Welcome to my photostream "Melanesia 2011"!
Melanesia literally translates to "black islands" and refers to the skin color of the native people, who are darker than in Micronesia or Polynesia.
I visited the island countries of Vanuatu (formerly New Hebrides) and Solomon Islands in the South Pacific in June 2011. The only reasonable way to get there from Europe is via Australia, this Jumbo took me via Singapore to Brisbane.
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