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Pasific

Cruises to South Pacific

Vanua Levu, Fiji. Picture by spayfiji.org

Info and Map of South Pacific

The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the Earth's oceanic divisions. It extends from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Southern Ocean (or, depending on definition, to Antarctica) in the south and is bounded by Asia and Australia in the west and the Americas in the east. At 165.25 million square kilometers (63.8 million square miles) in area, this largest division of the World Ocean – and, in turn, the hydrosphere – covers about 46% of the Earth's water surface and about one-third of its total surface area, making it larger than all of the Earth's land area combined. The equator subdivides it into the North Pacific Ocean and South Pacific Ocean, with two exceptions: the Galápagos and Gilbert Islands, while straddling the equator, are deemed wholly within the South Pacific. The Mariana Trench in the western North Pacific is the deepest point in the world, reaching a depth of 10,911 metres (35,797 ft). The eastern Pacific Ocean was first sighted by Europeans in the early 16th century when Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa crossed the Isthmus of Panama in 1513 and discovered the great «southern sea» which he named Mar del Sur. The ocean's current name was coined by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan during the Spanish circumnavigation of the world in 1521, as he encountered favourable winds on reaching the ocean. He therefore called it Mar Pacifico in Portuguese, meaning «peaceful sea».

Destinations in South Pacific

Kiribati

Fanning Island | Kanton Island | Phoenix Islands Protected Area | Butaritari | Kiritimati |

Fiji

Suva | Makogai Island | Namenalala Island | Wakaya Passage | Gau Island | Nigali Passage | Yasawa | Lautoka | Levuka | Leleuvia | Somosomo | Vanua Balavu | Fulanga | Denarau Island | Ndravuni | Viti Levu | Vanua Levu | Malalo | Taveuni | Rainbow Reef |

Indonesia

Komodo Island | Selaru Island | Savu Island | Pulau Suanggi | Lembata | Alor Island | Kalabahi | Palopo | Parepare | Kakaban Island | Tarakan | Ujung Pandang | Pulau Pantara | Pink Beach | Sorong | Pulau Ayu | Pulau Wayag | Teluk Alyui | Pulau Gorong | Agats | Kabaena Island | Balikpapan | Tanjung Wangi | Karimunjawa | Banda Neira (Banda-Islands) | Ambon |

French Polynesia

Papeete | Moorea | Bora Bora | Raiatea | Huahine | Rangiroa | Nuku Hiva | Manihi | Fatu Hiva | Pau Mao Bay | Atuona | Fakarava | Tikehau Atoll | Tahaa | Tahuata | Hiva Oa | Hatiheu | Hanavave | Takapoto | Maupiti | Napuka | Mataiva | Rikitea | Atoll South Of Mangareva | Raroia | Ahe Lagoon | Tiputa |

Palau

Koror | Ngerekebesang | Sonsorol Island |

Micronesia

Ngulu Atoll | Yap Island | Kosrae | Pingelap Atoll | Kapingamarangi | Chuuk | Colonia | Ulithi Atoll |

Papua New Guinea

Murik Lakes | Kopar Village | Madang | Tami Island | Alotau | Doini Island | Kiriwina | Rabaul | Kitava Island | Vanimo | Tuam Island | Tufi | Fergusson Island | Dobu Island | Samarai Island | Deka Deka Island | Port Moresby |

Solomon Islands

Njari Island | Mbike Island | Port Mary | Utupua | Taro Island | Honiara | Guadalcanal | Gizo |

Cook Islands

Aitutaki | Palmerston Atoll | Manihiki Atoll | Rarotonga |

Tokelau

Nukunonu |

Samoa

Apia | Asau | Mata-Utu | Neiafu |

Tuvalu

Funafuti | Nanumea Island |

Tarawa

Bonriki |

Marshall Islands

Majuro | Ailinglaplap Atoll | Jeh Ailinglaplap |

New Caledonia

Noumea | Lifou | Ile des Pins | Mare |

Vanuatu

Port Vila Harbour | Mystery Island | Luganville | Ambrym Island | Aniwa Island | Tanna Island | Port-Vila | Champagne Bay | Wala Island | Champagne Beach |

American Samoa

Pago Pago |

Niue

Alofi |

Tongo

Nuku'alofa | Vava U |

Pitcairn Islands

Pitcairn Islands |

Northern Mariana Islands

Saipan | Maug Islands |

Guam

Guam |

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