It was a term first used for the region of the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Vanuatu because it was thought that the people here were of a different race.
Over time, however, Melanesia was recognized as being culturally different from the remainder of Oceania.
That means the islands of Melanesia have an ancestry that is quite distinct. DNA studies have found that the people in this region do not have much in common with Micronesians or Polynesians. Because of that difference, exploring the cultural festivals, celebrations, and activities on these islands can be an incredible holiday.
There are many theories as to how life started in Melanesia, but few ideas have been confirmed. What you will find here in this region are turquoise waters, blue skies, and comfortable accommodations.
You’ll also find stunning beaches on these islands, many of them fully accessible. Some have resorts and hotels associated with them, while others are quiet and secluded, away from the normal traffic route. Diving and snorkeling options are abundant, for beginners or experts, and there are hiking, cycling, and many other outdoor activities to enjoy.
In the past, Melanesia was a term that was almost used in a way that seemed to be condescending. The islands of this region today have taken up the term because they view it as a way of self-empowerment. It is that attitude which can also empower visitors to enjoy one of the best holidays they’ve ever experienced. Which of these destination options can best meet your needs today?
Below you find a list of countries belonging to the region known as Melanesia.