When you hear someone mention the South Pacific, images of sun kissed beaches lapped by warm clear waters immediately come to mind. As does holidays filled with lazy days sipping cocktails by the pool and swinging under palm trees in hammocks. But if you are the type of traveller who yearns for more….more adventure….more action….more adrenaline….then don’t discount the South Pacific just yet. There is more to the South Pacific than you think!
The waters of the South Pacific can offer you more than just a great selfie backdrop. The marine life and reef environments are the best in the world, from Fiji’s Astrolabe Reef, which is the fourth largest barrier reef in the world, to New Caledonia’s coral reef lagoon and Lord Howe Island’s Marine Park. The sights to see and wonders to witness are just breathtaking. You can snorkel above the waves or for the more adventurous you can learn to dive.
The dive sites of the Solomon Islands will have you going back in time to WWII as you dive plane wrecks, sunken boats and other remnants of past battles. In Fiji and Tahiti for a more heart in throat thrill, why not try a shark dive, its safe we swear! For those who aren’t keen on the deeper depths, there is just as much to experience at the shallow levels. Swim with the humpback whales in Tonga, glide with the manta rays in Fiji or follow the turtles over the coral reefs anywhere in the South Pacific. The variety and volume of things to see beneath the surface of the South Pacific’s oceans will have you grabbing the snorkel gear over the sun lounger in no time.
Another water based adventure that will get your blood pumping is surfing, whether you participate or head along to watch, some of the world’s best surfing can be found in the South Pacific. The most extreme of which is Teahupoo in Tahiti. This surf break is not for the inexperienced or faint hearted. Due to the power and dangerous nature of these waves we advise leaving it to the professionals, and instead opt for a tour or if you visit at the right time, sit back on the safety of the beach and watch the pros compete. Fiji is another destination that has the pro surfers returning year after year. Cloudbreak, south of Namotu Island, is routinely ranked among the ten most challenging waves in the world. While on the Coral Coast, for those who are more weekend surfer, the surf breaks at Waidroka Bay Resort will satisfy those wave urges. Closer to home Norfolk Island offers some of the most remote and unspoilt surf spots suitable for beginners to masters. A handy tip, ask the locals for their pick of the best spot to try first!
Lace your Boots
The interior of the islands of the South Pacific offer an experience and view very few ever see. So instead of swinging in a hammock under the palm trees, lace up a good pair of walking shoes, grab a small backpack of supplies and head inland for a trek through the forests of the South Pacific. In the Cook Islands take a cross island trek, an exhilarating walk through the jungle to the Needle where you can see from one side of the island to the other. For those wanting more of a challenge, on Lord Howe Island spend the day trekking Mt Gower. This full day option is ranked as one of Australia’s top day walks and will have you learning about the amazing natural history of this World Heritage listed island as well as getting your 10,000 steps for the day!
Many of the islands of the South Pacific are volcanic in nature, allowing you a more once in a life-time hiking experience. In Tahiti you can spend the day exploring the lava channels that were formed when the island of Papeete was born. After canyoning through lava tubes all day, finish with a refreshing dip in the swimming pools these tubes open into. For a more active volcanic thrill, why not take a safari to Mt Yasur on Tanna in Vanuatu, where you can walk right up to the rim of this active volcano. It sure beats laying on a beach towel all day.
Are you ready to get your South Pacific adventure on? Then call one of our South Pacific specialists on 1800 800 722 to start discussing your next action packed holiday.comments powered by Disqus