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A Family Guide to the South Pacific

20th March 2014

An island getaway could be the perfect beach break for your family. The South Pacific is home to a variety of sensational destinations that entice guests to enjoy the beauty of island life. While each one has its own unique flavour, they are all blessed with pristine beaches and plenty of family friendly activities. Whether you choose to abseil the Mele Cascades in Vanuatu, feast on authentic French food in New Caledonia or snorkel the coral reefs in the Cook Islands, you are sure to love your family holiday in the South Pacific.

Fiji

Fiji

Many families choose Fiji for their exotic island getaway with the kids. The idyllic beaches combined with the welcoming locals and the array of kid friendly resorts make Fiji a sought after family destination. Retreat to the main island Viti Levu and stay on the picturesque Coral Coast. In addition to spending time on the beautiful beaches, kids can enjoy a thrilling zipline adventure over the rainforest canopy or zoom down the mammoth sand dunes at Sigatoka. Meet the colourful creatures at Kula Eco Park or tour the lively Pacific Harbour Arts Village for a taste of traditional Fijian life.

Cook Islands

Cook Islands

Renowned for their unspoilt beaches and pristine landscapes, the Cook Islands are an archipelago in the heart of the South Pacific. Families tend to congregate on the main island of Rarotonga which is home to an assortment of kid friendly resorts. This picturesque island is all about the great outdoors with activities such as tennis, golf, sailing or hiking. If you children are old enough, you can enjoy a snorkelling adventure together and peruse the spectacular coral reefs of Muri Lagoon. There’s also Cocoputt mini golf or visit the Cook Islands Cultural Village for a vibrant dance performance.

Vanuatu

Vanuatu

The island nation of Vanuatu packs a punch with many family friendly activities and day trip adventures. Thrill seekers can try their hand at zorbing or abseil down the majestic Mele Cascades. Enjoy snorkelling at the Hideaway Island Marine Reserve which boasts crystal clear water and a variety of tropical marine life. Kids will love a visit to the world’s only underwater post office where they can mail their own waterproof postcards. Parasail over Port Vila Harbour, kayak along the turquoise waters, venture off road in a four wheel buggy or enjoy a scenic flight over the islands.

Samoa

Samoa

This rugged island paradise boasts verdant rainforests, world class reef breaks and volcanic terrain. A popular destination for keen surfers, Samoa is blessed with azure waters that surround the golden shores. Explore the island’s stunning scenic waterfalls and be sure to visit the extinct volcano, Mount Matavanu Crater. The Apia Markets feature fresh local produce and many traditional handicrafts. Enjoy the island’s sumptuous seafood and local delicacies such as oka, a raw fish salad with coconut cream.

New Caledonia

Fiji

Families can enjoy an overseas adventure with a holiday to New Caledonia. With strong French influences, the island offers delightful French food but it may pay to brush up a little on the language before arriving. Enjoy the impressive emerald beaches, by swimming, snorkelling, diving or windsurfing. Hit the shops in the capital Noumea for all your souvenirs or visit the fascinating Tjibaou Cultural Centre. If time allows, go island hopping and visit the beautiful Isle of Pines, with its swaying palms and stark white sand.