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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Nauru: the island of phosphate

Nauru. Author Chai Sabz. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Nauru (Republic of Nauru; Naoero) is a Pacific atoll, located in Micronesia, in the central Pacific Ocean, almost along the equator line, west of the Gilbert Islands (Kiribati) and north-east of the Solomon Islands, it is an independent republic within ...

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Micronesia: Stone Money, remains of ancient civilizations and atolls

Stone Money, Yap, Micronesia. Author Eric Guinther Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

The Federated States of Micronesia is a federal republic located north of equator in the Pacific Ocean, northeast of Papua New Guinea. The state is made up of 4 state forming part of the Caroline Islands: Yap, Chuuk (Truk), Pohnpei ...

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Marshall Islands: atolls in the Pacific Ocean

Laura Beach, Majuro, Marshall. Author Stefan Lins. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

The Marshall Islands (Republic of the Marshall Islands) are an archipelago of the Pacific Ocean, located north of equator in Micronesia, made up of two groups of coral islands, the Ratak Islands (16 atolls) and the Ralik Islands (18 atolls). ...

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Northern Mariana Islands: volcanic islands north of the equator

Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. Author Ctsnow. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

The Northern Mariana Islands (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) is a Commonwealth in political union with the United States of America, with capital Garapan, on the island of Saipan, which includes all the Mariana islands with the exception of ...

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Kiribati: groups of atolls along the Equator

South Tarawa, Kiribati. Author Government of Kiribati. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Kiribati Islands (Republic of Kiribati), are a republic associated with the British Commonwealth. The republic made up of three archipelagoes, which are located over the line of the equator, the Gilbert Islands, the Phoenix Islands and the Line Islands, this is ...

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Beaches of Kauai

Hanakapiai Beach, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii. Author Jeff Kubina. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Kauai is one of the greatest places in the world for beaches. At many places around the nearly circular island, 33 miles long and 25 miles wide, broad beaches define the shoreline. Kauai’s many white sand beach have been backdrops ...

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Na Pali Coast: a rugged and spectacular coastline

Na'Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii. Author Garden State Hiker. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

The Na Pali Coast is a rugged coastline that stretches for about 16 miles along the north-west coast of the island of Kauai, most of the Na Pali Coast is inaccessible because of its shape made of savage cliffs and ...

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Waimea Canyon: the Grand Canyon of the Pacific

Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii. Author Kyle Pearce. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Waimea Canyon is a spectacular canyon, 16 km long and up to 900 m deep, located on the western side of Kauai along the Hwy 550. Nicknamed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, the canyon was formed by a deep ...

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Haleakala volcano: the dormant volcano that dominates the island of Maui

Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii. Author Alex Ulanov (MrKabasha). Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Haleakala is the crown of Maui’s large eastern landmass that pinnacles to a 10,023 foot mountain. Haleakala means “House of the Sun” and the view at sunrise and sunset attracts numerous visitors. The dormant volcano boasts a circumference of 21 ...

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Kauai: waterfalls, canyons and spectacular coastline

Wailua Falls, Kauai, Hawaii. Author Ewok Slayer. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Kauai (58,000 inhabitants) is an island of volcanic origin which was formed about 6 million years ago, is the oldest island of the Hawaiian Islands and the fourth island in size (1,430 sq km – 552 square miles). The island ...

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Maui: an immense volcano and a spectacular coastline

Iao Needle, Maui, Hawaii. Author Michael Oswald. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Maui (120,000 inhabitants) is an island of volcanic origin which is formed by two shield volcanoes interconnected by an isthmus, after Big Island, Maui is the second island in size of the Hawaiian Islands (1,883 sq km – 727 square ...

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Niihau: the “Forbidden Island”

Niihau cliffs, Hawaii. Author Christopher p. Becker (polihale). Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Across the Kaulakohi Channel off Kauai’s west coast lies a dry, barren island, 18 miles long and about six miles wide, its maximum elevation is Mt. Pānī’au (1250 ft; 381 m). The island is populated almost exclusively by Hawaiians and ...

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Honolulu: the most important tourist destination in Hawaii

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii. Author Cristo Vlahos. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, is the largest city in the state of Hawaii (377,000 inhabitants). It’s the main aviation gateway for the Hawaiian Islands and it’s served by most major American airlines from the mainland U.S, and by ...

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Hawaiian Cuisine: Hawaiian food and Hawaiian dishes

Taro (Colocasia esculenta). Author David Monniaux. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

A taste of Hawaiiana. Methods of cooking in Ancient Hawaii. The most popular method of cooking in Old Hawaii was in an imu, an underground oven. To construct an imu, a shallow pit was dug in the ground where a ...

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Hawaii climate: when to go to Hawaii

Big Beach, Maui, Hawaii. Author Fiuchris. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

The Hawaiian Islands are located just south of the Tropic of Cancer, this means that the climate of the islands is sub-tropical climate, with mild temperatures and little marked seasonal variations. The climate rather than by differences in temperature is ...

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Hawaii: volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean

Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii. Author Justforasecond. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

The Hawaii Islands are an archipelago of the northern Pacific Ocean, forming part of the United States of America, of which is the 50th state. The islands are of volcanic origin, they lies approximately 4,000 km west of the California ...

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Guam: an American military base in the Pacific

Guam. Author Luke Ma. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Guam (Guåhan) is an island which is an organized unincorporated territory of the United States of America, it’s located in the eastern Pacific Ocean, north of the Federated States of Micronesia. The island is geographically part of the Mariana archipelago, ...

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Bora Bora: the most beautiful island in the world

Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Author Taka-0905. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Bora Bora (about 8,800 inhabitants) is a volcanic island, located in the archipelago of Society Islands about 230 km north-west of Tahiti, the island is about 29 square kilometers and is crossed by a single road of 32 km, which ...

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Bora Bora climate: when to go to Bora Bora

Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Author Tensaibuta. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

The climate of Bora Bora, because of its location between the tropics and the equator, during the year, varies more depending on the amount of monthly rainfall the island receives, than that for the temperature variation, in fact, temperatures vary ...

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Moorea climate: when to go to Moorea

Moorea, French Polynesia. Author Mark Wallace. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

The climate of the island of Moorea is tropical hot and humid, with heavy rain during the warm season, which lasts from November to April, especially on the coasts exposed to the trade winds generally from the north and northwest. ...

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Moorea: the island with the spectacular mountains

Moorea, French Polynesia. Author Lander2006. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Moorea (about 14,700 inhabitants) is a mountainous island of volcanic origin, located in the archipelago of Society Islands in French Polynesia, about 17 km north-west of Tahiti. Moorea is an island full of mountain peaks, which make the landscape unique, ...

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Itinerary in French Polynesia: Bora Bora, Huahine, Rangiroa

Rangiroa, French Polynesia. Author Clr_flickr. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

The route that we did in French Polynesia, is part of a larger itinerary that includes also the United States, this itinerary has allowed us to visit 3 islands: the two volcanic islands of Bora Bora and Huahine, and a ...

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