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4 Lesser Known and Unique South Pacific Islands

The South Pacific is known for its beautiful beaches, sparkling blue oceans, and the friendliest people in the world. Countries like Fiji, Vanuatu, the Islands of Tahiti, and the Cook Islands have hundreds and thousands of Australians travel to them each year. But not many Australians travel to the smaller and more unique island nations in the South Pacific. Tonga, Niue, Solomon Islands, and the Pitcairn Islands are some of the more untouched destinations where you can experience an authentic holiday. If you want to enjoy a holiday while avoiding large crowds of tourists, we’ve put together a list of unique and lesser known South Pacific Islands for you to discover.

Tonga

The Kingdom of Tonga is the only Pacific nation to never lose indigenous governance or be colonised. Tonga remains one of the world’s most authentic and unspoilt destinations for travellers wanting to embrace the gentle rhythm of the old Polynesia. It is very easy to discover the different Polynesian customs while visiting Tonga, such as the practice of tapa (bark-cloth) making, mat weaving, and traditional dance. The islanders are united by a deep respect for spiritually. A true testament to this is the observance of their national day of rest, Sunday; flights don’t even operate to and from Tonga out of respect for this observance! The islands of Tonga offer a variety of activities such as scuba diving, whale watching, surfing, kitesurfing, fishing, bird watching.

Niue

When it comes to Niue, everyone knows that swimming with the whales is the number one reason for travelling to the destination between July and September; but did you also know that in Niue you can discover some of the most magnificent limestone caves in the South Pacific? Dive in to water that is ranked amongst the best in the world for clarity and visibility, fish the very deep waters that surround the island, or why not have a go at the traditional way of vaka (canoe) fishing. Niue does offer the land based traveller variety of activities as well, with 15 different coastal and inland hikes and walks on offer. And, after you’ve finished your activities for the day, relax under the deep night sky, in what is known as the first “dark sky nation’. With a range of accommodation styles on the island there is something for every budget and comfort level.

Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands has gained an enviable worldwide reputation for its dive sites, of which there is a variety to suit all tastes and levels of experience. With the abundance of World War II history here, there are numerous wreck dives in addition to an extraordinary array of differing reef structures and bio-assemblage. For the history buffs, they can discover ancient ceremonial sites, relics from WWII buried in the forest, and the idyllic waters of the destination.

Pitcairn Islands

The last British overseas territory in the Pacific, Pitcairn Islands offers an unforgettable experience. Accessed only by sea, these islands are surrounded by the world’s largest marine reserve and are home to many species of endemic flora and fauna. During your stay you will be welcomed into the home of one of the direct descendants of the Bounty mutineers and their Polynesian consorts. You will be immersed in their way of life as you sit around the kitchen table and enjoy the locally grown products.

Take a trip to South Pacific Islands

Now if one of these unique destinations has got you interested in travelling to them, contact the team at Spacifica Travel on 1800 800 722 or enquire online and one of our experts will be able to help you out with the planning of your trip.

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