Category Archives: Oceania

Samoa – traveling in the country
Airplane: Polynesian Airlines flies several times a day between Fagali’i Airport, east of Apia on Upolu, and Ma’ota Airport 5 kilometers west of Salelologa on Savaii.

Ship: ferries regularly cross the 22-kilometer-wide Apolima Strait between Savi’i and Upolu. Official berths for large ferries are the Salelologa wharf on Savai’i and the Mulifanua wharf on Upolu. They usually run every two hours from 6 a.m. to 4 a.m. the next morning. Anyone wishing to travel by vehicle should book in advance with the Samoa Shipping Corporation.

Automobile:Traveling around Samoa by car is very easy. The coastal roads of the two main islands are sealed and the general condition of the roads is fine. Off-road vehicles make driving on secondary roads more pleasant. However, all routes can also be comfortably traveled with a two-wheel drive vehicle, except after heavy downpours.

Rental car
When renting a vehicle, it should be carefully examined for possible damage and scratches and everything should be recorded in the rental agreement. Otherwise, the renter can be held liable for this damage when the vehicle is returned. If you want to rent a car, you shouldn’t get involved in leaving your passport or a deposit for the vehicle. It should also be noted that vehicles that have been rented on Savai’i cannot be taken to Upolu. For more information about the continent of Oceania, please check

Landmarks of Australia

According to Calculatorinc, the most famous and largest city on the mainland is Sydney. It was founded in 1788 when a transport ship arrived here under the command of Arthur Philip. It was this part of the city, where the crew of the ship landed, that was called “The Rocks”, which means “Rocks” in translation,… Read More »

The City of Sydney

Sydney is the oldest and most populous city in Australia and the country’s most important economic center. The opera house opened in 1973 and the Australian Museum are of particular cultural importance. In 2000 Sydney hosted the XXVII. Summer Olympics. Sydney is Australia’s oldest settlement founded by Europeans. Today it is the capital of the… Read More »

Vanuatu 2012

Yearbook 2012 Vanuatu. In May, Vanuatu abruptly stopped a multi-year collaboration with Australia on a police project, forcing Australian police to leave the country. The collaborative project had been ongoing since 2006 and ended after a diplomatic quarrel with Australia. The Vanuatu government was upset that Australian authorities had seized Prime Minister Sato Kilman’s private… Read More »

Tuvalu 2012

Yearbook 2012 Tuvalu. Following pressure from the US, in August Tuvalu deregistered some 40 Iranian oil tankers sailing under the Tuvalu flag. Iran had registered the ships in Tuvalu to bypass the US and EU embargo on Iranian oil because of its nuclear weapons program. For the Tuvalu State, registration of foreign vessels is an… Read More »

Tonga 2012

Yearbook 2012 Tonga. Tonga’s King George Tupou V died March 18 at a Hong Kong hospital, 63 years old. At the funeral a week later, the king’s coffin was carried from the palace to the royal burial ground by over 1,000 coffin carriers dressed in black shirts and traditional bastards. The streets were bordered by… Read More »

Solomon Islands 2012

Yearbook 2012 Solomon Islands. During the year, the European Commission proposed that Solomon Islands and 15 other island nations in the Pacific, for example, be granted visa-free access to EU member states. The European Parliament must approve the proposal. A murder of a prominent official in the capital Honiara in April led to a vengeance… Read More »

Samoa 2012

Yearbook 2012 Samoa. The European Commission proposed during the year that Samoa and 15 other island nations in the Pacific and the Caribbean, for example, should be granted visa-free access to EU member states. The European Parliament must approve the proposal. A successful project in Samoa with coconut oil produced by small farmers was planned… Read More »

Papua New Guinea 2012

Yearbook 2012 Papua New Guinea. It was yet another tumultuous political year in Papua New Guinea. In January, a retired colonel made a coup, captured the commander with the help of some 20 soldiers and declared himself commander of the armed forces. The reason for the coup was the dispute from the previous year about… Read More »

Palau 2012

Yearbook 2012 Palau. Tourism in Palau increased by 20% in January 2012 compared to the same period the year before. Most visitors came from China, Japan and South Korea. Senator and former President Tommy Remengesau won the presidential election held in September and November. Independent candidate Remengesau won in the second round on November 6… Read More »

New Zealand 2012

New Zealand is like the earth’s very own geological museum and treasure trove – with green meadows, volcanic mountains, snow peaks in the southern Alps, glaciers, hot springs, bubbling mud fields, clear-water lakes and deep fjords. The Cook Strait separates the North and South Islands of the country. With a tour of New Zealand, you… Read More »