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All of the main South Pacific destinations have attempted to market themselves as wedding or honeymoon destinations. Fiji and the Cook Islands have been the most successful as weddings can be arranged locally with little fuss. In French Polynesia, marriages can only be performed for persons with 30 days residency, which excludes most tourists. Instead, French Polynesia has developed an active honeymoon industry with Bora Bora highly favored by bridal magazine writers who enjoyed the hospitality of luxury resorts. In my opinion, Moorea is Bora Bora's equal in all but name and is far less expensive. For a romantic getaway, I recommend Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. There is a lot to see and do within a compact area, and prices are fair. ....read more »

Pacific-Pictures.com is a photo gallery by David Stanley, author of Moon Handbooks South Pacific.

Map South Pacific - South Pacific maps and travel guides

South Pacific Maps

PACIFICNAVIGATOR.COM - South Pacific Travel Guide

Tropical Vacations Travel - Hawaii, Fiji, Tahitia vacation packages.

South Pacific Organizer - Pacific Island Links

Resort Weddings offers Australia, Fiji and Cook Islands information, resorts and wedding packages.

Bora Bora - Tahitian Islands
Bora Bora The Marvelous Island

Cook Islands (Polynesia)
Welcome to Cook Islands - The Cook Islands, the best kept secret in the Pacific Ocean
Cook Islands Travel Online - Of all the South Pacific destinations the Cook Island stand out as somewhere special...
Cook Island Beaches - Travel information with maps and pictures of Cook Islands beaches and islands
Cook Islands Tourism Corporation
Cook Islands Budget Accommodations

Aitutaki - Cook Islands
...I discover on this South Pacific adventure that fairytales can come true.

The dream transforms as soon as we set foot on Aitutaki, one of the fifteen idyllic Cook Islands located smack dab between Tahiti and Fiji. As well as being welcomed by the traditional "Kia Orana," and a medley of blister-provoking ukulele tunes, we're draped with heaven-scented gardenias, offered a husk of coconut milk and treated to winning smiles. There's no rush, no bustle. It's obvious, we're on island time.

Fantasy blurs with reality even more when we veer away from the tarmac, take a sandy road less traveled, and wind up on a shoreline that fringes a breathtaking lagoon.....read more about Aitutaki - Cook Islands

Rarotonga - Cook Islands
We discover that the entire Cook Island of Rarotonga has that special hypnotic effect and figure it's likely due to its superlative location. Although geographically mapped between Fiji and Tahiti, it appears to be just a speck on the vast sapphire Pacific, and is idyllically distanced from any bustling metropolis. In spite of it being the capital queen bee of the fifteen isle archipelago, it's far from being a big wig. There are no high rise complexes, no big box businesses, no Starbucks and no McDonalds. There's next to no crime, the pace is laid back, and the locals are unbelievably friendly. They wave, smile and greet us with the Maori welcome absolutely everywhere we go. From the moment we step off the plane, where Jake Numanga plunks his blister provoking ukulele tunes, to Avarua's Saturday market where vendors sell everything from hand-sewn Tivaevae quilts to carvings of the proudly endowed God, Tangaroa. "Kia Orana, Kia Orana!" It's a grand Cook Island hello, and is always accompanied by a full-faced grin. The iconic intro is so popular in fact, it's even embossed on the yellow and green license plates that we follow while circumventing this tropical gem......read more about Rarotonga - Cook Islands

Easter Island - Rapa Nui
The legends of Easter Island have been recounted many times. What's less known is that the island's assorted wonders are easily accessible on foot from the comfort of the only settlement, Hanga Roa. Before setting out see the sights, however, visit the excellent archaeological museum next to Ahu Tahai on the north side of town (the term "ahu" refers to an ancient stone platform). Aside from the exhibits, the museum has maps which can help you plan your trip....read more »

Easter Island Foundation and Pacific Institute - promotes conservation and protection of the fragile cultural heritage of Easter Island and other Polynesian islands.
Rapa Nui National Park
Topographical Map of Easter Island

Fiji Islands
Fiji is situated in the South West Pacific and has 330 islands to choose from. This lovely country has a highly developed tourist structure considering it attracts more than 400,000 tourists every year. Fiji has a landmass of 7,100 square feet and English and Fijian are the languages spoken. Viti Levu is the heart of Fiji and the capital city Suva is located here where half the population lives. If you decide to cruise Fiji, May to December is cooler and less humid with the temperature averaging about 26 deg C. The period between December to April witnesses rainfall with the temperature averaging about 30deg C. ...read more about Fiji »

Fiji Islands Travel Online - Fiji Accommodations, Tours, Visitors Info
Rob Kay's Fiji Islands Guide - Welcome to the most complete source of Fiji Islands Travel Information on the Net.
Fiji Beaches.com - Fiji Islands Beach and Travel Guide

It used to be that backpacking trips to Fiji involved a bus ride from Nadi to Suva, then a ferry to somewhere like Ovalau, Savusavu, Taveuni or Kadavu. No more. These days young budget travelers are lining up to go to the Yasawa Islands, a chain of 16 large volcanic islands and dozens of smaller ones roughly 35 km off the west coast of Viti Levu....read more »

Fiji Diving

Castaway Island
Castaway Island Resort Fiji - The moment you come ashore you sense the difference. For Castaway is not just an island - its people - the warmest, friendliest bunch of Fijians you are ever likely to meet.

Matagi

Taveuni
Dive Aquaventure located on Taveuni Island - Home of the Rainbow Reef - OUR BUSINESS IS DIVING !
Taveuni Island Resort, Turtle Island - incorporating Dive Taveuni Resort and Taveuni Sport Fishing

Tonga Islands Beach & Travel Guide - Travel information with maps and pictures of Tonga beaches and islands.

Vatulele:
Vanuatu (with a connecting flight from Fiji):
Vanuatu Online
Vanuatu Travel Bureau - Travel and Accommodation Tourism Database

Vanuatu - A-Z visitors guide is the travellers guide to what Vanuatu has to offer.

Taveuni and Yasawa Islands:
Yasawa & Mamanuca Islands:
Islands of American Samoa: - (including Ofu, Olosega, Ta'u, Tutuila)
American Samoa Office of Tourism - history, language, maps, accommodations, information.

The Samoan environment is tropically lush, with green volcanic peaks plunging to brilliant coral reefs, an ecotourism paradise still unspoiled by mass tourism. Visitors often stay in open Samoan beach houses called fale (pronounced FAH-lay) and adopt the laidback local lifestyle. Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, surfing, deep sea fishing, and hiking opportunities are all close at hand....read more »

American Samoa News - American Samoa's first home page, linking Samoa on the Web.

Marshall Islands:
Rongelap Expeditions - Dive, Fish and Kayak Rongelap Atoll which is at the north end of Marshall Islands in the Pacific

Solomon Islands:
Solomon Islands Ministry of Commerce - Featuring Business Directory, & Tourism Information

Over the years, Tahiti and Polynesia have provided novelists and moviemakers with colorful subject matter. Early travelers told of wanton women on tropical shores, and Fletcher Christian added drama to the plot by leading a mutiny against the tyrannical Captain Bligh....read more about Tahiti »

Tahiti Explorer - The Ultimate Tahiti Travel and Tahiti Vacation Guide for Bora Bora, Moorea and all French Polynesia

Tahiti.com - Your complete guide about Tahiti and its islands

Moorea:
Polynesia Island Groups

The Marquesas Islands - Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua Pou, Ua Huka, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva:
Tahiti Nui Travel - Travel information on the Marquesas Islands - French Polynesia - Maps - Diving spots - Excursions

Tetiaroa:
Tours and Cruiselines - Tetiaroa - See and experience the wonderful paradise of Tetiaroa by choosing from these tour package and cruiseline options.

Guam
Official Government of Guam Site
Virtual Tour of Guam
Guam at a Glance Guam Visitors Bureau Online

New Caledonia
Worldtravelguide.net info on New Caledonia Island Group

Tonga
Some whalewatching operators in the Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific islands, advertise the possibility of swimming and snorkeling with humpback whales during the cetacean's annual migration from July to October. This activity sounds appealing, yet there are a number of things to consider. ....read more about Tonga »