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Natural Wonders of the South Pacific

More than a tropical paradise, the South Pacific is home to some of the most uniquely stunning and picturesque natural wonders in the entire world. From heritage listed dive sites and active volcanos through to a lagoon so blue it has to be seen to believed, the South Pacific is undeniably one of Mother Nature’s best creations.  

Ball's Pyramid - Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island is a stunning natural wonder in its own right, with its mountainous backdrop, surrounded by greenery and ringed by secluded beaches. However, arguably even more spectacular, is Ball’s Pyramid, an internationally renowned diving site. Located a 20-minute boat ride south of the island, this eerily beautiful rock formation leaps out of the ocean, casting a shadow on the deep blue waters of its surrounds. Standing over 500 metres tall, Ball's Pyramid's true drawcard lies beneath the surface – you’ll lose hours exploring its many caverns and caves, teeaming with exotic marine life and corals.

Yasur Volcano - Vanuatu

Up for a fiery adventure? The explosive Mt Yasur is a highlight for anyone visiting Vanuatu.  One of the most active and well-known volcanoes in the world, this untamed mountain is a must for adrenaline junkies who can make the short but steep trek up to the volcano’s rim to get a close-up view. Yasur can also be enjoyed from a distance anywhere on the island of Tanna for anyone not quite as keen to see her up close and personal.

To Sua Ocean Trench - Samoa

On the south coast of Samoa's Upolu Island lies the To Sua Ocean Trench. Translating to 'big hole,' this enchantingly beautiful cavern is a popular attraction for anyone visiting Samoa. Nestled near the ocean's edge, the 30m deep pocket is a photographer's paradise, commanding the attention of all who visit. Accessed by a steep ladder, float blissfully in the warm, still waters, fed by the ocean's underground caves.

Aitutaki Lagoon - Cook Islands

The Cook Island’s Aitutaki Lagoon lies north of the main island of Rarotonga and is famous for its turquoise waters and many deserted motus or islets. The most famous islet is Tapuaetai or ‘One Foot Island’, as it is considered to have the best views of the lagoon. You can explore Aitutaki Lagoon by taking a day trip from Rarotonga or you can stay on Aitutaki Island and spend a few days exploring the lagoon both above and below the water’s surface.

Rainbow Reef - Fiji

Fiji’s Rainbow Reef is considered by many to be the best diving spot in the entire South Pacific. Home to the famous Great White Wall – a stunning escarpment covered in thousands of white corals – as well as an astoundingly diverse range of marine life, the Rainbow Reef is often referred to as ‘the soft-coral capital of the world’. Located between Vanua Levu and Taveuni islands, the best time to visit is at the start of a low tide because the Wall will have just been fed with nutrients from the current for several hours and the corals will be in their most expanded and active state.

Visit the South Pacific’s Natural Wonders:

Get in touch with Spacifica Travel on 1800 800 722 if you would like to book a holiday to visit any of the South Pacific’s natural wonders.

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