Why I love the South Pacific

Sure, you've got the palm trees, the seafood, the hypercoloured reefs, the sweet scent of hibiscus on the evening breeze... But the best thing about the South Pacific is the pace of life. Or rather, the lack of pace. I spend most of my time careening around Australia's big cities, drinking too much coffee and talking a lot. Every slowed-down trip I make to the South Seas is an antidote to the mayhem, extending my... Read More

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$145 Cultural & Theme Tours

The Feast at Lele: A Luxury Maui Luau

Your Hawaiian luau takes place in the lively city of Lahaina on Maui’s northwestern coast. When you arrive, you’ll receive a traditional Hawaiian greeting – a fresh-flower lei and a mai tai!You’ll then be seated to enjoy your favorite tropical drinks, cocktails and wine from the open bar while soaking up the wonderful atmosphere. Your luau celebration is set on the beach just off of Lahaina’s main strip, so you get an amazing view of the wide-open Pacific.Indulge in a feast of traditional Polynesian cuisine such as roasted kalua pig (see sample menu below). Created by award-winning chefs using the fresh bounty of the islands, the buffet dinner menu items represent each of the four Pacific Island nations.A dramatic Maui sunset signals the start of the night's entertainment, which celebrates the uplifting pageantry of the South Pacific. Each course is accompanied by dramatic Polynesian music and dances from traditional cultures throughout Hawaii, Tahiti, Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand) and Samoa. You’ll be delighted by the lively music, colorful costumes and spellbinding dances of the performers, who combine modern interpretations of the traditional song, dance and cuisine of the four Pacific Island nations. With all the rich culture, beautiful scenery, and great food and drinks, this is one Hawaiian experience you won't want to pass up!

$59.95 Cultural & Theme Tours

Polynesian Cultural Center Admission

Hawaii's Polynesian Cultural Center, located an hour's scenic drive from Waikiki, is one of the top Oahu attractions. The seven native villages give you the rare chance to participate in the daily adventures of Hawaiian and other South Pacific cultures. Add Hawaii's most authentic luau and the world's largest Polynesian night show, and you'll see why every trip to Hawaii should include a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center.The seven island villages showcase the Polynesian cultures of Hawaii, Samoa, the Marquesas, Fiji, New Zealand, Tonga and Tahiti. Real Polynesians share knowledge about their traditional customs and you can watch the demonstrations or join in. Take a canoe ride on the lagoon and cook a meal in the Samoan village. Kids will love getting ink tattoos, spear throwing, ukulele lessons and fishing.No evening at the center would be complete without "Ha: Breath of Life", an ancient, yet universal tale. Over 100 native performers dressed in authentic attire will share their traditions and culture with you. See exciting fire walkers and knife dancers.

$142.58 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise

A visit to cosmopolitan Hamilton Island is a definite Whitsundays must-do! Hamilton Island is the largest island resort in the South Pacific and boasts an exciting mix of things to see and do. Seven pools, boutiques, galleries, bars, a number of restaurants, over 40 optional activities, walking trails and a koala and wildlife gallery are just a few of its features. Picturesque Whitehaven Beach is one of the Whitsundays premier natural attractions - seven kilometres (five miles) of glistening white sand complemented by crystal clear waters. Renowned as one of the top ten beaches in the world, Whitehaven Beach is located on Whitsunday Island, the largest island in the region and is fully protected and uninhabited due to its National and Marine Park status. Its shallows are graced by various species of turtles, and these ancient creatures are often sighted during daily visits.Please note: if you choose to enjoy lunch at Marina Tavern, you will begin your day with a visit to Hamilton Island followed by Whitehaven Beach in the afternoon. If you have chosen lunch at Manta Ray Cafe, you will visit Whitehaven Beach in the morning and Hamilton Island in the afternoon.

$79.77 Shore Excursions

Lautoka Shore Excursion: Half-Day Garden of the Sleeping Giants, Market and Temple Tour

Your memorable shore excursion will begin with a convenient pickup from Lautoka Wharf. From here you will be taken to The Mountains of the Sleeping Giant. Along the way, you will pass through sugarcane farms, villagers and local schools.Upon arrival at the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, you will be met by your host/guide at the premises. Which begins by wondering through tracks that have alongside them over 2000 different species of orchids and varieties of tropical indigenous plants.The Garden of the Sleeping was founded by the renowned actor Raymond Burr. It is an ideal place to rest among the vibrantly colorful flowers, in the quiet of the forest or by the peaceful coolness of the lake. Indeed it is a true natural botanical oasis. After the tour enjoy complimentary juice from the reception area whilst you get ready to embark on another short adventure through our local vegetable market then to the largest Hindu temple in the South Pacific and finally souvenir shopping. After that then enjoy some light refreshments & fruits before being dropped off back at Lautoka Wharf.

$28.72 Tours & Sightseeing

Guided City Orientation Tour of Noumea

On this 90 minute tour, you will be picked up from your accommodation and will travel in new air-conditioned vehicles. Make your way from Noumea’s different Bays to the city center while viewing and exploring attractions along the way. Make the most of all of the sights and attractions of Noumea with your experienced guide who will provide all of the information you need about the capital and relate local stories you would never have heard otherwise. You will leave New Caledonia having learned the fundamental things about Noumea, and most importantly, having enjoyed your time doing it. On this tour you will enjoy several stops, most which have excellent views. Stops included on your tour include the look out at Ouen Toro, Anse Vata Bay, Lemon Bay, Orphelinat Bay, Coconut Square, look out over Noumea, the supermarket or French bakery, local market and the colonial house.

$86.15 Cultural & Theme Tours

3-Hour Guided Country Tour from Noumea

On this tour you have the choice of two options. The main tour option has a cultural theme with a stop at Tjibaou Cultural Center where you will be initiated to the Custom Gesture. The second tour option has a botanical theme with a stop at a vantage point over the Grand South. The Jurassic Park scenery will transport you back to the time of dinosaurs discovering some of the 3500 native plants growing in the red ground. Both tour options suggest you to stop at “Plum Spring” to taste New Caledonia’s very own mineral water directly from the source, as well as a visit to the Miracle Church, the oldest church in New Caledonia before returning to Noumea via some historical landmark buildings. On this tour you will enjoy several stops, most which have excellent views. Stops included on your tour include Sainte Marie bay, Côte Blanche and his famous Vernier Promenade, Tjibaou Cultural Center (cultural option only), Plum Spring, Jurassic Park view point (botanical option only), look out over Noumea, Faubourg-Blanchot: Maison Celières (guide to explain about old typical colonial style houses and the history of this neighborhood).  At the end of your tour you will be taken back to your Noumea accommodation.