South Pacific Islands

The secluded islands of the South Pacific are “paradise found” for many travelers, including writer James Michener. He described Bora Bora as the most beautiful island in the world. Many would agree they have found their favorite peaceful, beautiful and natural amongst the island chains of the South Pacific.

What could be more inviting than lush tropical islands drenched in sunshine with unspoiled beaches and peaceful azure lagoons? The legendary beauty of the South Pacific beckons travelers for an escape to paradise.

From the islands of Vanuatu to French Polynesia you’ll be welcomed by the friendly Micronesian and Polynesian islanders for an unforgettable experience:

  • Overwater bungalows, thatched huts and beachfront villas offer the perfect private accommodation in spectacular settings.
  • Resorts offer an array of amenities from exquisite spas with Polynesian treatments to private snorkeling areas teeming with colorful fish.
  • On-site entertainment introduces you to the local culture with music and dance displays throughout the week, often at dinner.

For those more active days, there are plenty of water sports available.

  • Some of the world’s best diving and snorkeling are found here.
  • Swimming with rays followed by a delicious Polynesian lunch on a remote beach is one popular excursion in Bora Bora.
  • Sandy beaches with clear water all the way out to the coral reef make swimming a joy in the region.

You can also see the magnificent sea life along the reef on glass bottom boat rides and at aquariums like the magnificent aquarium des lagons in Noumea, New Caledonia.

Participate in the local culture by taking part in a Kava ceremony in Fiji or learning Polynesian dance in Moorea. The fascinating history and culture adds to your vacation with a number of excellent museums including the Paul Gauguin Museum on Tahiti, historical Fiji Museum in Suva and the Jean P. Haydon Museum in Fagatogo, American Samoa. You also won’t want to miss a visit to a local village to get to know the traditional way of life.

Whatever you destination is in the South Pacific, you will find a delightful combination of natural beauty, excellent accommodation and exciting things to see and do.

Cruising is always an excellent way to discover these islands as you can combine several island chains in one vacation. Nothing can match the experience of sailing in and out of these beautiful ports!  A wide variety of itineraries are available with most departing from Papeete, Tahiti or Sydney, Australia. Longer trans-Pacific or circle-Pacific sailings are also offered from North America’s west coast ports.

What are you waiting for? Paradise awaits you in the idyllic, tranquil islands of the South Pacific!

A scuba diver swims over a tropical coral reef. | South Pacific Islands



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