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Forget the old stereotypes of pounding drums and grass skirts – the culture and customs of the Pacific Islands are supremely varied and complex, with a wonderful diversity of indigenous Polynesian and Melanesian traditions and art mixed with European and Asian influences. The following trips offer the chance to connect with friendly Pacific Islanders and explore another way of life.

Namatakula Village Homestay, Fiji

Namatakula Village Homestay, Fiji

Namatakula Village Homestay

Experience warm Pacific hospitality – and possibly the best home cooking you've ever had – with a local family as your hosts.

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4WD Safari, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

4WD Safari, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

4WD Safari

The ultimate adventure – cruising through Rarotonga, Cook Islands in 4WDs and laughing with the locals

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Cruising the Sepik, Papua New Guinea

Cruising the Sepik, Papua New Guinea

Cruising the Sepik

Remote inlets, spirit houses and the snap of crocodiles – the Sepik River holds many surprises

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Maketi Fou market, Samoa

Maketi Fou market, Samoa

Maketi Fou market

Maketi Fou has enough colour and unfamiliarity to rival an exotic bazaar anywhere in the world – yet it's all just a short flight from New Zealand and Australia.

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Kava quaffing, Vanuatu

Kava quaffing, Vanuatu

Kava quaffing

Vanuatuan kava is one of the strongest of the kavas in the South Pacific and the perfect toast to this gorgeous island.

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