Discover the delights of island living when you embark on a cruise to the South Pacific. Enjoy breathtaking sunsets in Fiji, be inspired by Vanuatu’s dramatic natural landscapes and explore New Caledonia’s rich French heritage - cruising the Pacific Islands offers the ultimate in fun and relaxation!
Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, fun-filled family holiday or a relaxing island retreat, try a South Pacific cruise today.
If palm-fringed white-sand beaches, turquoise-blue lagoons and magnificent coral reefs are your idea of a tropical paradise, then the romantic island of Tahiti is for you. Pick up some cultured Tahitian pearls, enjoy a nurturing spa treatment at one of the luxurious beachside resorts, or spend the day soaking up some sun and snorkelling in the island's pristine waters. Tahiti has plenty to offer for visitors of all persuasions. To make a getaway to the sun-kissed shores of Tahiti, consider booking a cruise to the island today.
Boasting an alluring blend of Pacific Island charm and French sophistication, New Caledonia offers visitors a culturally rich experience. Shopping enthusiasts will love Noumea’s colourful stores and elegant boutiques, food connoisseurs will find French-style breads and pastries a delight, and nature lovers will be in awe of Île des Pin’s magnificent emerald lagoon and grandiose pine trees. To experience a little slice of France in the South Pacific, check out a cruise deal today.
Well known for its dramatic landscapes, friendly locals and postcard-perfect beaches, Vanuatu is for many visitors a dream tropical destination. You can sample some gourmet local fare, visit traditional villages, dive through the shipwreck of a luxury liner and even explore an active volcano in this sun-kissed island getaway. The possibilities are virtually endless on a Vanuatu cruise to the heart of the South Pacific.
A cruise to the islands of Fiji can be as relaxing or as reinvigorating as you please. Visitors can try diving or snorkelling in reefs brimming with colourful marine life and lush coral gardens, take a tour of traditional villages and sip on some Kava, or simply enjoy a pleasant stroll along the beach, revelling in the pristine natural environment and crystal clear waters that surround the islands. Discover Fiji’s spectacular beaches and idyllic island setting when you set sail on a fantastic cruise holiday.
A journey of discovery is what you can expect on a visit to Papua New Guinea. Take a trek along the infamous Kokoda Trail, snorkel among gorgeous reefs teeming with unique marine life and discover the island’s distinctive tribal culture on a trip up to the Highlands. Culturally and geographically rich, Papua New Guinea offers a rewarding experience for all kinds traveller. Book a cruise to Papua New Guinea and discover a side to Australia's neighbours you might otherwise have never known.
Some 7,500 islands, most situated south of the Tropic of Cancer in the Pacific Ocean, constitute the South Pacific. Grouped into the three main sub-regions of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, the island nations are home to more than six million people from a diverse variety of backgrounds.
Melanesia consists of several western islands, most notably Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and New Guinea. Further afield, American Samoa, Tonga, the Cook Islands and French Polynesia make up the bulk of Polynesia, while eight tiny islands north of the equator, including scenic Palau, form much of Micronesia.
Boasting some of the world's most spectacular island landscapes, the South Pacific islands are for many visitors a must-see destination. What better way to see them than by cruising the tranquil waters between the islands?
Who goes there?
Kiwis love visiting the South Pacific and today, plenty of cruise lines offer a wide range of exciting itineraries to this enthralling destination.
Big-ship cruise lines such as P&O Australia and Princess Cruises visit the region all year round, while the Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard Line and Holland America Line offer itineraries from September through to May.
Cruise enthusiasts can also indulge in South Pacific cruise on the decidedly luxurious Paul Gauguin, which services the region year-round. Alternatively, enjoy a short trip to the Yasawa Islands with small-ship lines, Captain Cook Cruises and Blue Lagoon Cruises.
Best time to go?
Given its warm temperatures and fresh sea breezes, the dry season from May to October is often the best time to cruise the South Pacific. From November through to April, the wet season rolls in, with tropical storms and extreme humidity the order of the day.
The South Pacific also attracts plenty of tourists during the July to August and December to January school holiday periods, so plan around these busy times if you wish to avoid the crowds.
Among the countless highlights of a South Pacific cruise, here are a select few to get you started.
- Diving in the Solomon Islands - for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, dive among historic World War Two shipwrecks in the Soloman Islands
- Nadi, Fiji - visit one of Nadi’s most recognisable landmarks, Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple, a magnificently-decorated Hindu temple
- Nounou Mountain, Fiji - take a hike on Fiji’s Nounou Mountain - also known as 'Sleeping Giant' - and admire the scenic surrounds of blossoms and native plants
- Snorkelling in Samoa - discover the abundance of colourful coral and exotic marine life while snorkelling at Palolo Deep Marine Reserve in Samoa
- Bora Bora - be enchanted by Bora Bora’s crystal-clear lagoons on a day of snorkelling or diving.