10 Unbelievable Things Only People Who Visit The South Pacific Can See


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Do you like travelling? Do you love mystery, treasure, new discoveries? Wherever you go, these 10 unbelievable things can be seen only in the South Pacific and this list and video will show what you can find and where.

10. Million Dollar Point, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu Islands. Expensive US Military Equipment wasted underwater.

After WW2 and after the attack to the Japanese, America had a surplus of military goods (vehicles, clothes, food and war equipment). They were meant to be sold, but they failed the sale to Britain and France, who occupied the island at the time. The British and French got greedy and didn’t accept the cheap offer, thinking to get it for nothing.

Americans decided to throw everything into the sea, destroying millions of dollars of goods. After two days the sea was contaminated with fuel, rubber, metal and Coca Cola. Today you can still see these things resting underwater. Here you can find an explicative photo gallery: the good and the bad of Espiritu Santo.

million dollar point espiritu santo vanuatu
Dave Lonsdale | Flickr

9. New Zealand Sea Monster

In 2013 a group of beach-goers found it near Pukehina on New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty. Mysterious remains of something that people could think it was a prehistoric creature. 30 fee long, half buried in sand, in decomposition, cone teeth. These are some of the characteristics. Was it a prank or what? According to marine mammal expert Anton van Helden, the carcass is likely the remains of a killer whale.

8. Megalithic Tongan Gate

A trilithon called Ha’amonga ‘a Maui (A carrying stick/burden of Maui). It was found on one of the 176 islands that form Tonga (the kingdom of Tonga is a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago). The Ha’amonga ‘a Maui is located about 30 km from Nuku-alofa, the capital city of Tongatapu. It’s said to be built in about 1200 AD, probably as the entrance to the royal compound Heketa. A Tonga nobleman said its aim was to symbolize the brotherhood of the sons of king Tu’itatui. One of the legends says it was built by the Maui demigod(s) because no mortal would be able to handle those giant stones.
You can read more info here.

megalithic tongan gate
Sarah Kelemen Garber | Flickr



7. The almost extinct Tree Lobster

A rare insect was found on a remote Australian Island, Ball’s Pyramid (because of its shape). An erosional remnant of a shield volcano and caldera that formed about 7 million years ago. Ball’s Pyramid is 20 km south east of Lord Howe Island at Australia in the Pacific Ocean.

What’s curious here is the story behind this insect. In the early 20th century, a British trade ship crashed on the South Pacific island that these stick insects inhabited. Black rats from its hold took over the island and ate all the bugs. One very small population survived, hanging out around one tiny little bush on another island, until Australian scientists found theme.

tree lobster from ball pyramid
Granitethighs | Wikimedia Commons

6. New Island off Tonga

We are in the so called Ring of Fire, with a lot of volcanoes (mainly underwater). Their activity can create new islands. Basically, all the Islands in the South Pacific formed out of a volcanic explosion. This is how the island in the picture formed recently, 40 miles off the coast of Tonga. When some explorers went there, the green lake they found was smelling like sulphur and the ground was still hot. Unfortunately, according to an article appeared on The Telegraph, the surface of the new Pacific island has begun to erode and may gradually disappear.


5. New Zealand Sunken Treasure

We are in the harbour of Wellington and during a clean-up operation to get rid of many plastic, glass bottles, iron, clothes and so on, The 99 Crew Dive Team had the big surprise: they fund 868 gold coins underwater. They don’t still know why they have been thrown and were they come from, but the rule is “Finders Keepers”, yet no more marking because of the erosion, therefore, they probably will not be given back to the original owners. One person, who seems to be a member of the crew, said that all the value items will be sold to cover the clean-up job.

new zealand sunken treasure

4. Vanuatu Skull

3,000 year old skull that was separated from the body and placed in an ancient pot. This comes from the Lapita culture who lived on the island of Vanuatu.

skull underwater
Merely representative: Max Pixel | FreeGreatPicture

According to The Australian National University this is a skull from a 3,000 year old secondary burial at a funerary site. The DNA samples analysed in the study show that the skull is from Vanuatu. See the exclusive pictures here.



3. South Pacific War – Jungle Debris/Remains

After the fighting that took place in the South Pacific during world war two, there’s plenty of scraps from all kinds of military vehicles. From an Imperial Japanese Fighter plane to a Japanese Imperial Navy transport vessel. You can even find a Sherman tank left in the shallow waters of the Northern Mariana Islands.

south pacific war remain
Michael Porter | Flickr

Here’s the full photo gallery of abandoned military war relics and remains by Asahi Shimbun on gettyimages.


2. Radiation on Bikini Atoll

After capturing much land in the South Pacific during world war II from the Japanese, USA continued testing their bombs on Bikini Atoll (such as the hydrogen bomb). 23 nuclear detonations took place and the islands are still radioactive and we don’t know when they will be safe again (what a shame for the human race -Ed.).
The picture below is from The “Baker” explosion, part of Operation Crossroads, a nuclear weapon test by the United States military at Bikini Atoll, Micronesia, on 25 July 1946.

radiation on bikini atoll
U.S. Army | Wikimedia Commons

1. Chuuk Lagoon

On land, this place looks like a tropical paradise, but below the surface of the water lies the biggest graveyard of ships in the world. These are “souvenirs” from 1944, when there were more than 60 Japanese warships and 200 aircraft “left dead” in Chuuk Lagoon in the South Pacific, west of Micronesia.

chuuk lagoon
Matt Kieffer | Flickr

Now the place is a “paradise” for scuba divers and left almost untouched because of the bombs.

gas mask chuuk lagoon
Wikimedia Commons

You can see a complete photo gallery here.

Do you believe on these stories? You can simply go there and discover by yourself. But are you so brave to climb the rocky Ball’s Pyramid or to risk your life with the radiations on Bikini Atoll?

Maybe you know about other stunning discoveries, even done by yourself. So we’ll be happy to hear from you: comment below or send us a message.


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