Set sail on a journey of discovery across the stunning gem-like islands of the South Pacific! Whether you're planning a leisurely cruise or seeking the ultimate Pacific Islands adventure, this guide is your treasure map to the best the region has to offer. From turquoise lagoons and lush tropical landscapes to vibrant local cultures, discover these top-rated South Pacific Island cruises and handpicked holiday activities that promise an unforgettable voyage. So, anchors aweigh! Your paradise awaits.
If you're seeking fun for the whole family, this palm-fringed archipelago nestled in the South Pacific should be near the top of your list. Thrill-seekers will love Nadi's exhilarating ziplines, while the magnificent waterfalls, caves and jade tropical forests are a sight to be seen. Twenty minutes from Nadi Airport, you'll discover Denarau Island, packed with family-friendly resorts, luxury villas, restaurants and spas.
Here, in addition to a bounty of kids' clubs, there are child-friendly activities aplenty, including the Big Bula Waterpark complete with giant water slides and obstacle courses, which provide hours of family fun. At the heart of the island is Denarau Golf & Racquet Club, which boasts an 18-hole golf course complete with bunkers in the shape of marine creatures. Kick back, relax, sip on tongue-numbing kava and enjoy the warm hospitality!
Have your camera at the ready! In this idyllic holiday destination, natural wonders abound. The most famous of them all is the enchanted must-see To-Sua Ocean Trench in Upolu, where lush gardens and sheer cliffs make way for a giant swimming hole below filled with crystal- clear emerald water. The only access to the pool is via a single narrow ladder.
The spectacular Alofaaga Blowholes, which send roaring jets of water high into the air, are equally impressive, as is the 100-metre Papapapaitai (Tiavi) Falls.
Be sure to take part in a fiafia night celebration, which showcases the nation's colourful ancient culture through traditional dance (keep an eye out for the not-to-be-missed fire knife dance), and drop by a causal seaside haunt to devour fresh seafood and flavourful local cuisine.
A fun fact about Samoa: More than 330 islands and 522 smaller islets make up the archipelago and around 100 of these are permanently inhabited.
This unspoiled slice of paradise is a white-sand sanctuary. An island in the Cook Islands, Rarotonga has no building taller than the highest coconut tree, making it the ideal escape from big-city blare for those craving a little peace and quiet. It takes just 45 minutes to drive around the whole island, so why not board a bus travelling in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction and explore?
Surrounded by warm turquoise waters, it's no surprise water-based activities reign supreme in Rarotonga. Learn to scuba dive, kayak or stand-up paddle board in the calm lagoons among the tropical fish, or park yourself on an idyllic beach and watch as the sun slips below the horizon in an explosive display of colour.
In the evening, foodies will delight in the Muri Night Market with local food trucks, stalls and stands serving up local fare, or experience the vibrant local culture at an Island Night show.
Royal Caribbean cruise ships are known for their adventurous onboard experiences such as skydiving and surf simulators, as well as their dining and entertainment options.
For more Royal Caribbean South Pacific itineraries, visit cruisedirect.co.nz.
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