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Top South Pacific Trips & Tours in December 2025

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Discover South Pacific in December 2025 on one of these 20 tours hand-selected by the travel experts at Adventure Life. Explore the best of Papeete, Huahine, Moorea, Campbell Island, and Taha'a during December 2025 as you enjoy cruises, small ship cruises, wildlife viewing, snorkeling, and kayaking. Prices for trips in December 2025 range from $2,595 to $186,640 for a vacation of 5 to 25 days. Choose any of the below 20 itineraries in December 2025 and customize it when you contact one of Adventure Life's expert South Pacific trip planners.
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Lagoon of Bora Bora, French Polynesia
$2,890
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Tahiti & Islands of French Polynesia

Roundtrip Pape'ete - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Panorama II
  • Explore Moorea
  • Discover Taha’a
  • Enjoy Papeete
  • Experience Raiatea
Starts / Ends:
Papeete / Papeete
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on an 8-day cruise aboard the Panorama II and explore the beauty of French Polynesia's islands. Tahiti and Bora Bora are stunningly beautiful, with clean beaches and a romantic atmosphere. These peaceful places are perfect for intimate moments, with their green landscapes and lovely …
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$15,250
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Birding Down Under: Subantarctic and Chatham Islands

17 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Visit the best islands for birding
  • See the Albatross Latitudes
  • Marvel at diverse seabird colonies
  • Learn about nature and history
Starts / Ends:
Queenstown / Queenstown
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Snares, Bounty, Antipodes, Auckland, Campbell, Macquarie, and the Chatham Islands are only a few of the names. They are a delight to 'Birders.' Except for the Chathams, these islands are probably more isolated than they were when they were discovered in the late 1700s and early 1800s and …
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Enjoy a tropical escape
$4,450
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Tahiti & Islands of French Polynesia

Roundtrip Pape'ete - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Panorama II
  • Explore Moorea
  • Discover Taha'a
  • Experience Bora Bora
  • Discover Huahine
Starts / Ends:
Papeete / Papeete
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 12-day cruise aboard the Panorama II from Papeete, Tahiti, to Moorea's azure waters for snorkeling and a captivating island tour. Huahine's tropical paradise beckons with a Private Motu Picnic and snorkeling adventure. Delve into Bora Bora's allure with a scenic journey …
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Enjoy a tropical escape
$4,090
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Tahiti & Islands of French Polynesia

Roundtrip Pape'ete - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Panorama II
  • Explore Moorea
  • Discover Taha'a
  • Experience Bora Bora
  • Discover Huahine
Starts / Ends:
Papeete / Papeete
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on an 11-day cruise aboard the Panorama II, starting in Papeete, Tahiti. Explore the captivating islands of Moorea, Huahine, and Bora Bora, each offering unique experiences from snorkeling in sapphire waters to immersing in Tahitian culture. Indulge in a private motu picnic in Huahine and …
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Paul Gauguin sits outside Bora Bora.
$5,920
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Cook Islands & Society Islands

12 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Snorkel in Bora Bora
  • Spend a relaxing day on Motu Mahaha
  • Visit the famous Aitutaki lagoons
  • Experience the Cook Islands
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Helicopter Tours, Hiking, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
On this South Pacific cruise, the region's incredible diversity of scenery is front and center. Discover the isle of Huahine, renowned for its spectacular rainforests. Then experience the unique majesty of the Cook Islands. Arid Aitutaki is virtually flat - so much so that you can spot the …
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$3,750
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Unseen Fiordland and Stewart Island: Exploring New Zealand's Remote Backyard

6 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Explore Stewart Island
  • See different bird species
  • Discover Ulva Island.
  • Tour the stunning fiords
Starts / Ends:
Queenstown / Invercargill
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
The Heritage Adventurer is a one-of-a-kind adventure to a remote part of New Zealand's wilderness. Visit Fiordland's lonely ice-carved mountains, beautiful forests, and flowing fiords. In isolation, away from the crowds, cruise the quiet seas of Fiordland and Stewart Island in search of …
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Parrots in Papua New Guinea
$8,075
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Frontier Lands of Papua New Guinea

13 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Admire unique wildlife
  • Visit Buna and Sanananda
  • Lear more about the Dei Dei springs
  • Snorkel & Dive on vibrant reefs
Activities:
Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Variable
Immerse yourself in the wild and rugged scenery of Papua New Guinea, with its mysterious stories that take you away from the complexities of modern times. Whilst traveling in comfort on boardCoral Adventurer, visit remote villages rich in culture and meet with the people who have maintained their …
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Amazing aerial view of Fiordland National Park on scenic flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown, NZ
$24,990
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Pure New Zealand: North & South Islands

Auckland - Queenstown - 13 Day Itinerary aboard Scenic Eclipse II
  • Explore Wellington
  • Experience Gisborne
  • Discover Tauranga
  • Explore Auckland
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Queenstown
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 13-day cruise aboard the Scenic Eclipse II. Discover New Zealand's World Heritage-listed natural wonders, award-winning wineries, exceptional cuisine, and charming towns. Travel from the North to the South Island, immersing yourself in the diverse beauty of the Land of the Long …
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New Zealand's remotest island.
$9,500
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Beyond Fiordland - New Zealand's Wildest Islands

12 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Explore Campbell Island
  • Visit Carnley Harbor
  • Zodiac cruise along Adams Island
  • Admire Stewart Island's beauty
Starts / Ends:
Invercargill / Invercargill
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Visit Fiordland's lonely ice-carved mountains, beautiful forests, and flowing fiords; this incredible place inspires your desire to travel responsibly. Travel alone, away from the crowds, through the tranquil waters of Fiordland and Stewart Island, on the search for marine life, elusive birds, …
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Explore the landscape of French Polynesia.
$7,550
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Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands

15 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Visit the remote island of Fakarava
  • Explore the island of Hiva Oa
  • Look for humpback whales
  • Snorkel in stunning Bora Bora
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
On this two-week South Pacific cruise, first call at the breathtaking isle of Bora Bora. Then it's on to the Tuamotus, specifically Fakarava, an atoll known for its pristine beaches, rare wildlife, and exceptional diving. Next, explore the mist-covered Marquesas, where you discover the islands …
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Sea lion nestled in the seaweed.
$9,990
EBD
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Galapagos of the Southern Ocean: New Zealand and Australia's Subantarctic Islands

12 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Explore Macquarie Island
  • Venture on Zodiac excursions
  • View a vast array of endemic birds
  • Appreciate the rich biodiversity
  • Enjoy additional discovery by kayak
Starts / Ends:
Invercargill / Invercargill
Activities:
Adventure Options, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Set sail on one of the most inspirational and educational expeditions into the Southern Ocean ecosystem that one may undertake around the globe. The Subantarctic Islands, located south of New Zealand, have long been recognized for their extraordinary biodiversity. They are UNESCO World Heritage …
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Queen Charlotte Sound
$2,595
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Unseen Queen Charlotte Sound

Picton roundtrip - 5 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Explorer
  • Learn the history of Tory Channel
  • Experience Queen Charlotte Walkway
  • Discover Motuara and Blumine Island
  • Trek to Arapawa Island's lookout
Starts / Ends:
Blenheim / Blenheim
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 5-day expedition through Queen Charlotte Sound and its islands, starting with a warm welcome aboard the Heritage Explorer in Blenheim. Sail along the scenic waterways, exploring Tory Channel's whaling history and Ship Cove's rich heritage. Trek through native bush to Ship Cove …
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Common Wombat Grazing, Maria Island, Tasmania
$10,195
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Coastal Tasmania: Untamed Wilderness

Roundtrip Hobart - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Douglas Mawson
  • Trek along Tasmania's coastal track
  • Visit islands and archipelagos
  • Encounter fur seal colonies
  • Witness albatross or gannets
Starts / Ends:
Hobart / Hobart
Activities:
Small Ship Sailing, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
On this 11-day Coastal Tasmania: Untamed Wilderness Cruise roundtrip from Hobart, Australia aboard the Douglas Mawson, explore Tasmania's natural beauty and hidden gems. Hike along some of Tasmania’s best coastal tracks, through a variety of landscapes from coastal heath to temperate …
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Marlborough Sounds
$3,650
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Discover Marlborough Sounds: An In-Depth Exploration of the Marlborough Sounds

7 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Explorer
  • Explore Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Visit Tory Channel
  • Sail through d’Urville
  • Discover Pelorus Sound
Starts / Ends:
Blenheim / Blenheim
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Spend a week exploring the 1,500-kilometer-long Marlborough Sounds, which were carved out by submerged valleys 10,000 years ago. These destinations are renowned for their breathtaking natural beauty, which includes beautiful cobalt streams, classic vistas, thick indigenous forests, wildlife, and …
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Emperor penguins in Antarctica
$30,595
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Mawson’s Antarctica

Australia - New Zealand - 24 Day Itinerary aboard Douglas Mawson
  • Cruise through Antarctica
  • Witness Adélie and emperor penguins
  • Explore Commonwealth Bay
  • Encounter New Zealand wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Hobart / Dunedin
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Land & Sea Exploration, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Join a 24-day adventure to explore the remote East Antarctica, tracing Sir Douglas Mawson's historic Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Cruise the pack ice, see towering ice cliffs and icebergs, and watch Adélie and emperor penguins along the icy shores. Explore Mawson's primary base …
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Adelie penguins
$58,990
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Mawson’s Antarctica: Along the East Coast

25 Day Itinerary aboard Scenic Eclipse II
  • Explore Queenstown
  • Discover Milford Sound
  • Witness Balleny Islands
  • Explore the Terra Nova Hut
Starts / Ends:
Queenstown / Hobart
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 25-day cruise from Queenstown to Hobart aboard the Scenic Eclipse II. Explore the captivating realm of Antarctica, where penguins gather in the thousands amidst a landscape of glaciers and icebergs. Follow in the footsteps of explorer Sir Douglas Mawson along the East Coast, navigating …
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Queenstown, New Zealand
$5,850
EBD
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Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific: Subantarctic Islands

8 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Discover remote New Zealand
  • Hike through windswept Rata forests
  • Visit abandoned WWII huts
  • Explore amazing wildlife reserves
  • Witness flowering megaherbs
Starts / Ends:
Queenstown / Invercargill
Activities:
Adventure Options, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
You won't find them featured in a travel brochure, you won't find them in most guidebooks, you're unlikely to know anybody who has visited, and they don't even appear on some South Pacific maps - these are the 'forgotten islands'. Despite their modest profile, they are some …
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Bora Bora
$4,360
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More Society Islands & Tahiti

8 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Visit Raiatea
  • Enjoy Motu Mahana
  • Scuba in Bora Bora
  • Explore Moorea
Starts / Ends:
Papeete / Papeete
Activities:
Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Variable
Aboard Paul Gauguin, for an 8-day cruise, to discover paradise in French Polynesia. Visit the rich history of Raiatea, the Maori people's ancestral home and the location of the UNESCO-listed Marae Taputapuatea archaeological site. In search of the mythical Tiare Apetahi, a unique flower that …
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