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Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
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Honiara, Solomon Islands
— 3 nights
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Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
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Port Vila, Vanuatu
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Nadi, Fiji
— 5 nights
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Sigatoka, Fiji
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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Fly to Apia, Drive to Mulifanua, Ferry to Savai'i
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Savai'i, Samoa
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Apia, Samoa
— 5 nights
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Funafuti, Tuvalu
— 2 nights
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Tarawa Atoll, Republic of Kiribati
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Yaren, Nauru
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Majuro, Marshall Islands
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Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia
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Yap, Federated States of Micronesia
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Palau, Italy
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Rabaul, Papua New Guinea — 2 nights

The plucky township of Rabaul lives under constant threat of destruction, thanks to its proximity to Tavurvur, a permanently smoking and very much active volcano.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): see what you can catch with Rabaul - Kokopo Dive, then get impressive views of Tavurvur, and then brush up on your military savvy at New Guinea Club. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Rabaul War Cemetery, then brush up on your military savvy at Kokopo War Museum, and then stroll the grounds of Rabaul (Bita Paka) War Cemetery.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rabaul trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Rabaul is an approximately 34-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Rabaul due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Port Moresby.
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Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea — 4 nights

In contrast to the surrounding wilderness, national capital Port Moresby offers some impressive cultural attractions and a decent array of amenities.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Parliament House and Port Moresby Nature Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Kokoda Track, take in the dramatic scenery at Rouna Falls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Catholic Cathedral, and explore the galleries of National Museum and Art Gallery.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Port Moresby trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Rabaul to Port Moresby by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Honiara.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
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Honiara, Solomon Islands — 3 nights

The hustle and bustle of Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands, provides a nice counterpoint to the slow pace and laid-back atmosphere in other areas of the country.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bonegi I and II and Solomon Islands National Museum. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Guadalcanal American Memorial, kick back and relax at Mbonege Beach, and get interesting insight from Tulagi Dive.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Honiara day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Port Moresby to Honiara takes 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from Papua New Guinea Time to Solomon Islands Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Port Moresby in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Honiara: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Espiritu Santo.
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Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu — 4 nights

Espiritu Santo offers an impressive combination of natural beauty and cultural experiences.
Discover out-of-the-way places like SS President Coolidge and Magical Water Music Experience. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Port Olry Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Mount Hope Waterfall, make a trip to Million Dollar Bay, and contemplate the waterfront views at Matevulu Blue Hole.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Espiritu Santo vacation planning site.

Traveling by flight from Honiara to Espiritu Santo takes 7.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Espiritu Santo when traveling from Honiara in April, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Port Vila.
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Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Port Vila, Vanuatu — 5 nights

The capital of Vanuatu and the largest settlement on Efate, Port Vila plays home to a number of busy markets, cafes, bars, and restaurants catering to the tourism industry.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Port Vila Markets and Spas & Wellness. Step out of Port Vila with an excursion to Pele Island in Pele Island--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Ekasup Village, head off the coast to Iririki Island, kick back and relax at Havannah Beach and Boat Club, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Reef Vanuatu Zoological.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Port Vila travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Espiritu Santo to Port Vila takes 3 hours. April in Port Vila sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Nadi.
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Nadi, Fiji — 5 nights

Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba Bula Dive Centre and Tivua Island Fiji. Step out of Nadi to go to Lautoka and see Saweni beach, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Spend a fun-filled day on the 25th (Tue) at Big Bula Water Park. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront activity at Vuda Point Marina Fiji, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, visit Fiji Golf Tours & Transfers, and enjoy the sand and surf at Denarau Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nadi trip site.

Traveling by flight from Port Vila to Nadi takes 5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Port Vila to Nadi. April in Nadi sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sigatoka.
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Sigatoka, Fiji — 4 nights

Located at the western end of Coral Coast, with its long sheltered beaches and popular surf spots, Sigatoka is best known for its immediate surroundings than for the town itself.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park and Spas. Explore Sigatoka's surroundings by going to Zipline (in Pacific Harbour) and Momi Battery Historical Park (in Denarau Island). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Biausevu Waterfall, buy something for everyone on your list at Maui Bay Shopping Centre, play a few rounds at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course, and browse the exhibits of Hot Glass Fiji.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sigatoka sightseeing planning app.

Getting from Nadi to Sigatoka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April in Sigatoka, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Nuku'alofa.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga — 4 nights

The capital of Tonga and the seat of the island nation's royal family, Nuku'alofa was first seen by Western eyes in 1777, when legendary Captain James Cook arrived in the area.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ha'atafu Beach and Royal Tombs. Step out of Nuku'alofa with an excursion to Anahulu Cave - The Underground Swimming Pool in Haveluliku--about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes, explore the striking landscape at Hufangalupe Natural Land Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, and explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nuku'alofa trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sigatoka to Nuku'alofa takes 5.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sigatoka to Nuku'alofa due to the time zone difference. April in Nuku'alofa sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Savai'i.
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Savai'i, Samoa — 2 nights

On the 4th (Thu), hunt for treasures at Salelologa Market, take in the dramatic scenery at Afu Aau Waterfall, then explore the striking landscape at Alofaaga Blowholes, and finally admire all the interesting features of Mount Matavanu Crater. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with Dive Savaii and then make a trip to Pulemelei Ancient Mound.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Savai'i online day trip planner.

Getting from Nuku'alofa to Savai'i by combination of flight, car, and ferry takes about 9.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Apia.
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Apia, Samoa — 5 nights

The Samoan capital of Apia serves as the first port of call for most visitors, and it plays home to a number of historic sites, a laid-back seaside promenade, and a range of hotels and restaurants keeping tourists entertained.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Samoa Cultural Village and Piula Cave Pool. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Apia: Giant Clam Sanctuary (in Savaia), Cape Fatuosofia (in Cape Fatuosofia) and Lalomanu (Lalomanu Beach & Lalomanu Crater Walk). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Sopoaga Falls, stroll through Salamumu Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, and look for gifts at Janet's Samoa.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Apia trip builder.

Getting from Savai'i to Apia by combination of ferry and car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can fly to Funafuti.
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Funafuti, Tuvalu — 2 nights

Funafuti is an atoll on which the capital of the island nation of Tuvalu is located. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): get advice or help at Tuvalu National Library and then ponder the world of politics at Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Funafuti Marine Conservation Area.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Funafuti trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Apia to Funafuti takes 15.5 hours. The time zone changes from Apia Standard Time (WSST) to Tuvalu Time (TVT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Funafuti are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Fri) before leaving for Tarawa Atoll.
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Tarawa Atoll, Republic of Kiribati — 1 night

The capital of Kiribati, Tarawa Atoll has an administrative and cultural importance to the country as a whole and deserves to be explored by those visiting the islands.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Sacred Heart Cathedral, ponder the world of politics at Parliament Building, then stroll through Ambo Island, and finally get advice or help at Kiribati National Library and Archives.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Tarawa Atoll trip builder site.

Fly from Funafuti to Tarawa Atoll in 7 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Tarawa Atoll can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Yaren.
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Yaren, Nauru — 1 night

On the 14th (Sun), ponder the world of politics at Parliament House, contemplate the waterfront views at Moqua Well, get into the urban bustle at Civic Centre, admire all the interesting features of Japanese Guns, then contemplate the waterfront views at Anibare Bay, and finally discover the riches below the earth's surface at Central Plateau.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yaren day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Tarawa Atoll to Yaren takes 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Majuro.
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Majuro, Marshall Islands — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): get advice or help at Alele Museum and Public Library and then stroll through Arno Atoll.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Majuro itinerary builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yaren to Majuro. May in Majuro sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 31°C at night. On the 16th (Tue), you'll travel to Chuuk.
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Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia — 2 nights

Explore the giant atoll of Chuuk, a state of Micronesia encompassing many tiny islands dotted along the outer barrier reef.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): try to win big at Royal Flush Game Room, then stroll through Kuop Atoll, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Truk Lagoon.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Chuuk tour itinerary website.

You can fly from Majuro to Chuuk in 8.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Marshall Islands Time to Chuuk Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. You'll set off for Yap on the 18th (Thu).
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Yap, Federated States of Micronesia — 2 nights

Yap or Wa′ab traditionally refers to an island located in the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean, a part of the Federated States of Micronesia. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stroll around Sunset Park, trek along Tamilyog Trail, then snap pictures at Colonia Bridge, and finally browse the exhibits of The Ethnic Art Institute of Micronesia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Japanese Zeros and then explore the ancient world of Stone Money.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Yap route planner.

Fly from Chuuk to Yap in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can travel. In May, daily temperatures in Yap can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Palau.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Trails

Palau, Italy — 9 nights

Palau is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Sassari in the Italian region Sardinia, about 220km north of Cagliari and about 30km northwest of Olbia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spiaggia Rena di Ponente and Scuba & Snorkeling. Venture out of the city with trips to Aglientu (Torre Vignola e Chiesetta di San Silverio, Spiaggia Lu Litarroni, &more), Santa Teresa Gallura (Sito archeologico Lu Brandali, Spiaggia Baia Santa Reparata, &more) and Valle della Luna (in Capo Testa). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Citadel of Castelsardo, make a trip to spiaggia di Li Cossi, stroll through Spiaggia di Talmone, and wander the wide-open spaces of Maneggio Cala Di Lepre.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Palau online trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yap to Palau. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Yap to Palau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Papua New Guinea travel guide

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Zoos · Cemeteries · Hiking Trails
Occupying the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands, Papua New Guinea represents an immense cultural and biological diversity. Densely carpeted in lush rainforest, the largely mountainous interior includes several active volcanoes. Because of this rugged landscape, Papua New Guinea remains one of the planet's least explored areas, thought to harbor as-yet undiscovered species. Remote mountain ranges nurture unique plant and animal life found nowhere else in the world, while the wildly fluctuating topography creates large differences in climate that further diversify the ecosystems. The people of Papua New Guinea are equally varied and distinct, with hundreds of tribes and communities--the vast majority of which are rural--and approximately 850 different languages. Don't expect much of a tourism infrastructure in Papua New Guinea (or infrastructure of any kind), but do expect any challenges to be richly rewarded by a real adventure unlike any other, in an untamed wilderness, untouched by commercialization.
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Solomon Islands travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Flea Markets · Ruins
Build your Solomon Islands trip around the many enriching diving experiences available, or plan a relaxing break on a luxuriously sandy and peaceful beach. Witness the vibrant culture of the local people on an eco-friendly guided walk, shopping for locally made handicrafts, and sampling the local cuisine. Solomon Islands still bears the marks of a very different aspect of its history, when some of the most intense fighting in World War II happened here. Learn about this dark chapter through memorials, museums, artifacts, and relics, both on land and under the sea.
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Vanuatu travel guide

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Waterfalls · Nature & Parks · Bodies of Water
Composed of 83 rugged islands spread out over a stretch of nearly 1,300 km (810 mi), Vanuatu features a huge diversity of natural environments and cultures. A fusion of British, French, Polynesian, and Melanesian influences, the nation combines devout religious devotion with the slow, relaxed pace of island life. Lush rainforests and thriving coral sanctuaries abound across the island chain and feature a colorful array of native wildlife and plant species that make for fantastic snorkeling, diving, and hiking excursions. Active volcanoes remain among the biggest attractions in Vanuatu, along with the chain's stunning beaches and shimmering blue waters. Despite the nation's harsh volcanic landscapes, rocky coast, and lack of arable land, Vanuatu is a warm and welcoming place to visit, as its people do everything they can to make tourists feel right at home.
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Fiji travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Marinas · Fishing Charters & Tours
Located at the heart of the Central Pacific, Fiji is an archipelago of 333 islands and hundreds more tiny islets, many of which are uninhabited. The land masses range from vast Viti Levu, mountainous and covered in green jungle, to private desert islands available for rent. With bountiful sunshine, white sand beaches, tranquil oceans, and lush rainforest, it is no surprise that ecotourism in Fiji thrives. Local culture combines indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian, and European influences in a vibrant mix, with many of the smaller islands still retaining a strong element of traditional island life. Explore the countless pockets of paradise to find your favorite.
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Tonga travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Nature & Parks
The Friendly Islands
Spread out over 177 islands, Tonga features an incredible array of natural environments and places to visit. "Island time" remains omnipresent in Tonga, and visitors may find that locals are in little hurry in their day-to-day lives. While sightseeing in Tonga, head for the country's three main island groupings--Vava'u, Ha'apai, and Tongatapu--to enjoy a taste of their world-class snorkeling and diving opportunities. Reefs and forests burst with life and lush foliage, and lend themselves well to enjoying the great outdoors, while sun-kissed beaches and idyllic lagoons make for fantastic lazy days along the shore. Alternatively, take advantage of the country's prolific whale-watching industry--frequently ranked among the best on the planet.
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Samoa travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · History Museums
Enchanting Samoa and its people boast a legendarily laid-back approach to life, and clocks and set times are merely a formality here. The society remains a proud one, deeply connected to a set of millennia-old traditions known as "Fa'a Samoa"--the Samoan Way. Spread out over two main islands and several smaller landmasses, Samoa is a land of incredible contrasts and natural beauty, home to rocky volcanic mountains and expansive beaches, rugged cliffs and lush rainforests. Visitors on holiday in Samoa can easily spend their time exploring the country's exotic interior and untamed coastal reaches, which offer plenty of wildlife and fantastic landscapes. Alternatively, they can just as readily kick back in sleepy seaside villages, indulging in a full-service resort, or splash around in lagoons and at beaches that hold their place among the world's best.
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Tuvalu travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Government Buildings
A group of tiny atolls and reef islands in the South Pacific, Tuvalu offers plenty of seaside appeal. Most visitors start and end their tour of Tuvalu on Fongfale, the main islet where you'll find the majority of accommodations and other tourist-oriented facilities. Beaches fringed by palms remain the main attractions on Tuvalu, with visitors coming to dive and snorkel the waters sheltering a variety of tropical fish and sea turtles. Others head for the uninhabited islets, which provide no amenities but plenty of chances to spot a range of sea birds.
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Republic of Kiribati travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Government Buildings · Churches
You'll find a surprising number of vacation ideas in Kiribati, an island nation boasting a rich cultural and natural abundance. The 33 coral islands offer world-class fishing spots, marine and terrestrial reserves, and great places to try a range of water sports. Its refreshingly noncommercial and lively culture engages visitors with its colors, vibrancy, and welcoming character. Experience the local philosophy of subsistence in the villages, where delicious cuisine and traditional ceremonies take precedence. On a different note, history buffs will appreciate sites commemorating an infamous World War II battle that took place here. Head farther inland for an adventurer's holiday--exploring the forests, discovering a wealth of impressive natural features, and identifying the diversity of plant and animal life.
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Nauru travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Tourist Spots · Civic Centers
Pleasant Island
One of the world's smallest countries, Nauru represents an island heaven for those interested in doing little more than relaxing by the sea during their vacation. For those into active holidays, a trip to Nauru ensures plenty of chances to try fishing, scuba diving, and exploring the remnants of a phosphate mine. For history buffs looking to add some culture to their Nauru itinerary, reminders of Japanese occupation remain scattered around the tiny island.
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Marshall Islands travel guide

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Bridges · Nature & Parks · Churches
A chain of coral atolls and volcanic islands, Marshall Islands are probably best know for their coral reefs, which teem with marine life. A holiday in Marshall Islands is the perfect choice for anyone looking for that classic beach experience on white sand lapped by gentle warm waves. You'll probably spend most of your time there swimming, snorkeling, or diving. If you're a fan of cultural activities, consider visiting a few farms or explore the curio shops, which sell souvenirs made using traditional methods.
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Federated States of Micronesia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Ruins · Fishing Charters & Tours
Visit the Federated States of Micronesia to experience life on its 607 small islands, scattered across more than 2,600,000 sq km (1,000,000 sq mi) of the Pacific Ocean. These tropical lands dotted in the sea formed as the result of volcanic activity millions of years ago. Today, the four states each have their distinct culture, but share a common ideal of sustainability coupled with an abundance of biological diversity on land and at sea. Enjoy the traditions of the welcoming Micronesian people, and travel between the islands to observe their similarities and differences. A Micronesia holiday offers true exploration, with points of historical, biological, and cultural interest.
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