Where is Oceania, anyway?

MapAloha, friends! Now if there is one thing I get asked all the time, it’s this: What is Oceania?

We all know where the South Pacific is — that one’s easy. Sometimes when people say Oceania, they mean the South Pacific. But I’ll give you a hint: Oceania bigger than you think!

Oceania is made up of four areas: Polynesia, Micronesia, Malaysia and Melanesia. It includes Australia, the Philippines and Easter Islands (or Rapa Nui). Oceania goes all the way west to Hawai’i, and all the east to Indonesia.

People have been living in Oceania for thousands and thousands of years. Some parts (like Papua New Guinea) have been inhabited for over 35,000 years! Others (like Vanuatu and Fiji) were more recently discovered: in the last 10,000 years. That’s still a pretty long time, huh?! Today there are 378 million people living in Oceania. The biggest city is Jakarta, Indonesia. But there are thousands of other places, from Fiji’s capital city Suva to the tiny villages of New Caledonia. What an adventure, what a home!

Where is Oceania? It’s in my heart!
Hope to see you there!

~ Loke

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