Spotlight on the South Pacific & Indian Ocean
December 2016 | By Susan Milne | 3 minute read |
Say Bon Voyage to the ordinary as you head for the islands of paradise! These exotic destinations give you worlds of peaceful beauty, serene lagoons and sun kissed beaches. They elevate the relaxing vacation to an entirely new level. The preferred getaway spots for royalty and celebrities, you’ll soon see why as you enjoy a vacation like no other on the islands from Tahiti to the Maldives; Mauritius to Fiji.
The sumptuous resorts and unique accommodations add to the appeal of these pristine places. Overwater bungalows are a feature of islands with tranquil lagoons where the bungalows can safely rest. This explains why they are so peaceful and relaxing, not to mention luxurious and beautiful, often decorated with local art and natural materials. Watch the fish beneath your bungalow and swim in the lagoon yourself, right from your own platform. Breakfast arriving by outrigger canoe is a treat you won’t want to pass up! These days you’ll find overwater bungalows not only in Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea, but in the Cook Islands, Fiji, the Seychelles and Maldives which has some of the largest and most exquisite overwater accommodations.
The bure thatched cottages of Fiji sit right by the beach. Choose from rustic or luxurious styled bures, whatever suits your interpretation of a beach getaway! Bures provide another private and peaceful escape to the islands of Fiji. You’ll find beach-side cottages in other locations too including the Seychelles. The Cook Islands are popular for self-catering beach bungalow rentals so there’s a wide choice of beach accommodation available across the islands.
Cruising is always a great way to visit any island destination and island hopping through these oceans is very exciting. Waking each day at a new paradise - fabulous! See this month’s Cruising article for more details.
Every island has something special to offer visitors. When you’re ready for a break from your chosen haven, you’ll be inspired by the natural environment, history and culture you find yourself in. These islands are home to spectacular beaches so they are a top destination for an array of water sports, great snorkelling and diving and of course there are cultural villages well worth visiting. Here are ten wonderful sights to see:
- The Paul Gauguin Museum, Tahiti
- Thurston Gardens and Fiji Museum, Suva, Fiji
- Aquarium des Lagons, Noumea, New Caledonia
- WWII historical sites across the islands of Vanuatu
- Mount Yasur, the active volcano on Tanna Island, Vanuatu
- Vailima, the home and study of Robert Louis Stevenson, Samoa
- The National Museum, Malé, Maldives
- The walking trails of Morne Seychellois National Park, Mahé, Seychelles
- Rum tasting at the interactive sugar museum, Mauritius
- Ancient Marae archaeological sites, Huahine, Society Islands
When looking for the perfect escape, be sure to consider the islands of the South Pacific and Indian Ocean. You’ll arrive home refreshed and renewed like never before!