You know all those dream holiday photos you see online – the ones with white sandy beaches, shady palm trees and crystal-clear waters? Well, chances are most of those were taken in the beautiful South Pacific. If you’re looking for a truly relaxing getaway to a dream destination, a South Pacific island (or two, or four) is the perfect choice.
The best option for taking in these gorgeous destinations is on a cruise. What better way to experience the wonders of tropical islands than the convenience of a cruise ship? South Pacific island cruises depart from Sydney and Brisbane all year round, and can be easily booked through local travel agencies such as CruiseAgency. To give you an idea of the wonders that await you in the South Pacific, here are 4 dream island destinations that are perfect for cruise lovers.
1. Mystery Island – Vanuatu
Vanuatu’s Mystery Island can only be described as pure paradise. Completely uninhabited, there’s nothing to disturb your holiday here – it’s all white sand, calm waters and relaxing ocean breezes. Located in Vanuatu’s Tafea Province, Mystery Island was previously used as an airforce landing strip, but now it’s for holidaymakers only.
There are so many things to do when cruising to Mystery Island. You can take a glass-bottomed boat tour, snorkel through the beautiful coral reefs, or simply relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the island. Even though no-one actually lives there, locals visit the island regularly to present cruise passengers with handcrafted goods, so you’re sure to get a taste of Vanuatu culture as well.
2. Isle of Pines – New Caledonia
Located in the archipelago of New Caledonia, the Isle of Pines is another picture-perfect island destination. It’s full of bright blue lagoons, deserted beaches, and of course the majestic pine trees from which it gets its name.
Cruisers to the Isle of Pines will have a bevy of activities to choose from, including bike tours, cave exploring, snorkelling and scuba diving. At least one form of underwater exploration is a must – the Isle’s clear waters are teeming with tropical fish and colourful coral. The local cuisine is also a must-try, with fresh seafood and slow-cooked earth-oven dishes to get your mouth watering.
3. Lifou Island – New Caledonia
Another New Caledonian gem, Lifou is the largest island in the archipelago known as the Loyalty Islands. It’s a place of timeless beauty, and the South Pacific-standard white beachfronts are backed by impressive stretches of lush jungle.
On Lifou Island you can explore caves and grottos, go deep-sea fishing, and take leisurely strolls through the cool green forests. You’ll also want to get to know the locals – they’re of mixed Melanesian and Polynesian heritage, and are some of the friendliest people you’ll find in the South Pacific. Plus, they sure know how to cook, and are pleased to share their island cuisine with cruising guests!
4. Dravuni Island: Fiji
Dravuni is a tiny island within Fiji’s Kadavu Group of isles. It’s surrounded by the Great Astrolabe Reef, a beautiful place for snorkelling, and is covered with striking volcanic peaks. Breathtaking island views are available to anyone willing to hike the higher peaks – and there’s always a warm sandy beach and a cocktail waiting for you after your journey!
There’s a single village on Dravuni Island, inhabited by just 200 locals. The friendly Fijians will welcome cruisers for a game of their favourite sport, volleyball, and as always, there are plenty of handmade souvenirs to take home.
No matter which South Pacific island you cruise to, you’re sure to have the beachside holiday of your dreams.