• Hello visitor!

    We are happy to see you have stopped by and hope you will consider registering with our community. Whether you have a question related to an upcoming cruise or just want to meet other fellow cruisers, you are always welcome!

    Hope to see you on the forums soon!

The less travelled South Pacific Islands Overviews

Ally

Deckhand
Explore the Cook Islands!

Stunning is a word which appropriately describes the natural beauty of this widespread chain of sun-bleached atolls and volcanic green islands whose beauty is surpassed only by the friendliness of it’s people. Direct descendants of the proud Maori people, Cook Islanders will ensure your stay with them will be an unforgettable experience.

Walk about in a Pareu (Sarong), adorn yourself with flowers, blend in with your local hosts and enjoy the unspoilt nature of this dream destination.

Although just 234km2 in land mass area, it’s population of just over 17,000 people willingly share their tropical islands with visitors.
 

Ally

Deckhand
Discover the Kiribati!

The people of Kiribati (pronounced Kiri-bass) have always had a close affinity with the vast ocean which encompasses their homeland, a group of thirty three low-lying coral islands and atolls.

Tarawa Atoll is famous for its role in World War II, you can witness the locals dive for clamshell and octopus or fish for bigger game outside the reef.

On Kiritimati (Christmas) Island you’ll find a large seabird rookery which is home to the world’s largest known colony of Sooty Terns some 8 million birds.

This tiny nation supports a population of 77,658 people on just 726 km of land yet they live comfortably and happily at one with their environment.
 

Ally

Deckhand
Discover the New Caledonia, the largest lagoon in the world!

Some people have likened this sophisticated French Territory to the French Riviera transported to the South Pacific. With its Parisian designer boutiques, duty free shopping, fine dining and high concentration of Europeans, it does have a distinctly international feel.

Grande Terre, the island on which the capital Nouméa is situated, is where everything happens. It covers a 400km long area from north to south and is 50km wide from west to east. Surrounded by a 1,600km long coral barrier reef, New Caledonia has the largest lagoon in the world (24,000km2).

Nouméa’s attractive restaurants cater to all tastes and budgets ranging from the traditional French to Moroccan, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and even Vietnamese fare. Nightlife is very active in the capital with two casinos and a host of private clubs.

New Caledonia’s 200,000 inhabitants are spread across seven islands. The ‘Big Land’ as the main island is known dominates with the Loyalty Islands and Isle of Pines making up the balance of the group.
 

Ally

Deckhand
Discover the Niue, The Rock of Polynesia !

A tiny up thrust coral atoll rising to a height of just 60 metres above sea level, Niue is composed entirely of coralline limestone and marble.

The island’s most striking feature is its rugged and rocky terrain. Steep cliffs along the coastline are honeycombed by caves, chasms and blowholes.

Niue prides itself on a forest undisturbed for centuries. It is a nature lover’s delight.

With a population of just 2,500 people on its 258 km2 of land mass, this is one of the smallest and most delightful island nations in the world.
 

Ally

Deckhand
Discover the Papua New Guinea, 'the living paradise' !

Papua New Guinea is a country rich in natural resources but its wealth of tradition, beauty and history is unparalleled in the Pacific.

From the magnificent beaches to the cool highlands, the world above water is equally fascinating.

Take a breath of fresh, crisp mountain air 4,500 meters up at the base of Mount Wilhelm, the country’s highest peak.

Thirty eight of the forty three known species of exotic Birds of Paradise are found in PNG together with countless butterflies and over 2,000 magnificent species of orchid.

Beauty also lies in the people who still today, observe their delicate traditions and culture.

Papua New Guinea has the biggest land mass of all the island nations of the region, covering 465,000 km2 and includes some 600 islands, atolls and coral reefs that guard the nations coastline and unites 200 different and distinct cultures and over 800 different languages.
 

Ally

Deckhand
Discover the Solomon Islands, The Treasured Islands of Melanesia !

The setting for some of World War II’s most fierce and bloody battles is today home to one of the most natural and peaceful races in the South Pacific.

Here, in this archipelago of mountainous islands and low-lying coral atolls, you can experience the undiscovered delights of a primitive culture which has not allowed the advances of the outside world to overshadow it.

Colourful costumes, age-old customs, rituals and taboos. They still endure in The Solomons.

The second largest island chain in the region, the population of the Solomons Islands of approximately 400,000 is spread across an area of 28,530 km2.
 

Ally

Deckhand
Discover the Tonga, Where the new millennium began !

Often referred to as the ‘Crown Jewel of the South Pacific’, Tongais the only remaining constitutional monarchy in the South Pacific. King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV reigns over this picturesque small nation which Captain Cook named the friendly islands. Religion and tradition play such an important role in everyday life there.

The main island of Tongatapu is rich in culture and traditions with a touch of royalty for good measure. The Ha’apai group to the north is the ideal relaxing destination for a get-away-from-it-all holiday. The northern most group of islands, Vava’u, is yachties heaven with it’s sheltered harbour.

Whether one is inclined towards adventure holidays such as surfing, scuba diving, sailing or sea kayaking or just soaking up the sun, an amazing experience is to be had by all in the friendly islands of the Kingdom of Tonga.

Tonga’s population of 96,000 is scattered across a chain of over 170 small islands occupying a combined land mass of just 699km2.
 

Ally

Deckhand
Discover Tuvalu - Timeless!

Tuvalu is one of the world’s smallest (total land area of just 26 km2. and a population of just 8,000) and most isolated island nations.

Yet it is this smallness and isolation which is part of its attraction. Its nine atolls on which the Tuvaluans, direct descendants of the ancient Polynesians live, provide the kind of solace a person looking for somewhere to really escape the pressures of the outside world is seeking.
 
Top