The Pacific Islands are synonymous with mesmerizing beauty. The paradisiacal reputation they have can be traced back to the times when the European explorers first came there. They returned to their homes with tales of out-of-this-world beauty. Now, more than 300 years later, nothing has changed. The South Pacific is still a captivating place you could only imagine to see in your dreams. What’s truly strange is that, in spite of the overall fascination with this region, most of the islands are still untamed by tourism. Sure, you will find a couple of luxury hotels and resorts, but the true charm of the Pacific is setting out on an adventure and exploring the area in Robinson Crusoe style. If you have your doubts about visiting this heaven on earth, here are some more reasons why you should put it on your bucket list.
An island for every taste
Magical archipelagos and islands are the things the South Pacific is the most famous for. You can choose to visit just one of them or devote some time to explore the entire region. Each island, even the tiniest, has its own story and it is worth the visit. Here are just a few examples:
You have heard of this place, haven’t you? Fiji is a popular destination among tourists around the globe. It consists out of two large islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, and around 900 smaller islands. The beaches are picturesque, and if you love the proximity of urban lifestyle, you can always go to Suva, the capital of Fiji. For a historical atmosphere, visit the old capital of the archipelago, Levuka.
The France of the Pacific Ocean, New Caledonia is as charming as it is beautiful. It is the only place in the world where you can enjoy the French cuisine and wines like you are staying in Paris and pearly white stretches of sand being splashed by turquoise waters, at the same time. The capital, Noumea, boasts some of the most loveable buildings, streets and parks, while the dreamy islands, such as the Isle of Pines, speak about the Melanesian heritage and the amazing works of art only nature can create.
Not as popular as the previous two destinations, but this actually makes Vanuatu even more fabulous. Because it goes unnoticed by many tourists, this is the ideal dreamy retreat for everyone searching to escape the city crowds and cluttered beaches. If you want to go even further, you can escape to the Mystery Island reachable by boat.
The allure of Pacific cruises
If there is anything more magical than exploring the Pacific Islands while walking through their cities and beaches, it is observing them from the sea while you’re sitting relaxed on a ship and sipping a cocktail. In fact, most of the affordable cruise deals in 2018 offer routes that go pass all of the islands we’ve mentioned above, so you can visit them like this too.Cruising is actually the best way to visit these islands, especially if you are traveling there for the first time and don’t have enough time to stick around and see everything. Besides, the cruisers give you the sensation of a real luxurious hotel, with numerous amenities and for a good price too.
The richness of culture
The cultural diversity of the Pacific Islands is astounding. The basic thing you can learn about the cultures before you go there is that there are Melanesian nations, Polynesian nations and Micronesian nations. But what you can’t possibly grasp without actually being there, is that there are myriads of tiny groups within these nations, each of them with its own customs, languages, histories and traditions. Furthermore, in many cities, the European colonial culture is still very present, especially through architecture and cuisine. So, it is not just about the beauty of the beaches that you should explore, it is about the people you should meet and the things you should learn. These experiences make you richer and more complete as a person.
The exotic flavors
As it was already mentioned, fine dining isn’t foreign to the Pacific Islands. In fact, they are the home of many world-class restaurants and exquisite wines. The Europe-inspired restaurants offer refined meals and fabulous seafood, including lobsters so fresh that they look like they just jumped out of the sea straight onto your plate. But dare to sidestep those conventional things you can try anywhere else in the world for a good price, and be adventurous when discovering the flavors of the South Pacific. Visit local bars, cafes, restaurants and even street food stands for hearty coconut milk stews, Indian curry, Chinese noodle soups, raw mahi-mahi fish, meat cooked in earth, steamed taro or fresh Nama (seaweed).
As you can see, there are many reasons to make the Pacific Islands your next holiday destination. They are not yet another stretch of sand splashed by foamy waves. They are a cultural, historical and culinary delight. They are all that and so much more.