Images of the South Pacific are food for day dreams on a cold and dreary day. If you haven’t had those dreams rent the movie “Cast Away” which was filmed on the tiny Monuriki island in Fiji and look at the scenery. Remote tropical islands, year round sun, incredible wildlife and of course the beautiful open ocean. The best time of year to visit is when the trade winds are blowing between April and October.
French Polynesia – Comprises of more than 100 islands in the South Pacific. The most well known islands are Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and Le Taha’a. If you’re dreaming of secluded beaches, magical lagoons, white sandy beaches, rugged mountains and treks through lush rainforest then this is the place for you.
Fiji and Tonga – These neighboring countries may share the same ocean but they have their own distinct cultures.
The Fiji archipelago of over 300 islands has over 80% of its population living on 2 islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. The Fiji culture is an eclectic mix of Melanesian, Polynesian, Indian and Chinese mixed with a little European colonialism.
In the Tongan Archipelago just 52 out of 177 islands are permanently inhabited. The area offers blue water sailing, easy line-of-sight island hopping and deserted tropical beaches bordered by coral reefs.
The remoteness of Fiji and Tonga means people enjoy a simple life and is one of the friendliest places in the world.
French Polynesia has several events, but the Tere ‘A’ Ati festival is the one event you should make a beeline for. It’s an organised tour of the island in decorated cars and trucks where the locals open up their homes and provide local food and drinks. There is no better way to immerse yourself into the local culture.
Fiji and Tonga have many events. There is a magnificent sense of fun whilst retaining the importance of tradition. Event highlights are: