The mere mention of the Pacific Islands conjures up images of pristine white beaches, sparkling aquamarine waters and a plentiful bounty of fresh fruit and seafood. Submerge yourself in the rich cultural history or explore the jungles for an unparalleled adventure. No matter what you want from your holiday, the Pacific Islands delivers it all with a smile and the warm, friendly attitude of the locals.
A true cultural melting pot, Tahiti has significant French, Asian and Indian influences. The Tahitians themselves have a reputation for their easy-going and inherently friendly nature, something which is enhanced by inquisitive and respectful travellers. Tahiti offers a range of traditional activities, from basket weaving and beading to learning the ceremonial form of dance.
The sand of the mainland is actually black in colour, however a short trip via boat to the outlying islands reveals the spotless white beaches that Tahiti is famous for. Visitors can snorkel the reefs, swim with sharks and rays, or lie back and soak up the sun while enjoying the amazing fresh selection of seafood and tropical fruits.
For the more adventurous traveller, there are a range of activities such as sailing, horse-riding and trekking through the lush forests to explore the more hidden side of this stunning island retreat.
The star of many blockbuster movies, Fiji is synonymous with ideas of a true tropical island paradise. It certainly doesn’t disappoint on this front, with stunning beaches and abundant opportunities to snorkel, dive and swim. Once again, friendly locals are more than happy to share their knowledge and proud history with any traveller who demonstrates a keen interest in learning more about the exquisite location they’re visiting.
Activities include kayaking, trekking through the volcanic landscape of the islands, and of course, spending endless hours relaxing on the world-class beaches. The capital of Suva offers hours of exploration, being the largest city in the South Pacific, and provides a unique insight into the cultural and industrial workings of Fiji. Whether you’re seeking rest and relaxation, a hit of adrenaline or to immerse yourself in the local culture, Fiji offers something for everyone.
Famous as a diving and snorkelling paradise, Vanuatu also offers a unique range of activities for the outdoor motivated traveller. From waterfall abseiling and adventure treks to exploring on horseback, Vanuatu provides the perfect chance to escape. On a more relaxed front, there are deserted beach picnics, market shopping and exploring the rich cultural history of this spectacular destination.
Visit primitive villages and see the traditional practices as a perfect example of ancient living culture, allowing yourself to be immersed in the complex and textured layers of this unique island location.
One of the best ways to discover the beauty and rich diversity of the Pacific Island is by cruise. Why limit yourself to one location when you can visit them all! Check out Carnival Cruises Australia for the best range of quality cruises throughout the stunning Pacific Islands.
Written by Emma Jane