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South Pacific

Mark and David's verdict:

Barely visible on the globe, the islands of the South Seas lie scattered like confetti across the biggest, emptiest and least explored of its oceans. With their pearl-white beaches, lush matting of vegetation and seas that cover the entire spectrum of blues, nowhere in the world comes closer to fulfilling the dream of an utterly romantic escape.

Recommended tour operator: Turquoise Holidays

Turquoise Holidays says

The islands of the South Pacific remain some of the world’s finest hidden treasures, each offering distinctive experiences.

  • Barefoot luxury
  • Pristine islands
  • Twin with US or Australia

Tahiti is our heartland – it’s the first destination we offered. With matchless insider knowledge, we are consistently the UK’s number one tour operator there.

It’s home to many of the world’s finest luxury island resorts. This is five-star, all singing and all dancing travel with an authentic Polynesian twist.

We recommend you visit at least two different areas – the Society Islands are a must and then one of the outer island regions – Moorea, the Marquesas, Taha’a or perhaps Tetiaroa, home to Marlon Brando’s exclusive The Brando.

Bora Bora is the ultimate Tahitian bucket list destination with its azure lagoon and stunning backdrop of Mt. Otemanu.

Experience Moorea, Bora Bora and Taha’a on this triple stop island hopping getaway.

We rate Fiji as the world’s most hospitable nation – authentic Pacific island life at its absolute best. With 333 magical islands, a holiday here is all about the island-hopping. A combination of the Mamanuca (a haven for surfers) and the more remote Yasawa islands is a must.

Likuliku Lagoon Resort is a favourite in the Mamanuca islands, home to Fiji’s first overwater Bures (bungalows) and reached by seaplane, helicopter or catamaran.

In the Yasawa Islands, it’s all about the pristine reefs and mountainous backdrop. Our top pick is the Yasawa Island Resort & Spa with just 18 beachfront Bures.

There are no chain hotels in the Cook Islands and no building is taller than a palm tree. On the main island of Rarotonga you can hike in the mountainous interior, dive and snorkel from Muri beach, go to market on Saturday and church on Sunday. Our favourite place to stay is the Te Vakaroa Villas.

Fly on to Aitutaki, a breathtaking coraline island fringed by blinding white white sand and the bluest lagoon we’ve ever seen. A boat trip with a picnic lunch on the sand spits is a must. Our top pick is Pacific Resort Aitutaki.

We’ll plan your journey so that it feels part of the holiday – perhaps with a stopover in Los Angeles or a California road trip en route. We also recommend combining any of the South Pacific islands with New Zealand or Australia.

Explore our full range of holiday ideas in the South Pacific.

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