|Athletes participating||2,672 *|
|Opening ceremony||August 28, 1979|
|Closing ceremony||September 8, 1979|
|Main venue||National Stadium (Suva)|
The 1979 South Pacific Games, held at Suva in Fiji from 28 August to 8 September 1979, was the sixth edition of the South Pacific Games.
Nineteen Pacific nations or territories attended:
There were 18 sports contested at the 1979 South Pacific Games:†
New Caledonia topped the table again:
Host nation (Fiji)
|1||New Caledonia (NCL)||33||43||26||102|
|2||French Polynesia (PYF)||31||19||29||79|
|4||Papua New Guinea (PNG)||16||19||21||56|
|6||Western Samoa (WSM)||10||11||6||27|
|7||American Samoa (ASA)||4||1||7||12|
|9||Cook Islands (COK)||1||2||3||6|
|10||New Hebrides (New Hebrides)||0||4||4||8|
|11||Norfolk Island (NFK)||0||1||3||4|
|13||Solomon Islands (SOL)||0||0||5||5|
|Totals (19 nations)||129||129||142||400|
^a Netball: In Pacific Islands Monthly (PIM), it was reported that "Papua New Guinea took the bronze" in the 1979 netball competition, behind Fiji and Cook Islands. However, a few pages later in PIM's results for the netball, Tonga is listed as finishing in third place.
^b Swimming: There were either 24 or 23 events on the programme, depending on whether the men's 4 × 200 m freestyle relay was contested and officially included in the medals. A publication from Guam's Political Status Education Coordinating Commission claims that Guam swimmer Hollis Kimbrough, "won a record seven medals in the '79 SPG alone", and as such, the Pacific Islands Monthly results could be incomplete as only four medals are listed for Kimbrough there plus two men's relay medals for Guam – and the men's 4 × 200 is omitted.
^c Table tennis: There were seven events on the programme (or perhaps only six or five, depending on whether the respective team competitions for men and women were played and medals officially awarded). The five events for table tennis in the list of results from the November 1979 issue of Pacific Islands Monthly (PIM) are the mixed doubles, men's and women's singles and doubles. PIM reported earlier in the same issue that Fiji had won the women's team event (as well as the women's doubles), but neither women's or men's team events appear in the PIM results.