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South Pacific Cruises

Algoma Pierhead Lighthouse

Algoma Pierhead Lighthouse

Many travelers become captivated by the beauty and mystery of the South Seas. Indeed, the region has been described as a veritable utopia on Earth. It’s a popular romantic destination for honeymooners and a person could gaze on the aquamarine seas for a long time from the tropical coastline. The people and culture are known for their fascinating qualities and beauty. Although it may seem too good to be true, many believe that the region offers perfection in every respect.

The islands of the South Pacific number in the thousands and the large majority of them are uninhabited by people. Cruise lines offer passengers the opportunity to explore three of the areas largest regions, including Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia.

Itinerary

Melanesia is a popular destination in the Western Pacific that includes the islands countries of Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, the Soloman Islands, and New Guinea.

Pacific Island Bora-Bora

Pacific Island Bora-Bora

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Polynesia is a triangular formation of islands circled by Hawaii, the Easter Islands, and New Zealand. It covers a huge mass of our planet’s surface area, yet the islands are few and far between. French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Samoa and American Samoa, and the Tonga are some of the exotic locales within Polynesia.

Finally, Micronesia lies just above the equator and is home to the island destinations of Yap, Palau, the Marshall Islands, and Chuuk.

Choosing an itinerary from one of these three regions might seem difficult, as they seem similar to the untrained visitor. But although they share commonalities, they each boast their own unique culture, geography, language, and scenic views.

Cruises are becoming more and more popular for travelers interested in seeing this region, as they take away the hassle of having to find transportation between islands. Cruise lines offer excellent dining, services, and entertainment, making cruising a relaxing vacation experience. Especially in this region, you won’t find the crowded ports that make cruising in the Caribbean more of a headache than a pleasure.

Highlights

Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Rarotonga, Cook Islands

The highlights of a trip to the South Pacific are numerous, but depending on where you are going there are some must-see ports. In Melanesia, Fiji is on most itineraries. Nadi is a city in Fiji where Hinduism is the major religion. The Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple is an attraction that offers a sample of Indian architecture and art. The colorful temple features a large statue dedicated to Lord Murugan, who governs over the monsoon.

In Polynesia, cruise-goers get a chance to see postcard-perfect views and island vistas. French Polynesia is known for its stunning ports, there is none that is more stunning than another. On day trips, you can try snorkeling or water sports; however, they tend to be expensive. Other areas offer scenic kayaking, surfing, and inland jeep trips. Whatever you choose, this area is full of areas to both see and explore, either on your own or in a group.

Cape Reinga, New Zealand

Cape Reinga, New Zealand

Tips

There are certain things to consider when visiting the South Pacific region. When planning day trips, do your research ahead of time to find out which islands have public transportation. It’s best to go for a day trip in areas where you won’t find adequate transportation.

In terms of packing, it’s best to try to pack light. Some people go with a swimsuit and several cover-ups and that’s all they need. However, keep in mind that you might not be able to find items you forget as the place isn’t commercialized. Make sure to pack plenty of insect repellent, a hat, and sun block. You don’t want to end up spending your day searching the small towns for a shop that sells it and having to pay an exorbitant rate.

Finally, keep in mind that it’s going to be hot and humid. Whatever you try to wear, you’re probably going to find yourself sweating buckets. So fancy clothes are sometimes a bad idea. In this particular region the cruise ships tend to hold back on formals and evening wear-only dining as a way of encouraging passengers to pack light.