Beautiful Pacific Tropical Island Paradises

Holidays are at our doorstep, and it’s time to get ready for your next tranquil escape to unwind and recharge your batteries. What better way to spend your free time than by enjoying white sand beaches, snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, and visiting a seaside resort in the Pacific?

We want to ensure that you have the experience of a lifetime, so bear with us as we introduce you to some of the best islands the world has to offer. Each of these islands has its own advantages, and you’ll soon discover why they all make for some of the top destinations out there!

Fiji

Castaway Island, Mamanucas Island Group, Fiji
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Fiji remains one of the most visited destinations in the Pacific today—for a good reason. Also dubbed the soft coral capital of the world, the archipelago boasts a variety of wildlife and one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world. It also offers many opportunities for exploration, hiking, surfing, and relaxation on scenic sandy beaches.

When visiting Fiji, remember to snorkel at Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. You should also visit the lush paradise of Taveuni Island and its Tavoro Falls. After swimming in the natural pool formed by the falls, you can visit the botanical garden, also known as the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, or dine in fine restaurants at the luxurious Denarau Island.

Maldives

Amazing bird eyes view in Maldives
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Home to nearly 1,200 islands, Maldives is another highly-appreciated Pacific archipelago famous for its exciting water activities, breathtaking views of atolls and beaches, and turquoise waters. Whether you’re in for luxurious resorts or sea exploration, Maldives is the right choice.

Maafushi is one of the country’s most-visited islands and a must-see destination. Other popular islands worth visiting include Alimatha, Veligandu, Thoddoo, Fonimagoodhoo, Dhigurah, Ukulhas, Rasdhoo, Omadhoo, Baros, Milaidhoo, Dhidhoofinolhu, Lankanfinolhu, Mudhdhoo, and many more. Thanks to the archipelago’s many populated islands, there is something for everyone, including families with young children, solo explorers, and couples on honeymoons.

Bora Bora

Beautiful view of Otemanu mountain on Bora Bora island
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Another pearl nestled deep inside the South Pacific Ocean is the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora. Basking under the sun in total comfort is part of everyday life on this luxurious island, teeming with high-end resorts, venues, and restaurants.

A barrier reef surrounds the island, making Bora Bora the perfect destination for diving, snorkeling, and coral reef exploration. Divers often experience close encounters with wildlife and may even be lucky enough to come across whales, sharks, and dolphins. When on Bora Bora, one should take a trip to Mount Otemanu for scenic views of the island. When you’re done sunbathing at the famous Matira Beach, you can dive into the pristine waters of Leopard Rays Trench, one of the best snorkeling spots in the Pacific.

Samoa

Tropical beach on south side of Samoa Island with coconut palm trees.
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Epic landscapes, white beaches, lush marine life, and rich culture are but some of the reasons why many travelers fall in love with Samoa. If you’re eager to learn more about this Polynesian island country, visit both its main islands, Savaii and Upolu.

Thanks to its preserved rainforests, waterfalls, and thriving coral reefs, Samoa is a great place to indulge in activities like trail hiking, wildlife watching, diving, and snorkeling. If you find some free time while exploring this gorgeous island country, make sure to visit the Alofaaga Blowholes, the Samoa Cultural Village, and the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. The hidden Piula Cave Pool, connected to an underwater cave, is also a great choice.

Mo’orea

Overwater Bungalows in Mo'orea French Polynesia
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This French Polynesian island is a true hidden gem yet unsullied by mass tourism. Mo’orea is known for its sandy beaches, picturesque views of the bays, and volcanic mountains rising to nearly 4,000 feet above sea level.

Thanks to more mainstream destinations, Mo’orea is scarcely traveled to and, therefore, a perfect spot for those seeking tranquility and peace of mind. Besides snorkeling, hiking, and kayaking, visitors can swim with sharks and manta rays at the Lagoonarium de Moorea, a natural aquatic park. Must-see attractions include the grand Mount Rotui and the bays of Opunohu and Cook.

Tahiti

Large outdoor jacuzzi and infinity pool over tropical ocean, Tahiti resort
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Tahiti perfectly combines pristine natural treasures and high-end amenities such as five-star resorts, fine restaurants, and engaging events. From expeditions to the towering mountains and waterfalls to vibrant markets and nightlife venues, Tahiti won’t leave you bored for a second.

After exploring the capital of Papeete, visit the island’s Water Gardens Vaipahi and enjoy its tranquil ambiance complemented by epic views. If you’re an experienced hiker, you can also ascend Mount Aorai for unrivaled views of the Pacific island. Last but not least, you can go snorkeling, sunbathing, or surfing in the village of Teahupo’o.

Palau

Beautiful view of Palau tropical islands and Pacific ocean from above
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Palau is home to many natural wonders, including vast coral reefs that offer the perfect opportunity for scuba diving. When exploring its capital, Koror, you’ll come across plenty of bars, restaurants, and crafts shops that will bring you closer to the Micronesian island country.

While small museums are plentiful on the archipelago, must-do activities include kayaking in the Nikko Bay and swimming with jellyfish. Don’t forget to take a boat tour to the gorgeous Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Vanuatu

Sky Deck view Vanuatu.
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Stunning beaches, volcanic activity, World War II shipwrecks, and ancient culture are no strangers to this island country in the South Pacific Ocean. Thanks to its rugged nature and diverse activities, Vanuatu is a perfect destination for those who are not afraid to try something new.

While exploring the archipelago’s 83 islands, you could climb an active volcano or explore the remains of WWII shipwrecks. If you need sunshine, you can unwind on the famed Champagne Beach and enjoy views of crystal-clear waters. Millenium Cave is another popular attraction that allows visitors to explore a vast cave system.

Tonga

Kingdom of Tonga viewed from above
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Tonga is home to around 170 islands with plenty of spaces offering crowd-free relaxation under the palm trees of sandy beaches. Travelers can go island hopping or enjoy the views of the majestic Mapu’a ‘a Vaca blowholes. Joining a traditional Tongan feast on this Polynesian hidden gem is a must-do activity.

Humpback whale migrations can be observed in the area between July and October each year. The most daring visitors can swim in the Anahulu Cave underground swimming pool anytime. When in Tonga, don’t forget to make the most of water activities like sailing, diving, and wildlife watching.

Tuvalu

Tuvalu Island
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Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world, covering only ten square miles, and is home to just over 11,200 people. While it might be lacking in size, Tuvalu offers many fun activities to its few visitors.

The Funafuti Conservation Area, named after the capital of Funafuti, is a perfect spot for snorkeling thanks to its calm, clear waters and abundant marine life. Tuvalu is also famous for unspoiled white beaches and a relaxed atmosphere. If you have an adventurist inside of you, try exploring the WWII wreckages or go scuba diving.

Author: Zan Kokalj

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