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About the Pacific Islands

The Pacific Islands can be divided into three main island groups - Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. These three groups encompass an area ranging from just east of the Philippines, across to Hawaii, Easter Island and down to New Zealand.
The Melanesian islands include Vanuatu, Santa Cruz, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and New Guinea. Melanesia consists of 2,000 islands with a total land mass of 1.0 million square km and is home to around 12 million people.
The Micronesian islands include Kiribati, the Caroline Islands, Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea and Palau. Micronesia actually has more than 600 islands, occupying more than 7.7 million square km of ocean, but with a land mass of only 702 square km and a population of just over 100,000.
The Polynesian Islands consist of more than 1000 islands, including Samoa, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Norfolk Island. These islands have a total land mass of 310,000 square km with a population of 3 million people.

Total population of the Pacific Islands

15.1 million

Language

There is a vast range of languages spoken across the Pacific Islands, including a variety of pidgin languages, English and French. In general however, Fijian and Motu are the main languages spoken in the Melanesian Islands, whilst English is the main language in Micronesia. The Polynesian Islands are slightly different with Samoa and Tahiti having their own languages, however English is widespread.

Key Phrases;
Please = plis
Thank you = Tankiu tumas
Sorry = Sori
How much = Hamas
Hello = Halo
Good morning = Gudmoning
Excuse me = Skiusmi

Currency

The currency depends on where you travel in the Pacific Islands, but here are a few general guidelines.
Cook Islands: NZ Dollar in $100, $50, $20, $10, $5 and $1, $2, 50ȼ, 20ȼ and 10ȼ coins.
Polynesian Islands: French Pacific Franc in 10,000F, 5,000F, 1,000F and 500F notes with 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 Franc coins.
Solomon Islands: Solomon Island Dollar in $100, $50, $20, $10, $5 and $2 notes with $1, 50ȼ, 20ȼ, 10ȼ, 5ȼ, 2ȼ and 1ȼ coins.
Vanuatu: Vanuatu Vatu in 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000, 500, 200 and 100VT notes with 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1VT coins.
Samoa: Samoan Tala in 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2 Tala and 1Tala, 50, 20, 10 and 5 sene coins.
Tonga: Tongan Pa’anga in $100, $50, $20, $10, $5, $2 and $1 T notes with 50ȼ, 20ȼ, 10ȼ, 5ȼ, 2ȼ and 1ȼ coins.

Food and Drink

There is a vast array of wonderful fresh foods, seafood and local delicacies throughout the Pacific Islands, all served in a leisurely, relaxed and laid back manner.
Local drinks: Try their Kava or Sakau – for an authentic local drink or their fresh lime juice and water for a refreshing drink.
Local foods: Yams are one of the local staples, as are sweet potatoes, breadfruit, rice, taro root, coconuts, fish crabs and clams, as well as pork. A popular festival meal consists of roast suckling pig, roast chicken, taro root steamed in coconut milk, sliced yams, steamed crabs, fish marinated in lime juice and coconut cream pudding wrapped in banana leaves. The National food of Vanuatu is the Lap Lap consisting of yam, banana and manioc (flour) cooked in coconut cream.
Tipping: Tipping is not expected in the Pacific Islands, although rounding up bills is acceptable, but not necessary.

Electricity Info:

The current is 240 volts with 3 pin power points.
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Topography

The main Pacific Islands are located around the Equator and can be divided into two major geological groups – continental or oceanic.
The continental islands are characterised by mountain ranges formed along fault lines and have rich soils, such as the Marianas Islands, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
The Oceanic islands are either volcanic based islands or low coral atolls, such as the Marshal Islands or Kiribati.
Highest peak in the Micronesian Islands is Mount Dolohmwar on the island of Pohnpei at 791 meters.
Highest peak in the Melanesian islands is Mount Balbi in Papua New Guinea at 2715 meters.
Highest peak in the Polynesian islands is Mount Kea in Hawaii at 4205 meters.

Climate and seasons

The climate of the Pacific Islands is tropical with only two seasons – either wet or dry. The wet season is hot and humid and the dry season is cooler with little if any rain.

Wet season: November, December, January, February, March and April.
Dry season: May, June July, August, September and October.
Peak season: July to August, due to the cooler, drier weather. Min 18.3C Max 28.7C
Off-peak season: November to April due to the rainy season. Min 21.5C Max 31.6C

International Airports

International airports in the Pacific Islands include Port Vila at Vanuatu, Apia on Samoa, Honiara on the Solomon Islands, Nuku’alofa on Tonga and Funafuti on Tuvalu.

Flight Times to the Pacific Islands

Fiji Airlines flies to a variety of airports on Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.

Departure from:

Flight time to Samoa

Flight Time to Vanuatu

Sydney

6 hrs

3.5 hrs

Auckland

4 hrs

3.5 hrs

Fiji

2 hrs

2 hrs

Hong Kong 11.5 hrs 9.5 hrs
Singapore 12 hrs 9.5 hrs
Canada 14.5 hr 13 hrs

Best times to visit:

The Pacific Islands are a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year, but April to May and October to November are the best months. Water temperatures are balmy and the air is warm, but not too hot with cool nights.
July to August is also one of the busiest tourist times in the Pacific Islands, due to the northern hemisphere summer holidays. December to January is another busy period, due to the holiday festive season and New Year.

Key Tourist Hotspots:

Wreck diving in Vanuatu: Discover the wonders of the deep with a dive on the luxury liner turned US troopship - the SS President Coolidge. Then visit the wreck of the Star of Russia lying off Port Vila, the Qantas S26 Sandringham Flying Boat or the Semle Federsen cargo vessel and don’t forget the Tukutuku Caverns with their awesome table and lace corals and exciting swim-throughs.
Northern seaside and Blue Hole tour: This is a wonderful way to spend a whole day in the Pacific. Explore the stunning Blue Hole and glistening beaches, and travel through the dense jungle, coconut plantations and local villages along the way. Swim in the crystal clear waters of the Blue Hole, snorkel along the beaches and chill out in the balmy tropical weather of the South Pacific.
To Sua Ocean Trench, Lotofaga, Samoa: Translating to giant swimming hole, this magnificent and natural (30 metre deep) swimming hole sits on the south coast of Upolu island in Samoa. The water is crystal clear with an abundance of tropical fish, whilst the backdrop is filled with lush green vegetation, making it a truly magical experience.

Tapati Rapa Nui – January 26th to February 13th 2016
Hibiscus Festival – April 7th – 10th 2016
Spear Dancing Festival – May 2016
Heilala Festival – June 1st - 8th 2016
Teuila Festival – September 1st – 7th
Lagoon Festival – November 2016

Getting Around:

With so many beautiful Pacific Islands, there are many opportunities to explore the wonders and the culture of the South Pacific. Transport options include domestic flights between islands, local buses, rental cars, local boats, kayaks and canoes and bicycles.

Air transport: There are many small airports dotted throughout the Pacific Islands, so if you want to explore the region this is definitely an easy and viable option. Remember however, because these are small fixed wing planes, your baggage allowance will be limited.
Rental cars: If you decide to hire a car, remember to check on any restrictions on where you can drive, don’t park under coconut trees (falling coconuts) and depending on the Island, they drive on both the left and right hand sides. Boats, kayaks and canoes: There are plenty of local boats that you can hop on to explore the islands and lagoons, as well as hiring a kayak or canoe or even joining a guided tour.
Bicycles: Many locals and tourists use bicycles to travel short distances on the islands and you will have no problem in hiring a bike on your holiday. If you want to explore further, then you can even hire mountain bikes and explore the islands with a group of friends.

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