South Pacific Islands
Let us show you everything the Pacific Islands have to offer. Rimmed by palm ringed beaches, crystal clear lagoons and colourful coral reefs, the islands of the Pacific are also home to volcanic peaks and rugged green mountains. Famously friendly, discover the vibrant island culture and local hospitality. We are experts at creating holidays to suit a wide variety of tastes and budgets. Whatever your needs, you can trust our dedicated travel professionals to organise your dream holiday.
The best part about travelling is the experiences you have along the way. There are countless amazing things to see and do in the Pacific Islands. Here are a few of our favourites to help you create memories that will last a lifetime.
Have a Whale of a Time
Migrating usually between the months of May and September, Humpback whales can be seen breaching and frolicking just a short distance from shore in New Caledonia, Tonga, Niue and Tahiti. For a truly memorable experience, you can swim with the whales on a guided tour in Tonga.
Take the Plunge in Samoa
In the Aleipata district of Upolu in Samoa you’ll find the iconic To Sua Ocean Trench. This giant enchanting waterhole sits amid a lava field and is surrounded by lush gardens. Climb down the sturdy wooden ladder or plunge the 20 odd metres into the crystal clear water below.
Part of the unique attraction of New Caledonia is the distinct French influence. Admire the outstanding French architecture at the Tjibaou Cultural Center, shop in chic boutiques at Rue de l’Alma and indulge in fine French cuisine at Le Relais de la Vallee in Noumea.
Thrill Seekers Will Love...
For the adrenaline junkies there is an endless list of adventure sports to get your heart pumping. Zoom around Tonga in a 4WD buggy, swim with sharks and stingrays in Bora Bora, and whoosh through the treetops on a zipline in Vanuatu.
All Fired Up in Vanuatu!
Considered one of the world’s most accessible and active volcanoes, Mount Yasur Volcano on Tanna Island in Vanuatu is known for its daily explosions. For an unforgettable experience, walk the rim of this fiery volcano on a guided tour, best viewed at dusk.
When to Go
In the Pacific Islands the drier months are from approximately April to October. This time of year enjoys less humidity and pleasant temperatures for lounging on the beach, snorkelling, diving and hiking. Keep an eye out for the majestic Humpback whales in their natural habitat off the coast in Tonga
and Niue. While temperatures in the Pacific Islands are constant year-round, the warmer months of November to March can bring tropical showers and storms. During these wet months, get off the beaten path and see the many spectacular waterfalls in full flow.
Visas & Passports
A valid passport is required with at least six months validity beyond the intended stay. For most countries a visa is not required for stays of up to 30 days. A visa is required for Australian citizens travelling to Tonga.Travel advice is available from the Australian Government at smartraveller.gov.au
Tahiti is 20 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). Vanuatu and New Caledonia are 1 hour ahead of AEST. Tonga and Samoa are 3 hours ahead of AEST. Daylight Saving Time is observed in Samoa from September to March where clocks are turned forward by one hour.
Samoa: Samoan Tala (WST)
Tahiti, New Caledonia: French Pacific Franc (XPF)
Vanuatu: Vatu (VUV)
Tonga: Tongan Pa’anga (TOP)
Niue: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
Tipping & Bargaining
In Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga, tipping is not practised or expected, however leaving a small monetary gift for good service will be welcomed. Bargaining is not practised. In accordance with Vanuatu and New Caledonian customs, tipping and bargaining are not practised. Tipping and bargaining in Niue is not encouraged.
Samoa: Samoan is the official language.
Tahiti: French and Tahitian are both spoken.
Vanuatu: French and Bislama (Pidgin English) are both spoken.
Tonga: Tongan is the official language.
Niue: Niuean is the official language.
New Caledonia: French is the official language.
Note: English is widely spoken throughout all islands and is used in hotels, resorts and restaurants, however all the islands have their own official language.
Tahiti: 220V 60Hz. An international adapter is required.
Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Vanuatu: 240V 50Hz.
New Caledonia: 220V 50Hz. An international adapter is required.
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