Welcome to a place of ultimate relaxation, sun-kissed adventure and as much fresh seafood as your stomach can handle. While you may think all the South Pacific Islands have to offer is sitting on a beach with a cocktail in hand (how awful!), there’s so much to do in these natural playgrounds. Pull the crown out of your watch to adjust to island time and prepare to feel the sand between your toes and the salty air on your skin.
There are plenty of islands in the South Pacific for travellers to choose from, each with their own unique flavour – it just depends what you want out of your holiday. The culture is surprisingly diverse throughout the nations in the South Pacific and the people who have lived on the islands have done so for tens of thousands of years. Ancient histories, myths, legends and cultural traditions are at the forefront of daily life. You won’t be able to escape it, but we doubt you’ll try.
If you want to feel truly isolated from the rest of the world and as though you’re the only one for miles, the tiny island nation of Niue might be for you. It’s possibly the South Pacific’s best-kept secret, untouched my mass tourism.
For a French flavour in tropical paradise, New Caledonia is a shock to the senses with French being the official language. Travelling along the roads fringed with palm trees you’ll see street signs in French, frequent patisseries and European luxuries in hotels.
Fiji draws travellers in time and time again as one of the hotspots of the South Pacific, home to eons of luxury hotels as well as smaller, eco retreats. There’s something for everyone here. There is a strong Indian influence in the culture and cuisines of Fiji as indentured labourers were brought to the island when it was under British colonial rule.
If you’re a rugged explorer who likes to try something different, head out to Tonga or Samoa for a truly authentic taste of island life. Mass tourism hasn’t reached these island nations either, and they’re full of unspoiled sites of natural beauty such as swimming holes and waterfalls.
The Cook Islands offers a little bit of both worlds – while it is a tourist destination, it’s never crowded and its white-sand beaches such as those at Aitutaki Lagoon are regarded as some of the best in the world.
The best time to visit the South Pacific is from May to October in what’s considered the dry season. The rest of the year can be a bit hot and humid as well as being prone to tropical storms. The wet season is also hurricane season, which is something to keep in mind if you are booking your... view
The South Pacific caters to travellers of all budgets. Whether you’re looking for ultimate luxury or more modest accommodations, you’ll find it all in these island nations. The cost of living in the South Pacific is quite low, and many of the locals earn a living from tourism or artisan skills.... view