Choosing which islands to visit on your South Pacific holiday can be a tough decision as they all offer something special and unique – as well as sun-kissed beaches and sparkling blue lagoons! Don’t be put off by the long journey, we promise it’s worth the flight times! To ease the journey, spend a day or two on the golden shores of Los Angeles or perhaps amongst the bright lights of Tokyo. A South Pacific holiday also combines perfectly with a longer stay in New Zealand or Australia.
Cook Islands Holidays
The pristine islands of the Cook Islands, dotted halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, offer a laid-back, untouched charm. The ever-smiling Cook Islanders have plenty to be happy about… from the lush, green volcanic ridges, palm-fringed, powder-soft beaches and coral-filled turquoise lagoons to the blissfully warm temperatures year round and deliciously fresh seafood. You won’t find a high-rise building or a traffic light in the ‘Cooks’… instead, it’s all about beachfront luxury and an easy-going lifestyle.
In the heart of the South Pacific, Fiji’s enchanting islands offer a variety of experiences… from unwinding on the idyllic beaches of the Yasawas and the Mamanucas and snorkelling in clear blue sea to exploring the verdant rainforest of he remote Northern islands. Combine a couple of islands in different areas to really get a feel for Fiji or set sail in your own private yacht… and before you know it, you’ll be saying ‘Bula’ like a local!
Exuding luxury, style and absolute indulgence, The Islands of Tahiti (traditionally known as French Polynesia) is the ultimate South Pacific paradise. Towering peaks rise sharply from the bluest of seas and shallow turquoise lagoons cry out to be wallowed in. Stay in an overwater bungalow and plunge directly into the lagoon below - full of multi-coloured fish with coral to match – or opt for a beachfront villa for more space and privacy.
REASONS TO VISIT
1. Tahiti is home to the overwater bungalow, so it’s definitely worth experiencing one on your Tahiti holiday, but beach villas are generally larger and often come with a private pool, so we recommend trying both!
2. A Cook Islands holiday isn’t complete without seeing the world famous lagoon in Aitutaki – the colours here are absolutely breathtaking.
3. In Fiji, it’s all about island-hopping and we recommend including two or even three islands on your holiday to Fiji
4. Whether you’re travelling to the Cook Islands, Fiji or Tahiti, resist spending all your time on the beach… head inland to encounter the lush interior, the fascinating culture and the friendly locals!
Turquoise recommends – South Pacific hotels
South Pacific holidays are all about sun, sea, sand and stylish accommodation, and a holiday to the Cook Islands, Fiji or Tahiti more than delivers! In Tahiti, we love the elegance of Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora and our favourite lesser known gem in nearby Taha’a, Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa.
In Fiji, the pristine beaches of Yasawa Island Resort are some of the best in the South Pacific, whilst the Treehouses at Matangi Island Resort are heavenly.
The Cook Islands boasts one of the best lagoons in the world, best viewed from Pacific Resort Aitutaki.