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There's a good deal to see and do in the Pacific islands, both above and below the waterline. The snorkeling and scuba diving are unsurpassed, and land-based attractions like museums, national parks, handicraft centers, and war relics are abundant. Easter Island, French Polynesia, Tonga, Yap, Pohnpei, and Kosrae are rich in archaeological sites, and ecotourism is thriving in Samoa.

All photos on are by David Stanley, author of Moon Handbooks South Pacific. The images on this page are details. To view the complete photos, click on the thumbnails.

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Reef, Mitiaro, Cook Islands

Exposed Reef, Mitiaro, Cook Islands

Reef walking at low tide is a favorite activity of visitors to elevated atolls like Mitiaro. It can be fascinating to observe the tiny animals trapped in tidal pools, and the crashing surf is always nearby.
Charlie the Tuna, American Samoa

Charlie the Tuna, mascot of the canneries at Atuu, American Samoa.

Rainforest Canopy Walkway, Samoa

Rainforest Canopy Walkway at Falealupo, Savaii, Samoa.

Wartime Gun, Bora Bora Pandanus Hat, Cook Islands Tjibaou Cultural Center, Noumea

Wartime American naval gun on Bora Bora, French Polynesia.

Finely-woven pandanus hat for sale on Mauke, Cook Islands.

A grande case at the Tjibaou Cultural Center, New Caledonia.

Stone Money, Yap, Micronesia Tongan Cemetery, Haapai Moai, Easter Island

Stone money coins, Yap Island, Federated States of Micronesia.

A typical Tongan cemetery at Haapai, Kingdom of Tonga.

Moai at the stone quarry on the slopes of Rano Kao, Easter Island.

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