The South Pacific Islands are a large cluster of islands strewn over an enormous amount of territory, with thousands of islands and atolls scattered throughout millions of square miles of the Pacific Ocean. These islands are so numerous that only a few have been named and officially identified.
When one thinks of the South Pacific islands, visions of warm azure waters, powdery white sand beaches and swaying palm trees tend to come to mind. And rightly so, for this is precisely what awaits intrepid anglers looking to fish the earths’ fringes. These islands are made up of both volcanic islands (formed as a result of volcanic activity) and coral islands (coral reefs that are so large they become islands).
The South Pacific Islands lie within three distinct areas known as Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia. Within these three distinct areas there are about six million people scattered throughout 13 nations: American Samoa, the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia (including Tahiti), Kiribati (Christmas Island), New Caledonia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu
Other islands, such as Nauru, Norfolk, Easter, the Pitcairn group and the Galapagos are also in the South Pacific. For anglers setting out to fish one of these storybook paradises, the most difficult decision will be “where to go”?
Without question, these destinations are extremely remote and as such, there are considerable logistical challenges associated with each of these locations. However, for those with the time, patience and inclination, traveling to this part of the world offers anglers and extraordinary opportunity to fish some of the most pristine and untouched areas left on the planet.