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Oceania

Oceania is a region made up of several islands located in the tropical portion of the Pacific Ocean, between Asia and the Americas. It covers an area of 8.54 million square kilometers and has a population of 36 million people. Its largest cities are Adelaide, Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Perth.

The word Oceania is derived from a Greek word that means ocean, and was coined by a geographer named Conrad Malte-Brun in 1812. Sometimes, the term is used to refer to the area where Australia and some nearby islands lie; to the Pacific ecozone, where Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia are located; or to the Australasian ecozone, which is composed of Australasia and Wallacea.

Oceania includes portions of Australia, Eurasia, Zealandia, some volcanic Philippine islands, and Wallacea. It goes as far as the Bonin Islands to the northwest, the Hawaiian Islands to the northeast, the Sala y Gomez Island and Rapa Nui to the east, Sumatra to the west, and the Macquarie Island to the south. It does not include any island in the Japanese archipelago, the Aleutian Islands, and Taiwan.

The area is divided into four main regions, and they are Melanesia, which includes the countries Fiji, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and Papua New Guinea; Australasia, which is made up territories such as of Australia, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, Cocos Islands, and Coral Sea Islands; Micronesia, where Guam, Palau, Northern Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Micronesia, and Wake Island, are a part of; and Polynesia, which includes Samoa, Hawaii, Easter Island, Cook Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Pitcairn Islands, Niue, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, and Tuvalu.

There are 28 official languages in the Oceania region, including English, French, Hindi, Spanish, Chamorro, Samoan, Hawaiian, Palauan, Fijian, Futunan, Cook Islands Maori, Hiri Motu, Carolinian, Pitkern, Tongan, Wallisian, Bislama, Marshallese, Nauruan, and Tahitian.

Bora Bora – Mystically Beautiful

by WCC on January 14, 2013

in Oceania

Waking up in an over water bungalow, you see the soaring forest covered twin peaks trying to touch the vast azure sky, in the midst of a lagoon reflecting the shades of blue and green, with distant views of white-sanded islets and all this surrounded by a shell-like necklace of coral reef  – this is the trance like setting Bora Bora offers you.

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Situated in the southern Pacific Ocean, Bora-Bora is a small volcanic island of French Polynesia, an overseas terrain governed by France. The island lies 230 km northwest of Pepeete, which is the capital of French Polynesia. It is a small island with a total area of about 29 km2. Vaitape, which lies on the western coast, is the major city and the most populated area on the island. The name Bora Bora supposedly originated from Pora Pora, which in Tahitian language means “first born”.

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In the western portion of the Caribbean Sea lie three small islands that make up the Cayman island chain. This British territory is best known for its beautiful beaches and cool tropical climate and world class diving. A vacation to this unique part of the world is sure to please all involved. The Cayman Islands are among the Caribbean’s most popular destinations. The islands that make up the Cayman’s are called: Cayman Brac, Grand Cayman, and Little Cayman. The Cayman’s are located in the western part of the Caribbean, northwest of Jamaica, and just south of Cuba.

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Koh Samui, Thailand at its Best

December 5, 2012

  Koh Samui is an island in Thailand known for its beautiful beaches and natural attractions. It’s unique culture and wonderfully friendly people make this a top choice when visiting this region of the world. Located off the east coast of Thailand’s Kra Isthmus, Koh Samui is the second largest island in Thailand. It is […]

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Seychelles, A Paradise On Earth

November 2, 2012

An archipelago made up of 115 islands, Seychelles is a popular tourist destination in the continent of Africa. Its islands are spread out on the Indian Ocean and possess a diverse natural beauty and splendor.   Seychelles is blessed with sparkling blue waters, exotic trees and flowers, striking underwater life, and other stunning scenery. Among the […]

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Exploring The Magic of Melbourne

October 27, 2012

This beautiful article was contributed to us by Sophie M. As one of Australia’s premier holiday destinations, Melbourne is a wonder in itself. It sits astride the lovely Yarra River at the very top of Port Phillip Bay and is also a gateway to Victoria. The stunning combination of the old and the new, skyscrapers and ethnic […]

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The Whitsunday Islands – Of Peace and Adventure

October 24, 2012

Amidst the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef lie 74 marvelous gems of nature, collectively known as the Whitsunday Islands. Located off the coast of Queensland, these tropical islands are one of the most alluring travel destinations of Australia. Majority of the Islands are designated as Marine and National Parks, which are home to […]

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