Soft adventure refers to a level of adventure tourism that doesn’t require prior experience – you don’t need to know how to ride a mountain bike, spear fish or have your diving license. You simply turn up on the day, ready for a great adventure. Great for travelers looking for excitement in small doses, soft adventure often mixes exploration with experience, allowing you to see the destination from an angle, speed or viewpoint that you otherwise would miss. We’ve listed some of the best soft adventure experiences that the South Pacific region has to offer tourists, from quad biking to white water rafting and everything in between.
Vanuatu: Explore Mele Cascades
The Mele Cascades are a favourite tourist attraction in Port Villa; their crystal clear waters are said to have therapeutic qualities and are a delightful reward after the steep climb to reach them. A guided tour of the cascades is recommended for relatively fit people as there are sections that cross over the cascading water using a rope to guide you. Once you reach the waterfall you’ll have time for a quick dip before heading back down for refreshments. A half-day tour, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about some of Vanuatu’s national flora and fauna as you are guided through the jungle.
Cook Islands: Jungle Quad Adventure
Explore the iconic Te Atukura Mountain in Rarotonga with a Jungle Quad Adventure tour. The tour takes place on an easy-to-drive two-man quad-bike and consists of 2 hours of exhilarating fun. Not for the faint-of-heart, you’ll be crossing streams, navigating rocky terrain and getting absolutely covered in mud – so don’t wear white! Weather permitting, you’ll also have the opportunity to take a quick dip in a fresh water creek and be greeted with light refreshments upon your return. You’ll need a current overseas license or local Cook Island driver’s license to be behind the steering wheel and the tour is only open to adults 17 years and over.
Fiji: White Water Rafting
Take a break from sunbaking on the beach and get the adrenalin pumping with a white-water rafting tour in Fiji’s Pacific Harbour. There are options to suit all different ages and skill levels and transfers from Nadi and Suva are available for an additional fee. You’ll spend the day cruising (or careening!) the Navua River through dense tropical jungle, finishing up at a local village for a delicious lunch.
Tahiti: Swimming with Manta Rays
Want a mind-blowing experience when you visit Tahiti? Then we recommend The Ultimate Shark and Ray Watching Tour, where you’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the local marine life. You’ll enjoy a fun ride on a motorised outrigger canoe as you travel towards the coral garden that is home to these majestic and gentle marine creatures. For those willing and able, you will have the opportunity to jump in with them!
Samoa: To Sua Ocean Trench
A must-see for anyone visiting Samoa, the To Sua Ocean Trench is a beautiful sight. A deep crater in the ground filled with inviting turquoise waters and surrounded by vibrant green jungle, the ocean trench is popular with adventure tourists, photographers, nature-lovers and locals. If you’re game you can take a dip in the water – but be careful, as looks can be deceiving and the only way in and out of the 30meter deep hole is via a wooden ladder.
South Pacific Tours:
You’ll find these tours and more listed on our South Pacific Tours page. If you’re interested in adding one of these tours onto your upcoming South Pacific holiday, please get in touch with the team at Spacifica Travel on 1800 800 722.comments powered by Disqus