Introducing Australia & Pacific
Slip on that sarong, listen for the lullaby of waves broken only by the satisfying ‘thunk’ of coconuts falling on golden sands and throw away your watch in preparation for ‘island time’. The Pacific has a mindset all of its own. Its hugeness is big enough to hold all your dreams of snorkelling around idyllic coral atolls, slow-sunset evenings distilled with cocktails and beaches beautiful enough to send even the most stressed visitor into a catatonia of relaxation.
From tiny Tuvalu to controversial bad boy Fiji to uber-chic French Polynesia, the family of Pacific islands is a varied bunch. And you can choose how you’ll acquaint yourself with this diverse crowd. Many opt for resorts in big centres like Fiji, the Cooks or Vanuatu, or plunge into another world diving among the dazzling coral and magical marine life that makes Nemo look like a pallid goldfish.
But there’s other ways to discover the Pacific. You could puzzle over lost civilisations amid the icons of Easter Island or see why Fletcher Christian hopped off the Bounty in favour of the remote paradise of Pitcairn Island. Why not get intrepid and seek out the live volcanoes or don your pith helmet to trek into lush forests? Then there’s the shipwrecks to dive, bohemian capitals to explore and did we mention that a cocktail with at least a couple of tropical fruits in it is compulsory?
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Best places to stay in Australia & Pacific
South Pacific - Plan your trip (Chapter)
Your journey to South Pacific starts here. You'll find the tools to plan your adventure: where to go and when, how much to budget, plus indepth info on diving spectacular reefs and wrecks, meeting the locals and finding the perfect beach.
Ask the experts: where to go in September
September. Surely one of most seductive times of year to travel. In much of the northern hemisphere, it represents the last sigh of summer, as crowds melt magically away but the warm days linger. Further south, flowers begin to bloom as spring shrugs off the chilly embrace of winter...
Countries of the Pacific
South Pacific - American Samoa (Chapter)
Imagine steep, geometric peaks, a natural harbour, and traditional villages and you'll start to build a picture of American Samoa. Hike the national park, explore Tutuila or get off the beaten path to find a Polynesia that's authentic,...
Island, country, continent. Sun-kissed outdoor playground. Melting-pot of cultures and landscapes.
Ask the experts: where to go in July
Ever yearned to explore an elemental wilderness with barely a soul in sight to spoil your sense of escape? Perhaps you'd prefer to observe an act of collective devotion that represents an unforgettable spectacle, whatever your religious views...
South Pacific - Understand South Pacific & Survival Guide (Chapter)
All the info you need on everything from history, food and arts to flights, public transport, climate, money, the internet...you name it. Get info on time zones and telephones, tips for travelling with kids and travellers with disabilities, as...
Alps to Ocean Cycle
Spectacular cycling from Mt Cook down towards the vibrant coastal town of Oamaru
Big Island Day Trip: Volcanoes National Park from Oahu
Take a Big Island volcano tour from Oahu on a day trip to Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park. The recent eruptions of Kilauea Volcano have captured the world's imagination, so see the extraordinary landscape for yourself on this Oahu volcano tour. This fully narrated volcano adventure is a great way to explore and learn about the Big Island's volatile geology first-hand.
Thirty-five incredible love and marriage customs of the world
Love is universal, yes – but romance takes an astonishing array of forms around the world. We scoured our travel guides and picked our writers’ brains to uncover some of the world’s most fascinating dating, love and marriage customs, from sweet to downright sinister...
South Pacific - Solomon Islands (Chapter)
For an authentic Melanesian experience the Solomons are hard to beat. From WWII relics scattered in the jungle to leaf-hut villages where traditional culture is still alive, these dramatic volcanic islands set amidst cobalt-blue seas have much...
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East Coast Australia
Beautiful beaches, cosmopolitan cities, wildlife-filled rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef are just a few reasons why so many have fallen under the spell of Australia’s enchanting East Coast. Spectacular Scenery With nearly 18,000km of coastline, Australia’s East Coast has some of the most captivating scenery on the planet.