Oceania

Project Description

Visit Oceania – Introduction

The name Oceania frequently describes the numerous islands of the South Pacific.  Some people include Australia and New Zealand as part of Oceania, however the name Australasia is often applied to them instead.  The pronunciation of Oceania varies, with many individuals pronouncing the letter “i” and many omitting it.  Visit Oceania and see the following countries:

Oceania Region

American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Mali, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Australasia Region

Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea

Visit Oceania – Electrical Adapters

It’s a necessity to bring a Type I electrical adapter when traveling through the South Pacific.

Visit Australia – Pick a Destination

Best Time of Year to Visit Australia

The weather in Australia varies greatly, because some areas are a great distance south of the equator.  Melbourne and Sydney have more pleasant temperatures around Christmas time, which is summer in Australia.  The interior gets very hot, so April is a good time to visit.  The Great Barrier Reef and Brisbane are a better destination from September to November.

Australia Visa Requirements

A visa is required to enter Australia.  The visa can be obtained online and are valid for up to 3 months with no fee.

Australia Electrical Adapters

Voltage in Australia is 220-240 Volts, so visitors from North America should bring a Type I electrical adapter to recharge cameras and electronic equipment.

Visit the Cook Islands – Pick an Island

Best Time to Visit the Cook Islands

Temperatures are the same year round in the Cook Islands, but slightly lower rainfall from June t0 October make these months a better choice for your visit.

Cook Islands – Visa Requirements

Visitors to the Cook Islands do not require a travel visa.  Visitors from New Zealand can stay as long as they want.  Check your specific country at VisaHQ or search the Cook Island Foreign Affairs & Immigration department web page for further information.

Language in the Cook Islands

English is the main language today, but Cook Islands Maori (Rarotongan) is also spoken by the Maori ethnic base.  Linguistically there are close ties to Maori and to Tahitian.

  • Kia Orana – hello (“Ia Orana” in French Polynesia).
  • Aere ra – goodbye
  • Meitaki – thank you

Savor the Tastes of the Cook Islands

  • Ika Mata – raw fish marinated in salt, lemon or lime, coconut cream
    with some tomato or and veggies thrown in to make a salad.
    This is the Cook Islands’ version of French Polynesian poisson cru.
  • Moana Roa Mahimahi – fish poached in coconut cream and served on greens.
  • Matu rori – sea cucumbers cooked with sauted onion and garlic, served with bread or cooked root vegetables.
  • Kuru stew (breadfruit).
  • Cooked taro leaves.
  • Raro tarati salad.
  • Pawpaw fruit.
  • Pickled fish.

Many people are surprised to learn that Easter Island is part of the country of Chile.

Visit French Polynesia – Pick an Island

Best Time to Visit French Polynesia

The warm weather, picturesque islands and isolation in the South Pacific make French Polynesia a popular tourist destination, especially for honeymooners and anniversaries. Although temperatures are consistently comfortable on a year round basis, the rainy season and high humidity from November to April tend to make summer the most popular time to visit. Hotels are very expensive in French Polynesia even in the rainy season.

Access to French Polynesia

Access by air to French Polynesia is through Papeete on the island of Tahiti.  Tahiti Nui is the main airline servicing the islands and has regular service to Los Angeles and Auckland.  Hawaiian Air also has flights to Papeete.  A few cruise ships visit French Polynesia, such as Oceania and Paul Gauguin.

French Polynesia Visa Requirements

Visits of less than 90 days do not require a travel visa.  Travelers retain a small, stamped piece of paper during their stay.  Visitors from the European Economic Union get priority at customs and immigration even though French Polynesia is not part of the Schengen Zone.  Check your specific country at VisaHQ.  For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Language in French Polynesia

The Tahitian language has survived the attempts of the missionaries to anhiliate it and is thriving.  Be prepared to use the two most important phrases all the time and to pronouce every vowel (say the letter “a” three times for Faa’a Airport):

  • Ia Orana – hello, goodbye.
  • Mauruuru – thank you, your welcome.

While English will work in many situations, French is the language of choice in French Polynesia.

Visit New Zealand – Pick a Destination

Best Time to Visit New Zealand

New Zealand has a cool, maritime climate.  Its long north / south direction and its alpine nature on the South Island result in great geographic diversity.  The South Island is several degrees cooler with areas of heavy rainfall and also areas that are arid.  The North Island becomes sub tropical.  New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, so November to April are the best months for comfortable temperatures for visitors.

New Zealand Visa Requirements

Australian and United Kingdom passport holders do not require a visa to enter New Zealand.   Visa waiver countries can visit for up to 3 months without a visa.  Refer to the New Zealand Immigration site for more information or check your specific country at VisaHQ.   For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

New Zealand Electrical Adapters

Voltage in New Zealand is 220-240 Volts, so visitors from North America should bring a Type I electrical adapter to recharge cameras and electronic equipment.

The Pitcairn Islands are a British Overseas Territory comprised of 4 distinct islands: Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno.  Pitcairn Island is the only island with people living on it.  It has less than 50 residents.