Photos: Marvellous views of the Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands

If you are lucky enough to be spending May 1 in the tiny state of the Marshall Islands, you’d be celebrating Constitution Day.

On that day in 1979,  the Compact of Free Association was adopted which formalized the relationships of free association between the United States and the three Pacific Island sovereign states of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. Together, these nations are sometimes known as the Freely Associated States.

These photos offer a glimpse of what the Pacific-Island paradise is like:

Where is Polynesia?

Polynesia, which means “many islands,” covers a wide swathe of the east-central Pacific Ocean which includes Cook Island, Easter Island, Pitcairn, Samoa, Tahiti, Tuvalu, Hawaii and even New Zealand.

World’s longest place name is in NZ

Good luck trying to pronounce the longest place name in the world: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu although you may have an easier time with the shortened version Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu. How about Taumata? You’ll find the town on New Zealand’s North Island.