Experts in Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific

South Pacific Holidays

If you are looking for that quintessential tropical island getaway, then a South Pacific holiday is for you.

The South Pacific islands are a handful of diverse cultures scattered across the world's largest ocean. 

Picture swaying palm trees, friendly locals, secluded beaches and turquoise lagoons. You’ll be the envy of all your friends when you experience these postcard-perfect landscapes.

Needless to say, the islands of the South Pacific provide a romantic hideaway for the holiday or honeymoon of your dreams. The perfect setting for weddings or renewal of vows too.

Choose from Fiji, renowned for its world-class diving. The Cook Islands, Samoa or the Islands of Tahiti with its honeymoon hotspot, Bora Bora. Or opt for a multi-centre combination for the ultimate paradise island-hopping holiday.

There's also plenty to do and see on your South Pacific island holiday. This region is perfect for getting out on the water for sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, or diving and snorkelling. It’s the quality of tropical marine life that draws many visitors to these sunny shores. Simply wade off the beach and you're surrounded by some of the most pristine coral reefs in the world.

The South Pacific ticks all the travel boxes. The locals are warm and inviting, eager to share their fascinating culture. The shady inlets and sweeping bays are ideal for those looking to unwind. Plus there are activities galore, from whale watching to exciting jungle tours.

Few places in the world that can rival the islands of the South Pacific for beauty, isolation and adventure. But whatever your reason for visiting, you'll be sure to have a special welcome – South Pacific style.

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Countries in the South Pacific

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Rarotonga Essentials

6 Day Package
From £565 per person

An idyllic destination after a journey Down Under, the Cook Islands are a place of warm smiles and friendly people. Explore the island of Rarotonga under your own steam.

Great for
  • Beaches & boats
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Fiji Explorer with Blue Lagoon Cruises

5 Day Cruise
From £3,599 per person

With over 60 years experience cruising the islands of Fiji, Blue Lagoon Cruises know how to show you the best of the South Pacific. With a maximum of 4 hours cruising per day.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • Culture & history
  • Round the world
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Samoa Island Hopping Essentials

11 Day Island Hopping Package
From £2899 per person

Begin in Upolu, the most populated of the nine islands which make up Samoa, before heading over to the island of Savaii for waterfalls, blowholes and a volcano to discover!

Great for
  • Beaches & boats
  • Round the world
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Tahiti Island Hopping Essentials

7 Day Package
From £839 per person

With just over a hundred islands and atolls in the Islands of Tahiti, island hopping is a must.

Great for
  • Beaches & boats
  • Luxury travel
  • Round the world

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Traveller's guide

  • Travellers Guide: 

    Useful information

    Currency: dependent on nation

    Language: English is spoken across the South Pacific as an official or second language

    Time difference: GMT -10 (French Polynesia and the Cook Islands) or GMT +13/14 (Fiji and Samoa)

    Flying time: approx. 28 hours + 1 or 2 stop(s) (or longer, dependent on airline)

    International airports: Nadi (Fiji), Rarotonga (Cook Islands), Faleolo (Samoa) and Papeete (French Polynesia)

    Recommended airlines: Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines

    Visa: most South Pacific islands do not require British citizens to have a visa, however, you will need a valid passport for at least six months from your date of arrival.

    Best time to visit the South Pacific

    It’s true, the sun shines generously over the South Pacific islands. While you can visit any time of year, as with most tropical destinations, there are wet and dry seasons. As well as peak travel times around the school holidays.

    Wet season: summer (Nov to Apr)

    • The wet season is characterised by heavy downpours, usually followed by clear skies and intense sunshine. High humidity and hot temperatures can make the wet season – especially the months of December and January – an uncomfortable time to visit.
    • Tropical storms are also likely.

    Dry season: winter (May to Oct)

    • Dry season enjoys less humidity and pleasant beach-lounging temperatures across the South Pacific. For the more southern islands, evenings can be quite cool.
    • July and August are the most touristy months when Australians and New Zealanders are on school holidays.

    See individual island or destination pages for more specific weather information.

  • Travellers Guide: 

    Getting to the South Pacific

    While several airlines do fly to many of the major South Pacific holiday islands with just the one stop, we recommend a stopover en route. From Sydney to Singapore, you’ll have plenty of exciting stopover destinations to choose from. It’ll give you the chance to adjust to the new time zone so you can make the most of your time once you arrive at your final destination. Plus, with most South Pacific holidays you’ll usually require a transfer to your resort or even another short flight.

    See all our stopover destinations here.

    Approximate flying times:

    • London Heathrow to Nadi (Fiji) = 25 hours 30 minutes + 1 stop
    • London Heathrow to Rarotonga (Cook Islands) = 32 hours + 2 stops
    • London Heathrow to Faleolo (Samoa) = 35 hours + 2 stops
    • London Heathrow to Papeete (French Polynesia) = 30 hours + 2 stops

    Getting around the South Pacific

    As mentioned, most resorts will offer a transfer service to pick you up from the airport. However, once in resort you’ll find the best way to go exploring on most South Pacific islands is by organised tour, by foot or many have good bus services. If island hopping around Fiji, the Cook Islands or French Polynesia is part of your holiday plans, the best way to get around will be a chartered boat or small plane. Your Travel Designer will be happy to discuss the different options available.