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The South Pacific is a region famous for it's azure lagoons, swaying palms and rich culture - but beneath the surface there is so much more. As experts in the South Pacific, we are here to help! What ever your dream holiday experience, the team at Spacifica Travel can tailor your very own itinerary today. Contact us, or book online today.
DiScoVER tHE SOUtH PACIfIC REGiON
The South Pacific region of the world is one of the most diverse in every way imaginable – with a mix of Polynesian, Melanesian and Maori cultures blended together with European influences, every single one of our destinations offers visitors unique cultural and historical experiences. Geographically, each country serves up its own version of ‘island paradise’ with some having stunning coral reefs and lagoons to explore while others have jungles, waterfalls and mountains to conquer, or active volcanos, world-famous surf breaks and amazing dive sites to discover.
While there is a huge amount of diversity throughout this region, there is one thing that all our South Pacific destinations have in common – outstanding hospitality provided by warm and welcoming locals. When you visit Fiji, you’ll be warmly welcomed with a friendly ‘bula!’; when you holiday in the Cook Islands, you’ll be invited to share a fresh coconut drink while the locals regale tales of their history; in Samoa, you’ll be invited to join in a game of cricket or footy; Norfolk Island will see you treated like a relative returning home, and in Lord Howe Island you will become a temporary extension of their community. No matter where you travel in the South Pacific, you will be welcomed with wide arms, bright smiles and plenty of stories.
The South Pacific is also home to a huge range of experiences to suit every type of traveller. While famous for its white sand beaches, crystal-clear water, hyper-coloured reefs and swaying palms, this region also offers visitors blood pumping activities for adrenalin seekers such as diving with sharks or sky-diving, or cultural tours where you’ll visit sacred sites and learn about local customs and languages. It is also home to award winning 5-star spas, amazingly fresh seafood and some of the best coffee you’ll ever taste.
For accommodation options, you’ll be spoilt for choice – stay at an all-inclusive 5-star resort in Fiji, book a private beach-front villa in the Cook Islands, get back to basics in a Samoan Fale or spend your days lazing in an over-water bungalow in Bora Bora. Similarly, you’ll find a huge range of tour options to keep everyone occupied during your stay.
Discover the South Pacific:
As each South Pacific destination has its own personality, culture and hidden gems waiting to be discovered, it can be hard to decide which island to visit first. That is why Spacifica Travel specialises in the South Pacific region – we invest time and resources into fully understanding each country and culture and have a thorough understanding of which destinations suit which types of travellers. Whether you want to spend your days laying on a postcard-worthy beach or want a more authentic, cultural experience – our team of experienced travel consultants can assist you in planning your perfect South Pacific escape.
We have a wide range of current South Pacific travel packages and deals available on our website which are updated weekly, and our team are on hand to help you book your South Pacific holiday including flights, accommodation, car hire, tours and inclusions. For more information, or to speak to a South Pacific specialist, please contact Spacifica Travel today on 1800 800 722.
wHAT TO PaCK On A SOUtH PACIfIC GETAWaY
Ah, the dreaded task of packing for a holiday! We’ve curated a list of some of the most important items to bring on your South Pacific holiday to ensure you are fully prepared for anything the destination, weather or tour activities throw your way!
Let's get the obvious out of the way - Sunscreen. Getting burnt on the first day of your holiday puts a bit of a dampener on the rest of your trip, so we recommend applying frequently and generously to ensure your trip is everything you hoped it would be.
There isn't a culture more relaxed than the Pacific. With that in mind, forget luxury brands, and bring along comfortable clothing that will keep you covered from the sun’s rays. We also recommend bringing a more conservative outfit if you are hoping to visit a traditional village or Sunday church service – while beachwear is totally acceptable in your resort and on the beach, many South Pacific cultures require midriffs, knees and shoulders to be covered when visiting anywhere considered to be sacred.
A Fancy Outfit
Yes, this might be contradicting what we just said - but make sure you bring at least one dressier outfit. Many of the destinations across the South Pacific host fine dining options and amazing cocktail bars which have dress codes. Packing at least one smart-casual or cocktail outfit will ensure you won’t be underdressed.
The Pacific's glorious tropical climate has but one drawback – mosquitos and sand flies. A quick spritz of insect repellent will keep the biters at bay, allowing you to fully enjoy your holiday.
Wet Weather Gear
The South Pacific's tropical climate also means the odd sporadic shower. Although they're often short-lived, make sure you're prepared and bring a raincoat or poncho with you.
Running or Hiking Shoes
If you're like most people, a Pacific escape means floating dreamily atop coral reefs, exploring the diverse wildlife laden beneath the surface. However, what some forget is the plethora of natural wonders, yearning to be explored inland. Even if you don't plan on hiking an island's rugged interior, it won't hurt to bring a pair of runners with you. That way, you won't be restricted if you change your mind. (Oh, spoiler alert – you’ll probably change your mind).
You're going to be in the water. A lot. So whether you call them togs, cozzies or bathers, make sure you bring at least two pairs with you so that you always have a dry pair to change into.
A Beach Towel
Some resorts provide guests with beach towels, others provide towels to rent. It is a good idea to check with your hotel what their beach towel situation is before you leave so that you can pack accordingly.
An Underwater Camera
Not a necessity, but how can you make your family and friend jealous if you can't capture your amazing snorkelling, kayaking, diving and cruising adventures on camera? Many boating and camping outlets offer affordable waterproof cases or bags for your phone so you don’t have to invest in a GoPro to capture your new underwater friends.
SoUTH PaCIFIC BuCKET lIST EXPERiENCES
The South Pacific conjures up images of hammocks tied to palm trees, deserted white sand beaches, fruity cocktails with umbrellas and calm transparent lagoon waters filled with bright fish. But did you know that this special region of the world is also home to some truly unique and once-in-a-lifetime experiences? From natural wonders to sacred spiritual sites through to swimming with whales or surfing down volcanos, the South Pacific is deserving of at least a few spots on your bucket list!
Skull Island in the Solomon Islands:
Skull Island in the Solomon Islands is one of the most sacred cultural sites that tourists are allowed to visit in the South Pacific. It is a small island located close to Lola Island, and is the final resting place for the skulls of many warriors and local chiefs. Rocks and dried coral form shrines for the skulls, hidden throughout the tiny island.
No South Pacific bucket list is complete without a visit to Mount Yasur, the world’s most accessible active volcano. Located on Tanna Island in Vanuatu, visiting Mount Yasur offers you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the explosive belly of a live volcano, watching in awe as the magma bubbles and boils below.
Lagoon of Bora Bora:
From the molten-hot magma of Mt Yasur, to the cool crystal waters of Bora Bora’s surrounding lagoons – it is difficult to believe that these natural wonders could be located in the same region of the world!
Located in French Polynesia, Bora Bora is arguably the most popular island in this region with the main drawcard being the lagoon waters that it has become famous for. Sparkling a million different shades of blue, the water is home to diverse marine communities which you can get up close and personal with on many guided tours.
To Sua Ocean Trench in Samoa:
No Samoan holiday itinerary is complete without a day trip to the To Sua Ocean Trench. Steeped in cultural significance, surrounded by stunning scenery and filled with inviting turquoise waters, taking a plunge in this natural pool offers an almost out-of-body experience.
Swim with Whales in Tonga:
There are very few places in the world where you can safely and legally swim with humpback whales. We write about this experience a lot on this blog but for good reason – these majestic gentle giants are amazing creatures that very few people are lucky enough to ever come face-to-face with.
Bucket List Experiences:
Spacifica Travel can help you cross some of these items off your bucket list – get in touch on 1800 800 722 to start planning your next South Pacific escape.
SoUTH PaCIFIC oVERWATER BuNGaLOWS
Looking for that postcard perfect overwater bungalow experience? The South Pacific is spoiled with some of the most picturesque locations. So why not soak in the views from your very own Overwater Bungalow – which are closer to Australia than you may think! We’ve put together some of our favourite destinations with Overwater accommodations.
New Caledonia: L’Escapade Island Resort
Our closest South Pacific neighbour from Australia, New Caledonia is only a 2hr flight from Brisbane. Upon arrival in Noumea, you will notice the distinctive French influence complemented with a friendly Melanesian charm resulting in a rich, unique culture & delicious cuisine! New Caledonia is also spoiled with stunning scenery from the white sand beaches & blue lagoons in their Loyalty Islands (giving Bora Bora a run for its money!) to the rugged mountain peaks & wide open planes traversed by Stockmen - New Caledonia’s version of a Texan Cowboy! Take advantage of stunning views back to the Noumea coastline & lagoon with a stay at L’Escapade Island Resort located on the small islet, Îlot Maître. Only a short 20 min boat trip from Port Morselle in Noumea, the resort is the only overwater accommodation type in New Caledonia and the closest to Australia!
Vanuatu: Holiday Inn Resort
Looking for a little romance but also don’t want to be stuck in a hotel room all day? Vanuatu has so many fantastic experiences from witnessing a stunning live volcano in Tanna, discovering World War 2 History in Espiritu Santo or swimming in natural rock pools at the Mele Cascades. When you’ve finished your adrenaline-packed day, why not relax in your own private Overwater Villa at the Holiday Inn Resort with uninterrupted views and direct access to the lagoon.
Samoa: Coconuts Beach Club Resort & Spa
Talofa! The friendly “hello” of the Samoan people welcome you to their island paradise. Make the most of your time in Samoa with a rental car and explore at your own pace. Perhaps take a swim at the famous To Sua Ocean Trench, enjoy a photo-op at the Alofaaga blowholes, or visit the Saleaula Lava Fields! After exploring Upolu & Savai’i, make your way back to your Over Water Fale at Coconuts Beach Club Resort & Spa, the only of its type in Samoa! Each of the five Fales boasts stunning décor, waterfall showers & breathtaking oceanfront vistas. Complete with an expansive outdoor deck & sun loungers - all that’s missing is a sundowner cocktail and you!
Fiji: Likuliku Lagoon Fiji
Sometimes you just need to treat yourself and Likuliku Lagoon Fiji is the place to do it! Located in the Mamanuca Islands, you can access the resort by launch transfer, fastboat or even a helicopter! The Over Water Bures are an elegant oasis featuring traditional architecture and materials combined with elegant and stylish décor. With all your meals included and a plethora of included activities, you won’t be wanting for anything.
Cook Islands: Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort – Adults Only
Stunning azure waters and white sand beaches, this must be Aitutaki! From the moment you fly across this stunning island you will be Instagramming & posting like crazy, with such a picturesque destination, it’s hard to fight the urge to make your friends jealous! Perfect for a romantic getaway, honeymoon or just some well-deserved rest & relaxation, Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort is the ideal setting to unwind. Enjoy a seamless transition from the resort grounds to your Overwater Bungalow as this room type is half on land and half overwater! Take things at a slower pace with a leisurely stand up paddle along the lagoon or enjoy a day trip out to One Foot Island and snorkel amongst Giant Trevally.
If you would like more information about any of these or would like to discuss other options, please get in touch with our team of specialist travel consultants on 1800 800 722.
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