When thinking of the South Pacific, most of us think of beaches and clear waters. Few think of the dense tropical rainforest begging to be explored and the tribal villages that make a healthy living from its bounty. Put on your hiking boots and explore some of the most remote regions of our planet. The following are our ultimate islands to visit for exploring the tropical rainforest of 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 things to do and places to stay for for exploring the rainforest including full reviews about each resort plus instant quotations for your holidays so you can make a booking straight away.
# 1 - Fiji
Fiji too is great destination for exploring the rainforest, with the protected Bouma National Park in Taveuni rich in bird-life, waterfalls and with some great walking trails. Kadavu is another excellent island for walking and getting close to nature. There are also some great walks on the main island of Viti Levu including Abaca National Park as well as the natural wonder of the Sovi Basin rich in biodiversity and endemic fauna and forna.
# 2 - Samoa
Samoa has several National Parks rich in tropical rainforest and bird-life and with good walking trails. Togitogiga on Upolu has easily accessible waterfalls and there are breathtaking walks around the Uafatu Peninsula on eastern Upolu. Taufua Crater on the south-east tip of Savaii Island is considered an exceptional spot for observing the different levels of the tropical landscape.
# 3 - Vanuatu
Espiritu Santo has several large areas of virgin rainforest that are pretty much inaccessible other than by walking and offer the skilled hiker some of the most challenging rainforest tracks in the South Pacific.
# 4 - Cook Islands
Despite its small size, the Rarotonga cross-island hike remains one of the top walks in the South Pacific for the casual holiday-maker offering a glimpse at several different aspects of tropical forest, breathtaking views and a waterfall to cool off in at the end of the track. Birdwatchers will also delight at both the Takitumu Conservation Forest on Rarotonga and on the low-lying forests of Atiu Island.
# 5 - New Caledonia
Grand Terre is a vast island with endless exploring opportunities in its wilderness with the regions around Hienghene in the north-east, the serenity centre of Serramea in the south-west and the remote tropical forests covering the southern tip of the island.
# 6 - French Polynesia
Both Tahiti and Moorea have well managed hiking trails and outstanding mountain scenery and there are plenty of 4WD adventure tours available around these islands. For extreme adventure, The Marquesas Islands offer breathtaking volcanic islands covered in dense virgin forest.
# 7 - Tonga
Tonga is mostly flat with the exception being Eua Island off Tongatapu which has well managed rainforest walks as well as horse riding trails.