The epitome of tropical paradise, the South Pacific is the ideal region to enjoy a relaxing cruise holiday. Luxury ships will guide you effortlessly from beautiful port to picturesque destination where you can explore impressive landscapes, chill on the white-sandy beaches or admire the abundance of marine life who call the Pacific Ocean home.
Here are our top five South Pacific cruising destinations.
Port Vila, Vanuatu
While there are many reasons to savour the delights of Port Vila, this stunning destination provides the perfect place to mail your postcards – Vanuatu’s capital boasts the only underwater post office. Purchase a waterprood postcard and enjoy the swim to the marine based office. Once back on dry land, check out the Mele Cascades before chilling on one of the beautiful beaches.
Noumea, New Caledonia
The waters surrounding Noumea will keep snorkelers and divers mesmerised and captivated. There’s a huge variety of marine life including dugongs and green sea turtles. For cruisers who prefer to mix it up, you should consider hiking up Mount Ouen Toro for the incredible views over the island.
Once your luxury cruise ship pulls into Lautoka Wharf in Nadi Bay, sign up for a snorkelling tour of the surrounding islands and let the local marine life keep you entertained. Hikers will appreciate the various trails in the Koroyanitu National Heritage Park, while the village of Viseisei offers a fascinating glimpse of traditional island life.
The largest of the Polynesian islands, Tahiti has a long maritime history – it was Captain Cook who encountered Australia after travelling to Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus. For something different, sign up for a Vanilla plantation tour or investigate the Robert Wan Pearl museum. On the other hand, don the snorkel for a marine experience or explore the island’s picturesque terrain.
Rarotonga, Cook Island
While there are 15 islands within the Cook Island archipelago, most cruise ships drop anchor at the capital of Rarotonga. Admiring the marine life is relatively easy – simply put on the gear and snorkel from the shore line. Muri beach is a good place for snorkelling; and consider windsurfing from Muri also. The Needle and Cross-Island Walk is a great trek for those determined to explore the island’s interior.