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10 Idyllic South Pacific Getaways

There are so many ways to enjoy the South Pacific, each one its own enticing adventure! Be enthralled by these options for visiting paradise.

  1. Overwater bungalows — Tahiti and her islands
    Peaceful, azure lagoons create the perfect spot for overwater resorts. Relax in your private, thatched bungalow with every luxury you could need, watch the lagoon through the glass floor, take a swim or snorkel right from your private patio and have breakfast delivered Polynesian style; by outrigger canoe.
  2. Secluded Islands — Fiji
    From posh hotels to rustic hideaways, you'll enjoy many pleasures on your private island retreat. Dinner on the beach by the sea, couples spa treatments in a garden and lively cultural evenings enhance your stay.
  3. Boutique Resorts — Cook Islands
    Aitutaki and Rarotonga are renowned for their spectacular lagoons and intimate, smaller resorts, most with white sand beaches, tropical gardens, swimming pools and spas. Complimentary snorkel gear is a popular perk here. Prices range from budget to deluxe.
  4. South Pacific Cruising
    This is the ultimate destination for island hopping. Arriving slowly and serenely at a new port, resting at anchor in a secluded bay, observing the turquoise waters and spectacular mountain views from deck and tendering ashore to explore these lush, tropical isles – this is cruising at its best.
  5. Small ships — Fiji
    Cruise the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands of Fiji on three to seven-night sailings. If you're staying at a resort, be sure to take a catamaran or sailing ship day trip for some of the best snorkeling and beach time on the out islands, many uninhabited
  6. Private Amenities; Authentic Experiences — Vanuatu
    Relax at one of Vanuatu's luxurious resorts, many of which feature a private pool, beach and boat launch right at your door. Explore the islands for everything from authentic cultural experiences to rainforest eco-tours; watching the active volcano Mount Yasur to scuba diving a variety of wreck sites.
  7. Historic Hotels and Homes — Samoa
    Off the beaten track, Samoa offers some unusual experiences to your tropical escape. Add some history to your stay by visiting Aggie Grays hotel and bar, an inspiration for the musical South Pacific, and Robert Louis Stephenson's hilltop home, Vailima, an inspiring museum to the life and work of the great Scottish writer.
  8. City and Islands — New Caledonia
    There's plenty to see and do in the beautiful capital city of Noumea with its French ambience while the laid back lifestyle of the Isle of Pines is just a 20-minute flight away. Combine these two destinations for a delightful blend of relaxation and activity. Cruising is another good way to experience both along with other South Pacific islands.
  9. Beach Bungalows — Tonga
    Enjoy the peaceful seclusion and spectacular ocean views of a traditional Tongan fale on the beach in the Kingdom of Tonga. These unique beachfront accommodations include amenities like snorkeling gear, water sports facilities, swimming pool and a shuttle bus into town. Enjoy surfing, whale watching, sea kayaking and more.
  10. Eco-Resort Getaway
    Wake to the sound of whales in Tonga; stay on a tropical hilltop in Samoa; a bungalow in a coconut tree forest in French Polynesia, or how about an eco-resort and marine sanctuary on a small coral atoll in Vanuatu? The Cook Islands and Fiji also offer this environmentally-friendly option.

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