May 10, 2017

Polynesia

islands of the Pacific

By BUDDY In POLYNESIA, TRAVEL, World

Polynesia islands are the most far-flung, easterly region of Oceania. It is a subregion of Oceania, made up of over 1,000 islands scattered over the central and southern Pacific Ocean. the Polynesian Triangle hosts some of the most exciting islands. Polynesian culture, the beliefs, and practices of the indigenous peoples of the ethnographic group of Pacific Islands known as Polynesia.the Polynesian Triangle is drawn by connecting the points of Hawaii, New Zealand and Easter Island. The other main Polynesia islands group located within the Polynesian Triangle are Samoa, Tonga, the Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Niue, Wallis and Futuna and French Polynesia.Polynesian triangle map is shown below.

It is characterized by a small amount of land spread over a very large portion of the mid and southern Pacific Ocean. Most Polynesian islands and archipelagos, including the Hawaiian Islands and Samoa, are composed of volcanic islands built by hotspots and offer  holiday paradises like Bora Bora and the Cook Islands to unique cultural heritage of Hawaii, Easter and Norfolk Islands

It divides into two distinct cultural groups, East Polynesia and West Polynesia. The culture of West Polynesia is conditioned to high populations. It has strong institutions of marriage and well-developed judicial, monetary and trading traditions. It comprises the groups of Tonga, Niue, Samoa and extends to the atolls of Tuvalu to the north. The pattern of settlement that is believed to have occurred is that the Polynesians spread out from the Samoan Islands into the Tuvaluan atolls, with Tuvalu providing a stepping stone to migration into the Polynesian Outlier communities in Melanesia and Micronesia.

Eastern Polynesian cultures are highly adapted to smaller islands and atolls, principally the Cook Islands, Tahiti, the Tuamotus, the Marquesas, Hawaii, Rapa Nui and smaller central-pacific groups. The large islands of New Zealand were first settled by Eastern Polynesians who adapted their culture to a non-tropical environment.

New Zealand is the largest Polynesian nation, both in numbers of residents of Polynesian ethnicity and land area. Indeed, there are more Cook Islanders and Tongans living in Auckland, New Zealand than in their home islands. Auckland airport is also the primary air hub for all of Polynesia.

 

Polynesia Map

Polynesia islands

 

 

POLYNESIA COUNTRIES

  • American Samoa
  • Cook Islands
  • Kiribati
  • French Polynesia
  • New Zealand
  • Niue
  • Samoa
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu

 

OTHER TERRITORIES

  • Baker and Howland Islands (USA
  • Easter Island (Chile)
  • Hawaii (USA)
  • Johnston Atoll (USA)
  • Jarvis Island (USA)
  • Midway Islands (USA)
  • Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef (USA)
  • Pitcairn Islands (UK)
  • Tokelau (New Zealand)
  • Wallis and Futuna (France)

 

 

MAJOR CITIES

  •  PAPEETEPOLYNESIA MAJOR CITIES
  •  APIAPOLYNESIA MAJOR CITIES

 

  •  AUCKLANDPOLYNESIA MAJOR CITIES
  •  HAMILTONPOLYNESIA MAJOR CITIES


TOP EXPERIENCES

 

  •  TONGARIRO NTL PARKPOLYNESIA ISLANDS
  •  MILFORD SOUNDPOLYNESIA ISLANDS
  •  AORAKI NTL PARKPOLYNESIA ISLANDS
  •  WAITOMO CAVESPOLYNESIA ISLANDS

 

  •  VAVAUPOLYNESIA ISLANDS
  •  MOOREAPOLYNESIA ISLANDS
  •  BORA BORAPOLYNESIA ISLANDS
  •  AITUTAKIPOLYNESIA ISLANDS

 


LANGUAGES

Polynesia countries have a group of 30 languages belonging to the Oceanic, branch of the Austronesian language family and most closely related to the languages of Micronesia and Melanesia. Spoken by fewer than 1,000,000 persons spread across a large section of the Pacific Ocean.

The best-known Polynesian languages are Samoan, English, Maori, Tahitian, lingua franca in French Polynesia and Hawaiian. Samoan is the national language of Samoa (formerly Western Samoa), and Tongan is the official tongue of the Kingdom of Tonga.

 

EXPLORE

  • Diving throughout Oceania, for coral and tropical fish
  • Sail in Tonga popular destination for yachts crossing the Pacific.
  • Skiing and snow sports in New South Wales
  • Try Kava drink produced from the roots of a plant related to the pepper plant.

 

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