A Beautiful, Relaxing Vacation Awaits
If you love the idea of powdery white sandy beaches and sparkling, clear-blue water, then any one of the South Pacific travel destinations is the perfect holiday destination for you. The South Pacific is a wonderland of islands; though they’re mostly small, they offer a lot of enjoyment with flawless beaches, secluded hideaways and action-filled activities.
The South Pacific Islands are categorized into three major island groups: Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, and include the Islands of Fiji, Solomon Islands, Bora Bora, the Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa and many more. Here is a short list of the most popular South Pacific vacation destinations.
If we're talking South Pacific travel destinations, Bora Bora is the first that comes to mind. It is part of French Polynesia, and it’s known for the radiant turquoise lagoon that encircles it. Bora Bora is also known as the queen of the South Pacific with its lush peaks of Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia that seem to welcome you into a seductive embrace. Here you can be guaranteed an adventure on land as well as at sea as you can explore the lagoon with its tiny islets or take a cruise which often includes the opportunity to snorkel with rays and sharks. There are also hiking trails up the jungle-like hillsides where you can take in the ultimate beauty of the views from up high.
There is no shortage of beautiful resorts to choose from in Bora Bora, and you’ll be blown away by the French-inspired cuisine of the island. Bora Bora is also known for having the best over-water bungalows (or bures) in the world, making it one of the most favored honeymoon escapes. InterContinental Resort and the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora are great options.
The Fiji Islands consist of over 330 small islands and form part of Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean. There are 110 islands permanently inhabited, and sugar cane is the dominant industry of the Fiji Islands. The Mamanuca Islands of Fiji are popular for pacific vacations with their beautiful beaches, serene blue seas, and plenty of sunshine. The coral reefs are a highlight of these 20 tropical islands, and the well-known Cloud Break is a world-class surf break and is only a boat ride away.
The locals of Fiji offer warm hospitality with many great resorts, including luxury options like Likuliku Lagoon Resort or the adults-only Tokiriki Island Resort, a popular romantic honeymoon getaway. If you’re not looking for a pricey holiday and more of a backpackers adventure then you can also try the Beachcomber Island Resort or the Tavarua Island Resort, which is popular among surfers and has an apt heart shape.
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The Cook Islands are great choice for South Pacific travel destinations. They are between French Polynesia and Samoa, making it closely linked to New Zealand. The island of Aitutaki must be one of the most underrated jewels of the South Pacific, even though it is the second most visited island in the chain of the Cook Islands. The most spectacular attraction of Aitutaki is its uninhabited lagoon. You can take a kayak trip in the clear waters while gazing at the schools of tropical fish. You can even paddle out there for the day on this beautiful and secluded piece of nature.
The Pacific Resort Aitutaki offers great vacation packages as the Cook Islands are among the most affordable of the Pacific Islands to visit if you don’t necessarily want the most luxurious accommodation. At this resort, you can go on an aquatic eco-trail in the ocean, kitesurf, have a go at bone-fishing or enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the spa.
Only a three-hour flight from Brisbane, Australia, the idyllic arc of the almost 1,000 islands of the Solomon Islands is an eco-tourist dream. These islands offer endless adventures as you snorkel through the tropical fish on the kaleidoscope of reefs or surf the unbelievable waves in Malaita or Tagovave. You can even dive among the shipwrecks of World war two and experience an entire world under the sea. Kayaking and cruising through the croc-infested mangroves or going on an eco-tour, climbing an extinct volcano or birdwatching, the Solomon Islands has enough on offer to keep you enthralled.
The Solomon Islands do not offer many large commercial hotels or resorts, but rather much more charming beach-side bungalows and village stays. The four-star Heritage Park Hotel Honiara offers three restaurants, warm staff and comfortable rooms on the waterfront.
Also adopting the title of Queen of the Pacific, Tahiti is an island paradise with plenty of adventure. The beautiful scenery of this majestic island, part of the Polynesian part of the South Pacific, will leave you breathless. Soft, white sandy beaches, legendary surfing spots as well as luxurious over-water bungalows are what you’ll find in Tahiti. It is the largest island in the Society Islands of French Polynesia and its cultural and political center.
Tahiti has a raging jungle with magnificent waterfalls, deep valleys boasting fields of colorful flowers, lava tubes and ancient archaeological sites. This is the perfect place for an adventurous hike or a romantic getaway.
In Tahiti, you can choose from a more pricey and luxurious vacation package through InterContinental, or you can opt for a more affordable vacation that will accommodate all your basic needs.
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