Oceania may be popular as the smallest continent but it certainly punches above its weight in terms of cultural and environmental diversity making it a fascinatingly a must visit place.
Australia is a traveller's dream with its unique and contrasting landscapes, remarkable wildlife and laid-back, cosmopolitan cities. Equally blessed with natural beauty is its much smaller, far flung neighbour New Zealand, it’s a home to flowing rivers, ancient forests and stunning glacial mountains – not to forget delicious and fresh cuisine.
The South Pacific islands found in the subregions of Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia are popular destinations for short breaks, family holidays and honeymooners with Fiji, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu are some of the favourite spots.
Lava-lavas, coconut trees, white sand beaches, sunshine year round and crystal blue waters make these islands a true tropical paradise for its visitors all throughout.
There’s more to these islands than simply sipping a cocktail at beach sidel. You’ll find plenty of outdoor activities on offer from diving and snorkeling to horse riding and hiking; plus, take the time to mingle with the locals and visit a traditional island village.
The lesser-known countries of the continent are Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Niue which has remain somewhat of a mystery to many travellers, but have a lot to offer to the fearless adventurers.
It’s a day’s sailing away from its nearest neighbour, Samoa, but tiny Tokelau should not be ignored. Tokelau is made up of three atolls, Atafu, Nukunonu and Fakaofo, which is a home to a traditional culture that’s largely untouched by the outside world, and has beautiful lagoons and peaceful isolation, So, if you want some peacefull time, this is your place.
Oceania has a pleasant climate throughout the most of the region year-round; here winters are mild and are almost non-existent in northern Australia and some islands as well. Summers are generally hot, but rarely unbearably scorching is there, except for the outback, in the inland deserts of Australia, which may become unbearlly hot.
Australia has most of its domestic travels in summer whereas New Zealand is a popular skiing destination in winter. South Pacific islands such as French Polynesia, Fiji and the Cook Islands, has witnessed most of the best crowds in the dry season, from May to October. During the wet season, i.e. generally from December to March, it's very humid and there can be tropical cyclones. Papua New Guinea has a monsoonal climate, while Guam is wet year-round and typhoons tend to occur between July and November so it’s not advisable to visit the place during this period.
Domestic flights are the best option for travelling within Australia and New Zealand, if distance is to be considered. Interstate trains and buses cover most of Australia, as long as you're not in a hurry and just want to enjoy your journey. New Zealand has an excellent bus service but to really explore the country at your own pace, we advise you to hire a car and enjoy the breathtaking views of the place.
PNG and the Cook Islands are available when taking flights to the Pacific Islands, but might require flying via Australia or New Zealand. Taxis in Guam, the Cook Islands, Papa New Guinea and Fiji, are not always metered, so it’s best to agree on a fare to your destination in well in advance.