By Jed Hauck
After you’ve pinched yourself several times and come to the realization that you’ve woken up in the planet’s most sublime and most provocative islands…you can safely say “This is South Pacific.”
Beyond the Imagination
The South Pacific islands are as naturally diverse as the Tahitian cultured pearl. Uncover a spellbinding canvas of thatched roof bungalows with glass-bottomed floors, perched on Tiffany-blue waters inspiring a peaceful awakening of the senses.
Get South Pacific!
Each group of islands offers distinctive slices of paradise. But there is certainly one thing you can be sure to expect when visiting any of the islands in the South Pacific—authentic smiles, friendliness, and some of the best beaches in the world!
Find your “Wilson” in Monuriki Island-the island where Cast Away was filmed starring Tom Hanks.
French Polynesia, Fiji, or the Cook Islands define relaxation and the perfect escape where white sands, jagged mountains wreathed in green, and ocean waters in shades of blue that haven’t even been named yet…
The options for your vacation choices are many, and your Travel Agent can help guide you to your own personal South Pacific nirvana!
Tahiti: 118 islands…pineapple plantations, vanilla fields, calm lagoons, secluded islets, Mt. Otemanu
Fiji: 300+ islands… Garden of the Sleeping Giant, mud baths, ancient limestone caves, sunset cruises
Cook Islands: 15 islands… Northern & Southern Groups, coral atolls, volcanic peaks, and many more wonders
Experience a new dimension of discovery in this palm-fringed paradise where unrivaled hospitality, experiential activities, and top-notch cuisines abound. Give yourself the gift of sheer pampering and relaxation while staying in legendary accommodations offering:
– Decadent gourmet dining, in-water dining, casual barefoot indulgence
– Glass-bottom tables, bamboo life-embracing décor, starlit romance, extraordinary sunsets
– Immaculate beaches, world-class spas, and cultural celebrations
Check in to five-star resorts in Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Moorea that open directly onto gleaming beaches and clear blue waters. And keep a sharp eye peeled for celebs.
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Laid Back State of Mind
Settle into a gloriously slower-moving pace amid unmatched tranquility and isolation in the Cook Islands.
Create unforgettable memories while reveling in
talcum-soft sands, mingle with friendly locals, and wade in the warm waters of Aitutaki’s hypnotizing lagoon.
Explore the spray of smaller islands in the surrounding Pacific, full of rocky cliffs, sprawling coffee plantations, and remote fishing villages.
Did you know?
The origin of the word “tattoo” derives from Tahiti. Tahitians painted and decorated their bodies as a ceremonial ritual or rites of passage into adulthood.
While the South Pacific was absolutely made for reclining on a gorgeous beach at the edge of the blue horizon, you can stir yourself for fast-moving fun throughout all three collections of islands. Put your gear on and get ready for:
– swimming, snorkeling, scuba, sailing
– deep sea fishing, kayaking, jet-skiing
– surfing, windsurfing, water-skiing
– horseback riding, hiking, biking
– tennis, golf, ATVs, zip-lining
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Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver, here are some popular diving sites you won’t want to miss! And look out for eels, octopuses, dolphins, and more.
– Kadavu’s Great Astrolabe Reef (4th largest reef in the world)
– Rarotonga: with over 40 dive sites on the island
French Polynesian Delights
Savor Polynesian delicacies and learn about the technique of cooking in an underground oven (ahima’a). Be sure to sample the national dish, poisson cru, raw fish marinated in lime juice and coconut milk served with vegetables.
A kava ceremony is a Fijian gathering where groups of people come together and watch the mixing and preparation of the kava roots in a large wooden communal bowl, followed by drinking and clapping.
Fiji’s exquisite feasts consists of pig, chicken, fish, shrimp, mussels, and vegetables steamed in an earth oven. Other island specialties include kokodoa, fresh fish marinated in lime juice; and palusami, meat or fish baked in banana leaves with onions, taro, and coconut milk.
Plunge into a gastronomic journey and experience authentic local flavors as you become a part of an umukai feast-a meal where a meal is wrapped in woven baskets, banana, breadfruit, or wild hibiscus leaves and cooked in an earth-covered oven (umu). Traditional singing and dancing is usually a part of this culinary indulgence!
Say “ I Do”
Create your fairy-tale wedding with exotic backdrops and rhythmic wooden drums celebrating the art of love and never-ending happiness.
Papeetee draws Tahiti’s locals and visitors alike to its pulsating nightlife! Explore the late-night scene in Suva, Fiji’s capital city, where you can find bars and nightclubs, or check out Rarotonga’s organized Nightlife Tour prowls around the island, dropping you off at your hotel at the end of the evening.
Whatever your passion-be it romance, adventure, culture, or relaxation—you’ll find it waiting in the South Pacific, where loving every aspect of life exists. Your Travel Consultant will ensure your tropical escape is one you’ll never forget.
About Jed Hauck
Jed Hauck is a writer for Flight Centre USA. A New Yorker to the core, he has written extensively inside the travel and entertainment fields (winning Emmy Award honors for the latter), and has traveled widely throughout Europe and North America. He would love to live in London but can’t quite master the accent. He does, however, speak French like Marcel Marceau.