Torn between Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, New Caledonia or the Cook Islands? Take a deep dive into which South Pacific paradise will suit you best.
The South Pacific's allure is only matched by its size, spread across 28 million square kilometres from the northern tip of Australia to the edges of Hawaii. These tiny coral and volcanic-stone dots in the big blue are home to fascinating people and culture: look beyond the postcard-perfect scenery and the diversity of each region unfolds, with each cherishing its own traditions, languages and cuisine.
From New Caledonia's French elegance to Samoa's pristine rainforests, read on for the island that's right for you.
Fiji: excellent for families
Fiji's enduringly popular for a reason and in turn is well equipped for tourism. If you’re on the hunt for an idyllic tropical haven for both young and old, this sun-kissed playground stands out from the rest with its exceptional kids' clubs and nanny services.
Fiji is one of few places in the world where you can snorkel alongside giant manta rays in the wild. Visit the Yasawa Islands and Kadavu from May to October and you too can glide alongside one of the world’s most majestic creatures. If you’re looking for a unique experience, skip the resort’s luxury spa and lather yourself in mud at the Sabeto Hot Pools located in Nadi. Cleanse your skin in this natural wonder, then back it up with a tranquil dip in one of the natural pools.
The rainforests, reefs and remote villages are where you can get to know Fijian culture, or see nothing but your own footsteps in the lap of castaway luxury.
Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay
Five-Star Marriott Momi Bay Luxury with FJ$500 Resort Credit, Daily Breakfast & Return Airport Transfers (Select Packages Only)
Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island, Fiji
Five-Star Tropical Fiji Beachside Retreat on Tokoriki Island with FJ$500 Resort Credit & Daily Breakfast (Select Packages Only)
Sheraton Fiji Golf & Beach Resort
Five-Star Sheraton Fiji Golf & Beach Resort with FJ$500 Resort Credit, Daily Breakfast & Airport Transfers
Sheraton Denarau Villas
Sheraton Denarau Island Villa Escape with Daily Breakfast, Airport Transfers & FJ$500 Resort Credit (Select Packages Only)
Likuliku Lagoon Resort
Award-Winning Fiji Adults-Only Retreat on Malolo Island in the Mamanuca Archipelago
Mana Island Resort & Spa
Mamanuca Island Blissful Beachfront Hideaway with Swim-Up Pool Bar
Malolo Island Resort
Family-Friendly Fiji Bure Hideaway with Three Onsite Restaurants & Bars
Tropica Island Resort
Malolo Island Adults-Only Tropical Paradise in Fiji
Vanuatu: hiking, adventure & volcanic scenery
Those with a yen for dramatic scenery and curious travellers that tend towards unusual, immersive experiences will be bewitched by Vanuatu. More raw than tourist-friendly Fiji, Vanuatu is all about exploration, with hiking, shipwrecks and sprawling jungle to encounter.
Just a 10-minute drive from Port Villa, delve into the history of Ekasup Village to hear about tales of cannibalism in Vanuatu’s recent past. Venture to Tanna to stand in awe of the mighty Mount Yasur, Earth's most accessible active volcano. The mountain is best visited with a tour group, as there are no safety barriers when you edge towards the cindered lip of the volcano.
For the intrepid traveller, there’s more to discover in this natural realm. Trace the journey from bean to cup on a tour of a coffee plantation, or explore Tanna’s thermal springs, where friendly locals harness the natural warmth to cook up an afternoon snack. Far removed from typical tourist hubs, this Pacific Island enchants with its effervescent shores, ancient heritage and rugged archipelago of 80 isles.
The Havannah Vanuatu
Award-Winning Vanuatu Villa Luxury with All-Inclusive Dining & Roundtrip Transfers
Iririki Island Resort & Spa
Vanuatu Haven with Snorkelling Cove, Day Spa & Resort Pools
Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages and facials. After dipping into one of the 3 outdoor swimming pools, you can spend some time at the private beach. Additional features at this resort include wireless internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and babysitting (surcharge).
Eratap Beach Resort
Luxurious Vanuatu Beachfront Villas on Eratap Peninsula with Private Island Access
Barrier Beach Resort
Secluded Vanuatu Beachfront Oasis with Onsite Spa
Tamanu on the Beach
Secluded Vanuatu Beachfront Villa Haven Overlooking the Coral Sea
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Vila
Vanuatu Beachfront Hideaway with Swim-Up Pool Bar
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu
Vanuatu Lagoon Luxury with Pool Bar & Kids Club
Ratua Private Island Resort
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, and babysitting (surcharge). Getting to the surf and sand is a breeze with the beach shuttle (surcharge).
Samoa: surfing & natural wonders
For the real taste of Pacific Island life, away from mega resorts and showy attractions, discover lush Samoa. The pace of life moves even slower here than on other isles in the region with just a handful of luxurious resorts, allowing the islands to retain their unspoiled charm.
The intense natural beauty of this country, with breathtaking coastal formations and colossal lava tubes, owes its existence to volcanic explosions. One of the most photogenic spots created by an eruption is To Sua Ocean Trench, an enchanting waterhole draped in bright greenery. Or witness nature’s power at the Alofaaga Blowhole, which shoots water into the air as the mighty waves crash.
The iridescent seas, jade jungles and crystal-clear lagoons have been an inspiration to many travellers. The author Robert Louis Stevenson, taken by the sharp mountains, fertile valleys, and rainforests of Upolu, such as those in O Le Pupu-pue National Park, spent his final years on a hill overlooking Apia. To really immerse yourself in the emerald rainforest, you can cross the 40m high treetop canopy walkway at Savai’I’s Falealupo Rainforest Reserve.
Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa
Samoa Beachfront Island Paradise with Daily Breakfast, Nightly Drinks, Massages & Roundtrip Airport Transfers
Seabreeze Resort Samoa - Exclusively for adults
Relax and unwind with massages and facials. You can soak up the sun at the private beach or enjoy other recreational amenities, which include an outdoor pool. Additional amenities at this resort include complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, and wedding services.
Taumeasina Island Resort
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 2 outdoor swimming pools, a health club, and an outdoor tennis court. This Art Deco hotel also features complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, and a picnic area.
Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. After practicing your swing on the golf course, you can enjoy other recreational amenities including an outdoor pool and an outdoor tennis court. Additional amenities at this resort include wireless internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and wedding services.
Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages. After a day at the private beach, you can enjoy other recreational amenities including an outdoor pool and a sauna. Additional amenities at this resort include complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, and babysitting (surcharge).
Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel & Bungalows
Pamper yourself with onsite massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 2 outdoor swimming pools, a sauna, and a fitness center. This hotel also features complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, and babysitting (surcharge).
New Caledonia: cultural melting pot & foodie paradise
While its white sands and palm trees may seem a world away from Europe, New Caledonia is a French overseas territory, with a unique blend of Melanesian and French culture. This mix of cultural influences results in a bounty of culinary delights and fine French fare, from divine pastries and succulent seafood to freshly plucked tropical fruits. Those partial to retail therapy will also enjoy très chic clothing and Parisian luxuries including perfume, jewellery and footwear.
Its scenery matches its culture in spades, with thatched abodes that jut out over the bluest waters, a backdrop of untamed mountains, cascading falls and emerald rainforests. Base yourself at Grand Terre, the third-largest Pacific Island, which holds the world’s second-largest double-barrier coral reef (after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef).
Discover New Caledonia
Le Méridien Ile des Pins
Secluded New Caledonia Paradise with Beachfront Pool, Daily Breakfast, Airport Transfers & Kids Eat Free (Select Packages Only)
Le Méridien Noumea Resort & Spa
Idyllic Noumea Resort Oasis on Anse Vata Bay with Resort Credit, Daily Breakfast & Kids Eat Free (Select Packages Only)
Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa & Golf Resort
New Caledonia Beachfront Haven Overlooking Barrier Reef with Daily Breakfast & Kids Eat Free (Select Packages Only)
DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort
Take advantage of recreation opportunities including an outdoor pool and a fitness center. This hotel also features complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, and wedding services.
Chateau Royal Beach Resort and Spa
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool and a fitness center. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless internet access and babysitting (surcharge).
Paradis d' Ouvea
Don't miss out on recreational opportunities including an outdoor pool and bicycles to rent. This hotel also features complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, and babysitting (surcharge). Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the area shuttle (surcharge).
Hôtel Gondwana - City ART
Take in the views from a terrace and a garden and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless internet access. Additional amenities at this hotel include concierge services, a picnic area, and a vending machine.
Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences
Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and bicycles to rent. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, and babysitting (surcharge).
Cook Islands: remote serenity & beautiful beaches
Looking for paradise lagoons and white-sand beaches where you might not even spot another person? Venture off-grid to the Cook Islands.
The volcanic Rarotonga, known fondly as ‘Raro’, puts you under a spell with its tapestry of rugged terrain embraced by pristine beaches. Thanks to the lagoon encircling the island, there’s an abundance of water-based activities. Find yourself paddleboarding on crystalline waters, or weave through forested mountains along the Cross Island Track to be rewarded with a sunlit oasis at Muri Beach.
Underneath the waves, you’ll be met with a menagerie of marine life that’s easily accessible for even the knee-high explorers in the family. Keep up with the community of green, hawksbill and loggerhead sea turtles that call the region home on a sea scooter safari, and try to catch the shadowy outline of eagle rays and reef sharks.
Make sure to stay a few extra days to island-hop through Aitutaki’s pristine lagoon and get your passport stamped with the foot-shaped 'One Foot Island' stamp. Plus, at just under six hours from Sydney with direct flights, it’s never been easier to embrace a Cook Island adventure.
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Pacific Resort Rarotonga
Boutique Rarotonga Tropical Cook Islands Luxury
Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort
Adults-Only Private Cook Islands Escape on the Edge of Aitutaki Lagoon
Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Five-Star Cook Islands Aitutaki Escape with Daily Breakfast & Roundtrip Airport Transfers
Ocean Escape Resort & Spa
Brand-New Cook Islands Barefoot Luxury Villas with Rarotonga's Only Fresh Ocean Lagoon Pool
Muri Beach Resort
Year-Round Cook Islands Beachfront Paradise overlooking Muri Lagoon
The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium
Secluded Cook Islands Family Escape on Secluded Aroa Beach
Crystal Blue Lagoon Villas
Enjoy recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool and a spa tub. Additional amenities at this villa include wireless internet access (surcharge), wedding services, and tour/ticket assistance. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the area shuttle (surcharge) that operates within 12 km.
Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa
Cook Islands Five-Star Pool Villa Paradise
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