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    Discover the South Pacific

    First explored by Captain Cook in the last 1700s, aside from a few more modern facilities the islands of the South Pacific remain largely unchanged, offering the opportunity to experience the collection of volcanic islands and coral atolls strewn across the southern ocean in comfort and luxury. From sheer cliffs to mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls to the shimmering blue lagoons, a cruise of the South Pacific offers guests a mesmerising holiday experience. Very few places on earth offer visitors the opportunity to unwind amid such gloriously spectacular surroundings, with some of the finest waters, beaches and natural geography to be found anywhere in the world. With enough water sports and activities to keep the whole family entertained, a cruise of the South Pacific is perfect for visitors from honeymooners to young families.

    Cruises of the South Pacific typically call in at the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Raiatea and Huahine, offering the perfect combination of leisure and adventure. Passengers can sun themselves on the fabulous beaches, swim or snorkel in the clear warm waters, or dive the reefs looking for sharks. The opportunities for sailing, parasailing and deep-sea fishing are also some of the best in the world. Guests can also take advantage of opportunities for hiking and four-wheel safari trips, or stroll through lush tropical foliage marvelling at the stunning herbs and flowers, coconut and pineapple plantations.

    Other destinations that feature heavily on cruises of the South Pacific include the Marquesas, made famous by the TV show Survivor, and a selection of Western Samoa, Fiji, the Cook Islands, Apia and Rarotonga.

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    The Cook Islands

    Your senses and emotions will be stimulated when you experience the natural beauty of this wide spread chain of sun bleached atolls and volcanic green islands. Our beauty is surpassed only by the friendliness of our people. Cook Islanders will ensure your stay with them will be an unforgettable experience.

    Walk aout in a pareau (sarong), adorn yourself with flowers blend in with your local hosts and enjoy the unspoilt nature of this dream distination. Relax and rejunenate your soul on one of the many beautiful beaches. Experience the rhythm of the music and dancing, feast on many exotic South Pacific foods. Above all, consider how life's simple pleasures are easily available for all to share.

    Although just 234km2 in land mass area, it's population of just over 17,000 people willingly share their tropical islands with visitors.

    Climate: Pleasant, warm year round temperatures. Seasonal variation are slight ranging from 23 to 29 degree celsius. Warmest season is November to March.

    Fiji Islands

    Often referred to as the ‘Crossroads of the South Pacific’ because of it’s geographical location, the Fiji Islands is a hospitable land of contrasts in people, flora, fauna and culture. It is home to people who have been called the friendliest on earth. It is made up of a chain of over 300 islands and is a cosmopolitan cocktail of culture, race and religion. It is a place where ‘bula’, the traditional Fijian greeting, is a very special word and you can relax without a care in the world.

    Fiji Islands has a population of just over 750,000 and a land area of 18,200 km taken up mostly by the two major islands Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.

    Climate: Tropical, warm, and pleasant year - round temperatures, with average temperatures of 25 degrees celsius.

    Papua New Guinea

    Towering mountain peaks, lush , fertilevalleys, golden beahes, sparkling coral islands and some of the best diving locations inthe world. Papua New Guinea sia country of wild beauty, of breathe taking landscapes and of fascinating flora and fauna. It is a country rich in natural resources but its wealth of tradition, beauty and history is unparalleled in the Pacific. From the magnificent beaches to the cool highlands, the world above water is equally fascinating. Take a breath of fresh, crisp mountain air 4,500 meters up at the base of Mount Wilhelm, the country’s highest peak. Thirty eight of the forty three known species of exotic Birds of Paradise are found in Papua New Guinea together with countless butterflies and over 2,000 magnificent species of orchid. Beauty also lies in the people who still today, observe their delicate traditions and culture.

    Papua New Guinea has the biggest land mass of all the island nations of the region, covering 465,000 km2 and includes some 600 islands, atolls and coral reefs that guard the nations coastline and unites 200 different and distinct cultures and over 800 different languages.

    Climate: Warm to hot and humid throughout the year. Rainy season differs in each province. Generally the dry months are May to November. Coastal temperatures are usually 25-30 degrees celsius.


    The Treasure Islands of the South Pacific! Here is where Robert Louis Stevenson, the ‘Tusitala’ (story teller) spent his last two years and found solace in the tranquillity of this country so richly steeped in tradition. Known as ‘The Treasured Island of the South Pacific', Samoa is where age-old culture and village lifestyles have been preserved for centuries. A fully independent state with a parliamentary system of government, Samoa is the largest full-blooded Polynesian country in the world. Over 90% of the country’s 170,000 plus population are full Samoans.

    The group is made up of 10 islands covering a land area of 2,935 km2 which is richly endowed with a natural beauty which appeals to the growing eco-tourism market. The largest of these islands is Savai’i (1610 km2). The Samoans cling proudly to their 2,000 year old heritage and encourage visitors to learn about and participate in their way of life.

    Climate: Pleasantly warm throughout the with an average maimum temperature of 29 degrees celsius. Hot conditions from May to November are usually cooled a little by the South-East trade winds. Wet season is November to March.

    Soloman Islands

    Soaring mist inshrouded mountains preside above dense, abundant rainforest, waterfalls and rivers cascade to an intricate coastline. Here the villages and sun soaked golden beached fringed with coconut palms lie scattered around lazy lagoons. This is indeed a diver's paradise and an eco-tourism destination that's unspoiled, unhurried and totally unforgettable. The setting for some of World War II’s most fierce and bloody battles is today home to one of the most natural and peaceful races in the South Pacific. Here, in this archipelago of mountainous islands and low-lying coral atolls, you can experience the undiscovered delights of a primitive culture which has not allowed the advances of the outside world to overshadow it. Colourful costumes, age-old customs, rituals and taboos, they still endure in the Solomons.

    The second largest island chain in the region, the population of the Solomons Islands of approximately 400,000 is spread across an area of 28,530 km2.

    Climate: Dry in late May to early December and averages about 29 degre celcius throughout the year.


    Come and experience the people, culture, climate and beauty of the ancient Kingdom of Tonga! Enjoy beautiful beaches, a thrilling fishing trip, an exhilirating dive trip or one of any number of wonderful islands experiences. 'Tonga has it all...'

    Often referred to as the ‘Crown Jewel of the South Pacific’, Tonga is the only remaining constitutional monarchy in the South Pacific. King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV reigns over this picturesque small nation which Captain Cook named the friendly islands. Religion and tradition play such an important role in everyday life there. The main island of Tongatapu is rich in culture and traditions with a touch of royalty for good measure. The Ha’apai group to the north is the ideal relaxing destination for a get-away-from-it-all holiday. The northern most group of islands, Vava’u, is yachties' heaven with it’s sheltered harbour. Whether one is inclined towards adventure holidays such as surfing, scuba diving, sailing or sea kayaking or just soaking up the sun, an amazing experience is to be had by all in the friendly islands of the Kingdom of Tonga.

    Tonga’s population of 96,000 is scattered across a chain of over 170 small islands occupying a combined land mass of just 699km2.

    Climate: Hot and Humid. December to April, cooler, drier seasons. May to November with average temperature up to 22 degrees celsius.

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