South Pacific

Holidays to the South Pacific open up a world of powder-white beaches, turquoise lagoons, romantic hideaways, diverse cultures, mouth-watering cuisine, friendly locals, and countless adventures on both land and sea.

The South Pacific comprises over 7,500 islands, 500 of which are inhabited. The islands are split into two groups - the Polynesian Islands of Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, and Easter Island; and the Melanesian Islands of Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands.

The Cook Islands are home to the laid-back resorts of Ratotonga and Aitutaki, tasty food, lively entertainment, and abundant sports and activities. The ever-popular Fiji offers vibrant nightlife in the capital Suva, lush jungles and reefs on Taveuni and Kadavu, and sun-filled resorts in Mamanuca and Yasawa off Viti Levu.

The French Polynesia islands of Bora Bora, Tahiti, Moorea, and Huahine combine a rich culture and world-class resorts with idyllic beaches, coral reefs, crystal-clear lagoons, and tasty French-inspired cuisine. The two main Savai'i and Upolu islands on the Samoa archipelago are dotted with small villages of oval fale and teeming waterfalls, alongside bustling city life in the islands' capital, Apia.

Whether you're looking for a get-away-from-it-all paradise island retreat or a luxury beachside resort with a spa and top-notch facilities - we've found an amazing selection of places to stay that tick all the boxes on your South Pacific holiday wish-list.


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South Pacific facts at a glance
Flight time:
24 hours
Time difference:
14 hours
Currency:
Flying from
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Best time to go

The South Pacific boasts a tropical climate all year round. The best time to visit is during the region's dry season from May to October, but you can encounter the tradewinds too during this time. If you visit during the wet season from November to April, you can expect high temperatures and humidity coupled with rain.

Things to do

Snorkel with sharks and rays or hike through verdant hillside on Bora Bora. Soothe your weary bones in therapeutic mud baths and hot springs at Nadi in Fiji. Kayak out to one of the uninhabited motus (islets) at Aitutaki in the Cook Islands to enjoy your own Robinson Crusoe moment. Take a dip in the To Sua trench on the outskirts of Apia or take a four-wheel drive tour through picturesque terrain in Samoa. Visit the amazing Millennium Cave or dive down to the World War II wreck of SS President Coolidge on Vanuatu's largest island Espiritu Santo. Experience the Beqa Lagoon Shark Dive at Viti Levu or surf the famous Cloud Break wave at the Mamanucas Islands in Fiji. Deep sea fishing is available at many ports throughout the South Pacific with the opportunity to catch Blue and Strip Marlin, Yellow Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Sailfish.

Food and drink

Freshly-caught fish and seafood form the basis of the tasty cuisine in the South Pacific; either served from the grill or cooked umu-style in an earth oven. Coconut and tropical fruits are also the mainstay of many South Pacific recipes. Traditional island specialities such as Tahiti's national dish Poisson Cru, Fiji's Kokoda, Rukau and Ika Mata from the Cook Islands, and Fafaru and Poe in French Polynesia tempt your taste buds on restaurant menus. Popular local drinks such as coconut water, tropical fruit juices, cocktails, and ice-cold beer are served with your meal.

In the evening

You'll discover a wide choice of nightlife across the South Pacific. In Fiji, evenings centre on the bars and nightclubs in Suva and Nadi, and there's a Hard Rock Cafe at Port Denaru too. Rarotonga is the centre of the night-time scene in the Cook Islands or make a beeline for Apia Town in Samoa for lively bars and nightspots. Neiafu Town on Tonga is the place for bustling waterfront bars in the summer months and Papeete on French Polynesia has some great nightclubs too. Head to Noumea on Grand Terre in New Caledonia for casinos, yacht-filled harbours, and tasty street dining.

Health and entry requirements

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.


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