Aloha! Welcome to Our Journey, my blog about life in the South Pacific.
Life is full of new and fantastic experiences, especially when you live in a tropical paradise!
~ your friend, Loke


Everyone knows that there are nice beaches in the South Pacific. But if you go to any Pacific Island only for the sun and sand — you’re missing out! There are more cultures in Oceania than types of tropical flower, and each one is unique. One of the best ways to understand Oceanic peoples is to look at language groups: Polynesian, Melanesian, and Micronesian. POLYNESIAN There are over 40 types of Polynesia languages, spoken on over 1000 islands »

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Tokelau is not just a small county — it’s tiny. It is made up of three small atolls: Atafu, Nukunonu, and Fakaofo. Altogether, there are just 1,400 people in Tokelau. Though most of them are indigenous Pacific Islanders, they’re not all alike. On Atafu, the smallest of the islands, most of the islanders are followers of the Protestant Church. On Nukunonu, the largest of the islands, almost everyone is Catholic. Of course, on Fakaofo, »

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Volcanoes: Dramatic, dangerous, beautiful! In August New Zealand’s Mount Tongariro erupted for the first time since 1897. For 115 years, it stood tall and beautiful, like any other mountain. Then: BOOM!  The mountain had been rumbling for a while, so people were smart enough to stay away. Thankfully, no one was hurt. It makes you respect the power of Mother Nature, doesn’t it? Mount Tongariro stands on the North Island of New Zealand, »

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Here’s something that visitors to the South Pacific always forget: Your seasons are backwards! That’s right… yours! Our summer season begins peaks around New Years, and our winter arrives in June. If you live in north of the equator, it’s the opposite! Don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s always sunny in Oceania. Many places get really cold! One of the things that makes the South Pacific such a wonderful place »

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