The storied islands of the South Pacific are amongst the most romantic places on earth. Combining serene, azure lagoons with stunning mountain scenery and an agreeable, tropical climate, these isles are the perfect oasis for a romantic retreat. In our recent poll, readers chose an overwater bungalow as their number one choice for the most romantic place to spend a South Pacific vacation. A classic South Pacific hideaway came in second with South Pacific cruising in third place. Plan a romantic retreat and you’ll arrive home refreshed from the islands of the South Pacific.
Tranquil and contenting, the alluring islands of the South Pacific have seduced artists, writers and travellers for centuries. Why not let these magical isles be that special spot for your next romantic getaway?
Whether you are planning a wedding, honeymoon, renewal of vows, or just a simple getaway, the islands of the South Pacific are certainly hard to beat as a romantic destination.
Numerous island chains are dotted across the vast expanse of the South Pacific. These are the most popular and easily accessible:
French Polynesia – the Society Islands – Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea and Taha’a
Tahiti and her islands have been long admired as the most magical and captivating in the South Pacific. Watch colourful, tropical fish swim by as you stroll along the white sand beaches or snorkel in the azure lagoons. These peaceful islands with dramatic mountain and ocean views offer an idyllic spot to unwind. Writer James Mitchener named Bora Bora as his favourite island in the world and many travellers agree. Papeete on Tahiti is the capital and home port for cruising the region.
This archipelago of over 330 islands is a nature lover’s delight as Fiji is an unspoiled environment. With its lack of dangerous animals and insects, it is a key area for Eco-tourism and outdoor adventure. The Northern Islands have many secluded and untouched sites and are known for their unhurried pace. The Ysawas have the best turquoise lagoons and coral reefs teeming with sea life. The principal island of Viti Levu has many resorts and lots of cultural interest. This is where the capital city of Suva is situated and the airport town of Nadi.
The Cook Islands
Consisting of 15 islands, the most popular are Rarotonga, and the more remote, Aitutaki with its seven mile wide lagoon. Rarotonga is the central island, where cruise ships call and visitors arrive by plane. It is all one expects of the South Pacific – high mountain peaks, lush rain forests, clear turquoise lagoons and white sand beaches. Like so many islands in the region, there are only two main roads on Rarotonga – the circle island route or the older inland road, which takes you through fields of taro, pawpaw, bananas and local farmlands. The diving is exceptional here too with the outer islands providing rare and untouched locations to explore.