Tourist Information

Online, the quality of tourist information varies from one South Pacific country to the next, but even the most remote island groups have websites these days (though these may not be up-to-date).

The umbrella intergovernmental organisation is the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (www.spto.org), fostering regional cooperation in developing and promoting tourism. The SPTO serves as a tourist office for a few countries, though it doesn’t offer whole a lot of advice for independent travellers.

On the ground, official visitor information centres swing between fairly professional outfits to erratically staffed shacks with dodgy maps and mildewy brochures: you'll soon know which you're dealing with once you walk in the door.