Oceania

oceaniaThe Pacific. Doesn’t it dream up images of blue water and wonderful islands? Because of their relative isolation from the super-powers that is more or less still true.

Although they were last to be discovered, Australia and the Pacific islands were a fine addition to planet Earth.

Australia has a very diverse climate. Dry deserts, almost tropcial rainforest and a temperate climate. This makes that when it comes to natural beauty, Australia is definitely worth seeing. And although most of the cities are young, they are attractive places to be.

New Zealand is also a great place for travelers. A laid back atmosphere and more adventure tourism opportunities than there are dreamt of in your philosophy: hiking, biking, caving and raving.

The Pacific has this paradise like atmosphere written all over it, and this is with good reason. A stay on the islands really relaxes you. There is a lot to see from a cultural point of view as well. Small island groups like Niue, French Polynesia or Tonga make for the perfect relaxing holiday. Western Samoa and American Samoa arguably represent the largest population of polynesian people and they take pride in a strong culture that has survived outside incursions amazingly well.

Australia is sometimes not included in Oceania, although a term like Pacific islands would normally be used to describe Oceania without Australia
Hawaii and the United States territories with no indigenous population in the North Pacific are sometimes included, but are normally grouped with the United States in North America. Hawaiians are a Polynesian race.
Easter Island is a Polynesian island in the eastern Pacific Ocean, part of the territory of Chile, and is sometimes included in Oceania.
On rare occasions the term may be stretched even further to include other Pacific island groups such as the Aleutian Islands.

Oceania is one of eight terrestrial ecozones, which constitute the major ecological regions of the planet. The Oceania ecozone includes all of Micronesia, Fiji, and all of Polynesia except New Zealand. New Zealand, along with New Guinea and nearby islands, Australia, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia, constitute the separate Australasia ecozone.

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