Melanesia is a region of Oceania.
Melanesia consists of the following small island nations:
And the tiny Australian territory of:
The large nation of Papua New Guinea and its neighbor West Papua (Indonesia) are also usually considered part of Melanesia, both culturally and historically speaking, but are covered in separate articles.
Melanesia provides a wealth of tropical islands to discover with sandy beaches, world class diving and snorkelling, fascinating history and culture, spectacular waterfalls, inquisitive birdlife and much more. There are a few cruise companies that visit this region.
Heritage Expeditions (www.heritage-expeditions.com) operates South Pacific small ship cruises aboard the 50 berth expedition ship the Spirit of Enderby to some of the most remote, and otherwise difficult to get to islands in Melanesia, including the islands of Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea in October and April each year.