25 June 2019
Spotlight on the South Pacific
Dreaming of travelling to a place where you’ll feel a world away from your everyday life? Home to stunning beach resorts, quiet island hideaways, welcoming communities and an abundance of sunshine, a holiday to the South Pacific is one of those trips you never regret taking.
Even if you’ve been to the South Pacific before, it’s always worth a second (or third, even fourth or fifth) look. While Vanuatu and Fiji are firm favourites with Australian travellers, other emerging tourist destinations such as Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands and Solomon Islands are rising in popularity and worth including in your travel plans.
There are plenty of ways to experience paradise. Here are five different trip styles to consider when planning a trip to the South Pacific.
Love watching David Attenborough documentaries? Then expedition cruising through some of the less-visited corners of the South Pacific might just be for you. A growing travel trend popular with nature lovers, expedition cruising immerses you in the diverse environments and cultures of remote communities and hard-to-get-to places. Typically the domain of smaller ships, expedition cruises are often accompanied by experts such as marine biologists, anthropologists and historians who inform and educate guests with interesting talks and presentations. Popular expedition cruising destinations in the South Pacific include Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.
If you’re hoping to carve out a slice of paradise without kids in tow, then book into one of the South Pacific’s resorts exclusively reserved for adults. While there are plenty of resorts that cater to families with extras like kids’ clubs, splash pools and babysitters, there are a select few resorts just for the adults. In Tahiti, the serene Intercontinental Moorea and the luxurious Sofitel Bora Bora are both perfect for a peaceful solo break, romantic couples retreat or special anniversary celebration.
Want to take the whole family to the South Pacific? From Carnival Cruise Line to Princess Cruises, P&O and Royal Caribbean, plenty of cruise companies operating in the region offer incredible activities for kids. Laser tag, flying foxes, talent shows, water slides, mini golf, climbing walls and more will keep the kids busy, while the adults relax in the pool, see a show or enjoy a few cocktails. Shore excursions to beautiful beaches and jungle-fringed islands will also keep small people from getting cabin fever! Popular family cruise hotspots include New Caledonia, Fiji and Vanuatu.
If surfing, scuba diving, kayaking and hiking are more your thing, then the uncrowded beaches, rivers and forests of Tonga and Samoa are fertile ground for an outdoors adventure of a lifetime. Take the hassle out of organisation by joining a guided group tour, or simply set yourself up in a hotel and take each day as it comes.
It could be argued that it’s not really a holiday without some pampering. To return home truly rejuvenated, book into a luxe, beachside resort that also has an on-site spa. All the global luxury hotel chains such as Outrigger, Shangri-La, Six Senses, Radisson Blu, Hilton, Intercontinental and Sheraton Resorts are represented in Fiji, so if you’re hoping to book in a spa break, then put Fiji on the top of your list. Why not book a stress-busting full-body massage one day, some relaxing foot reflexology for the next day and a purifying facial the day before you fly home? You’re guaranteed to return home with a holiday glow!
Where would you like to visit on your next adventure? Contact your local Travel Counsellor to create the perfect holiday, just for you.