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Polynesia vs Oceania vs South Pacific

In researching tiki, I realized that these terms are often used interchangeably and I wanted to know the difference. 

Oceania: The largest region of Pacific islands including Australia: Australasia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, extends all the way to Hawaii. When I visited the Bishop Museum in Honolulu they had great displays on the history of migration of peoples from Asia through to all of these regions. Link

By Central Intelligence Agency -, Public Domain,


Polynesia: Subregion of Oceania, made up of more than 1,000 islands scattered over the central and southern Pacific Ocean. New Zealand is in the region too. Link

By User:Kahuroa - Outline: File:World2Hires filled mercator.svg; Map information based on Vaka Moana: Voyages of the Ancestors - the discovery and settlement of the Pacific, ed K.R. Howe, 2008, p57., Public Domain,



South Pacific: Just the Pacific Ocean islands in the Southern Hemisphere




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