South Pacific Cruises
Tranquil waters, long sandy beaches and countless islands. Enjoy a new pace of life while cruising the South Pacific.
The South Pacific is full of iconic landscapes, reflective beauty and adventure, all awaiting to be discovered. Sprinkled across the world's biggest ocean, the countries of the South Pacific are vast and diverse and include The Cook Islands, Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Easter Island and so much more.
For culture, diverse and beautiful flora and fauna, beaches and inviting waters, backpacking opportunities and water-sports such as surfing and diving, Vanuatu, Samoa and Fiji are just some of the unmissable charms of the South Pacific. Cruising the South Pacific is simply a dream for lovers of the outdoors and adventure. A cruise is guaranteed to take you to the best of the South Pacific and introduce you to cultures and ways of life that will inspire you to return again and again.
Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, is often the first stop for tourists. The Wakiki beach is the centre of activity in Honolulu, with an impressive crescent shaped beach front and a large amount of hotels close by. Known for surfing, Honolulu is ideal for anyone with an interest in watersports, from canoeing and kayaking to snorkeling and swimming. Honolulu is also known as a hotspot for arts, culture and nightlife. With a large number of clubs, restaurants and bars in Wakiki and Chinatown you are sure to find the ideal place for you.
Papeete is located on Tahiti, the largest in a chain of islands that make up French Polynesia. Papeete is the capital city of Tahiti and is the ideal location to explore the best of Tahiti's natural beauty. The downtown market in Papeete, Le Marché, is a perfect example of the vibrant and multicultural atmosphere in the city. The lush landscapes of Tahiti are waiting to be explored and the abundance of shady hiking trails, pleasant beaches and calm waters are sure to impress all visitors. You can also embrace the ocean with activities like snorkeling, jet skiing and surfing.
Bora Bora is an idyllic island in the Western part of French Polynesia and is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. Known as an exclusive island, Bora Bora is one of the most popular tourist islands of the South Seas, due to the beautiful turquoise lagoon, imposing mountain peaks and iconic overwater bungalows. On the island, there is plenty of opportunity to explore, from 4x4 safaris to shark feedings and a natural underwater park perfect for seeing the local fish and coral. Bora Bora will be sure to capture your heart and provide you with unforgettable memories of the South Pacific.
In Hilo discover a diverse and beautiful landscape, from white sand beaches and dramatic waterfalls to black sand beaches and snow-covered volcanoes. The charming farmer's markets, restaurants and shops in Hilo town are sure to keep you entertained for your stay. A day trip away from Hilo is also highly recommended, with two mountains, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, being in close proximity, providing an ideal way to view Hawaii Island from above. The slow and friendly pace of Hilo make it the perfect place to discover Hawaii.
Suva is the capital city of Fiji and is the perfect combination of modern city living, along with the quaintness and natural beauty of the South Pacific. Suva boasts diverse cultural activities, colonial era buildings and a vibrant nightlife. The natural beauty of Suva is evident in parks like Colo-I-Suva, where vistors will find a vast National Park with waterfalls, clear rivers and stunning landscapes. Orchid Island is also a great way to find out more about the Polynesian way of life. The city's blend of modern city living in a lush green enviornment is an ideal way to experience the South Pacific.
Nouméa is the capital of the French overseas territory New Caledonia and most rapidly growing city in the South Pacific. The capital is abundant with stunning white sandy beaches dotted with many different water spots activities so you'll always find a way to have fun in the sun. The city's features include a beautiful cathedral, the University of New Caledonia, the Bibliothèque Bernheim (Bernheim Library) and the lighthouse Phare Amédée. Some of the most popular spots on the island are Alma Street, the Promenade and Sebastopol
The 1,500-square-foot island was discovered in 1606 by the Portuguese navigator Pedro Fernández de Quirós. It is the southernmost island of the island nation of Vanuatu. The official name of the island is actually Inyeug, but to all the budding adventurers it's known as Mystery Island. The Mystery Island's coastline is dominated by crystal clear waters and white sand beaches. Numerous water sports facilities and beautiful natural scenery make the stay at Mystery Island a special experience. You can meet and mingle with the locals who flock from the surrounding islands to sell trinkets and goods at little stalls.Highlights of Mystery Island
- Spend the morning on a guided snorkeling tour
- Village markets steeped in local culture
- Glass bottom boat tours to see the reef
Port Vila is the largest city, busiest harbour and capital of Vanuatu. The crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches and dense forests will leave you in awe of this natural beauty. Port Vila boasts a wide range of impressive monuments and buildings to truely put it's culture on display to make sure your visit is as colorful as possible, leaving you only wanting more time in Port Vila.
Kauai is Hawaii's oldest island often referred to as the "Garden Island" and offers many attractions. There is an abundance of natural beauty on the island, with a stunning array of flora and fauna, as well as the forest and cloud-covered peak of Mount Waialeale. The island has many hiking trails for those who want an active holiday and beaches for those who would rather relax. The perfect way to see the island is by air, with helicopter tours bringing you to locations such as the Na Pali coast and the dramatic Waimea Canyon.
Pago Pago is the capital of American Samoa and is located on the volcanic island of Tutuila. Mount Matafao is the highest peak on the island and offers a fantastic view of the tropical scenery of the island. The National Park of American Samoa offers dramatic hiking trails to historic sites, secluded beaches and picturesque villages. The beaches and reefs of Pago Pago are ideal for swimming, snorkeling, diving and fishing. Full of idyllic beaches, Pago Pago is the ideal place for relaxation and unwinding.
With an area of 1,200 square km, Lifou is the largest atoll in the Loyalty Islands and belongs to New Caledonia. Pristine, white sand beaches, dense tropical forestation, villages steeped in local culture and incredible volcanic cliffs are what make this island so beautiful and somewhere cruises can't wait to return to. Dip you toes in at Jinek bay where you can swim among coral bursting with colour. Visit the Chief's hut for a delicious meal cooked by locals
Lahaina is a town on the island of Maui, which has a distinctly historic feel. Reminders of the history of Lahaina still remain very visible today, from the remains of the city wall to the Banyan tree in the town square which was planted in the 19th century. Lahaina is fast becoming a popular destination for a tropical getaway. Enjoy a scenic stroll along Front Street, which is known for it's particular charm as well as a variety of shops, restaurants and bars. Visit some of the most beautiful beaches inj Hawaii, including Ka'anapali Beach, which is one of the best in the USA.
Kailua-Kona is a busy beachside located along the sunny Kona coast. From the harbor you can see Hualalai, one of three active volcanoes in Hawaii. Kailua Village is becoming a well-known destination for great shopping, dining and immersing yourself in Hawaii's rich culture. There are a number of important historical landmarks in Kailu-Kona such as Hulihee Palace, a museum in the holiday home of the former Hawaiian Monarchy. Go explore some of the natural wonders that make Kailua unique, such as waterfalls and volcanoes. Kona has an array of restaurants and bars to enjoy fresh hawaiian food and world famous Kona coffee.
The Isle of Pines is over 100 square kilometers in size and inhabited only by around 2000 people. The island has the nickname "l'île la plus proche du paradis", which translated it means "the closest island to paradise" and with it's amazing aquatic possibilities it is sure to provide you with just that - a little piece of paradise. Relax at Oro's natural swimming pool as you float in the glistening waters surrounded by towering pine trees. A must-see is Queen Hortense’s Cave, just a short walk through a lush rain forest, learn about the tribal history of the island
Moorea, Tahiti, is one of the most beautiful Polynesian islands and is a very popular tourist destination for romantic breaks and family holidays. The island boasts fantastic natural scenery, with 8 striking mountain peaks rising from the inviting clear water of the lagoon. The lagoon is an ideal location to try activities like snorkelling, paddle boarding and even swimming with dolphins at the Moorea Dolphin Centre. On the island, the charming local villages and picturesque beaches are sure to leave a lasting impression on even the most discerning traveller.
Best South Pacific Cruises - Fiji
Renowned for its warm and friendly locals and exotic wildlife, Fiji is an island nation waiting to be discovered on one of our many options on South Pacific cruises.
Underwater adventurers will delight in the sea scapes of dense coral forests in a multitude of colours. The Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands are among the best havens for white sand beaches, turquoise waters and holiday resorts. For a remote hideaway destination look no further than Kadavu, where you can pass by prehistoric-looking jungle coves and be in awe over the regions chirping endemic birds. It is a phenomenal destination for cruising the South Pacific with its fishing and organic produce.
Rarotonga & the Cook Islands
Visit the Cook Islands for the perfect mix of New Zealand hospitality and azure Polynesian waters. Experience first-hand a local dance performance and indulge in a cultural ‘Island Night’ Polynesian feast. Aquamarine blue lagoons are plentiful in this charming island nation, which allow for tranquil midnight strolls and harmonious swimming and snorkelling. Rarotonga is the capital island and also the youngest of the Cook Islands and is renowned for its scenic vistas and water activities.
The Samoan Islands
The Samoan Islands consist of two countries, independent Samoa and American Samoa, an American territory. Traditionally Polynesian, these spectacular island nations proudly remain traditionally Polynesian. Much of the accommodation can be found in the form of fale, basic open beach huts.
Delight in the views of wonderfully tranquil bays, charismatic villages and magnificent mountain ridges. The tropical American Samoa is a haven of relaxation appealing to all tastes. The unspoiled pathways and strips of sand in the Manu’a Islands make up the perfect routes to some of the best wildlife areas around. Avid snorkelers will revel in the coral-filled waters of Ofu beach, a region of striking and colourful landscapes.
Other great Islands and best time to cruise
South Pacific cruises are great year-round. With the likes of The Isle of Pines or Conflict Islands offer great Year-round temperatures that are normally between 20-25 degree. There is a rainy season which peaks in November, but don’t let that put you off. Normally the rain only stays around for a short while, so you get to enjoy the rest of the day. Popular departure ports in Australia include Sydney and Brisbane.
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