Looking to get away this winter and not sure where to go? Why not take a cruise to the exotic locales in the South Pacific? With ports of call like Tahiti, Fiji and Bora Bora, who can resist? Here are some helpful tips and ideas for escaping the winter with a South Pacific cruise.
Popular Ports of Call
Each cruise line offers a variety of itineraries and cruise durations. Letís take a look at the main areas of the South Pacific so you can narrow down your choices.
Many of the major cruise lines have itineraries that start and end in Polynesia. This grouping of islands consists of:
* Marquesas Islands
* Bora Bora
This grouping of islands offers something for everyone. The populated and well-traveled Tahiti is accustomed to tourists and offers a variety of amenities, not the least of which are immaculate sandy beaches as far as the eye can see. Some of the smaller islands are uninhabited but offer adventures like hiking, coral diving and many other water and sports activities.
Many of the smaller, more specialized cruise lines will take you into the area of Melanesia which consists of Fiji and the Yasawas, a 20-island archipelago noted for white sandy beaches and stunning blue waters. This grouping of islands is far less touristy and appeals to the adventure seekers who want to get out and explore.
Finally, the least served grouping of islands are the islands of Micronesia, which are serviced by smaller cruise ships and consists of the following islands:
* Gilbert Islands
* Mariana Islands
* Marshall Islands
* Caroline Islands
* Wake Island
Almost all of the major cruise lines – Holland, Carnival, Princess and so on, offer trips to the South Pacific. Trips range from a few days to several months. Choosing your cruise itinerary will depend largely on what you like to do while in the South Pacific.
If you want to hop on a four wheeler and cruise through the jungle, then make sure Bora Bora is on your list of visited islands. If youíre simply looking for sandy beaches, peace and solitude, you may want to choose the smaller, less inhabited islands of Melanesia. While prices do vary, if youíre not choosy, you can often book a last-minute cruise deal to the South Pacific for a tremendous discount.
Are Tamanu Aitutaki Could Be The Most Romantic Hotel In The South Pacific
Of all the South Pacific destinations, it is arguable that the Are Tamanu Aitutaki, one of the top Cook Island luxury resorts is in fact the most romantic hotel in the South Pacific.
If you are going on a romantic vacation, or your honeymoon for that matter and you have in mind a South Pacific destination, then in my opinion the Are Tamanu Aitutaki ranks amongst the top five worlds best beach resorts, and I hope to be able to convince you that this is the case from my own personal experience.
Are Tamanu is not a five star resort, and I am accustomed to this type of hotel, so I was somewhat apprehensive before setting out, despite the fact that my husband was absolutely certain that I would think it was the most romantic resort in the South Pacific.
The first thing to know is you have to arrive at Rarotonga and then catch another short flight to Aitutaki. You quickly realise you are in another world, not only because of the spectacular views from the aircraft, but also because in the very few minutes it takes you to get to the hotel you realise that what they mean by a road is really a sand track.
I found this whole environment so much more romantic that Tahiti, so much less commercialised, so much more the authentic South Pacific of my dreams.
It is the colors that hit you first, the shockingly bright blues, turquoises, greens, and the white of the beaches, it is extraordinary.
The huge beautiful lagoon is almost beyond description, and there was our resort sitting right next to it!!
The rooms were large, and clean, and comfortable, but not modern. Having said that they were what I’d always imagined South Pacific to be, and I just fell in love with the place, the people, just everything. No TV or radio was another bonus, this was just bare feet paradise – my husband couldn’t spend his time on the phone to the office, or his laptop for that matter.
The food in the restaurant was good and reasonably priced, we went for a cruise around the lagoon, and I got to go to islands with wonderful names like One Foot Island where we had a superb BBQ lunch. I also discovered this is where they film Survivor, and also visited the beautiful Honeymoon Island.
The whole vacation at Are Tamanu was just so relaxing, but to me the real highlights were the local people, so genuinely friendly, the clors, and the snorkelling right in front of our door so to speak.
I definitely think we stayed in one of the most romantic hotels in the South Pacific if not the most romantic. The choice is up to you, try an amazing south pacific cruise or a stay at one of the most romantic South Pacific hotels. You will not be disappointed.