“Oceania is vast, Oceania is expanding, Oceania is hospitable and generous, Oceania is humanity rising from the depths of brine and regions of fire deeper still, Oceania is us. We are the sea, we are the ocean.”
– Epeli Hau’ofa
Oceania comprises a vast region where the unlike many other regions of the world, the ocean divides nations, rather than land borders. From the deserts and coral reefs of Australia, to the rainforests of Papau New Guinea and snowcapped alps of New Zealand, it is a region of diverse beauty. The countless islands that dot the Pacific boast white sand, swaying palm trees, crystal clear waters, coral reefs and volcanoes.
Oceania also comprises the island regions of Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia
It is in the Pacific where indigenous tribal communities and modern cities sit side by side. Pacific Islanders are known for their hospitality and for having some of the biggest smiles, which upon returning home will leave you wondering whether you do in fact need all those modern luxuries.
Wildlife abounds in Oceania, with furry marsupials and whale sharks in Australia, colourful, tropical marine life hugging the islands and coral reefs, penguins and seals in New Zealand and dolphins in seemingly every direction of water you look!
Oceania has its fair share of luxury on offer, as well as options to rough it and get off the beaten track, along with a multitude of adventure sports.
We’re yet to really scratch the surface of Oceania and are excited to be back in Australia and ready to explore closer to home.
Our Favourite Travel Guides & Books on Oceania:
Padding the Pacific
Lonely Planet Guides