Oceania is a region that is comprised of the islands in the Pacific Ocean. It is located in the tropical region. There are three main subregions: Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Many experts, however, argue about what constitutes Oceania. The history of human inhabitation in the region is the same as the history of the first human presence in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and other nearby island regions. Two waves of migration have formed the region’s population.
Christianity is the major religion followed by the people, and more than 90% of the people in various regions of Oceania are either Christians or indigenous. Traditional religion here is also animism. The tribes of the area believe in spirits, representing natural forces. In Australia and New Zealand, many people also say to belong to no religion at all. In Tonga, on the other hand, everyday life is strongly affected by the Christian faith. The only Muslim mosque in the region is situated in the Marshall Islands.
The Oceania region is home to glistening white sand beaches, coconut palm trees swaying in the breeze, beautiful coral reefs, and rugged volcanic islands rising out of the light blue shallow ocean. Its diverse nations have both some of the world’s most cosmopolitan and internationalized cities such as Melbourne, and some of its most remote and culturally isolated villages, such the rainforests of Cairns in Australia.
Popular Destinations in Oceania
Abel Tasman National Park — great hikes through forests, hills, and beaches.
Bay of Islands — pretty spot in New Zealand with historical significance.
Bora Bora — the most beautiful lagoon of French Polynesia, but incredibly pricey.
Moorea — budget alternative to Bora Bora with beautiful scenery.
Coral Coast — amazing white sand beaches and palm trees.
Great Barrier Reef — the largest coral formation in the world, great for diving.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — iconic rock formations in the middle of the outback.
Vava’u — group of more than 50 islands in Tonga, a common destination for yachts.
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