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Oceania's 5 Least Visited Countries and Why You Should Visit Them

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There are almost 200 countries in the world, each bringing something different to the table. It can be difficult to decide where to travel. You may have considered booking a trip to Paris, Rome or Tokyo, but have you looked outside of the most popular destinations?

You have probably not heard about some of these tropical countries that are not only the least visited in Oceania, but also some of the most rarely visited in the world. Why do they get so few yearly visitors and why you should become one of travelers that have been there?


Here Is a List of the 5 Least Visited Countries in Oceania:

5. Solomon Islands

Population: 636,500

Visitors Per Year: 23,000

Beach In Ghavutu Island, Solomon Islands

Beach In Ghavutu Island, Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands is a country located east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu. This Melanesian island archipelago consists of six major islands and hundreds of smaller ones. What makes this place unique is not simply its tropical climate and picturesque nature, but also its rich and diverse culture. The Melanesian region, where the country is located, is one of the most linguistically diverse places on Earth. For a population of a little over 600,000 people, there are more than 70 languages spoken. Even though English is the official language of the country, a very tiny percentage of the population actually speaks it. They speak an English-based creole, called Pijin, which serves as the common tongue in this multilingual nation.

Why are there so few visitors?

One of the reasons is that many people have not heard about this country, but tourism has been increasing slowly. As travelers, be prepared to meet more locals than tourists and see the natural beauty of the islands. Another reason for the lower number of visitors is that there are only flights from Brisbane, Australia, as well as from the other close countries: Fiji, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. It is never late to put this country on your list of countries to visit. Here is what it has to offer:

4. Marshall Islands

Population: 53,210

Visitors Per Year: 6,300

If it was more well known, a lot more tourists would be drawn to these special islands. The country consists of plenty of them so you have a variety to choose from for your beach vacation. There is even an island called 'Bikini" and you can visit it. Anything from relaxing on the beach, swimming and snorkeling to scuba diving into a ship graveyard turned into an amazing attraction, and a lot more activities. The country has a lot of things to offer for new visitors. Citizens of the US do not need a visa because the Marshall Islands is considered a United States associated state.

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3. Kiribati

Population: 120,400

Visitors Per Year: 5,800

Kiribati, actually pronounced as Kiri-bass, is an isolated Micronesian country in the central part of the Pacific ocean. Its numerous, but small atolls are scattered over an area of 3,5 million square kilometers of ocean. Largely unknown and unheard of, this country, despite of its amazing offerings, is also not a popular destination among tourists. This is the only country in the world that is located within all four hemispheres of the world: East, West, North and South. It is also the first nation to greet the New Year as it is one of the first places to see the rising sun.

Why visit?

Despite the isolation of the islands and lack of popularity, they are a gem that should actually be seen. Get ready for white sandy beaches, lush forests, fun activities, friendly locals and a new cuisine.

Fanning Island, Kiribati

Fanning Island, Kiribati

2. Tuvalu

Population: 11,200

Visitors Per Year: 1,000

Beach in Funafuti

Beach in Funafuti

Access to Tuvalu can be a bit difficult because there are flights only three times a week and there are not many hotels, so in case you ever plan to visit, you need to be very prepared. As there are no tour guides, you have to figure out by yourself about where to go and with not much information, you would not be able to know where to start, but this should not discourage you from visiting. Locals are extremely welcoming and would gladly help you.

This Polynesian country has many untouched sandy beaches, blue seas and warm temperatures all year round and has many beautiful atolls scattered in the ocean. The country, like many low-lying countries located in the Pacific ocean, has been slowly sinking, so now is the best time to visit the majestic islands of Tuvalu.

1. Nauru

Population: 11,000

Visitors Per Year: 200

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This is not only the least visited country in Oceania, but in the world as well, having only approximately 200 visitors per year. The isolation of the single island makes its accessibility difficult, but not impossible. You can get there if your passport has been valid for three months or more, with a tourist visa and proof of booking for accommodation. You also need to plan ahead for this destination as well, but in the end you will be met by friendly locals and for shortly become a part of a community that you will never forget.

Travel vlogger, Drew Binsky, has taken footage from this rarely visited island and here it is:

In conclusion, in this vast world you can choose to be anywhere and why not go somewhere less popular so you can explore a lot on your own? There are many unique places in the world waiting to be discovered by your eyes. These were the 5 least visited countries in Oceania that are worth to be seen. Would you consider visiting any of them in the future?

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Comments

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 04, 2020:

Beautiful islands! Informative and you know exactly what you are talking about here. I enjoyed the tour.

Bridgette Crowe from Morrow on August 21, 2019:

Great photos. Really enjoyed reading this article. Thank you for all the wonderful information.

Liz Westwood from UK on August 20, 2019:

This is a very well-illustrated article. I have heard of the Solomon islands and Nauru, but not the others. I hope that when tourists catch on to these places that they won't get spoilt as a result. Only recently I was comparing notes with a friend about a recent holiday destination. She was there over 30 years ago. My description of how it is now with hotels by the beach varied a lot with her memories of an unspoilt coastline.

Lorna Lamon on August 20, 2019:

This is an informative article and when we lived in Australia we managed to visit the beautiful Solomon Islands which I can highly recommend. These places are beautiful and well worth seeing - your photos are lovely.