Pacific Culture Areas

Ethno-cultural regions of Oceania.

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Oceania is a name used for varying groups of islands of the Pacific Ocean.

1.) In its narrow usage it refers to:

2.) In a wider usage it includes: Australia.
3.) It may also include: the Malay archipelago.
4.) In uncommon usage includes islands such as: Japan and the Aleutian Islands.

  • Continent: Although the islands of Oceania do not form part of a true continent, Oceania is sometimes associated with the continent of Australia for the purposes of dividing the whole world into continental groupings. As such, it is the smallest "continent" in area and the second smallest, after Antarctica, in population.

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