Set like gems in a necklace, the islands of the South Pacific offer sparkling scenes of postcard-perfect natural beauty and islander living. A cruise is the best way to unlock the secrets of the Pacific Island ports, from the spectacular sights of Fiji, to the stunning beauty of Vanuatu and the French flavours of New Caledonia. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a fun-filled family holiday or a relaxing island retreat, there is a South Pacific cruise that is perfect for you, with many cruise liners to choose from.
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There are three different types of islands you’ll find on a South Pacific cruise – Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian.
The Melanesian islands include Fiji, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, the Torres Strait Islands and Vanuatu. These islands are famous for having crystal-clear waters and white beaches. Explore the volcanoes of Fiji after spending an afternoon soaking in the island’s hot springs. Hike and bird watch in the Solomon Islands, explore caves and dive through WWII shipwrecks in Vanuatu, or enjoy fresh seafood on a picturesque beach in New Caledonia.
Micronesian islands include the Marshall Islands, Guam, Marianas, Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia. The Micronesian islands have some of the purest, most pristine diving reefs in the world. The waters are perfect for scuba diving, snorkelling, and enjoying the unique, native marine life.
Hawaii, American Samoa, the Midway Islands, Tonga, French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, and Easter Island form the Polynesian islands. Experience the timelessness of South Pacific island culture in Samoa as you swim in the clear waters or snorkel in the breathtaking blue lagoons. Watch humpback whales, sea turtles, and spinner dolphins in the waters of Oahu, or visit the mysterious giant monoliths of remote Easter Island.
South Pacific cruises offer much more than just an onboard resort – you’ll find new friends, bars, ballrooms, swimming pools, fabulous views, sports, casinos, shops, restaurants, and even hair salons. At port, the South Pacific cruises provide the opportunity to explore the individual allure of the culture and historical delights of each nation.
Local cruises operate year round from Australia, Fiji and Tahiti. The Australia/New Zealand cruises sail between October and March as do the Trans Pacific/World sectors
Cruises from Australia depart from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and Auckland is the main port for New Zealand. Fiji cruises depart from Lautoka and Tahiti cruises depart from Papeete or Bora Bora.
Tahiti, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia experience warmer and rainier months from November to April, the rest of the year is pleasant and drier. New Zealand cruises operate in its summer so days are pleasant but it is cooler round the bottom of the South Island and warm clothes and rain gear are useful.
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