South Pacific Cruises

Tranquil waters, long sandy beaches and countless islands. Enjoy a new pace of life while cruising the South Pacific.

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.

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Cruising with Royal Caribbean from Brisbane to Honolulu
Cruising with Royal Caribbean from Brisbane to Honolulu
17 Nights with the Radiance of the Seas
p.p.from $2,022
Mesmerising sail from Brisbane with P&O Australia
Mesmerising sail from Brisbane with P&O Australia
7 Nights with the Pacific Dawn
 June 2019 - June 2020
p.p.from $719
Magnificent trip from Sydney with Royal Caribbean
Magnificent trip from Sydney with Royal Caribbean
10 Nights with the Ovation of the Seas
 December 2019 - January 2020
p.p.from $1,900
Sailing from Sydney with the Carnival Spirit
Sailing from Sydney with the Carnival Spirit
8 Nights with the Carnival Spirit
 July 2019 - October 2019
p.p.from $849
Journey with the Voyager of the Seas from Sydney
Journey with the Voyager of the Seas from Sydney
11 Nights with the Voyager of the Seas
p.p.from $1,349
  Cruises to Papua New Guinea
12 day cruise with the Pacific Explorer to Sydney
12 day cruise with the Pacific Explorer to Sydney
11 Nights with the Pacific Explorer
 April 2020 - September 2020
p.p.from $1,007
Journey with Princess Cruises from Brisbane
Journey with Princess Cruises from Brisbane
11 Nights with the Sea Princess
 December 2019 - January 2020
p.p.from $1,399
Journey with the Pacific Dawn from Brisbane
Journey with the Pacific Dawn from Brisbane
10 Nights with the Pacific Dawn
 February 2020 - October 2020
p.p.from $1,234
Travelling with the Columbus to Hong Kong from Tilbury
Travelling with the Columbus to Hong Kong from Tilbury
77 Nights with the Columbus
p.p.from $11,179
Cruising from Sydney via Kimberley Coastal Camp
Cruising from Sydney via Kimberley Coastal Camp
17 Nights with the Sea Princess
p.p.from $3,799
  14+ Night Cruises
Cruising with Royal Caribbean from Brisbane to Honolulu
Cruising with Royal Caribbean from Brisbane to Honolulu
17 Nights with the Radiance of the Seas
p.p.from $2,022
Sydney Shores to Hawaiian Sunsets
Sydney Shores to Hawaiian Sunsets
21 Nights Hawaii, ...
 Serenade of the Seas
p.p.from $3,599
Sydney Harbour to Hawaiian Shores
Sydney Harbour to Hawaiian Shores
18 Nights Hawaii, ...
 Radiance of the Seas
p.p.from $3,699
Sydney to Singapore via the Great Barrier Reef
Sydney to Singapore via the Great Barrier Reef
17 Nights Asia, ...
 Voyager of the Seas
p.p.from $2,779
15 day cruise with the ms Noordam to Sydney
15 day cruise with the ms Noordam to Sydney
14 Nights with the ms Noordam
p.p.from $2,539
Our Recommendations
Mesmerising sail from Brisbane with P&O Australia
Step aboard the Pacific Dawn and set sail from Brisbane across the stunning Coral Sea. There are plenty of port and cruising days, ensuring you get the perfect blend of time to embrace island life and enjoy life on-board the ship. In the French territory of Lifou, you can swim among glorious tropical fish and visit native huts. An island adventure you're sure to never forget.
Our advice:
Enjoy an exquisite meal at the famous Salt Grill by Australian chef Luke Mangan

  • Brisbane - Brisbane
  • Pacific,South Pacific,Australia
  • June 2019 - October 2020

from $719
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13 day expedition from Sydney
If you're looking for that idyllic summer getaway then let the Carnival Spirit take you on a 12 night jam packed island tour of the South Pacific. Stroll along the white sandy beaches of Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. When you arrive in Suva, visit stunning rain-forests bursting with wildlife. Be sure to pack your camera, this cruise takes you to places you'll want to keep in your memory forever.
Our advice:
To really get into the island groove, visit the RedFrog Pub on-board for some tropical inspired cocktails

  • Sydney - Sydney
  • Pacific,South Pacific,Australia
  • 22.03.2020

from $1,299
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Travelling from Papeete, Tahiti to San Diego, California
Calling all adventurers! This is the perfect port intensive cruise for anyone who wants to get as much sight seeings done as possible. Visit the beautiful beaches in Hawaii and bask in the sun underneath the lush palm trees. Wake up in an exciting new destination every morning as the MS Maasdam takes you from Tahiti through French Polynesia to Bora Bora and beyond!
Our advice:
To learn more about the destinations you visit, sit in on an enrichment course ranging from photography to wildlife.

  • Papeete, Tahiti - San Diego, California
  • South Pacific,Pacific,USA West Coast,Hawaii,North America
  • 15.03.2020

from $3,739
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Top Ports in the South Pacific
Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesiafrom

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.

Highlights of Papeete
  • Enjoy a celebration of Polynesian culture and dance at the Heiva I Tahiti festival
  • Catch world famous waves at Teahupo'o
  • Head to Vai'ete Square after dark to see the waterfront promenade come to life
Nouméa, New Caledoniafrom

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

Highlights of Nouméa
  • Visit lle aux Canards (Duck Island)
  • See Ilot Laregnere and Ilot Signal, two Unesco World Heritage Sights
  • Have lunch at Le Ponton, a restaurant boat in the middle of the largest lagoon in the world
Bora Bora, French Polynesiafrom

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.

Highlights of Bora Bora
  • Take a trip to the top of Mount Otemanu for unrivalled views of Bora Bora
  • Enjoy a boat trip and discover the beauty of the lagoon
  • Discover the maritime wildlife on a scuba-diving, shark diving and whale watching tour
Suva, Fijifrom

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.

Highlights of Suva
  • Uncover the history and culture of Fiji at the Fiji Museum
  • Experience an everyday Fijian market at the Suva Municipal Market
  • Visit Colo-I-Suva National Park to truly experience the natural beauty of Fiji
Mystery Island, Vanuatufrom

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, Vanuatufrom

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.

Highlights of Port Vila
  • Monuments and structures scattered around the city boasting their native culture.
  • Wall paintings outside the post office and markets
  • National Museum of Vantuatu, displaying lots of traditional artifacts.
Lifou, New Caledoniafrom

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

Highlights of Lifou
  • Go snorkeling and swimming in the crystal clear water
  • Explore the hidden grottoes and villages of the island
  • Watch the sun set from the top of the famous 40-foot Joking Cliff
Isle of Pines, New Caledoniafrom

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

Highlights of Isle de Pines
  • Swim in the natural lagoon, separated from the sea by forest and coral reef
  • Rent a traditional boat and sail around Upi Bay
  • Boat tours around the island to see parts not otherwise accessible
Moorea, French Polynesiafrom

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.

Highlights of Moorea
  • Journey to the top of the Magic Mountain for views that are hard to beat
  • Immerse yourself in Polynesian culture at the Tiki Village Cultural Centre
  • Swim with rays, sharks and thousands of fishes in the Lagoonarium
Maré, New Caledoniafrom

Maré is one of the islands of the French territory, New Caledonia. It is known for its incredible natural beauty including various caves and pools, as well as its local population of less than 7000. On arrival you will meet some of the local women who sing traditional songs.There are heaps of stalls and markets set up by locals for you to peruse at your leisure. Maré is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered.

Highlights of Maré:
  • A natural aquarium 1.2 miles from main entry point of Maré
  • White beaches prefect for snorkeling and seeing the wonderfully coloured coral
  • Local markets selling local goods
Pago Pago, American Samoafrom

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.

Highlights of Pago Pago
  • Explore the many different highlights of the National Park of American Samoa
  • Hike to the top of Mount Alava for a stunning view of the island
  • Relax on the beach or enjoy a barbeque on the little island, located just off Two Dollar Beach
Lautoka, Fijifrom

Lautoka is Fiji's second largest city and is situated on the island of Viti Levu. It is also the largest sugar producer in the southern hemisphere, which has led to Lautoka often being referred to as Sugar City. Visitors to Latoka can witness the unique culture of Fiji by paying a visit to the Lautoka Abaca Village, home of the tribes of Fiji. For nature enthusiasts, the beautiful and vast Botanical Gardens house a fantastic selection of exotic horticulture. There are also a number of watersport activities and boat tours available for those looking to explore the sunny South Pacific coastline.

Highlights of Lautoka
  • Shop like a local and pick up some local crafts at Lautoka Market
  • Explore the Koroyanitu National Heritage Park
  • Take part in some watersports or explore Lautoka by boat
Apia, Samoafrom

Apia is the capital and commerical centre of Samoa, located on the island of Upolu. Apia is the perfect location to discover the culture of the South Pacific, with a mix of colonial buildings and traditional Samoan houses situated alongside beautiful reef-bordered beaches. Apia is a town with a wealth of culture waiting to be discovered, from the Samoa Cultural Village to the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. The natural beauty on the island is everywhere, from beaches like Lefaga, to majestic waterfalls like Papapapaitai Falls, tropical raiforests.

Highlights of Apia
  • Explore the history and culture of the island at the Samoa Cultural Village
  • See the marine wildlife in the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve
  • Experience Apia like a local by visiting Apia flea markets
Nuku'alofa, Tongafrom

Nuku'alofa is the seat of government of the Kingdom of Tonga, Oceania. The most famous attraction of the city is the royal palace of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV.

Highlights of Nuku'alofa:
  • The main market Talamahu where seasonal produce and local goods are sold
  • Take a boat from the harbour to other small island for swimming, snorkeling and sun bathing.
  • see the volcanic blow holes created by crashing waves in the southwest of the island near Houma.
Raiatea, French Polynesiafrom

The island of Raiatea is situated in the Southern Pacific and politically belongs to French Polynesia. Raiatea is located about 220 km North-West of Tahiti and is the sister island of Taha'a. There are many legends surrounding Raiatea and it's connections to the origins of Polynesia. One of the most popular attractions of Raiatea is the place of worship Taputapuatea. The nearby lagoon provides the perfect opportunity for snorkelling, swiiming and other watersports.

Highlights of Raiatea
  • Hike along Les Trois Cascades and see three magical waterfalls
  • Try-out the highly recommended Hemisphere Sub tour
  • Explore the lagoon and the abundance of sealife found there
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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.

If you need any more information on a South Pacific cruises, don’t hesitate to call our cruise experts on 1300 877 590 today. If you have a short time until you travel, then browse through our last minute options or our cheap options. All cruises are available through our cruise experts.