The Tahitian city and capital of Papeete emits a fine blend of French and Polynesian charm. There are many historical elements to the city including Louis Antoine de Bougainville (the first French explorer to complete a circumnavigation of the globe), the Cathedral of Notre Dame of Papeete, and the Presidential Palace. With average temperatures rarely dropping below 25C, you can simply soak up the sun and watch the world go by at a more relaxing pace.
Often regarded as the closest thing to ‘paradise on earth’, Bora Bora’s calm beaches filled with white-powder beaches, crystal-clear waters and lush green palms are truly magnificent. Its remote location in the South Pacific Ocean – as part of the French Polynesia archipelago – provides a tropical climate, with temperatures rarely dipping below 25C. Seeing is believing, and a visit to this sumptuous island will truly take your breath away.
Situated on the Tongan island of Tongatapu is the nation’s capital city of Nuku’alofa, which is located on the north coast of the island. There is a relaxed atmosphere and culture which is present throughout the city and the beaches will help you to fully appreciate this for yourself. Elsewhere in the city, you can visit the wooden Royal Palace, which was built in 1867 and is the official residence of the King of Tonga.
Formerly known as Sandalwood Island, Vanua Levu is the second largest island in Fiji. Surrounded by coral reefs and is covered by a rugged mountain range, which divides the island horizontally. Geologists believe that the island is actually an amalgamation of a series of islands, which have been melded together through various stages of uplift. The island is also home to a network of rivers, some of which provide a home to sharks.
Yasawa-I-Rara is a village located on the northernmost island of Fiji’s Yasawa Island group and, much like her sister islands, is renowned for its pure white-sand beaches and glistening turquoise waters.
Lautoka is Fiji’s second-largest city, which makes for a pleasant stroll as you soak in the surroundings and backdrop scenery of Mt Koroyanitu. It has historically been known as ‘Sugar City’ and the fully operational sugar mill is well worth visiting. For a more peaceful setting, head to the botanical gardens – home to a range of exotic and tropical plants.