When you travel to the South Pacific, the travel experiences become as exotic and epic as the locale. Outdoor adventures are in towering virgin rainforests on remote islands, cultural excursions invite you up close to traditional ways of life few ever get to experience and the lagoons offer the kind of bliss that makes you wish you were a professional photographer or travel writer. Here are our Destination Specialists’ top picks for unique adventures in the South Pacific, a corner of the world where island life reigns supreme.
Kava Ceremony & Village Luncheon | Suva, Fiji
Travel to the remote village of Raiwaqa on a longboat cruise up the Navua River to experience the local flavors and ancient traditions of Fiji on our “Navua River by Longboat” excursion. Take in soaring mountains, dramatic gorges and tropical rainforests abundant in birds and wildlife. Upon arrival, join chiefs and villagers in a kava ceremony, which is an important and sacred element of the traditional Fijian welcome ceremonies. Later enjoy lunch as well as a unique chance to mingle with the locals, browse handicrafts and even join in on the village entertainment.
Thrilling Off-Road Adventure | Bora Bora, French Polynesia
While Bora Bora’s famed lagoon is at the top of every traveler’s list, so many of our voyages offer an overnight on this iconic island so you can experience even more. Don’t miss the rugged and beautiful island itself. You can experience the wild side of Bora Bora on our off-road excursion which takes you to pristine locations only accessible via off-road equipped vehicles. With exhilarating ascents and rolling descents, exotic foliage, beautiful vistas and plenty of stunning photo stops – including a World War II cannon location – this is an excursion you won’t forget. There’s even a stop at a local pareo house where you can find some unique souvenirs and enjoy tropical fruit.
Snorkeling in a Blue Lagoon | Moorea, French Polynesia
Moorea tops Islands.com’s list of top 5 places to snorkel in the South Pacific – here you can see dolphins, sting rays, blacktip reef sharks and more up close in the crystalline waters. Enjoy the best of Moorea’s marine life on our “Snorkel & Stingray Safari,” which sails along Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay to two different islets for snorkeling, or try our “Motu Picnic Escapade” for a blissful afternoon on a gorgeous sandy islet where you can enjoy a barbecue luncheon, swimming, snorkeling and time to soak up the paradise vibes.
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