Things to do in the South Pacific
Kick back, relax and explore what the stunning islands of this region have to offer. The South Pacific islands boast unique selling points from lying on the 'Castaway' paradise beach of Mamanuca in Fiji, to snorkelling alongside the colourful schools of fish in the Aroa marine reserve of the Cook Islands. Join in a group scuba dive and let the explorer jump out of you as you navigate the treasures of the famous Vanuatu shipwrecks. With each island bursting with personality, the activities are somewhat endless.
The great thing about the many South Pacific islands is that however you picture true paradise to be, there is an island out there waiting to offer it to you. Sometimes simply doing nothing at all is more than enough. Take in your year's supply of uninterrupted and 100 percent concentrated dose of bliss, and of course, don't forget to take some photos of the mesmerising sand and surf combos and Insta snaps of the glorious sunsets for your envious friends back home. Culture oozes from villages so be sure to immerse yourself in true South Pacific style and meet the locals while enjoying a top feast.
While beautiful landscapes and idyllic beaches are guaranteed wherever you go in the South Pacific, each section has its own traditions, heritages, cultures and languages from Polynesia to Melanesia and Micronesia. There's rugged landscapes and famous statues in Easter Island, volcanos in Vanuatu, great diving in Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands and the charm and cuisines of French-speaking islands like New Caledonia and French Polynesia.
Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa, located on the island of Tongatapu, is a highly rated area to visit for travellers looking to mingle. Fancy grabbing a board and cutting some waves? Life doesn't get much cooler than when you're standing tall on one of Easter Island's many curling blue washes, accommodating beginners to the seasoned board master, or hanging ten in Hawaii on a longboard, For more ideas on where to go and what to do in the South Pacific, here's some of our fave spots.
With Tonga to the east and Vanuatu to the west, Fiji is smack-bang in the middle of tropical island heaven. All up, the island nation comprises 332 islands, of which only 110 are permanently inhabited.
Poised halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii in the South Pacific Ocean, this enticing group of Polynesian islands is a welcome world away from the 9-to-5 grind with sunny smiles, warm climes and stunning landscapes.
Vanuatu is made up of approximately 82 islands with 65 of these inhabited. An unmissable geographic feature of these islands are the volcanos, rising high into the skies and hidden below the warm lagoons of technicolour fish.
A small cluster of 15 islands in the vast blue of the Pacific Ocean, the Cook Islands quietly soak up the sun all year round. Lying halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand, the pace of life slows as soon as you touch down at the capital Rarotonga's airport.
As one of the most isolated islands in the world, Easter Island may seem out of the way, but those who do make the journey are rarely disappointed. The Chilean island's biggest drawcard is its famous statues called mo'ai - huge, solemn faces that are familiar to all.
As if this popular holiday destination needs any introduction - the US state of Hawaii brings the best of the mainland to a tropical island paradise rich with shopping, sightseeing, sand and surf and all the vacation fun you can think of and more!