The islands of the South Pacific have been described as heaven on earth. With warm weather all year round, there are no limitations on when you can travel. If the thought of clear blue water and white sands has an appeal, then check out our guide below to the South Pacific’s finest coastlines, grouped by island area for your convenience.
Melanesia, meaning black islands, includes New Guinea, New Caledonia, the Torres Strait Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands. Efate, Vanuatu was the site of three seasons of television show Survivor. It was chosen for its rugged beauty and sense that you’re a million miles from civilisation. With its British and French influence, European cuisine is widely available on Efate. The capital city Port Vila is a vibrant melting pot of cultures, cuisines, and museums. For the adventurous, try scuba diving, jet skiing and even parasailing.
Fiji is also a popular destination with many Australian travellers. Why not get a different perspective of the island from the vantage of your cruise ship, and island-hop around the area. Fiji is a short flight from the east coast of Australia, and perfect for a short getaway.
Micronesia, meaning small islands, includes Guam, Palau, Wake Island, Marshall Islands, and Nauru. Yap Island in particular, has peculiar geography, being made up of four islands joined within a common coral reef. Large stone disks lie around the islands, representing the ancient history of monetary exchanges between islanders. Locals still keep track of who owns each disk. This incredibly traditional local culture still boasts sailing, craft and weaving among their pastimes. Explore the island by biking or hiking, or even give deep sea fishing a go.
Milky Way Cove in Micronesia
Polynesia, meaning many islands, includes New Zealand, Rotuma, Samoa, the Hawaiian Islands, French Polynesia, and Easter Island. Bora Bora, among the Society Islands group, was voted in Tripadvisor’s Traveller’s Choice awards as the number one island in the south pacific to visit.
The over-water bungalows are a staple form of accommodation if you choose to stay on the island itself. Popular with honeymoon-goers the world over, Bora Bora also has a number of activities to keep you busy, including four-wheel-driving, shark feedings, postcard-perfect beaches and diving. Beware that Bora Bora is quite an expensive destination, so a visit by cruise is an economical way to get a taste of the region. And if a day-visit isn’t enough, you can always add a few days stay to the end of your itinerary.
If you’re looking for some serious relaxation, why not consider a trip to the South Pacific Islands. With the picturesque beaches and year-round warmth beckoning, why not find your own little piece of heaven through Cruiseabout today.
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Emma Jane