Home to so much more than simply the greatest beaches imaginable, the islands of the South Pacific unfold to reveal unique histories and cultures that welcome travelers and proudly showcase the natural wonders surrounding them.
Travelers can dive to the ocean floor and explore shipwrecks and coral reefs, scale mountains to reveal wondrous views of stunning landscapes, taste food plucked from the pristine waters moments previously and above all experience a way of life that has existed for centuries and warms the soul. There is no end to adventure in the South Pacific, but here are 10 of the best spots to discover.
The 15 landmasses that make up the beautiful Cook Island are dotted amongst an expanse of ocean that rivals the size of Western Europe and yet it is populated by just 15,000 people. This opens the islands up to exploration due to the freedom to roam and easy-going and welcoming locals.
One of the finest spots ripe for adventure is Rarotonga which is entirely encompassed by glittering lagoons and home to stunning mountains that always watch over visitors with a gently guiding eye. Another is Aitutaki, which features boat tours atop its breathtaking lagoon and opportunities to snorkel beside the underwater locals.
Once beyond the capital of Port Vila, Vanuatu gently reveals itself to be a stunning collection of islands with more on offer than is possible in a single visit. A single day could include wreck-diving with qualified instructors, getting up close and personal with a live volcano and strolling along a pristine beachfront before feasting on the freshest seafood you are ever likely to eat.
Vanuatu mixes an adventurous spirit with a penchant for luxury as only the South Pacific can, blending hair-raising river rafting with resorts placed on private beaches and close enough to feel the waves lapping at the door. Read more.
SOURCE: THE TRAVEL