This is the captial of Upolu, the most developed and populous of Western Samoa´s nine islands. Lush and volcanic, the nine islands of Samoa constitute a reef-fringed oasis in the vast Pacific Ocean. One of Apia's greatest attractions is a hotel "Aggie Gray's", immortalized by Michener and frequented by Robert Louis Stevenson, Marlon Brando and Gary Cooper. Other worthy elements include rain forests, waterfalls, craters, blowholes, beaches, and the ever-present fa'a Samoa (the Samoan Way).
Discovered by Captain Cook in the 18th century, the Bay of Islands is a haven of calm waters, a paradise of secluded coves and beaches.
Easter Island is brimming with ancient myths that have baffled anthropologists for centuries. Savagely romantic, the island is home to artifacts and memorabilia from ancient civilizations.
In 1950 the town took its name from the Libertador General San Martin. It currently shows a series of important tourist centres and others just developing, all of which play different roles according to the services and attractions they deliver. In its surroundings one can enjoy trekking, mountain biking, horse riding, mountaineering, trout fishing, photo safaris and flora and fauna observation.
Capt. James Cook named it in 1774 for the tree-rich landscape, but it's the gloriously clear waters offshore, bordered by some of the most stunning beaches (Kuto and Kanumera are the best known) in the entire South Pacific, that enthrall travel-weary visitors. This is an island made for slow bicycle rides... leisurely snorkeling... long days on deserted, white-sand strands... French picnic baskets... watching a woodcarver at work in his home... sailing a pirogue outrigger into Upi Bay to see the moon on the water.
The International Date Line is an imaginary line on the earth's surface, at approximately the 180th meridian (LONGITUDE). Traveling east across the line, takes the traveler back one day; traveling west, takes the traveler forward one day. Without the International Date Line travelers going westward would discover that when they returned home, one day more than they thought had passed, even though they had kept careful tally of the days. This first happened to Magellan's crew after the first circumnavigation of the globe!
The Komandorski Islands or Commander Islands are a group of treeless islands east of the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East, in the Bering Sea. The islands consist of Bering Island, Medny Island, and two small islets. Geologically, although separated from the rest of the chain by several hundred miles, the Commander Islands are the westernmost extension of the Aleutian Islands. The inhabitants, Russians and Aleuts, fish and hunt whales and other marine mammals. The largest village is Nikolskoye on Bering Island.
On the west coast of Fiji´s largest island, Lautoka is a center for beach resorts and a jumping off place for visits to offshore islands with names like Paradise and Treasure. Spend a day at one of the area´s unspoiled beaches, play a round of golf or enjoy duty-free shopping.
One of the largest barrier reefs in the world shines emerald and and turquoise through the crystal-clear waters of New Caledonia. The town of Noumea clusters around a central square and a few tall palms give the Place des Cocotiers restaurants, bistros and chic French boutiques line the streets. And Indonesian, Tahitian and Chinese shops sell everything from shell necklaces to incense burners. Bustling with life, this small, thriving town is the French Riviera of the South Pacific.
Pago Pago, with its soaring green mountains, sparkling water-falls, and superb beaches, is one of the South Pacific´s most spectacular deepwater ports. Relax on a white-sand beach that stretches on for miles, or go shopping in Fagatogo, the colorful downtown area.
The city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is the industrial, scientific and cultural center of Kamchatka. The city and its extremely large harbor are well-protected from all storms, and even from the dreaded tsunami tidal waves. The largest tsunami, the tidal wave of 1952, destroyed the town of Severo-Kurilsk on the island of Paramushir. Although the town is only 100 miles from Kamchatka, as the tsunami ran into Avacha Bay it died down to a harmless wave only a few feet tall. Even its long-time residents make no claims about the city's beauty; its monotonous, Soviet-style 5-story buildings (there are no tall buildings in the city because of earthquake risks) are hard on the eyes, and pot-hole filled streets crowded with old, coughing cars do not add much. This matters little, however, since the city is surrounded by incredible natural beauty- the Avacha and Koryak volcanoes to the north, and huge Avacha Bay to the south.
This tiny island has a most colorful history. In 1789, Captain Bligh of the Bounty was forced adrift when Fletcher Christian and 25 crew members mutinied. These fugitives then settled on the bewitching island of Pitcairn. Over 200 years later, their descendants still thrive in the Pacific paradise.
Poum, New Caledonia, sits within the world's largest lagoon and is rich in Kanak culture. This heavenly haven and its neighbouring isle offer a choice of four white beaches and aqua waters.
Situated in the Indian Ocean, the island is a part of the archipelago of Mascareignes. Reunion is a small volcanic island, the various new-comers came on reunion island and brought their French, Indian customs, Malagasy, the quibble, mahoraises, and folklore. The maloya was, originally , the dance of the slaves. The Creole kitchen, on base of spices, is a mixture of Indian receipts, Malagasy and metropolitan.
This Island belongs to Juan Fernandez Archipelago, which has been a passing place for explorers and sailors, hiding place for pirates and their treasures, shelter for Alexander Selkirk, the sailor who inspired Robinson Crusoe novel, and prison during the Chilean Independence War. It is actually a National Park and Unesco World Biosphere Reserve. Robinson Crusoe Island, separated from Valparaiso by 670 km of the open Pacific ocean, is not a major holiday destination. The archipelago consists of three islands with extraordinary rugged and mountainous topography, and distinctly Mediterranean climate. Rainfall varies greatly over very short distances, allowing dense rainforest with many endemic species, in contrast with other Atacama-like areas.
Suva is the capital of Fiji and is a beautiful harbour city built on a peninsula reaching out into the sea. Its tall modern buildings are beautifully balanced by rich traditional colonial architecture.
Taiohae is a pleasant village bordering the sea. It is the administrative, economic, educational and health center of the Marquesas Islands. Here are the French and Territorial administrators, the government buildings, gendarmerie, post office, general hospital, town hall, Air Tahiti office, banks, schools, well-stocked stores and shops. It lies on the south coast at the head of the Bay of Taiohae whose entrance is guarded by two rocks called "Les Sentinelles."
Vava'u is a raised coral island, as is Tongatapu and consists of one large island and as many as 40 smaller islands. Tradition says that the mythical hero Maui who fished both islands from the sea, put a little more effort into Vava'u which is a big island rising 204 metres above sea level with a stunningly beautiful dramatic coastline.
Whittier is nestled at the base of mountains that line Passage Canal. a fjord that extends into Prince William Sound. The surrounding peaks are snowcapped much of the year and a glacier hangs above the town to the west. Just across from Passage Canal from Whittier is Kittiwake Rookery, largest of its kind in the world. Whittier is also a berry picker's paradise with blueberries and salmonberries growing in abundance at the edge of town.