Oceania Travel Guide
Oceania is made up of 14 independent countries, with the most well known being Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia. Australia has SO much to offer, it is filled with incredible natural beauty like the Outback, Uluru, the Gold Coast, and the famous Great Barrier Reef.
On the other hand, New Zealand attracts nature lovers and adrenaline junkies of all kinds – you can do just about any extreme sport here! French Polynesia is probably my favorite tropical destination of all time. Surfers and divers flock all over Oceania for it’s pristine conditions, beautiful islands and out-of-this-world marine life.
The best time to visit Oceania is usually between April to August. The temperatures start to cool off, and thunderstorms are infrequent, especially in sub-regions like Micronesia and Polynesia. However, tropical cyclones can occur at any time of year.
Typically, November to March is considered cyclone season for Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and the other islands in the South Pacific. Before you leave for your trip, keep checking the weather and take out travel insurance in case of any natural disasters that prevent you from traveling.
If you want to see whales, plan your trip between July and October and head to Tonga. For those looking for ideal hiking and mountain biking weather, August is an excellent month to visit Oceania for outdoor activities.
What To Expect
Australasia: Australasia is made up of Australia, New Zealand and their neighboring islands in the Pacific Ocean. For the most part, it’s an easy region to explore with English widely spoken and regular flights between the different countries. It’s home to incredible natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef, Lord of the Rings filming locations and some of the best scuba diving conditions in the world.
Melanesia: New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, and the Soloman Islands are a group of islands to the north of Australia. Each island is known for their rich history, unique culture and exotic landscapes. The easiest way to get to this region is with flights from Australia and New Zealand, or you can fly direct to Fiji from some destinations in Asia and North America.
Micronesia: Micronesia is a northwest region of Oceania. It’s where you’ll find some of the world’s most untouched island destinations such as the Marshall Islands, Kiribati and one of the least visited countries, Nauru. It’s an easy region for US travelers to explore with English widely spoken and the US dollar accepted in most places.
Polynesia: Polynesia is the most far-flung region of Oceania, but also boasts some of the most beautiful islands in the world. French Polynesia is famous for destinations like Bora Bora and Tahiti, while Easter Island attracts hundreds of visitors a year that want to see the island’s mysterious stone carvings. English is widely spoken in the region as well as French, Spanish and other indigenous Polynesian languages.