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Polynesia is the most far-flung, easterly region of Oceania. Ethnically and linguistically its far flung peoples migrated further distances in shorter times from their ancestral home in Taiwan than any other ethnic migration before the world-wide colonisations of the Europeans 500 years later.


Polynesia comprises the following island nations:

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American Samoa
Cook Islands
An archipelago of fifteen islands spread out over 2.2 million square kilometers of the Pacific
The eastern two thirds of this sprawling island nation fall within the scope of Polynesia. Remote and poor, the sun rises first here every day.
French Polynesia
Includes three islands with a strong claim to being the most beautiful island in the world, Bora Bora, Tahiti and Moorea; also Mururoa where the French carried out nuclear tests until 1996.
Just one flight a week, from Auckland.
Two main volcanic islands with luxuriant vegetation, traditional culture and wonderful open-sided houses.
The so-called “Friendly islands” and a Kingdom. But traditional and modern cultures are now clashing.
One of the smallest countries in the world in terms of population.

It also includes smaller overseas territories of larger nations, including:

Baker and Howland Islands (USA)
Easter Island (Chile)
An isolated island with its amazing stone carvings.
Hawaii (USA)
Jarvis Island (USA)
Johnston Atoll (USA)
Midway Islands (USA)
Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef (USA)
Pitcairn Islands (UK)
With descendants of the Bounty mutineers.
Tokelau (New Zealand)
Wallis and Futuna (France)

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. However, owing to its size, it is included as its own separate region of Oceania for the organisational purposes of this travel guide.


Other destinations[edit]

  • Aitutaki — the classic picture postcard of a palm tree fringed tropical island with turquoise waters, in the Cook Islands.
  • Bora Bora — the most beautiful lagoon of French Polynesia, but incredibly pricey.
  • Moorea — budget alternative to Bora Bora with beautiful scenery.
  • Vava'u — group of more than 50 islands in Tonga, a common destination for yachters.
  • Funafuti- Capital center of Tuvalu, one of the smallest world's country



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Sailing Jarvis Island[edit]

  • Day 1-2

Rest on Hawaii (Big Island)

  • Day 3-9

Sailing towards Jarvis Island

  • Day 10-12

Rest on Jarvis Island.

  • Day 13-19

Sailing towards Big Island

  • Day 20

Rest on Big Island.

Sailing Johnston Atoll[edit]

  • Day 1-2

Rest in Hawaii (Big Island)

  • Day 3-10

Sailing towards Johnston Atoll

  • Day 11-15

Spending time on Johnston Atoll islands

  • Day 16-23

Sailing towards Big Island

  • Day 24

Rest in Hawaii.

Sailing Palmyra Atoll, Kingman Reef and Jarvis island[edit]

  • Day 1-2

Rest in Hawaii (Big Island)

  • Day 3-8

Sailing towards Kingman Reef

  • Day 9-12

Rest in Palmyra Atoll

  • Day 13

Sailing towards Kingman Reef

  • Day 14

Rest on Kingman Reef

  • Day 15-18

Sailing towards Jarvis island

  • Day 19-20

Rest on Jarvis island

  • Day 21-27

Sailing towards Hawaii island

  • Day 28

Rest on Hawaii

Note: You can make this sail shorther and omit Jarvis island.

Note: You need a special permit from You have to ask US Military or US Fishing and Wildlife Services for the permit. The best periods for the trip is from May to December.

Weekend in Funafuti (Tuvalu)[edit]

  • Day 1

Visiting Funafuti town (mosque, Fetu'au Lima church, philatelistic bureau, ev. plane spotting)

  • Day 2

Rest on Funafala beaches

  • Day 3

Rest on Avalau beaches

  • Day 4

Rest on Paava beaches

Holiday in Tuvalu[edit]

  • Day 1

Funafuti sightseeing, plane spotting

  • Day 3-4

Rest on Funafala, Avalau or Paava beaches

  • Day 5

Trip to Vaitupu island

  • Day 6

Trip to Nui, Naumea or Savae island/s

  • Day 7

Free day and plane spotting

Sailing from Nauru to Tuvalu[edit]

This itinerary is good for people sailing across Pacific Ocean or The world

  • Day 1

Rest in Yaren

  • Day 1-5

Sailing towards Naumea island

  • Day 6

Stop on Naumea island

  • Day 7-10

Sailing towards Nui island

  • Day 11-12

Rest on Nui island

  • Day 13-15

Sailing towards Savai island

  • Day 16

Rest on Savai island

  • Day 17

Short stop on Motulao

  • Day 18-20

Sailing towards Funafuti

  • Day 21-22

Rest in Funafuti, sightseeing, plane spotting

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