There are many South Pacific Islands, but here are our top 4 Must Visit South Pacific Islands:
The warm and gracious nature of the Fijian people has earned this Pacific nation a reputation for being one of the world’s friendliest. With a blend of Melanesian, Polynesian, Micronesian, Indian, Chinese and European cultures, Fiji abounds in diversity - though it hums with a unified community spirit. Encompassing more than 333 islands and 500 islets, the ample charms within Fiji’s arms satisfy the needs of every traveller, from the adventurous to the languorous. For those planning a holiday, Fiji offers an impressive selection of accommodation and activities. From hostels to exclusive 5 star resorts, to white sand beaches and volcanic mountains: the Fiji experience can be catered to suit each traveller’s needs. With warm azure waters teeming with sea life and corals, diving and snorkelling are immensely popular, as are treks through Fiji’s lush rainforests and dramatic highlands. Most visitors opt to explore Fiji’s less populated islands, where they can experience a taste of the old South Pacific, yet still enjoy the comforts of a seasoned tourist industry.
Discover the 15 best kept secrets of the South Pacific, the Cook Islands. You’ll find the Cook Islands halfway between Sydney and Hawaii, scattered across a vast swathe of the Pacific, like floating frangipani petals. Boasting rare beauty, an idyllic climate, warm welcoming people and a pace of life unsurpassed for romance and endless adventures: the Cook Islands are an unspoilt holiday paradise where there is a surprising amount to see and do. The Cook Islands deliver an authentic, yet refined South Pacific island experience. Modern Polynesian culture is still very strong, which means visitors encounter a lifestyle that exudes warmth, happiness and respect - where you are treated like a friend coming home rather than a tourist. With its picture postcard turquoise blue lagoons, powdery white beaches and verdant hinterlands, the Cook Islands offers its visitors something special. Effortlessly charming and a little bit quirky ($3 note anyone?), visitors immerse themselves in unforgettable and endless adventures: exploring the abundant natural beauty, cultural experiences and culinary delights.
Norfolk Island has a fascinating history of settlement. East Polynesians were the first to settle on the island around the 14th Century, followed by Convicts and free settlers lived on the island until it was abandoned in 1814. A Second Penal Settlement established itself from 1825 – 1855 and Norfolk Island was once again transformed into a prison isle. Meanwhile, events were unfolding eastward in the Pacific which would eventually link to this small isle. In 1788 HMAV Bounty left England on a mission to gather breadfruit trees from Tahiti for the West Indies planters. A startling turn of events including love affairs with Tahitian women and a mutiny on The Bounty saw Fletcher Christian and his crew create a new life for themselves on Pitcairn Island with Tahitian women and men. They burnt the Bounty and remained undetected until an American whaling ship discovered the hideaway in 1808. In 1854 Queen Victoria gave approval for Pitcairn Islanders to move to Norfolk Island. In June 1856 a community of 194 arrived on Norfolk Island and the descendants of those settlers still inhabit this beautiful idyllic retreat today.
There are so many activities on Norfolk Island to keep you entertained. There are several restaurants and eateries on the Island, ranging from a la carte and family friendly restaurants to club bistros and takeaways. Cafes offer hearty breakfasts and evening meals also. The paddock to plate approach to Norfolk Island dining means food tastes just as it should, full of flavour, grown in its natural season and rich with all the right nutrients. You can hire a car and cruise along the winding roads or for the more active, jump on a mountain bike and enjoy an easy ride with stunning scenery. Lose yourself in the wild mountain sides that form Norfolk Island National Park. Wander the lush walking tracks and you’ll encounter giant vines, tree ferns, delicate flowers and many rare rainforest species. World Heritage listed Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area is an attraction in itself. There you will find fascinating places including: the Cemetery (convict headstones provide detailed evidence of a horrific era) and Government House. Hire a rod and casually cast your line from one of the two piers. Join a charter fishing trip with a local expert and find yourself reeling in succulent Sweet Lip, Kingfish and Wahoo – just to name a few. To complete your day, cook your catch on an open BBQ.
The ancient rumblings of the earth can still be experienced on lively Vanuatu. Though modernity has entered Vanuatu’s mystic jungle and introduced first-world comforts, both the islands and their indigenous inhabitants have managed to sidestep the changes around them with little compromise. The primeval origins of humankind are revealed through the Ni-Vanuatu people: Their tribal traditions and deep reverence of the natural world complimenting the islands’ wild landscapes and fiery volcanoes. Vanuatu has the highest density of indigenous languages per capita in the world, yet despite this cultural diversity the common thread of Ni-Vanuatu custom is that all life is sacred and magical. Perhaps this belief contributes to their infamously bright smiles, which, like their surroundings, reflect an unspoilt beauty. Consider also the warm climate and communal unity of Vanuatu, and it may come as no surprise that it has been voted one of the world’s happiest nations. Stretching 1,300 kilometres southeast from the Solomon Islands to the northeast of New Caledonia, the 83 islands of The Republic of Vanuatu are only a short distance from Australia’s eastern seaboard. Originally named New Hebrides under the joint administration of Britain and France, the archipelago became an independent republic within the Commonwealth of Nations in 1980, and is now known as The Republic of Vanuatu. When the Lapita people crossed the sea from the Solomons over 3,000 years ago, they settled around Vanuatu’s steep mountains, dense jungles and vast stretches of open water – isolated from the world and each other. The arrival of Polynesian settlers from the central Pacific many years later further diversified the skills and Austronesian customs of the Melanesians. Today, English, French and Bislama are the official languages of Vanuatu. Derived mainly from English words arranged in Melanesian-style grammar, Bislama is a shared language that can be spoken by all indigenous groups within Vanuatu, though the many different cultural regions retain distinct political and social systems.
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