South Pacific Islands Photo Gallery

 
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There is no place in Bora Bora long or flat enough to build a runway, so airplanes land on nearby Motu Mute. Catamarans then shuttle passengers to the main island.  
Credit: Linda Samuel 
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The Cooks' 15 islands spread over an area the size of India, about 850,000 square miles. More than 700 miles of ocean separate some of the tiny atolls.  
Credit: PhotoDisc 
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'Its beaches were of snowy coral sand, contrasting with the rich dark green of the tall trees that grew almost to the water's edge... blue water, two or three fathoms deep and clear as air.'
—Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, Mutiny on the Bounty  
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During the 17th and 18th centuries, shipwrecked sailors who washed up on Fiji's shores faced the threat of being eaten by the natives. Today, thankfully, Fiji is much more hospitable.  
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Herman Melville, W. Somerset Maugham, and James Michener were lured to the South Pacific by the promise of a tropical paradise; their writings have perpetuated the idea of Polynesia as Eden.  
Credit: Linda Samuel 
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Palau released a postage stamp baring Elvis Presley's mug in 1993—more than a year before the U.S. honored him postally.  
Credit: Dan Heller 
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Bungee jumping is old hat to Vanuatu natives. Each spring, the original 'land-divers' leap with jungle vines tied to their ankles. Vine lengths are calculated so that jumpers' hair brushes the ground, fertilizing the soil for the new yam crop.  
Credit: Corbis 
 
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