Polynesia is a region of Oceania that consists of more than 1,000 islands that are scattered throughout the Central and South Pacific.

The islands are grouped together in this manner because the people on each island share similar cultures, beliefs, and languages. Sometimes referred to as the “Pacific Triangle,” some definitions include the U.S. state of Hawaii and the country of New Zealand within this region.

There are two distinctive cultural groups in Polynesia, defined as being Eastern and Western. The eastern cultures are adapted to smaller islands, smaller populations, and more isolation. The western cultures have strong family and cultural institutions, larger population centers, and strong trading conditions.

Both cultures, however, provide modern visitors when an opportunity to enjoy a tropical holiday. Although accessing some of the islands in Polynesia can be difficult, if not impossible during busy travel periods, the rewards of the journey become apparent immediately upon arrival. You will find plenty of sunshine, cool tropical breezes, and plenty of sandy beaches to explore.

The Polynesian people are known for being incredible navigators. Their skills in the creative fields, such as art, is equal to their skill of navigation. These traditions are still alive and well on the islands today, with weaving, jewelry design, and carving frequently practiced and often available at local markets. Some cultures will even invite you to learn the local skills during your stay so you can create your own remembrances of the journey.

The nations of Polynesia may be primarily situated on small islands, but the chance to explore, relax, and have some fun is larger than anyone might expect. Come find your perfect island getaway today.

Below you find a list of countries belonging to the region known as Polynesia.