Thinking of the South Pacific conjures up images of sparking clear turquoise water against a white sand beach and dark green jungle. Who wouldn’t want to take a holiday to one of these little dots of paradise? Here are some of the best places to experience the islands in the South Pacific.
This gorgeous archipelago lies to the east of Australia and New Zealand, just at the edge of the International Date Line. Formed by volcanoes, the islands are covered with lush green rainforest surrounded by white sand beaches. You can swim and dive in the lagoons, or hike in the forests. Fiji is also home to The Pearl, a world-class golf course surrounded by rainforest. At the end of a long day, try a plate of chicken cooked in coconut milk with a side of taro or sweet potato.
Known as “the Friendly Islands,” these beautiful coral islands boating, diving and hiking in remote jungles. You can also partake in cultural activities like learning to make the traditional tapa cloth or experiencing a church service. Since Tonga is one of the few remaining absolute monarchies in the world, the society is uniquely structured around a feudal system and it can be interesting to see how this is reflected in the islands’ culture.
Consisting of a network of islands spanning a large part of the South Pacific, French Polynesia is home to some of the most popular tourism destinations of the region, including Tahiti and Bora Bora. Here, you can stay at high-end resorts, with stunning views of the beach and any type of luxurious treatment you could want. As an added bonus, in these places you may be able to go celebrity-spotting, since this is where the rich and famous come to play.
Make it happen
Travel in the South Pacific is known for being expensive. Not only are the islands faraway and difficult to get to, but their remoteness also makes resources scarce, which therefore drives the price up. However, there are many ways you can fund your travels in the South Pacific. Before you depart, try to save a little bit each month. You can also try to earn extra money by switching to generics, using a penny jar to collect your spare change, or taking an extra part time job.
You can also consider selling your old clutter online for extra cash. While you can sell almost anything online, things that tend to sell well include good quality clothing, accessories, jewelry, and electronics, so if you have these things laying around then you can get rid of them while also earning money for your trip. Some good places to start include Amazon, Craigslist and eBay. Alternatively, if have old CDs or DVDs, you can consider selling with musicMagpie. Then, use the money for your journey through the South Pacific.