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Three of the major groups of islands in the Pacific Ocean

The Pacific Islands are the islands of the Pacific Ocean. There are about 20,000 or 30,000 of them. Three major groups of islands in the Pacific Ocean are Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia.

Some of these islands can be made by volcanoes or made on coral reefs. The islands made by volcanoes are bigger, and more people can live on them. The islands made on coral reefs are smaller, and fewer people can live on them. One of Oceania's biggest economic advantages are tourism. As many vacationers come to see the wildlife and the beautiful beaches that span the islands. Major countries and territories include Samoa, Hawaii (U.S), Federal States of Micronesia and French Polynesia.

Island countries in the Pacific Ocean, such as Malaysia, Philippines, East Timor, Japan, Taiwan and most of Indonesia are not considered Pacific Islands since they do not lie in any of the three Oceanic regions. People inhabiting those islands, therefore are not Pacific Islanders.

Pacific islands by region

Antarctica

  • List of Antarctic and subantarctic islands

Asia

  • List of islands of Asia

North America

  • List of islands of North America
  • List of islands of Central America
  • List of islands of Canada, section British Columbia
  • List of islands of Mexico
  • List of islands of the United States

Oceania

  • List of islands of Fiji
  • List of islands of Australia
  • List of islands of France, section Pacific Ocean
  • List of islands of Hawaii
  • List of islands of Kiribati
  • List of islands of the Marshall Islands
  • List of islands of New Zealand
  • List of Islands of Papua New Guinea
  • List of islands of the Pitcairn Islands
  • List of islands of the Solomon Islands
  • List of islands of Tonga
  • List of islands of Tuvalu
  • List of islands of the United States, section Insular areas
  • List of islands of Vanuatu

South America

  • List of islands of South America
  • List of islands of Chile
  • List of islands of Colombia
  • List of islands of Ecuador
  • List of islands of Peru

By country

Canada

Pacific islands of Canada are:

  • British Columbia, Canada (many islands). All of Canada's Pacific islands are located in the province of British Columbia. Vancouver Island is Canada's largest Pacific island.

Chile

Chilean islands:

  • Desventuradas Islands
  • Easter Island/Rapa Nui
  • Isla Salas y Gómez
  • Juan Fernández Islands

Colombia

Pacific islands of Colombia:

  • Gorgona Island
  • Malpelo Island

Cook Islands

The Cook Islands:

  • Aitutaki
  • Atiu
  • Pamati (Palmerston)
  • Mangaia
  • Manihiki (Humphrey)
  • Manuae (Hervey)
  • Mauke (Parry)
  • Mitiaro
  • Nassau
  • Pukapuka (Danger)
  • Rakahanga (Reirson)
  • Rarotonga
  • Suwarrow (Anchorage)
  • Takutea
  • Tongareva (Penrhyn)

Ecuador

Islands of Ecuador:

Fiji

Islands of Fiji:

  • Principal islands:
  • Significant outliers:
    • Conway Reef
    • Kadavu Island
    • Taveuni
    • Rotuma Island
  • Archipelagos:
    • Kadavu Group
    • Lau Islands
    • Lomaiviti Islands
    • Mamanuca Islands
    • Moala Islands
    • Ringgold Isles
    • Rotuma Group
    • Vanua Levu Group
    • Viti Levu Group
    • Yasawa Islands

France

Islands of France in the Pacific:

  • Clipperton Island
  • French Polynesia (Autonomous Overseas Territory of France)
    • Austral Islands
    • Society Islands
      • Windward Islands
        • Moorea
        • Tahiti
        • Tetiaroa
        • Maiao
        • Mehetia
      • Leeward Islands
        • Bora Bora
        • Huahine
        • Maupiti
        • Raiatea & Tahaa
        • Tupai
        • Mopelia (Maupihaa)
        • Manuae (Scilly Atoll)
        • Motu One (Bellinghausen)
    • Marquesas
      • Fatu Hiva
      • Hiva Oa
      • Euba
      • Nuku Hiva
      • Tahuata
      • Ua Huka Pen
      • Ua Pou
    • Tuamotus
      • Rangiroa
      • Fakarava
      • Moruroa
      • Fangataufa
    • Gambier Islands
      • Mangareva
      • Helena Island
  • New Caledonia (France)
    • Grande Terre (New Caledonia)
    • Chesterfield Islands
    • Ilots du Mouillage
    • Loyalty Islands
      • Bagao
      • Lifou Island
      • Maré Island
      • Ouvéa Island
      • Tiga Island

Kiribati

Islands of Kiribati:

Marshall Islands

Islands of the Republic of the Marshall Islands

Mexico

Islands of Mexico:

  • Revillagigedo Islands
  • Rocas Alijos
  • Guadalupe Island

Micronesia

Islands of Federated States of Micronesia

  • Caroline Islands
  • Pohnpei
  • Yap
    • Ulithi
  • Chuuk
    • Puluwat
  • Kosrae
  • Guam

New Zealand

Islands of New Zealand, including:

Palau

Islands of Palau:

  • Caroline Islands
  • Ngeruangel
  • Kayangel
  • Babeldaob
  • Ioueldaob
  • Peleliu
  • Angaur
  • Southwest Islands
    • Fanna
    • Sonsorol
    • Pulo Anna
    • Merir
    • Tobi
    • Helen Reef

Papua New Guinea

Main islands of Papua New Guinea (see List of islands of Papua New Guinea for more detailed list)

  • Papua New Guinea
    • Bismarck Archipelago
      • Admiralty Islands
        • Manus Island
      • Karkar Island
      • New Britain
      • New Ireland
      • Saint Matthias Group
    • North Solomon Islands
      • Bougainville
      • Buka Island
    • Trobriand Islands
      • Kiriwina
    • Woodlark Island
    • D'Entrecasteaux Islands
      • Fergusson Island
      • Goodenough Island
      • Normanby Island (Papua New Guinea)
    • Louisiade Archipelago
      • Misima Island
      • Tagula Island or Sudest Island
      • Rossel Island
      • Samarai
    • Daru Island
    • Kiwai Island

Samoa

  • Samoa (western part of the Samoa Islands)
    • Savai'i
    • Upolu
    • Apolima
    • Manono
    • Nuutele

Solomon Islands

  • Solomon Islands (see also Islands of the Solomon Islands)
    • Bellona
    • Choiseul
    • Florida Island
    • Guadalcanal
    • Malaita
    • Maramasike
    • New Georgia Islands
    • Rennell
    • Russell Islands
    • San Cristobal
    • Santa Cruz Islands
    • Santa Isabel
    • Shortland Islands
    • Sikaiana (Stewart Islands)
    • Tulagi
    • Ulawa
    • Uki

Tonga

  • Tonga (only main islands or groups, on north-south order. See also complete list of islands in Tonga)
    • Niuafoou
    • Niuatoputapu (Keppel's Island)
    • Vavau
    • Kao
    • Tofua
    • Haapai
    • Tongatapu
    • Eua

Tuvalu

Tuvalu; Islands of Tuvalu

  • Funafuti (atoll of at least 30 islands)
  • Nanumanga (or Nanumaga)
  • Nanumea (atoll of at least 6 islands)
  • Niulakita
  • Niutao
  • Nui (atoll of at least 21 islands)
  • Nukufetau (atoll of at least 33 islands)
  • Nukulaelae (atoll of at least 15 islands)
  • Vaitupu (atoll of at least 9 islands)

United States of America

Pacific islands of United States of America

Vanuatu

(For a complete list see List of islands of Vanuatu)

(Approximately from north to south)

  • Torres Islands
  • Banks Islands
    • Gaua (Santa Maria Island)
    • Vanua Lava
  • Espiritu Santo
  • Malo
  • Pentecost Island
  • Ambae (Aoba)
  • Maewo
  • Malakula
  • Ambrym
  • Paama
  • Epi
  • Shepherd Islands
    • Tongoa (Kuwaé)
  • Efate, the Island of the national capital Port Vila
  • Lelepa
  • Tanna
  • Futuna
  • Erromango
  • Aneityum

Other islands

North Pacific Islands:

  • Nunivak Island
  • St. Lawrence Island
  • Alexander Archipelago

Eastern Pacific Islands:

  • Cocos Island
  • Chiloé Island
  • Pearl Islands
  • Puná Island
  • Gorgona Island, Colombia
  • Malpelo Island
  • Tiburón Island
  • Archangel Island
  • Cedros Island

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