03/29/2013 03:33 pm ET Updated May 29, 2013

How To Choose A South Pacific Island

palm tree on beach
palm tree on beach

The South Pacific confounds even the savviest map buffs with its splatter of dots spread across the world's biggest ocean. What you can't tell from a map, or even most tourist brochures is that these palm-laden pinpricks are as diverse as the region is vast. While the postcards might look similar, Fiji and Tahiti are not interchangeable or even much alike when it comes to landscapes and culture.

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