical climate in the far north to cool temperate climate of the south of the country. The climate is influenced by sea and the mountains and can ...

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New Zealand: a spectacular nature and millions of sheep

Mount Taranaki (Mount Egmont), New Zealand. Author Virginia McMillan. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

New Zealand (New Zealand, Aotearoa) is a parliamentary monarchy associated with the British Commonwealth. New Zealand is located in the South Pacific, about 1,600 km south-east of Australia, it’s an archipelago formed mainly by two large islands, North Island (117,777 ...

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Isle of Pines: the closest island to Paradise

Kanumera, Isle of Pines, New Caledonia. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

The Isle of Pines (1840 inhabitants) is a small island (152 square kilometers) located 150 km south-west of Grande Terre in New Caledonia. The main town on the island is the village of Vao located in the south of the ...

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How to get to New Caledonia: flights to New Caledonia

La Piscine Naturelle, Isle of Pines, New Caledonia. Author René Moutouh. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

FLIGHTS: International Flights: Arriving in New Caledonia is a long journey from Europe are about 20,000 km, which generally requires, included flights and airports stops, about 22-25 hours by plane. From the west coast of the United States are about ...

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New Caledonia climate: when to go to New Caledonia

Luengoni, Lifou, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

New Caledonia, is located just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, it benefits from a relatively temperate climate affected by trade winds and divided in four distinct seasons. The hot season is the one that goes from December to March, ...

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New Caledonia: mines and pristine beaches

Bac de l'Ouaieme, Grande Terre, New Caledonia. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

New Caledonia (Nouvelle-Calédonie) is a French “sui generis” community, located in the region of Melanesia in the southwest Pacific just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, about 1 500 km from the coast of Australia and 2,000 km northeast of ...

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