Vanuatu / New Caledonia / Samoa / Tonga / Niue

Ultimate serenity, unobstructed vistas & unspoiled seascapes at the South Pacific’s best kept-secret

Know Your Destination
The South Pacific is a smattering of islands that, while small in size, are big on enjoyment. Samoa, Cook Islands, New Caledonia, Tonga, Vanuatu, and Niue add up to a hearty serving of flawless beaches, secluded island hideaways, and adrenaline-fueled action against dramatic natural backdrops.

While the official languages of countries such as New Caledonia (French), Samoa (Samoan), and the Cook Islands (Maori) are “foreign,” English is widely understood and spoken in all of these islands, especially by people in the tourism industry.

Get In & Get Going
It’s a snap to visit all of the South Pacific islands, as the entry requirements for these destinations are generally the same: visitors need passports that are valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended stay, plus onward/return tickets. In all cases, visas are not required for stays up to 30 days.

The Regions

Cook Islands
Settle beneath the shade of a palm tree and let the sand sift through your fingers – the Cook Islands are the ultimate island escape. Unhurried and uncrowded, this spray of tiny Pacific Islands lures visitors with wide, secluded beaches, endless shimmering seascapes, and the promise of total relaxation. Striking Rarotonga serves as the gateway to the rest of the islands.

Vanuatu
Idyllic beaches, balmy breezes, spectacular reefs, and friendly locals make Vanuatu “the happiest place on earth.” Find peace and adventure in equal measures in this chain of 83 islands in the southwest Pacific, famous for the world’s most accessible active volcano, located on Tanna Island, and for its picturesque scenery and perfect diving conditions in calm, crystal-clear waters.

New Caledonia
Sun, sand, sea, and exquisite cuisine together create the ultimate island vacation in New Caledonia, renowned for its fusion of French and Melanesian cultures that co-exist in serene tropical surroundings that seem almost too good to be true. Dine on food and wine that would be at home in the finer precincts of Paris!

Samoa
Fall in love with one of the smallest countries on the planet…Samoa. Rainforests, waterfalls, caves, blowholes, lava fields, and stunning beaches are your playgrounds. Join in a kava ceremony, get an authentic Samoan tattoo, go scuba diving, catch a game of “kilikiti” (sorta like cricket), and unwind on beaches that face endless horizons.

Tonga
Very little has changed since Captain Cook “discovered” Tonga over 200 years ago – and that’s a good thing! Recognized as a prime destination for whale-watching, Tonga’s tiny island also impresses with shipwreck dive sites, ethereal lagoons, and stunning coral reefs. Visit charming fishing villages with traditional customs, and revel in all sorts of water sports, like kayaking, surfing, and more.

Niue
No crime, no traffic lights, no crowds, no lines…Niue is one of the smallest countries on the planet, and has one of the highest standards of living per capita of the pacific islands. All you need to bring is an adventurous attitude – it’s a must in Niue to get the most out of your time here. Gear up for world-class diving, fishing, caving and swimming with whales and dolphins.

Source: World Traveler, Australia & the South Pacific