The South Pacific is very popular amongst Australians and New Zealanders for a relaxing family beach holiday and during school holidays, especially in the winter months (June and July), many of the larger resorts are packed and buzzing. It's appeal is mostly for families with younger children to enjoy the warm weather, sandy beaches and sheltered lagoons. Teenage kids may find the atmosphere a bit too lackadaisical for their liking, especially at night, but if you're adventurous there's plenty to do by day.
The following are our ultimate islands to visit for a family holiday in the South Pacific. Find out more about each destination by clicking on the "detailed reviews ... link" after each passage and this will take you to a dedicated page with our recommended places to stay for families including full reviews about each resort plus instant quotations for your holidays so you can make a booking straight away.
# 1 - Fiji
Fiji has some great all purpose family resorts with all day kids clubs and the Fijians make great entertainers. With year round sunny weather, Fiji is a popular sport for a relaxing beach holiday especially in winter (June / July school holidays) with the Mamanuca Islands and its safe swimming lagoons and easy snorkelling reefs a highlight.
# 2 - Cook Islands
Rarotonga is a very safe family holiday destination with several large beach resorts ideal for younger children and with a good selection of holiday homes for families with older children. There are reasonable restaurants for dining out and its easy to explore the island, venture into the rainforest and do some snorkelling and kayaking.
# 3 - French Polynesia
Despite being an expensive destination, almost all resorts in French Polynesia cater for families. The best destinations are Hauru Beach on Moorea with its all tide swimming lagoon and watersports, and Matira Beach on Bora Bora - be sure to visit the lagoonarium where you can swim with manta rays and reek sharks!.
# 4 - Samoa
If you're looking for something a little more down-to-earth and adventurous, consider going for a beach fale holiday in Samoa. Beach fales are a simple way of camping, without a tent but in a simple wooden hut - the kids will love being right on the beach and you can watch the stars at night together.
# 7 - Tonga
You don't see many families on holiday in Tonga but the kids will love the experience of swimming with humpback whales in Vavau.
# 5 - Vanuatu
Port Vila has several large resorts aimed at families.
# 6 - New Caledonia
If you're wanting the kids to brush up on their French speaking skills, Anse Vata beach on Noumea has a handful hotels with families in mind and a lively promenade for dining out; or head to the Isle of Pines for a quieter beach holiday.