South Pacific Holiday Inspirations
Welcome to my comprehensive holiday guide for the South Pacific. I have 30 years experience living and exploring the South Pacific islands extensively and promoting independent holidays for travellers. I am also author of the travel guide books: Rough Guide to Fiji, Rough Guide to Australia and Eyewitness New Zealand and published two photographic books. The following are my favourite destinations for a beautiful holiday in the South Pacific islands:
# 1 Cook Islands
Cook Islands holidays epitomise the South Pacific Islands - small, charming, exceptionally laid back and of course offering fantastic beaches. Head to stunning Aitutaki lagoon or enjoy the fantastic restaurants and beach resorts on Rarotonga.
# 2 Solomon Islands
Remote travel destination with incredible scuba diving, the most friendly people in the South Pacific and beautiful traditional villages. Come here to experience a very different way of life.
# 3 Fiji Holidays
The most popular tourist destination in the South Pacific islands, there are loads of beach resorts in Fiji for both families and couples. The islands offer excellent scuba diving and snorkelling plus plenty of day tours and cruises to keep you busy.
# 4 Hawaii Holidays
When it's hot and humid in the South Pacific (Dec-Apr), it's nicely cool north of the equator in Hawaii. Despite the tackiness of Waikiki Beach and being brashly American-ized, there's world class surfing, pristine golf courses, magnificent hiking trails and breathtaking scenery.
# 5 Vanuatu Holidays
Boasting a fascinating culture, Vanuatu offers exciting adventure holidays with traditional villages to visit, active volcanoes to climb, dense rainforest for hiking and beautiful coral reefs for scuba diving including WWII wrecks. Port Vila resorts are popular too with families..
# 6 Tahiti Holidays
French Polynesia is vast and the majority of visitors arrive on honeymoon and stay in one of the many lavish over water bungalows on Bora Bora or Moorea islands. Enjoy striking tropical scenery and snorkelling / diving in the lagoons.
# 7 Samoa Holidays
Popular with backpackers for its charming beach huts, Samoa has some interesting sightseeing with amazing waterfalls, lava fields and ancient star mounds. Apia is a lively seaside town but the locals are not as hospitable as its Pacific neighbours .
# 8 Tonga Holidays
The tiny Kingdom of Tonga is a tourism backwater as unfortunately the country is absorbed by Christendom, its King and Chinese politics. Despite this there are plenty of remote islands for travellers to explore and whale watching is outstanding.
From the affluent French colony of New Caledonia to the massive atolls of Kiribati and the utterly remote speck of Pitcairn Island ... the lesser known South Pacific Islands are a treasure trove for explorers