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A cruise through the South Pacific will take you to some of the most remote, idyllic islands on the planet. The ancient civilizations of Easter Island left giant 100-ton stone Moai for travelers to ponder. Expeditions on small cruise ships enable you to access paradisiacal tropical destinations like the Cook Islands, Society Islands, the Marquesas and the spectacular Bora Bora. In addition, you can visit the Great Barrier Reef or snorkel with the giant pelagic species across the top of Australia. See Hawaii from a different perspective on a luxurious small ship cruise. Go way beyond the beach exploring the rainforests of Papua New Guinea and the fascinating cultures of Melanesia. Contact us to start planning your luxury cruise of the South Pacific.
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Top 10 Luxury Cruises of the South Pacific for 2023-2024

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Cook Islands & Society Islands$542012Apr 15, 2023This 12-day cruise on the luxurious small ship Paul Gauguin showcases the region’s incredible diversity of scenery. From low-lying Aitutaki to the …
Tahiti & the Society Islands$28508May 6, 2023On this 8-day cruise through Polynesian paradise, explore the best of the South Pacific from aboard the Paul Gauguin, with stops in the …
Hawaiian Seascapes$68008Nov 18, 2023Board the boutique yacht Safari Explorer for an 8-day cruise of the Hawaiian paradise between four islands - Moloka'i, Lana'i, Maui, and Hawaii. …
South Pacific Expedition: Cairns to Lautoka$1370017Sep 30, 2023Join the Silver Explorer on this 17-day Melanesian expedition cruise. Departing from Cairns, travel to hot springs and view birds of paradise in …
Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands$690015Apr 1, 2023The Paul Gaugin hosts this two-week journey through the Marquesas, Tuamotus, and the Society Islands, offering plenty of time to explore at your own …
Society Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga & Fiji$790015Oct 26, 2024Discover the South Pacific's most storied, beautiful, and culturally vibrant islands, towns, and cities during this 15-day cruise on the luxury ship, …
Society Islands and Tuamotus$550011Apr 26, 2023The Society Islands & Tuamotu Archipelago beckon on this 11-day South Pacific cruise upon the luxurious m/s Paul Gauguin. Explore lush rainforests, …
Lautoka to Cairns - Door to Door$1800018Apr 26, 2023Explore the enchanting islands that highlights the gems of Melanesia! Experience underwater wonders by snorkeling, swimming, and diving where …
Darwin to Broome - Door to Door$1200011Jun 10, 2023This is wild Western Australia: spend your days exploring with expert guides, and return each evening to the creature comforts of your luxurious …
16-day Solar Eclipse 2023: Indonesia to Australia's Kimberley – with Smithsonian Journeys$2048016Apr 9, 2023Le Lapérouse sails into the Timor Sea to take up a position in the path of totality of the solar eclipse, on April 20, 2023. Experience the wild and …
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Top 5 South Pacific Travel Deals for 2023-2024

Trip NameSaveFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Tahiti & the Society IslandsSavings$28508May 6, 2023On this 8-day cruise through Polynesian paradise, explore the best of the South Pacific from aboard the Paul Gauguin, with stops in the …
Cook Islands & Society IslandsSavings$542012Apr 15, 2023This 12-day cruise on the luxurious small ship Paul Gauguin showcases the region’s incredible diversity of scenery. From low-lying Aitutaki to the …
Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society IslandsSavings$690015Apr 1, 2023The Paul Gaugin hosts this two-week journey through the Marquesas, Tuamotus, and the Society Islands, offering plenty of time to explore at your own …
Ancestral Lands and the Great Barrier ReefSavings$756611Aug 13, 2023Explore Australia on this 11-day expedition cruise from Darwin to Cairns aboard SH Minerva. Enjoy a captivating journey along some of the world's …
The Astonishing KimberleySavings$712811Jul 4, 2023See ancient landscapes on an 11-day Kimberley Horizons trip on the SH Minerva from Darwin to Broome. Get your camera ready as the cruise through …
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South Pacific Travel Guide

The South Pacific region comprises Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Easter Island, and the surrounding islands. Each of these regions is home to its own unique and endemic species:
  • Papua New Guinea - Between the flourishing endemic bird populations and an eclectic mix of other wildlife, Papua New Guinea offers exciting ways to experience nature and learn about the Melanesian cultures.
  • Solomon Islands Discover some of the most strategically important islands of World War II, where remnants of the military bases are being reclaimed into the tropical nature.
  • Easter Island - Snorkeling, biking, hiking, and swimming are just a few ways you can get to know this ancient island, where the renowned giant Moai statues have mystified travelers for years as to their origin or meaning.
  • Australia - Explore the natural beauty of the "Outback," bounding with mammals, birds, and marine life, and home to breathtaking waterfalls and the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef.
  • New Zealand - This is not only a great way to get to know the wildlife-rich Southern Islands, where penguins and seals abound, but also serves as a portal to exhilarating Antarctic cruises.
South Pacific FAQs
Do I need a visa to travel to the South Pacific?
It depends on where you are going - New Zealand & French Polynesia (Tahiti) do not require a visa. Papua New Guinea and Australia do. All countries require a passport valid for at least three months and some countries require six months validity from your departure date.

Is tipping customary in the South Pacific?
Generally, tipping is not an expectation in the South Pacific. Unless you receive absolutely phenomenal service at a relatively modern or western-style restaurant or if the guide really impresses you, you shouldn't feel obligated to tip. In certain places, a tip might be included in a bill, but in other places it might actually be considered a bit counter-cultural to offer a tip for service that many islanders consider their obligation to you as a guest.

What is internet access like in the South Pacific?
You will not likely have access to the internet for the majority of your stay in the South Pacific. It's possible that a hotel might offer WiFi, but most ships do not.

Can I use my cell phone while in the South Pacific?
Probably not. You could buy a SIM chip for your phone at the airport, but realistically you will be out of range of a cell signal for most of your trip.

Do I need power adapters?
Depending on where you are going, you will need either a European style two round prong plug adapter or an Australian style three flat slanted prong adapter. Power throughout the South Pacific is 220-240v, so if your 110v devices aren't compatible with this, you will also need a step-down converter.

What are the toilets like in the South Pacific?
Since most of our South Pacific journeys are cruises, you can count on modern flushing toilets in your suites. When you are touring the more isolated areas, you might encounter a squat toilet which requires you to hover and bring your own toilet paper, which you will then throw in a waste basket rather than the toilet.

Can I drink the water in the South Pacific?
No, it is not safe to drink tap water in the South Pacific, so we make sure that you will always have access to clean filtered or bottled water.

Are credit cards accepted in the South Pacific? Will I be able to find ATMs?
When arriving in the South Pacific, you should probably go on the assumption that you will not have frequent access to ATMs. Our trips are all inclusive, so other than souvenirs or if you plan to do things that are not on the itinerary you will not have to worry about using money.

Should I purchase travel insurance?
You should always purchase travel insurance before a trip. Our associates at TravelGuard have some excellent offers on our Once You're Booked page.

Best South Pacific Cruise Lines for 2023-2024

  • Ponant - is a French cruise line established in April 1988 with eleven ships operating under the French flag. The Oceania and Pacific islands cruises have been created specifically with snorkelers and diving enthusiasts in mind. Le Laperouse has ports of call at the idyllic beaches of French Polynesia and New Caledonia, allowing you to admire some of the most beautiful seabed environments in the world.
  • Silversea Cruises - excels at taking you off the beaten path, and a voyage to the South Pacific is no exception! Departing Tahiti's paradisiacal shores, sail to difficult-to-reach islands, enjoy Zodiac cruises spotting endemic wildlife and see rarely visited archaeological sites aboard Silver Explorer.
  • Heritage Expeditions - has pioneered conservation-driven small ship expedition cruises to some of the planet's wildest, least-explored, and biologically rich regions. On the Heritage Adventurer, visit the popular Pacific holiday destination Vanuatu, a unique archipelago of 83 coral and volcanic islands sprinkled across 450,000 square kilometers of the South Pacific Ocean. 
  • Coral Expeditions - Onboard Coral Geographer, marvel at the remote coral atolls and beaches of the idyllic Melanesia region, with time to explore the wrecks and remnants of the war in the Pacific theatre, and expert guides on hand to discuss the various battle sites, historical significance, and strategies
  • Variety Cruises - combine unique destinations, the yacht suitable to your liking, professional crew, and exquisite cuisine always with a local flavor. Uncover the islands of French Polynesia aboard Panorama II, a 49-guest small ship. Visit Bora Bora, Taha'a, Moorea, Huahine, and Raiatea islands, all sculpted by sky-piercing, moss-green peaks lined with vivid turquoise lagoons.
  • Lindblad Expeditions - goes to the most amazing places on the planet, all 40+ geographies in all. Snorkel over colorful coral reefs crowded with tropical fish, stroll through rainforest trails in search of rare wildlife and meet the friendly locals aboard the National Geographic Resolution.
  • Aurora Expeditions - pioneered ship-based adventures 30 years ago with expedition cruises to Antarctica and remains committed to a small, low-impact group. The Sylvia Earle features the revolutionary Ulstein X-BOW®, this allows the ship to cross oceans more comfortably and efficiently,
  • Oceanwide Expeditions - pioneered ship-based expeditions, inventors of Basecamp Antarctica, and one of the first companies to take travelers to the remote Arctic island of Spitsbergen. Fortified for both poles of the planet, the ice-strengthened and thoroughly outfitted Ortelius provides you with an up-close experience. 

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