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General Information Accommodation Ratings To assist with the selection of your Pacific Islands accommodation we have created our own rating system allowing you to compare each property. These are personal ratings offered by our people from their own experience and should therefore be used as a guide only. These ratings may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstances. Norfolk Island ratings however are based on the official Australian AAA Star Rating Scheme. Basic accommodation often with shared facilities and based more around an authentic local experience. Properties in this category have a limited range of facilities and services. Standard rooms, clean and comfortable usually with basic furnishings and private en suites. Typically most properties would include a restaurant and bar but have a limited range of other guest facilities and services. Moderate accommodation with a reasonable range of room facilities and comfortable standard, usually with a wide range of recreational and leisure activities available for guest enjoyment. Superior accommodation offering a high level of comfort in rooms with quality furnishings and fixtures. First class accommodation offering the very best quality services with detailed focus on high customer satisfaction. There tends to be greater attention to personalised service and a strong focus on the quality of food and beverages. A half star is noted when the level of service and facilities falls between two grades. Grading accommodation can be quite subjective and generally speaking the standard and services will be in line with the price paid. Please check with your travel consultant to ensure you get the accommodation that best fits your needs. Price Indicator: The price is provided as a guide only. It is in New Zealand dollars based on low season per person share twin pricing unless otherwise specified and is correct at the time of publishing. The actual price may differ to that indicated in this brochure due to currency fluctuations, special events or peak periods. Your travel consultant will quote you the actual price at time of booking. Child Policy: Please note bedding configuration varies between properties and in some cases with different room types within a property. Some hotels also offer family bonuses and specials. Your travel consultant will help you choose the hotel to best suit you and your family’s needs. Look out for our “gems” of information scattered throughout our Pacific Islands brochure.
PACIFIC ISLANDS You’re a very lucky Kiwi. Why? Because as a New Zealander you have some of the most beautiful tropical Pacific Islands in the world at your fingertips. Destinations such as Samoa, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Niue, Tonga and Norfolk Island, are all just a short flight away. These are places that some people can only dream about. Experience as much or as little as you like, relax, explore or re connect with loved ones. If you think that the Pacific Islands only offer white sand beaches, crystal blue waters and not a lot else, then think again! Let us take you on a journey to show you otherwise. We love the Pacific Islands and recommend you talk to your consultant to ensure you book the destination that best suits your needs at the best possible price. Each of these islands are unique in their own way so here are selection of tips to help make your decision easier.
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Vanuatu offers diversity, culture, tradition and adventure, where natural beauty and unique experiences await you. Coral reefs, diving, active volcanoes and shipwrecks are all just waiting to be discovered. If diving is what you are travelling for, the best diving is found at Million Dollar Point located off the coast of Espiritu Santo. Here is where you’ll literally find a million dollars worth of discarded U.S. artillery.
1 / HIDDEN TREASURES IN SAMOA The treasured islands of Samoa offer a land where unspoilt beauty, customs, cultures and courtesies still exist. The friendliness of the locals will ensure you enjoy a very special holiday experience. Some people simply can’t relax on the beach or by the pool for too long without going stir crazy. Others like to mix up their holiday indulgence with a little activity between siestas. Fortunately, Samoa can offer the best of both worlds, from relaxation and pampering to adventure and excitement. We recommend hiring a car to explore some of Samoa’s hidden gems. There sure are a lot, but one of the best is Lalomanu on the South Coast. It’s one of Samoa’s best beaches and the kind of Utopian hideaway we all dream about.
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2 / FRIENDLY ISLANDS OF TONGA If you have a sense of adventure and are looking for a real ‘back to basics’ island experience then Tonga is a place you should consider. The pace is slow and an adventurous spirit about life exists. The beautiful islands are dotted with natural harbours, secluded coves and countless isolated beaches. So how about you let go of the remote, and GO somewhere remote! For those who like to explore we recommend experiencing these islands by sailboat or kayak.
5 / BREATHTAKINGLY UNIQUE NIUE Imagine a coral atoll where the year-round daytime temperature varies from 25°C to 29°C, where people are friendly, adventure activities are amazing, there’s no air pollution, phone numbers have only four digits and the New Zealand dollar is the official currency. Welcome to Niue the largest raised coral atoll in the world and one of the smallest countries on earth. We recommend travelling to Niue from July-October because that’s when the Humpback whales arrive to nurse their young. Niue is one of only a handful of places in the world where you are allowed to swim with whales – and let’s be honest whales trump everything!
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4 / BOUNTIFUL NORFOLK ISLAND Nice and close Norfolk Island is easily accessible and only a two and a half hour flight from Auckland. At only 8 kilometres by 5 kilometres Norfolk Island might be small in size, but it packs a huge amount of attractions. Outstanding sunsets exist by night and by day, nature-lovers make a beeline for One Hundred Acres Reserve, replete in tall ferns, frigate birds and magnificent fig trees while bush walkers are rewarded with stunning costal views. We recommend Emily Bay as a sublime beach spot - a beautiful mix of gold sand and emerald sea, with the added bonus of giant turtles that often visit.
6 / TASTE OF FRANCE IN NEW CALEDONIA Vive la difference with New Caledonia! A land of contrast, splendour and excitement, you’ll find it all here. Unspoilt beaches, the bright lights of nightclubs, casinos and the magnificent cuisine will ensure you enjoy your ‘French’ experience. New Caledonia is only a two and half hour flight from New Zealand so it’s the perfect excuse for a long weekend away. If you would rather explore at your own pace we recommend hitting the road as one of the best ways to really experience New Caledonia’s beautiful and diverse ‘Grand Terre’. It’s easy to pick up a rental car at the International airport and the islands well-maintained roads and signage make road tripping a breeze. It takes about eight hours to drive from end to end – just be sure to remember to drive on the right-hand side of the road.
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EXPERIENCE HOLIDAYS The Pacific Islands have diverse landscapes, pristine beaches and aquatic playgrounds aligned with a variety of resorts and accommodation. There’s no doubt we can tailor your tropical getaway to suit your needs and wants. From self-drive packages, surfing excursions, eco tours, romantic dining, soft adventure, fishing expeditions and more we can create an experience holiday that’s perfect for you.
EXPLORE HIDDEN GEMS IN SAMOA Self-Drive Samoa has so many hidden treasures to discover and hiring a rental car is the perfect way to explore at your leisure. Upolu, the most popular island has loads of sightseeing options. Spots that we recommended are: To Sua Trench, located down on the South Coast it’s an iconic swimming hole that is reached by a long ladder, it can be deep and is tidal so best for confident swimmers. Also in this area is Lalomanu Beach, one of the best in Samoa. Togitogiga Waterfall, in the village of Saleilua is a popular swimming and picnic spot. Closer to town you will find the Piula Cave Pool, a fresh water pool that runs under an old Methodist Church or Papase’ea Sliding Rocks for a bit of a natural water slide experience. Head to Apia for the markets and a good range of restaurants to try. Drivers are required to get an endorsement on their full license before driving in Samoa. Driving is on the left-hand side and is relatively safe and easy with a speed limit around 56km/h with slower speed restrictions in villages. Keep an eye out for wandering dogs and pigs. Package Inclusions: 5 nights accommodation in a Deluxe Room at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, buffet breakfast daily per adult, WiFi and a 5 day rental car hire. Airport pick up/drop off fees are additional and payable direct. Price Guide From: $789
SURFIN’ IN SAMOA Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa Upolu Island has a number of great surf spots, many of which are located on the South Coast. Enjoy surfing in crystal clear, warm, tropical water. Get front row access to the best of Samoa’s local breaks through Manoa Tours. The surf guides have unparalleled experience and with their knowledge of local conditions, currents, wind and waves, you will find yourself in the best hands possible. Proximity of breaks also means you’re the first in the water and the last to leave. Nearby breaks include Coconuts (right hand reef pass), Salani (right hand reef pass), Boulders (large lava rock left hand point), TafaTafa (right hand reef pass), Nuusafee Island (an unforgettable left hander that wraps around a nearby deserted island). Surfing in Samoa is better suited to intermediate and advanced level surfers rather than beginners due to the fact that the waves break directly onto the reef and currents can be harsh at times. Package Inclusions: 5 nights accommodation in a Traditional Garden View Villa, tropical buffet breakfast and afternoon tea daily per adult, complimentary use of snorkel gear and kayaks, a room upgrade on arrival and return airport transfers plus five surf sessions for two, a one hour massage per person and 1G WiFi. Price Guide From: $1329
The price guide shown is per adult for twin share based on low season travel. Specials, surcharges and conditions may apply depending on travel date.
ISLAND HOPPING IN VANUATU 2 Night/3 Day Island Tour Experience village life on pristine tropical islands with this 3 day exploration tour. Your first day starts with an early pick up and a 25 minute boat ride to Nguna Island. On arrival you’ll have the choice of either a half day volcano walk or environmental walk before lunch. In the afternoon venture out for some snorkelling in the marine reserve or head to the main village of Taloa before overnighting in your beachside bungalow on Nguna Island. On day two you will make your way to Pele Island where you can embark on a round-island walk. Spend the afternoon relaxing on Pele’s stunning white sand beaches, frolicking in the turquoise waters or snorkelling the coral reefs. Accommodation tonight will be in a beachside bungalow on Pele island. On your final day enjoy one last snorkel before heading to Orovy Restaurant for a gourmet lunch on the beach. End the day with a refreshing swim at Eton’s Blue Lagoon before your transfer back to Port Vila. Package Inclusions: 2 night/3 day Island Explorer Tour, vehicle transfers to and from Port Vila, boat transfers to and from the islands, most meals, village bungalow accommodation, local guides for the two walks, all landowner fees, local entry fees and taxes. Price Guide From: $849
ULTIMATE ROMANCE PACKAGE The Havannah Vanuatu The Havannah is an award-winning boutique resort for couples, offering a romantic escape, allowing you to unwind and relax in a natural environment while enjoying an authentic experience. Snorkel off the pristine white sand beach, take a kayak for a leisurely exploration of the coast, or enjoy a sunset cruise with a glass of champagne. Looking to do something special for your loved one? The Havannah offers a divine romance package which includes a private beach dining set up, an intimate dinner with wine, a couple’s massage and more. Slow down, immerse yourself and get lost in the moment. Package Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation in a Garden Villa, full a-la-carte breakfast, 2-course lunch and 3-course dinner daily per person, afternoon tea, Port Vila shuttle twice per day, welcome drink, sunset cruise, invite to weekly management cocktail party, use of non-motorised water sports equipment, WiFi, daily special amenities, a sarong and beach bag, return airport transfers plus a Romance package including a bottle of champagne, a one hour couples massage, a unique beach dining experience and special turndown service.
Price Guide From: $2349
The price guide shown is per adult for twin share based on low season travel. Specials, surcharges or conditions may apply depending on travel date.
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FISHING IN NIUE Fish Niue Charters Fishing in Niue is the stuff legends are made of, as Niue’s deep waters are accessible almost immediately from launching, so you’ll spend most of your time fishing rather than travelling. The most common targets are Yellowfin Tuna, Mahimahi and Wahoo, amongst many others. Fish Niue runs a professional and safe operation that guarantees you a great experience out at sea. At times it doesn’t have to be all about the fishing. Niue’s rugged but stunning coastline is dotted with crevices and each area its own story. Explore key snorkelling sites and encounter some of Niue’s abundant marine life. You may have the opportunity to swim with the resident spinner dolphins or if you are visiting during the months of July to September Humpback Whales can at times be seen while out on fishing trips. Package Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation in an Ocean Room at Scenic Matavai Resort, daily continental breakfast per adult, welcome drink, WiFi (60 minutes per day), return airport transfers plus a 5 hour fishing trip with Fish Niue Charters including all gear, bait, lures, tackle and light refreshments onboard.
Price Guide From: $849
GET OFF THE BEATEN TRACK Norfolk Island for nature lovers Discover the amazing National Park and botanical gardens of Norfolk Island. The National Park covers over five square kilometres and offers incredibly picturesque walking trails, stunning scenery and rich diversity of bird and plant life. Tracks wind through lush palm forests, stands of Norfolk Island pine and along the coastal fringe. Many endemic and endangered species can be spotted. You can even walk beneath the tallest tree ferns on earth. Tracks are well marked by signs and have a range of grades and lengths to suit all fitness levels. Take in the incredible island views from Mt Pitt and Mt Bates, the two highest points on the island. Visit the Captain Cook monument and lookout platform for spectacular coastline views. This is a great place to stop for a bite to eat as there are picnic facilities and barbecues on-site. Explore the Botanical Gardens and learn about Norfolk Island’s plants and animals. The track is mostly boardwalk so easy to enjoy at a leisurely pace. Package Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation in a one bedroom apartment at Aloha Apartments, a half day island tour, return airport transfers and a 7 day rental car hire. Conditions apply.
Price Guide From: $929
The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials, surcharges and conditions may apply depending on travel date.
SOFT ADVENTURE IN TONGA Swim with whales The best thing about Tonga is the authentic, unspoilt and genuine feeling you get while experiencing a real taste of Polynesian life. From July to October large schools of southern humpback whales take shelter in the tropical-reef protected waters of Tonga to give birth to their young. These shallow and warm waters provide the perfect viewing platform with excellent visibility from which to admire these beautiful creatures. You may hear the occasional singing of courting male humpbacks, a natural symphony that can carry up to 100 kilometres through the open ocean and for those lucky enough to swim alongside these gentle giants it is an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Tours take up to a maximum of 12 passengers with only 4 at a time being able to swim with the whales, it’s likely you’ll need to take turns in the water. Whale watching and swimming is prohibited on Sundays. Package Inclusions: 5 nights accommodation in a Superior Room at Tanoa Dateline Hotel, buffet breakfast daily per adult, WiFi, return airport transfers plus a whale watching and swimming tour including snorkel gear, wet suits, bottled water and lunch.
Price Guide From: $1219
TEE OFF IN NOUMEA Exclusiv Golf Deva New Caledonia Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa & Golf Resort is a luxury property located 90 minutes from Tontouta International Airport set amongst a tropical beachfront setting overlooking a UNESCO World Heritage-listed barrier reef and just steps away from the Deva domain nature reserve. You are spoilt for choice with multiple things on offer here from hiking, biking, horse riding trails, coastal exploration, spa rejuvenation and more but one of the main reasons people flock here is to tee off at the hotel’s renowned golf course. Designed by famed course architect Pete Dye, Exclusiv Golf Deva New Caledonia features 18 holes of challenging championship golf and striking views of the lagoon. Perfect your swing with a round or two during your resort stay. Package Inclusions: 5 nights accommodation in a Traditional Room at Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa & Golf Resort, full buffet breakfast daily per adult, use of Link@Sheraton including free internet access in public areas, use of non-motorised watersports equipment, bicycles, access to the fitness centre, one round of 18-hole golf, shared cart, full set of golf clubs unlimited driving range golf balls and return airport transfers.
Price Guide From: $1539
The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials, surcharges and conditions may apply depending on travel date.
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Hospitals are located in Upolu & Savai’i
If you’re travelling on a NZ Passport, a Visa is not required. If you are staying longer than 60 days a visa will be required.
There’s truly nowhere quite like Samoa. From the moment you arrive on this idyllic nation’s shores, you will be greeted by smiles and the lively ‘Talofa’ of the locals.
A special and important part of Fa’a Samoa – ‘the Samoan way’ – are the traditions. Check out the song and dance such as the Siva at a unique cultural show, you’ll leave enchanted by the skill, grace and passion evident in the various dances, ranging from slow and captivating to thrilling and fast. The colourful culture and welcome attitude is not all you’ll find here – Samoa is packed with natural delights like glistening turquoise lagoons, towering volcanic landscapes, blissful beaches and banyan groves, all of which offer once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for adventure or relaxation – whichever holiday type suits you. There are ten islands that make up Samoa, with Upolu (home to Apia, the nation’s capital) and Savai’i as the main two. Each island has its own unique flavour and feel – though both are equally delectable. There’s a different type of accommodation to suit every need in Samoa. No visit here is complete without spending at least one night in an open-sided, thatched beachfront fale, lulled to sleep by waves lapping the shore. If you’re splashing out, there are, of course, deluxe resorts where you can unwind in luxury, or there’s a complete range of accommodation in between. Samoa… serene, spectacular and super special.
OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO Sleep in a fale on the beach – If you are after a true taste of Samoa we suggest you live like a local and stay in one of the many beach fales dotted around the coastline. They are mostly family-operated on village land and enjoy some of Samoa’s most scenic vistas and million-dollar scenery.
Catch a local bus – Riding one of Samoa’s brightly coloured buses is a must-do experience and a great insight into the local way of life.
Experience Alofaaga Blowholes – Located in Taga on Savai’i, powered by waves, these roaring jets of water defy gravity and shoot skyward at an incredible speed. For extra entertainment locals like to throw coconuts into them and watch them fly high into the air.
Enjoy a Fiafia night – Many resorts and hotels host weekly Fiafia nights, with entertaining traditional Samoan dancing and food.
Discover the Falealupo Canopy Walkway – Located in the Falealupo Rainforest Preserve, Savai’i, the walkway is 40 metres off the ground and passes spectacular huge banyan trees.
Sample the local food – There are many foods to try while in Samoa, we highly recommend these: Paulsami – a dish consisting of coconut milk, taro leaves and corn beef, Oka- raw fish and Umu – similar to a Hangi, food is wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in the above the ground oven of hot volcanic stones.
Relax at picture-perfect Lalomanu Beach – Hands down one of Samoa’s best looking beaches, this is the paradise we all dream about.
Dine at Paddles Restaurant – A well-established restaurant in the main township of Apia. The menu includes a display of both Samoan and Italian cuisine to tantalise the taste buds. A relaxing time is guaranteed with good company, great food and excellent service.
Palolo Deep Marine Reserve
SAVAI’I Market Place Fugalei
Museum of Samoa
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Namua Island Lalomanu
Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa
A gorgeous slice of Samoan paradise, this Kiwi owned resort will be sure to meet your expectations. It offers exceptional value accommodation, located on the South Coast of Upolu, just steps away from a beautiful golden sandy beach and warm tropical waters. It features a variety of accommodation types from hotel rooms, bungalows and luxury villas including absolute beachfront and stand alone family options with a separate bedroom for the children - you’ll find something for all tastes and budgets. The villas themselves reflect Samoa’s outdoor lifestyle with the focus on super-comfortable, secluded beach living. Each has a hand-made thatched roof and a well-furnished verandah with bathrooms that open on to private internal courtyards and offer the option of indoor and outdoor showering. Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa is in prime location for access to some of Samoa’s most beautiful natural attractions. Car hire is available on-site for your convenience. Get active and explore; To Sua Trench, Sopo’aga Waterfalls, Piula Cave Pool just to name a few or the resort has operated tours available as well. Enjoy on-site facilities such as the lagoon style swimming pool including swim-up pool bar, two restaurants with buffet two nights a week and themed nights every other evening, four bars, gym and spa, you can do as little or as much as you like. This resort is ideal for a family holiday, group stay, reunion, conference, wedding celebration or even a romantic getaway. Its beachfront setting, tropical garden surroundings award-winning service, and views across a wide blue lagoon all make it picture perfect.
Head down to “The Landing” at the end of the small jetty, directly over the lagoon to enjoy WST$6 happy hour beers.
Return to Paradise Resort & Spa
Return to Paradise Resort & Spa has a dream-like setting by a famous beach and coral lagoon – a location chosen in 1953 for a romantic film with the same name starring the legendary Gary Cooper. The resort blends effortlessly into the area’s natural beauty and accommodation is styled as a Samoan village with traditional architecture. Boasting a total of 80 rooms, there are a variety of categories to choose from including Beachfront rooms, Beachfront Suite rooms, Ocean Breeze rooms, Two and Three bedroom villas, with all bedrooms having private en suite bathrooms and one Honeymoon Suite. Each has a private balcony or patio area, angled to catch every one of those stunning South Seas sunsets. There are a wide range of leisurely activities to enjoy including, four swimming pools (one for adults only), snorkelling, day spa, beach activities, unique local tours to name a few and an 18-hole golf course 30 minutes away. The resort also offers a twice weekly shuttle service into Apia for your convenience.
When it comes to dining, you are spoilt for choice. Paradise Kitchen, the signature restaurant is where you can sample world-class dishes with the freshest local ingredients. Cabana Café next to the pool is great for casual dining with tapas and wood-fire pizzas and the Rock Pool Bar located in a traditional Samoan Fale is a fantastic spot to relax with a refreshing cocktail at days end while taking in the Paradise Beach views. Return to Paradise Resort & Spa is our top pick when it comes to a more authentic holiday experience, the best part? it’s family owned and operated. The uniqueness of this shines through with the friendly and accommodating staff, always happy to assist to make your holiday one to remember. Don’t miss the colourful giant clams. You can snorkel or kayak through the reserve and see over 100 of them, some as big as a coffee table!
Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort
If you want to be wowed by enchanting pacific views and white sands then this is the place for you. Built in a long, curving arc to echo the shape of its beach, Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort offers privacy and peace within very easy reach of the international airport. Complimentary activities and amenities include tennis, a range of selected non-motorised water sports (excludes stand-up paddleboards and hobie cats which are available at a price) and the hotel’s swimming pool is a stunner. There’s an excellent restaurant in the main hotel building, a super-stylish lobby bar, poolside bar, fitness centre and luxurious day spa providing a wide selection of restorative treatments. And a plus for parents is the complimentary kids’ club which offers some serious fun, ranging from crab racing and umu making to culture. The little ones won’t want to be anywhere else! Apia is around 45 minutes away, and if you want to island hop during your stay, ferries leave from nearby Mulifanua wharf.
Deluxe Ocean View Room
Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows
Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows is located on Main Beach Road right on the waterfront in the heart of Apia. It is one of the most famous hotels in the South Pacific and has been around since 1933. The hotel has just undergone a complete refurbishment. This has transformed it from faded glory to absolutely outstanding. All historic features have been restored, excellent new amenities added, and Aggie’s original grand atmosphere is now wholly re-established. Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows offers total comfort from guest rooms to bungalows and suites, with everything you need to feel right at home. This hotel is top of the class and perfect for anyone wanting luxury coupled with the romance of a golden, bygone age.
King Bungalow Suite
Located just 45 minutes from Faleolo International Airport and connected to the mainland of Upolu by a causeway, Taumeasina offers easy access to sightseeing, shopping and entertainment yet allows you to relax and retreat on your own tropical island paradise while enjoying breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean. Choose from the beautifully appointed Ocean View Hotel Rooms or fully self-contained spacious Two and Three bedroom Waterfront Villas – ideal for families or friends travelling together.
Taumeasina Island Resort
Whilst staying at the resort your choices are endless; great dining from a mouth-watering selection of menu options, superb service and first-class facilities. You’ll enjoy a full buffet breakfast daily and complimentary unlimited WiFi during your stay. There is a great range of activities including cascading swimming pools, tennis court, fitness centre, snorkelling, kayaking, catamarans, a childrens’ playground, nightly entertainment and weekly cultural shows. Alternatively, retreat to Fofo Spa & Sauna and indulge in a selection of relaxing treatments.
Deluxe Ocean View Hotel Room
Seabreeze Resort This boutique Polynesian inspired beachfront resort on the south-east coast of Upolu ticks all the right boxes if you’re looking for the ultimate in romance, rest and relaxation. The twelve villas, catering exclusively for adults, are air-conditioned, each has pristine ocean, lagoon or pool views and features your own thatched pavilion or courtyard. For a special occasion we recommend a stay in the Honeymoon Pointhouse situated on the clifftop where you’ll have uninterrupted sea views and ultimate privacy. At days end the award-winning Waterfront Restaurant and Bar situated over the water is the place to enjoy a cocktail and bite to eat while taking in the amazing views. You’ll find it hard to leave this little haven, the team at Seabreeze Resort do their upmost to ensure your stay is a memorable one. Seabreeze offer a complimentary à la carte mini bar of beer, wine, soft drink, water and snacks (replenished daily with items consumed).
Ocean View Villa
This family-run hotel is ideal for a holiday that won’t break the bank. It is centrally located and a great option for those that want to be near the hustle and bustle of Apia Township. The accommodation is simple but comfortable, stylish, spacious and air conditioned, each with a balcony. The rooms on the first and second level have the added bonus of ocean views from the balcony. There’s an inviting swimming pool, and the seafood at Amanaki’s restaurant is an attraction in its own right, caught by the hotel’s own fishing boats and famously fresh. There’s plenty of other good food on offer too including traditional Samoan dishes. Arguably some of the best food and drinks on the island and at very reasonable prices. Wireless high-speed internet is available and central Apia is an easy walk away.
Tanoa Tusitala Hotel
Accommodation in Apia doesn’t get better than this. Just a hop, skip and jump away from the waterfront and a short stroll from colourful downtown Apia, the location is ideal from which to discover the delights of Samoa. With buffet breakfast included and so many restaurants within walking distance, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to places to dine. Tanoa is a popular choice for the business traveller as WiFi is included for convenience and it’s so close to the central business district. We also recommend it as a good combo option if your itinerary involves heading to the outer island of Savai’i. That way you can experience both the hustle and bustle of city life as well as get that beach fix. If you want to venture further afield we suggest hiring a rental car so that you have the freedom to explore at your own pace. Visit historical sites, famous beaches, incredible waterfalls, cave pools, swimming holes and more.
Executive King Room
Le Vasa Resort
Choose Le Vasa an exclusive boutique paradise – it is the ultimate place to unplug, unwind and connect with what is important! Absolute oceanfront bungalows on a beautiful lagoon with ocean views and stunning sunsets. Perfect for couples, families and small groups, wanting a distinctly Samoan holiday experience with a range of authentic local cultural activities and adventures, Samoan wellness treatments, water activities, fishing charters and romantic sunset cruising. Close to both Faleolo International Airport and the Mulifanua Wharf Ferry Terminal connecting the islands of Upolu and Savai’i. Enjoy an authentic taste of Samoa on the island of Upolu, Le Vasa Resort.
Superior Oceanfront Bungalow
Coconuts Beach Club Resort & Spa
This Samoan inspired resort embodies all that is wonderful about the culture of the destination. The décor has a more traditional Samoan feel to it which makes it unique and its south coast location is second to none, boasting amazing sunrise and sunset views. There are a variety of accommodation options on offer ranging from the popular Coco and Treehouse Suites and the One and Two Bedroom Beach Fales just steps from the water’s edge to the Royal Beach Villas that are popular with family groups. For honeymooners or couples looking for a bit more luxury, upgrade to an Overwater Fale for something extra special. Coconut’s offer free snorkel gear, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, so get exploring! We recommend kayaking into the neighbouring mangrove estuary for a peaceful natural excursion. Another bonus that makes this resort special is you have the choice to have complimentary continental breakfast daily or a mini bar (local beer, wine, bottled water, soda) restocked daily for your pleasure – Enjoy!
Aga Reef Resort
If you’re looking for a secluded unspoilt hideaway somewhere in the Pacific this multi-award-winning gem is sure to impress. Nestled between a glorious tropical backdrop and shimmering ocean, this resort is a stylish mix of private Waterfront Villas and comfortable hotel rooms offering contemporary décor and amenities and all airconditioned with your comfort in mind. The Ocean Breeze Rooms interconnect and are especially good for families while the larger standalone Waterfront Villas are perfect for a romantic getaway. If luxury is what you’re after then the exclusive VIP Villa with its very own private plunge pool on the deck is sure to appeal! Whatever the style of accommodation, you’re sure to find the right fit for you or the family. Stunning Lalomanu Beach, is only a 5 minute drive away and the popular swimming spot, To Sua Trench 12 minutes away.
Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa
The marvellous thing about Sinalei is that it offers much more than superb service, fantastic food and beautiful accommodation. The staff have retained everything that is good about the real spirit of the Samoan people and their culture, and Kiwis who have experienced the warmth of a Sinalei welcome return every year for more. The resort and spa comprises of just 29 villas which are scattered thoughtfully across 33 acres of proudly maintained lush seaside gardens. Whether you choose a Garden View Villa or a villa with a view of the gorgeous turquoise lagoon, the simple elegance and Samoan flair which has gone into the design of each one will leave you feeling relaxed and truly inspired. One thing’s for sure, this is a South Pacific favourite – whether you’re here for a getaway, a romantic escape or just some downtime, you’ll be sad to leave and wishing you stayed longer.
Upgrade to a Waterfront Villa and witness beautiful sunsets over the pristine lagoon from your deck.
ALEIPATA DISTRICTS & TO SUA TRENCH
FALEFA FALLS & PIULA CAVE POOLS
FUGALEI MARKET & PAPASE’EA SLIDING ROCKS
This scenic tour along the north east of Upolu provides a panorama of views including the impressive Falefa Falls. Along the way you will pass through lush green forests, waterfalls, plantations and traditional Samoan villages. En route, stop for a swim at the To Sua Trench.
Visit Falefa Falls with its 10 metre drop into the ocean, and tranquil fresh water Piula Cave Pool which runs beneath the oldest Methodist church. Ideal for alternative swims between fresh and salt water. There will be an opportunity for photo stops at villages.
Better taken in the afternoon, this tour gives you the chance stock up on fresh fruit like pawpaw or ladyfinger bananas from the markets to snack on during your day. Then take the scenic route to Vaimoso-uta before stopping at Papase’ea for a swim and slide.
TAFATAFA BEACH & SOUTH EAST UPOLU
Matareva Beach on the South Coast of Upolu is what visitors dream the South Pacific to be. The beach has beautiful white sand and there are ideal spots for swimming, snorkelling, relaxing or just soaking up the sun. The curving nature of the coastline provides small private areas at the beach and lunch is included in the tour.
First stop is the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, then into the mountains and rainforest. Lunch is a delicious barbecue at Tafatafa with ample time for a swim. Continue to Sopo’aga Falls and Mini Botanical Garden then home via spectacular Le Mafa Pass and the Falefa Falls.
As American Samoa is only a 30 minute flight away from Upolu, it’s the perfect chance to add on a spot of shopping and sightseeing to your Samoa holiday. Visit gift shops with souvenirs and Samoan arts and crafts, fabric outlets, clothing stores, the vibrant downtown market, historic villages, national parks and more.
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MOUNTAIN TO MANGROVE
VOLCANIC LAKE, HIKE & SWIM
This half day tour is ideal for a short and sweet intro to Upolu and will give you the chance to learn a few points of interest about Samoa. You’ll drive past places of historic and scenic interest including Mulinu’u, the sacred burial grounds of the chiefly families of Samoa. Last stop Robert Louis Stevenson Museum.
Trek 10 kilometres across the volcanic spine of Upolu’s mountain range as you make your descent towards the south coast. Experience rainforest, giant ferns, lofty grazing country and remote plantations. Kayak 1.5 kilometres through overhanging mangroves before enjoying a refreshing swim at Safata Bay.
Venture off the beaten track and take a hike to Lake Lanoto’o, a secret site that the normal tourist doesn’t know about. Part of the Lake Lanoto’o National Park, it’s a beautiful volcanic crater lake positioned amongst stunning tropical rainforest. The perfect spot for a refreshing swim to cool off.
NORTHERN TOUR OF SAVAI’I
SOUTHERN TOUR OF SAVAI'I
HIRE A CAR
This tour covers the North Coast and begins at the colourful Salelologa Markets before a brief stop at Sapapali’i Village – where the first missionaries arrived in Samoa. You’ll then head northwards through delightful coastal villages and stop off at various natural attractions and areas of historical significance
This tour covers the South Coast of Savai'i. It starts off with a visit to fresh produce market before heading off through coastal villages and lush rainforest areas. Stops are made at various attractions. Highlights include Alofa’aga blowholes - spectacular in sight and force followed by a swim at Afu Aau waterfalls.
Driving in Samoa is easy and lots of fun! You’ll get to experience the “real” Samoa as you pass through local villages. Samoa Scenic provides competitive rates on a range of vehicles. Pick up and drop off fees may apply at some locations. With a car at your disposal you can enjoy this unique country at your own pace.
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For a taste of the true Samoa you must visit Savai’i, Samoa’s largest island. It’s like travelling back
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Tafua Peninsula Apolima Island
in time to the way Samoa was many years ago and is the cultural experience you have yearned for. With a population of 42,000 Savai’i is the third largest Polynesian island after Tahiti and is well known for its gentle traditional way of life, pristine scenery and archaeological sites. Here you can live like a local while at the same time savouring the island’s stunning natural attractions. Get high on a rainforest canopy boardwalk or if you’re a keen diver, take the opportunity to go scuba diving. Samoa boasts more than 200 types of coral so what better way to spend your time than swimming lazily through the delightfully turquoise waters. Savai’i is an island of incredible contrasts – follow the lava tube trail, or blow away the cobwebs by taking an invigorating hike around the easily accessible volcanic crater on the Tafua Peninsula. Cool off afterwards by relaxing in the shade of a palm tree on a nearby white sand beach. Getting to Savai’i is easy, just a 90 minute ferry ride from Mulifanua Wharf in Upolu. A well paved road encircles the island making it very easy to explore, just jump in your rental car and go!
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Savai’i Lagoon Resort
It’s not hard to feel the beach is exclusively yours at this small, ten bungalow, beachfront resort. You will have complimentary use of kayaks and dinghies from which to enjoy the sheltered lagoon. Fill your days swimming, exploring the island, venturing out for a dive with Dive Savai’i or simply laying back on your sun lounger, you‘ll be rejuvenated and relaxed here. Choose from garden or beachfront bungalows, all have the added bonus of an outdoor shower, so you can enjoy showering under the stars. With every bungalow having cooking facilities, you have the option to cook for yourself. There is a general store across the road that sells bread, milk, juice and other basic items for your convenience. Alternatively try the daily changing menu at the on-site beach restaurant and enjoy your meals overlooking the water. At days end savour a Pina Colada or ice cold Vailima at the bar while watching the sunset.
You can snorkel straight off the beach to the Coral Gardens and experience the immense beauty of the coral and a variety of marine life.
Va I Moana Seaside Lodge
Some of Samoa’s best ocean fishing begins here, but you don’t need to be a fisherman to enjoy this little gem nestled on the coastline, fronting some of Samoa’s most pristine and turquoise waters. Swim, snorkel, dive from the pontoons, paddle a kayak in the bay, or simply relax on the beach - it’s all here for you to enjoy with true Samoan hospitality. Choose from Open Beach or Garden Fales, Sunset Waterfront Fales with air-conditioning or Tui Moana rooms with en suite bathrooms, overlooking the stunning blue bay. Enjoy!
Le Lagoto Resort & Spa
In Samoan, ‘Lagoto’ means sunset, and sunsets don’t get any better than the ones you will experience here. Fringed by coconut palms and crystal clear water this boutique resort with just 10 Samoan style bungalows offers the modern conveniences of a large resort in an intimate, idyllic setting. You’ll have the option to stay in either Ocean View or Beachfront Bungalows, whichever you choose you will have uninterrupted views of the water just steps away from the lagoon.
Stevenson’s at Manase
Located on the white sand beach of Manase, Stevensons has a range of accommodation styles, from the open sided beach fales (with your own en suite), to air conditioned suites and villas just steps away from the waters edge - so you’re sure to find the right fit for you or the family. There is good snorkelling directly in front of the resort, the lagoon is ideal for safe swimming and kayaking, the infinity pool is perfect for a refreshing dip and the beach bar is a great spot to enjoy a drink while watching the sunset.
Amoa Resort stands across the road from one of Samoa’s most breathtaking turquoise lagoons. Set in lush tropical gardens the property offers 15 contemporary Polynesian Deluxe Bungalows, Poolside Villas and Garden Rooms which are interconnecting on request. Features of the rooms include air conditioning, mini fridge, tea and coffee making facilities and large patio with views to the pool, gardens or restaurant. Deluxe Bungalows and Poolside Villas are located close to the gorgeous swimming pool with swim-up pool bar.
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BEACH FALES Complete your Samoan holiday experience by staying in one of the many traditional thatched open-sided fales that dot the coastline. These fales are mostly on village land and are usually family operated, ensuring a warm welcome and friendly service. These fales give a whole new meaning to the term beachfront. They are scattered all around the coast of the two main islands, Upolu and Savai’i, consequently they enjoy some of Samoa’s most scenic vistas. What better way to end an enjoyable day’s sightseeing than by letting the gentle lapping of waves lull you to sleep. While beach fales are back-to-basics accommodation, any lack of modern amenities is more than compensated for by the chance to live like a local amid some million-dollar scenery.
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A beach fale experience is for the adventurous, who are happy just to pack a lavalava and a toothbrush. After all, you won’t need much more. Exchange the usual hotel experience for the more modest facilities of a traditional open-sided fale (with pull down blinds for added privacy). Share a bowl of kava with hospitable locals and get amongst their everyday life. If you break into a sweat with the absence of airconditioning make the most of the clear crisp waters within steps of your fale.
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Respect your hosts as you are essentially a guest in their home.
As you are totally responsible for your belongings, including your passport, take a lockable bag or padlock.
Take a torch as there may not be a reading lamp and it will be handy to guide you to the communal bathroom in the darkness of night.
Bring your shoes into your Fale at night so local dogs don’t run off with them!
Take your own towel for showering and to use at the beach.
Take a basic supply of bottled water, beer and snacks as your hosts may run out of these.
With any food supplies keep them well sealed away from any unwanted fourlegged visitors at night.
If you have food or medical issues, let your hosts know before you arrive.
Pack hand sanitizer and a toilet roll, you don’t want to be caught in the middle of the night.
While it’s great to be lulled to sleep by the waves, earplugs are a must just in case you’re unlucky with barking dogs, crowing roosters or partying guests.
A lavalava (Samoan sarong) is handy to have close by – they not only look good but are cool, handy for lying on the beach and when wrapped, provide instant modesty.
Remember above all, pack your sense of adventure and enjoy legendary Samoan hospitality.
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Taufua Beach Fales, Upolu
Litia Sini Beach Fales, Upolu
Postcard perfect location on stunning Lalomanu Beach where you’ll enjoy legendary hospitality in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. From traditional open-sided fales and private closed fales on a beach to the private oceanview fales on a clifftop location – there’ll be one for you. The beachfront restaurant where hearty meals are served in family style allows you to share experiences with other guests. To get the most out of your holiday, your hosts, the Taufua family are always on hand to give advice.
Considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in Samoa on Upolu’s south eastern coast, Lalolmanu Beach is home to Litia Sini Beach Fales. The fales, all dotted along the beach, are just steps back from the lagoon that offers all day, every day swimming and great snorkelling – or simply relax with a good book on the gorgeous white sand. This is the perfect place for a relaxing beach holiday with plenty of opportunities for you to engage in village activities nearby.
Breakfast and dinner included daily
Breakfast and dinner included daily
Tanu Beach Fales, Savai’i
Lauiula Beach Fales, Savai’i
Live the life of a local and become part of the high chief’s family from the time you arrive at Tanu Beach, where the emphasis is on true Samoan hospitality. Experience the simple pleasures of life and enjoy one of Savai’i’s most pristine beaches. Your accommodation is in a traditional style Samoan fale with no walls (just pull down blinds for added privacy) and you will be armed with a mattress, sheet, pillows and mozzie net to keep unwanted visitors at bay. Life doesn’t get more liberating than this!
Located on the beautiful white sand beach of Lano, considered to be amongst the best spots in Savai’i for swimming, snorkelling and kite surfing. Your friendly hosts are on hand to give you local advice on things to do including canoeing and island tours, so you’re sure to get the most out of your stay. Your open Samoan-style fale with local style pull down blinds is literally at the water’s edge. On-site is an open bar and a restaurant that serves up yummy meals.
Breakfast and dinner included daily
Breakfast and dinner included daily
3 hours behind New Zealand
Current is 220V, 50HZ. Plug is a 3 point rectangle-pin Adaptor
English, French & Bislama
ANZ is located in Port Vila & Luganville, Espiritu Santo
Hospitals are located in Port Vila & Luganville, Espiritu Santo
If you’re travelling on a NZ Passport, a Visa is not required. If you are staying longer than 30 days a visa will be required
Variety, vibrancy, volcanoes − these words aptly describe Vanuatu. This necklace of lush islands in the South Pacific is a potpourri of cultures offering travellers a captivating and divergent choice of experiences, from fine dining to adventure tourism. The people of Vanuatu are always smiling, said to be the happiest souls in the world and travellers are welcomed with open-arms. Vanuatu is sure to be one of leaders of any island nation when it comes to cuisine - it’s steaks of the Santo beef variety are renowned. Likewise, the coffee grown on the island of Tanna has gained distinction around the globe. Where better to sample these culinary delights than in a French restaurant in the cosmopolitan capital, Port Vila. Or join in one of the Melanesian feasts organised by the major resorts. While relaxation and fine dining are a prerequisite of most island holidays, there are a myriad of reasons for leaving your sun lounger and working up a fresh appetite. Vanuatu boasts some of the best diving sites in the world, with opportunities to explore both pristine coral reefs and wartime wrecks, making this destination a magnet for both scuba divers and snorkellers alike. And if you want to keep your feet dry but still hanker for excitement, Vanuatu has some of the world’s most active and exciting volcanoes, many of them easily accessible to visitors.
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OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO Get snorkelling – Grab a snorkel and head right off the beach or ask us about snorkelling trips to spectacular off-shore reefs and lesser known spots. We love trips to Lelepa Island and Pele Island.
Dive into the Blue Holes – Found all over Vanuatu blue holes get their spectacular colour from their depth, mineral content and incredible purity and are magical swimming spots.
Visit L’Houstalet Restaurant – Consistently rated the country’s best dining, this French spot is also surprisingly welcoming to families. Taste Vanuatu specialities like bat prepared in coq au vin style.
Sip Champagne on Champagne Beach – Voted amongst the world’s best beaches Champagne Beach on Santo has pristine white sand, crystal clear waters, and is perfect for a picnic day out.
Dine at Francesca’s Beach Club Bar Restaurant – Located on Havannah Harbour the views are to die for and the food is even better. Enjoy delicious authentic Italian food and live music every Sunday afternoon.
Hit the Port Vila markets – Vila’s vibrant waterfront covered market (also known as the Mama’s Market) is open around the clock from Monday morning to noon on Saturday. You’ll find friendly stalls selling an incredible array of fresh tropical fruit, unbelievably bright veggies and delicious prepared foods that are freshly made, safe to eat and cheap as chips!
Enjoy a Melanesian feast – For an unforgettable evening, ask us about a traditional Melanesian feast and cultural performance. You’ll be welcomed with a Kava preparation, then indulge in traditionally prepared cuisine, music and dance by firelight.
Explore Ekasup Cultural Village – This award-winning attraction brings early Melanesian culture to life. You’ll be greeted on arrival by villagers in traditional dress and be guided through the village to learn about customs, food, traditional weapons and more.
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The Havannah Vanuatu
Setting the standard of luxury in Vanuatu – simply stunning! A romantic getaway awaits you at this small and intimate adults only resort. Experience the sun on your back as you lie upon white sands, indulge in gourmet local produce, sip cocktails in the lounge and watch the sun set across the Pacific. Now is your chance to escape the pressure and distraction of everyday life. After being warmly greeted in true Van style, in just over 30 minutes you will arrive at Samoa Point, where pure white beaches and azure waters abound and your designer bungalow awaits. Individual and spacious, the rooms feature a sumptuous king-sized bed, plunge pool (Waterfront Villas only) and flat screen television. The Havannah offers gourmet cuisine using the freshest of local ingredients with fine wines from Australia, New Zealand and France. You can choose to dine on the beach or at the Point Restaurant, with its commanding 270 degree views over Havannah Harbour. The chefs create menus which tantalise your taste buds and entice you in the restaurant, but also on the beach or on the resort’s private jetty. Vanuatu’s perfect climate gives you the opportunity to experience a range of water sports, adventure and other sporting activities and sightseeing tours. Enjoy a sunset cruise, or ride the waters on a catamaran or kayak. Snorkel or scuba dive in Vanuatu’s crystal clear waters as you discover some of the most exciting and varied underwater sights in the world. The Havannah is a retreat for those travellers seeking seclusion, peace and quiet and yet also provides the option to be active on the land and water and to experience both nearby scenic and cultural tours.
All meals included
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Warwick Le Lagon – Vanuatu
The award-winning Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu is positioned in a true tropical setting at the cobalt blue waters edge of Erakor Lagoon. The resort offers a true island escape for fun-filled family holidays or romantic getaways. A wide range of activities and water sports are available to keep the whole family occupied throughout your stay. Paradise doesn’t simply serve as the backdrop; it permeates every aspect of Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu. The soothing touch at Oasis Spa, the local and international flavours at Wild Ginger Restaurant & Bar, the private sanctuaries of the Luxury Villa Collection resting on the shores of the lagoon are highlights spread throughout the resort – all designed to create the most comfortable accommodations and memorable experiences possible. Accommodation options range from hotel style rooms and bungalows facing lush tranquil gardens or views of the lagoon, to lagoon-side villas, some with private pools and the luxurious Two Bedroom Erakor Residence which is located right on the beach. For the more indulgent, you might like to opt for one of the stunning Pool Villas which boasts magnificent views across the aqua blue lagoon.
Lagoon Superior Room
Resort facilities include three restaurants, two bars, three swimming pools, a spa pool and wading pool, complimentary water sports, a 12-hole golf course, two tennis courts, a gym, complimentary kids' club, and an overwater wedding deck. Located just minutes from the adventure capital of Port Vila, Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu is the ideal choice to not only experience the vibrant urban life of Vanuatu but its natural beauty as well.
A great option for families as kids under 12 can stay, play and eat free from the kids menu when dining with their parents.
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Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Vila
Experience Vanuatu’s newest luxury – the 4-star Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Vila. Located absolute beachfront and nestled on the cliffs of Erakor Lagoon, just 15 minutes from downtown Port Vila. It caters to couples looking for a quality getaway, families, conference groups and retreats. The premier resort offers 80 self-contained apartments with modern amenities, quality bathrooms, spacious lounge areas, the convenience of a kitchen and large balcony’s from which to enjoy unobstructed panoramic views over the lagoon. The Two Bedrooms and interconnecting rooms are a fantastic option for families or couples travelling together and the supermarket is just a 5 minute walk away, ideal for picking up holiday supplies.
Ramada has a range of resort facilities available to ensure you get the most out of your stay. Go snorkelling, stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking around Erakor Lagoon, pamper yourself with a spa treatment at Kesorn Spa, keep busy and partake in the daily activities programme, or spend your days swimming in the large lagoon style pool. Need some adult time? Keep the children entertained at the kids playroom, available from 9.30am-5.30pm for ages 3-12 years. The Akiriki Restaurant offers an extensive menu including a blend of flavours influenced from Melanesia and Polynesia with a French flair. Try the Vanuatu eye fillet, it’s a popular choice and comes highly recommended. The Sports Bar is a great place to laze away the balmy afternoon. Make the most of happy hour from 5-7pm. With a large screen TV showing games from all around the world – it’s a prime spot to unwind with a Tusker beer while mixing with the other guests. Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Vila is the natural choice of resort when you desire high quality rooms and facilities, a tropical chill atmosphere and easy access to everything Port Vila has to offer. Don’t miss the exceptional fire show performed by Vanuafire every Wednesday from 8pm on the beach.
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Breakas Beach Resort
If you are looking for a place to truly unwind and relax with total peace and quiet, a stay at the adults only Breakas Beach Resort is sure to foot the bill. This is an ideal place to head for a romantic ‘feet in the sand’ type of getaway. The Melanesian inspired and award-winning bungalows (known locally as farés) either open directly onto the white sand or are only a few steps away from the beach and situated in a garden of tropical foliage. Enjoy the unpretentious and eco-cool open-air coral bathrooms and the calming tropical breeze from your balcony. In addition, each faré has a refrigerator as well as tea and coffee making facilities. The private beach is protected by its own coral reef, great for snorkelling and when you’ve finished exploring, make the most of the half price cocktails at happy hour or take a seat around the pool for a romantic meal. Make sure your stay includes a Wednesday night when the Melanesian feast offers a real taste of local food and tradition – just go easy on the Kava!
Complimentary resort services and activities include daily continental breakfast, an introductory scuba lesson in the resort pool, local cooking class, use of kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and snorkelling equipment and a guided cultural tour of the local village. This is a favourite for those seeking seclusion, romance and an authentic experience, but still want the sights and sounds of downtown Port Vila easily accessible.
Grab a table seaside and tuck into a Tusker beer and scrummy seafood platter for two while enjoying the stunning views, absolute bliss.
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Poppyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the Lagoon Resort
Poppyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a private and friendly resort just a 15 minute walk from Port Vila town and located on a white sand beach. Set amongst two acres of lush gardens, with water sports, three swimming pools, day spa services, tour desk and a range of accommodation to suit both families and couples. All accommodation is fully self-contained, with air-conditioned bedrooms plus the option of ceiling fans and with daily maid service. LEAF Restaurant on-site features locally grown organic sourced products served in a relaxed open-air fare and beautiful overwater views. The resort is meticulously maintained and the atmosphere is very welcoming with 24 hour reception and free limited WiFi in the central public area and rooms. Long time local staff take pride in getting to know guests and look after their every need.
For couples wanting something special, upgrade to a Beachfront Spa Bungalow as these are more quiet, private and romantic.
Three Bedroom Lagoon View Apartment
Leave the kids at home and enjoy your Vanuatu experience from this popular resort designed exclusively for adults. This peaceful abode is ideal for a relaxing getaway, but is also a great place from which to base yourself and explore the city of Port Vila and its surrounding attractions as it is still centrally located. There are a range of accommodation options to suit your needs, however we recommend a room on the lagoon side where the views are sensational. Or for something extra special why not treat yourself and upgrade to a room with a private plunge pool. Be sure to take advantage of the daily happy hour from 5-6pm and sample some of the delicious cocktails on offer. Santo beef is delectable so if this is on the restaurant menu, you must give it a try.
Three Bedroom Lagoon View Apartment
The Terraces Boutique Apartments
With its stunning hilltop location overlooking Erakor Lagoon, and an easy 10 minute walk to downtown Port Vila, The Terraces is an apartment-style boutique resort. It contains a combination of generously sized Studios, or Self-Contained One and Two Bedroom Apartments. The One and Two Bedroom Apartments come with your very own private plunge pool or the stylish main resort pool is also available for a refreshing swim. Enjoy access to the delightful restaurant and bar at the adjoining Mangoes, grab a game of tennis or work out in the on-site gymnasium, then to finish relax with an in room massage. This is a fantastic Port Vila option for couples and friends travelling together or families with children from 5 years looking for spacious accommodation.
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Nasama Resort is located on the south east corner of Efate Island, just 10 minutes from Port Vila centre. This beachfront resort offers top-quality self-contained accommodation. Choose from serviced Beachview Studios, Oceanfront Suites or Seaview Two Bedroom Apartments. All apartments are spacious and beautifully furnished. They all have ocean views, a patio or balcony, a kitchen, air conditioning, free WiFi, TV/ Satellite, DVD player and Bluetooth speaker. There is plenty to keep guests entertained at Nasama Resort. Indulge in a massage at the beach hut, swim in the beautiful infinity pool or the ocean rock pool, sunbathe on the beach, go snorkelling or kayaking. Savour the delicious meals and drinks at either of the two restaurants and bars or prepare your own meals in your apartment or at the BBQ faré. Nasama Resort is all about relaxation while on holiday but with the comforts of home.
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu Located just a few minutes from town with exclusive lagoon frontage, Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu truly is an oasis in Port Vila and is a popular South Pacific Resort of choice for island holiday makers. A stay here will ensure you find the perfect balance of relaxation and activity and experience a true Melanesian ‘welkam’. If you’re looking for fun and adventure or to simply relax and soak up the tropical island atmosphere, the resort's combination of fun zones and secluded quiet zones are ideal for all. This resort has something for everyone. Whether you are a couple looking for a peaceful romantic escape or a family on the perfect holiday getaway, you'll have everything you need to make your stay a memorable one. Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, where experiences are created and memories made.
Garden View Room
Iririki Island Resort & Spa
From the moment you catch the ferry over to Iririki you know you are in for a relaxing holiday. Set amongst spectacular landscapes this tropical paradise is only a 5 minute ferry ride from Port Vila. Providing a variety of accommodation options from traditionally styled Farés (bungalows) to contemporary self-contained apartments with varied panoramic views of the sea, tropical gardens or swimming pool, it’s the perfect island escape for couples and families alike. Snorkelers Cove is packed with loads of small fish and offers great swimming. At the end of the day happy hour at the poolside bar with a colourful cocktail watching the spectacular sunset is highly recommended, or have a quick meal and a refreshing beverage delivered to your game table as you play a few hands at Iririki Island Resort & Spa’s Jewel Casino. Finish your holiday in a truly indulgent way at Iririki Spa. This luxurious day spa offers breath-taking bay views and an extensive menu of lavish treatments - the perfect ending to a perfect holiday.
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Hideaway Island Resort & Marine Sanctuary
Hideaway Island is located on a small coral atoll with a wide range of accommodation to suit including rooms offering shared facilities. Just 15 minutes from Port Vila and then a 5 minute boat trip, the resort is within a marine reserve. If you get excited about Nemos (clown fish) then this is the place for you to visit. There are sections of this reef that are absolutely bursting with fish life and snorkelling is easy for the kids too as it’s just off the beach. There is a fully equipped 5-star PADI dive shop on-site and they are excellent at customising trips to suit. Enjoy the Melanesian feast on a Thursday night, where you can try an array of authentic dishes while being serenaded by the band. We also recommend the weekly village walk, the locals are proud of their island and love interacting with the guests. Hideaway is a no fuss place with a low key vibe and is highly recommended if you like to dive, swim, snorkel or just laze the day away.
The Melanesian With a wide range of accommodation available from Hotel Rooms to self-contained one and two Bedroom Apartments, The Melanesian is sure to have something to suit most budgets and tastes.
The on-site tennis courts will have you working up a sweat, and the swimming pool is ideal for cooling down. Hungry or thirsty? Why not try a refreshing drink or snack poolside at the Oasis Bar & Grill. For dinner head to the hotels signature restaurant Ristorante Casa Mia, offering rustic Italian cuisine and a unique ambience with pizza and pasta that comes highly recommended. Afterwards, you might like to try your luck at the Club 21 Casino and Gaming lounge. Located a relaxing walk away from the city centre, it is the perfect spot in which to base yourself if your wanting to get out and about. For great value for money and friendly genuine service look no further than The Melanesian.
Beachfront Plunge Pool Villa
Coco Beach Resort
Situated on a beautiful white sand beach with crystal clear water, Coco Beach Resort offers 15 delightful farés and fabulous over water dining, surrounded by stunning scenery. Farés are set in landscaped gardens and are furnished with tropical style interiors and screened louvered windows – perfect for allowing the ocean breezes through. The Restaurant has been built over the water so you can enjoy the panoramic views of the ocean while you sample the delicious selection of cuisine on offer. Feeling energetic? There are many activities on hand including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkelling on the reef, swimming, cycling and nature walks to villages and deserted beaches. Or the resort offers water taxis at an extra charge to and from town as well for your convenience. Coco Beach Resort has a great location – right on the water, close to the hub of Port Vila but far enough away to ensure complete relaxation.
Tamanu on the Beach
Peaceful and secluded Tamanu on the Beach is an absolute beachfront boutique resort where you can relax and enjoy island time. Pamper yourself with a treatment at the Tamanu Spa and bring balance to the mind, body and soul. Port Vila is only a short 20 minute drive away and with 15 Carribean style villas, each facing out to the sprawling ocean your privacy is guaranteed. Each villa offers every comfort you could need. For something extra special we recommend an upgrade to the Beachfront Plunge Pool Villa – perfect for a little romance. This is a great place to reconnect with your significant other – just relax and enjoy the sounds of the coconut trees swaying and the ocean lapping the shore.
Indulge in the mouth watering dishes at Tamanu’s highly recommended restaurant. You’ll want to take the chef home!
NGUNA ISLAND ADVENTURE TOUR
This zipline course traverses back and forth across the expansive ravines. You will enjoy breath-taking views overlooking the ride line down to the clear blue waters of Mele Bay. Zip along six ziplines and two suspension bridges.
Enjoy a fun, memorable and informative bush walking adventure. Trail options include villages, schools, gardens, rainforest and beaches. Your guide will choose the trail best suited to your fitness level and bushwalking experience.
Experience one of Vanuatuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outer islands through a half day trek and an afternoon snorkel. The half day trek is a choice between a volcano walk or environment walk. The environmental walk is easier and a good option for families.
MELE CASCADES WATERFALL
EXPLORE BY MOUNTAIN BIKE
PADDLE IN PARADISE SEA KAYAKING
Vanuatu's most popular tour! At Mele Cascades you will be guided through the lush and tropical rain forest. Take a dip in the clear natural rock pools for a refreshing swim.
Hop on your mountain bike and explore places not usually accessible even to locals. Enjoy off-road tracks, jungle trails, beautiful unspoiled coastlines, Ni-Vanuatu villages, waterfalls, colonial cattle farms and more.
The barrier reef of Mele Bay is this tour location. Enjoy kayaking, swimming and snorkelling in its blue waters. Local Mele guides will lead you to your own sand island and share knowledge of their environment and culture.
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EXPERIENCE ESPIRITU SANTO
Espiritu Santo was the inspiration behind James Michener’s “Tales of the South Pacific”, giving
the region an aura it’s never lost. Santo encompasses a natural beauty and still remains largely untouched and unspoilt. Champagne Beach, with its silver sand and sapphire sea, fulfils every tourist’s expectation of an island paradise. The Blue holes and underground caves are just some of the natural wonders not to be missed. It is a legendary destination in every way, boasting Vanuatu’s highest mountains and vast expanses of rainforest.
Cape Quiros Big Bay
ESPIRITU SANTO Millenium Cave Santo Peak
Nanda Blue Hole
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Million Dollar Point Dive Site Tutuba Point Dive Site SS President Coolidge Dive Site
Espiritu Santo is also a dream destination for diving enthusiasts, the main attraction being the wreck of the luxury liner SS President Coolidge, which sank just off Santo in 1942 after striking a mine. Still almost intact, the liner is considered one of the best and most accessible wreck dives in the world, you can still see guns, cannons and personal supplies left by some of the soldiers. If you want to see the whole wreck it takes around 10-15 dives due to its sheer size. A bonus for divers is that close by is the aptly named Million Dollar Point, where the American forces dumped all their surplus equipment at the end of the war. In addition to these there are many other sites to explore in this underwater playground.
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Barrier Beach Resort
Barrier Beach Resort is located on some of Vanuatu’s best beachfront with breath-taking views and is fringed with reefs abundant with tropical fish, turtles, stingrays and dugongs. It offers a luxurious relaxed atmosphere and is the perfect base to discover the many sights and delights that Espiritu Santo has to offer. With only 18 Fares, you will have a more intimate experience as the resort never feels too crowded. Choose from Suites, Garden, Beach and Oceanfront Fares or for something extra special upgrade to a Luxury Fare with a plunge pool, you’ll be relaxing in no time. Enjoy superb meals from the on-site restaurant and bar where the freshest of local ingredients are used including the famous local Santo beef. Light cooked breakfast is included daily as is WiFi throughout the resort. Kayaks, paddleboards, bicycles and snorkelling equipment are all complimentary, ideal for exploring the surrounding areas – or simply treat yourself to some pampering at the Moyyan Day Spa. Nearby attractions include Riri Blue Hole, Tuffintari Waterfalls, and Champagne Beach - a must visit for all those staying in Santo. Beachfront Executive Suite
The Espiritu Hotel Santo
Conveniently located in the heart of Luganville, The Espiritu is a boutique hotel only steps away from cafés, shops, dive operators and everything in between. Modern contemporary rooms are on offer with something to suit all travellers; families, couples, groups and divers. The Tú Café & Restaurant has a menu full of flavour utilising locally grown, fresh and organic produce including popular favourites Santo beef, seasonal lobster and game fish such as tuna and mahi mahi. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the outdoor pool or a cold beer at the Tú Bar, it hosts a 55” flat screen TV and is the best spot in town to watch live sports.
Aore Island Resort
Aore Island Resort is located on a secluded tropical island surrounded by coconut plantations; yet close enough to town to enjoy the sights and activities of Espiritu Santo. Your Beachfront Bungalow, nestled amongst large shady trees, opens onto a sandy beach lapped by clear blue waters, where you can safely snorkel and observe the fish at play. Relax in the raw luxury of the resort, or be pampered with a Melanesian Spa treatment, slow down and immerse yourself in the island lifestyle, or take a picnic to a secluded beach or blue hole.
Village de Santo
Seaview Garden Fare
Village de Santo Resort invites you to share Island vibes and award-winning cuisine. Vibrant, contemporary and all 15 Deluxe Suites are surrounded by lush tropical gardens overlooking the Pool area. The award-winning in-house ‘Restaurant 1606’ is open daily and located next to reception, serving modern cuisine with tropical flare. The team are passionate and committed to assist you with planning your stay in Santo. The resort is located within walking distance to the town of Luganville and Tour Operators and Dive Companies pick up and drop off right outside the gate. It’s the perfect location for your adventures in Espiritu Santo Vanuatu.
Ratua Island Resort & Spa
Hidden within the pristine islands of Espiritu Santo, is a little island paradise known as Ratua Island Resort & Spa. Set amongst 146 acres of lush tropical gardens, private beaches, lagoons and coral reefs, it offers attentive service, enchanting accommodation, an over-water day spa, yacht club and superb dining. The perfect place to unwind whilst still having easy access to all the natural wonders on your doorstep. Boasting fourteen antique teakwood villas and one Deluxe Beachfront Family Two Bedroom Marquee, Ratua is an idyllic location providing the perfect backdrop for intimate weddings, honeymoons, wellbeing escapes or family getaways.
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MILLENNIUM CAVE TOUR
CHAMPAGNE BEACH TOUR
Santo boasts a myriad of diving opportunities from wrecks to coral reefs for all levels. Most start on the SS President Coolidge, a wreck dive visited by divers from all over. Reef diving is spectacular at Tutuba Point and at Million Dollar Point, discover the massive collection of equipment left by the Americans after WWII.
This full day walking tour requires some degree of fitness as it begins with a lengthy walk through native bush, across creeks and over a bamboo bridge. The Millennium Cave is the objective and its cavernous interior is home to a number of highlights including bats, swallows, stalactites, stalagmites and a freshwater pool.
This full day tour begins with a trip to amazing Champagne Beach with its translucent water and fine white powdery sand. Spend the day swimming and enjoying the beach, before making a stop at one of Santoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous blue holes and the historic Million Dollar Point.
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RIRI RIRI RIVER CANOE TRIP
WWII HISTORY TOUR
Immerse yourself in the culture of the NiVanuatu People. You'll be welcomed by the Chief and his community with a traditional song and dance. As you're taken through the different areas of the village you'll learn everyone has a role to play here - from the building of huts to the cooking and weaving.
A fantastic trip up the crystal clear waters of Santoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest blue hole in a traditional island outrigger canoe. Venture through lush pristine jungle, cool off with a refreshing swim and spot the fresh water fish. There are plenty of photo opportunities along the way.
Follow in the footsteps of those who fought the war in the Pacific. Vanuatu was home to over 100,000 military personnel during World War II and the footprint they left on the landscape is still visible today. Your tour takes you to Million Dollar Point, the site where the American foes dumped tonnes of equipment into the ocean.
Mt Yasur, Tanna
The glow emanating from Mt Yasur attracted Captain Cook to Tanna in 1774 and the classic
volcano has proved a magnet for visitors to the island ever since. The pyrotechnic display at night is awe-inspiring and during the day thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the opportunity to take a 4WD journey virtually to the rim of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most accessible active volcano to view the spectacular ongoing eruptions. The ancient caves in Tanna are also something not to be missed, and people travel from all over the world to explore them. Some blue water caves have snorkel access only and some caves come with their own skeletons. Best to have an experienced guide with you to explain the history and local legends of the caves. Apart from being one of the productive islands in Vanuatu, Tanna is also one of the most traditional as custom and culture remain extremely important. In fact the island of Tanna is populated almost entirely by Melanesians. Many villages have shunned modern life, preferring to live as their ancestors have for centuries, you will see the locals in sheathes and grass skirts and they live in little thatched huts. Such a special destination, giving visitors a unique opportunity to view an ancient culture and its many colourful ceremonies.
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Yakel (Kustom Village) Mt Tukosmera
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White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa
White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa offers a relaxing haven for even the weariest traveller. Nestled into beautiful tropical gardens, each private island style bure has a terrace with ocean views. Your days can be spent lying by the swimming pool, taking a guided snorkelling safari to turtle reef or dive at some amazing locations, this resort prides itself as ‘Vanuatu’s newest PADI dive SCUBA destination’. There are many activities to pass the time – everything from bike hire, sea kayaks, pétanque, indulge in a ‘hot rock’ massage at the new Nabisa Day Spa or visit the spectacular Mt Yasur Volcano. The resort’s restaurant boasts uninterrupted views of the ocean, this is the perfect place to dine or to relax with a cocktail in hand watching the sensational sunsets. White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa provides the perfect place to experience the real Vanuatu with its unique culture and unchanged traditions.
Family Two Bedroom Villa
Blue Cave, Tanna
TANNA VOLCANO SAFARI
Hop on a guided tour of one of Tanna’s Custom (Kustom) Villages. You’ll travel by a 4WD safari vehicle into the forest and experience a way of life that has not changed in centuries as local village people practice the age old traditions, dance and crafts of their ancestors.
A visit to Mt Yasur, one of the world’s most accessible active volcanoes located in the south east, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and is a must-do activity for all visitors to Tanna. You’ll witness nature’s very own fireworks display while listening to the deep roars from within as you stand right on the crater rim.
White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa provides some of the best snorkelling and now offers great scuba diving sites. The volcanic island of Tanna has unmatched visibility and dramatic aquatic landscapes including caves, reef walls, amazing swim throughs, caverns and stunning marine life. Turtles and Dugong are big attractions.
LOUNIEL SURF BEACH & WATERFALL SAFARI
BLACK MAGIC & KAVA TASTING TOUR
3 NIGHT ADVENTURE PACKAGE
Travel across the island to Louniel village. Follow the steep and scenic descent to the magnificent 40 metre waterfall, where you can swim beneath its cascading waters. Enjoy a picnic lunch on a black sand surf beach, before a swim and surf on the body boards provided.
You’ll visit the ancient village of the Warrior tribe who live in the highlands of Tanna and who have continued to live the way that their forefathers did hundreds of years ago. Experience the rituals of Black Magic, see the art of ambush, and learn how to prepare kava before tasting it.
Short on time? This adventure package incorporates the best of Tanna with three nights at White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa, Tanna Volcano Safari plus two of the following tours: Louniel Surf Beach and Waterfall Safari, Lokalangia Custom Village Tour, Tanna Highlights and Giant Banyan Tree Tour or Black Magic and Kava Tasting.
EXPERIENCE NEW CALEDONIA
Kanumera Beach, Ile des Pins
An intoxicating blend of South Pacific idyll and French sophistication is waiting just a two and a half
hour flight from Auckland. New Caledonia is like nowhere else in the Pacific – and as soon as you set foot there, you’ll appreciate the source of its very special charm: Mediterranean meets mellow Melanesia. The capital, Noumea, occupies the southern tip of the main island, Grande Terre, with beautiful bays on both sides. It’s sophisticated yet casual and you won’t find anywhere else on earth quite so similar to the French Riviera. The atmosphere in this little city is pure Gallic, with boutiques, patisseries, cheese shops and restaurants lining quaint streets and squares. Explore the Latin Quarter and the old districts of the Vallee du Tir and Vallee des Colons – and you could be in France.
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Baie de l’Orpbelinat
Baie des Citrons Maitre Island
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Thio SOUTHERN Bouloupari PROVINCE So, for the ideal New Caledonian experience… give yourself time to explore the chic town of Noumea,
NOUMEA Maitre Island
Just outside the town, on the shores of the world’s largest lagoon, you will find a myriad of tropical fish as well as the endangered dugong and rare turtles. Venture further afield and you’ll find a surprising variety of landscapes on Grande Terre: forests, mountains and wide, grassy plains. And, of course, there’s more to New Caledonia than just one island. The Ile des Pins (Isle of Pines) is a dreamlike paradise on the Tropic of Capricorn and the tranquil, unspoilt Loyalty Islands – Lifou, Maré and Ouvéa – are simply exquisite. If you want to lose yourself in relaxation, these are the places to go.
time to enjoy the resort life of Anse Vata and round it off with time all to yourself on a magical outer island. Perfection! Ouen Island
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Located on Anse Vata Bay, this hotel complex is a great base from which to explore Noumea. The beach is just across the road, there are numerous restaurants and boutiques alongside the hotel, and it’s an easy 10 minute trip to the central city and other main attractions. There are four room types to suit all budgets, from standard and premium rooms to family suites, most with the option of ocean views. The hotel is built around the pool and sun deck area, and there is a small sheltered pool designed specifically for children. If your stay includes a Friday night you’ll be lucky enough to witness the Tahitian dance show and sample a sumptuous seafood buffet. L’Equilibre restaurant features market fresh buffets for lunch and dinner and Code Bar is an ideal spot to enjoy cocktails and tapas at day’s end. Various hotel services are also available, including complimentary parking, hire of electric bicycles, hairdressing salon and beauty centre.
Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences
Escapade Island Resort
With its bungalows and picture-postcard setting, this resort more than lives up to its name. Standing on the shores of a tiny island, surrounded by a 200 hectare marine reserve in a dream-like lagoon, it offers total relaxation. Here, the hardest thing you’ll have to do all day is decide when to reapply the sunblock, or when to take your next swim. There are three types of accommodation, but for maximum romance choose a thatched, overwater bungalow. These spacious bungalows have balconies that face the setting sun, and a flight of steps leading straight into the blue waters of the lagoon making it easy to spot the colourful fish and turtles. Or if you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, there are garden and beachside bungalows offering excellent amenities in a peaceful setting. Less than 30 minutes by boat from Noumea, Escapade Island Resort really is a world apart. Facilities include a restaurant, swim-up bar, pool, massage, boutique and water activities centre.
Fresh, modern and fabulous, Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences will meet the needs of travellers wanting 4-star comfort, a self-catering option, and the convenience of hotel service. It’s not often these things come perfectly together in one package, which is why this place has so many fans – plus its right on Anse Vata Bay. All apartments here have two things in common: oodles of space and a big balcony overlooking the lagoon. You can cook for yourself in your fully equipped kitchen, take advantage of the hotel’s room service, or dine at its relaxing restaurant. Facilities include a pool, gym, women’s fitness centre, shopping arcade and park-like grounds. A great location, near the Anse Vata attractions and less than five kilometres from Noumea’s picturesque town centre.
Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Noumea
You’ll have plenty of space to spread out and enjoy your stay at this 4-star property in the heart of Anse Vata – the rooms and suites are huge! Perfectly positioned for beach or business, it overlooks the lagoon on one side, and the island’s picturesque racecourse on the other. But, for the best views of all, be sure to dine at the revolving rooftop restaurant; it’s the only one in Noumea and well worth a visit. After a busy day, the ‘Le Rendez-Vous’ sports bar located on-site is a fun place to unwind with a drink in hand while sampling the pub style menu. There is a gym available on-site and the rooms all have kitchen facilities which is great when you feel like a light meal or a quiet, private evening. There’s also a big range of business facilities. For a day on the sands, take a very short stroll to Anse Vata and check out the water sports at Plages Loisirs.
A great choice for roomy apartments in the heart of Anse Vata Bay with the beach, bars, restaurants and patisseries all on your doorstep.
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Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa
Situated on one of the best spots on Anse Vata, this beachfront chic apartment hotel is one of our favourites. It has gained a reputation for service, style and class and its central location means cafés, restaurants and shops are all within easy walking distance. Set in two acres of gorgeous tropical gardens on Anse Vata Bay, the Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa opens straight onto a beach ideal for swimming and has stunning views right across the lagoon, not to mention amazing sunsets. The Apartments are spacious, airy and fresh, with a contemporary design. All suites include a separate living room, a private balcony and a fullyequipped kitchen so you have the option of cooking for yourself. The resort provides a full range of hotel facilities including two restaurants, lounge bar, swim-up pool bar, boutique, activity desk, fitness centre and a day spa. Enjoy the Aquatonic pool which is a unique concept based on a French thermal expertise, and a 12 activities well-being circuit. With all this on offer as well as a lively and vibrant atmosphere, Chateau is sure to impress.
Upgrade to a room with sea views, the lagoon and surrounding islands are an amazing sight to wake up to each day.
Le Meridien Noumea Resort & Spa
Ideally situated on the beachfront of Pointe Magnin, Noumea’s only 5-star resort overlooks Anse Vata bay and the azure waters of the world’s largest lagoon. A blend of French elegance and Melanesian warmth, Le Meridien Noumea Resort & Spa is the ideal location to relax or to be as active as you want. Featuring a large swimming pool and direct access to the beach, a selection of water sports awaits as well as a fitness centre and world-class Deep Nature Spa. Offering a choice of modernly appointed rooms and spacious suites with kitchen facilities ideal for families, each with a private balcony and views of either the gardens, pool or lagoon. Dining options include poolside breakfasts, beachside lunches and refined dining in the evening at the resort’s selection of three restaurants and two bars. Adjacent to the Grand Casino, Le Meridien Noumea is walking distance to the cafés, restaurants and night spots of Anse Vata, a 10 minute drive to the city centre and port-side market, the Tjibaou Cultural Centre and Tina Golf course. Classic Garden View Room
Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa & Golf Resort
Located on New Caledonia’s west coast, Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa & Golf Resort is a scenic 90 minute drive north of the International airport. Nestled in the heart of the spectacular Deva domain, the resort is set amongst the UNESCO World Heritage reef and lagoon. A nature lover’s playground, the surrounding area offers hiking, biking and horseback riding trails as well as water sport activities including diving, snorkelling, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and glass bottom boat excursions to name a few. Accommodation choices include spacious guestrooms, one to three bedroom suites with kitchen facilities, as well as luxurious Melanesian inspired bungalows, perfect for couples and honeymooners. For those who would prefer to stay put at the resort, a complimentary kid’s club will keep the little one’s occupied in addition to the vast swimming pool, while adults can enjoy the world-class Deep Nature Spa and fitness centre plus, the challenging Dye designed 18-hole golf course. Traditional Domain Bungalow
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Natural Pool, Oro Bay, Ile des Pins
GUIDED CITY ORIENTATION TOUR
DAY TRIP TO ILE DES PINS
This tour is entertaining, fun and educational. It is recommended you spend your first half day on this tour to get an overview of the tourist activities and attractions. Make your way from Noumea’s Bays to the city centre, finding hot spots along the way.
Take an excursion further afield to the Amedee Lighthouse, located 24 kilometres out from Noumea and within a natural marine reserve home to a large variety of coloured tropical fish. This trip is a must for those who like snorkelling. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch with a glass of wine while watching the Pacific dance show.
Short on time but want to see Noumea’s nearest island of paradise Ile des Pins? Then a day trip is perfect. With white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters, this unique island will simply take your breath away. Tour includes return airfares from Noumea to Ile des Pins, transfers, a 2-course lunch and snorkel gear.
AQUARIUM AND DUCK ISLAND
WINE AND CHEESE TASTING
Explore the Aquarium on Anse Vata featuring turtles, sharks, tropical fish, sea snakes and more. Then out to Duck Island, where you can snorkel along the 500 metre underwater walkway and come face to face with a myriad of tropical fish and coral.
Learn about the Melanesian culture in New Caledonia’s iconic Tjibaou Cultural Centre. Built by Renzo Piano, it is the heart of Kanak tradition and culture. Tour includes entry and guided visit of Tjibaou Cultural Centre as well as a stop at a local handcraft shop, where you can purchase souvenirs to take home.
Enjoy the French atmosphere of Noumea’s latest wine bar with excellent wines, delicious platters and a stylish themed décor. Tour the tasting room, salon, boutique, chef’s kitchen restaurant and cellar before indulging in a tasting of three French cheeses with matching wines to suit.
I LE DES PI N S
Tropical island fantasies meet reality on the Ile des Pins, a 20 minute flight from Noumea. Crystal lagoons lap white sand beaches. Both Kanumera and Kuto Bays are well known in the area. Kanumera is great for snorkelling especially around the Sacred Island as the bay is rich with sea life. Kuto Bay is your more idyllic, postcard perfect beach where the water is clear and the sand is a soft as powder. While the beaches are almost irresistible, Ile des Pins also has other nooks and crannies to explore. Like the ever intriguing caves and the 19th century convict settlement at Ouro.
Le Meridien Ile des Pins
The most luxurious resort on the Isle of Pines, Le Meridien Ile des Pins is incomparable in terms of comfort and service. Nestled in a centuryold coconut grove and facing beautiful Oro Bay, the resort offers an exceptional standard of accommodation in an idyllic setting conducive to total relaxation. Perfectly integrated in its tropical surroundings, spacious rooms and bungalow-suites are tastefully appointed and feature a private balcony, loggia or terrace. Fresh local cuisine including sumptuous breakfasts, casual BBQ's and elegant evening dining is available at La Pirogue restaurant with all-day cocktails and light snacks featured at the Longitude 167° lounge bar. When not relaxing poolside or luxuriating at the Deep Nature Spa, explore the surroundings with a kayak, stand-up paddle or bicycle and pick up some snorkelling gear and visit the natural swimming pool. If you’re looking for an exceptional location, Le Meridien Ile des Pins is the quintessential South Pacific experience.
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A 20 minute walk will have you embarking on one of the most enchanting snorkelling sites, the Oro bay natural swimming pool.
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Queen Hortense Cave
Baie de Ouaméo
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Ouré Lodge Baie de Corbeille Ouro Baie de Kuto
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If you’re looking for a picture-book setting, this is it. Ouré Lodge stands on one of the island’s loveliest bays, set amidst gorgeous tropical gardens. The beach is a crescent of silver sand and azure water, fringed by pines and coconut palms, and the atmosphere is one of total tranquillity. It’s hard to imagine a more perfect South Seas setting, or a better place to indulge in complete relaxation. Canoeing and snorkelling are available, and there’s a pool, pétanque, table tennis, two restaurants and a garden bar.
LOYALT Y I S LANDS
The three main Loyalty Islands that cater for visitors are, Ouvéa, Lifou and Maré. Lifou is the largest, with small coves, limestone caves, grottos and cliffs. Check out Jinek Bay Marine Reserve with more than 2000 fish species. Maré is relatively untouched and has mysterious sunken pools in its rugged interior. Yejele Beach is fantastic for swimming and snorkelling. Ouvéa’s 25 kilometre long beach and superb lagoon give it special charm. Head to Mouli Bridge for magnificent views and to swim with rays, turtles and sharks.
Oasis de Kiamu, Lifou
Affordable and remote, this small resort is nestled among coconut trees at the base of a cliff. It offers friendly service, great value, and with just a handful of studio, one and two bedroom apartments you’ll never feel over crowded. Enjoy a range of facilities including a French restaurant, bar, pool, car hire, and a private beach with exceptional snorkelling; turtles and fish galore.
Drehu Village, Lifou
If the idea of a boutique resort on a remote and beautiful island sounds like you, take a close look at what’s on offer here. Lifou is the largest of the Loyalty group, just 40 minutes by air from Noumea, and Drehu Village is a tranquil little group of semi-detached and stand-alone bungalows on magnificent Chateaubriand Bay.
Nengone Village, Maré
Maybe you’ve never heard of Maré (pronounced Ma-ray) and its many charms, but once you’ve been to this lovely island, you won’t forget it. Nengone Village is a hidden treasure on its south coast, set by a dazzling white cove and sheltered by pines and palms. Explore the island’s dramatic scenery, or just laze by the beach in this true holiday haven.
Whale sightings (Jun - Sep) Waterholes Swimming
Pointe de Mouli
Cliffs, caves & lookout
Tribal Village Baie de Jinek
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Hotel Le Paradis D’Ouvéa, Ouvéa
Elegant, avante-garde Le Paradis is officially the only hotel on Ouvéa and it is paradise – in fact it’s on the tiny, tropical islet of Mouli! Mouli is connected to the larger island by bridge, but it’s a world-apart. The setting is dream-like, with sands white enough to dazzle you and sea, a clear, aquamarine blue. There’s plenty to see in this beautiful corner of the world.
MARÉ Padawa Caves
Tadine Swimming Diving
You’ll never feel like just another tourist on Niue, the island nation a three hour flight from Auckland. Talava Arches
Matapa Chasm Namukulu Limu Pools
That’s because, with just under 130 guest rooms, there are often more whales visiting in season than human visitors!
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Niue is one of the world’s largest raised coral atolls and is home to around 1600 hospitable residents. There’s no such word as rush-hour on Niue, it’s one of the world’s safest destinations and you don’t need foreign exchange – Niue uses the Kiwi dollar. What many people don’t know is that Niue is far from tiny – it’s over four times the size of Rarotonga. A quarter of the island is clothed in pristine rainforest and almost the entire island is surrounded by 20 to 30 metre cliffs, and dramatic beautiful chasms and coves provide perfect swimming spots. Niue is also honeycombed with some of the South Pacific’s most spectacular and extensive caves. The island is encircled by a 64 kilometre coastal road so bikes are a great way to get around, although you can also hire a car. Diving and snorkelling around Niue’s coast is exceptional, as it's renowned for its water clarity and the richness of its marine life. Swimming with humpback whales during July to September is unforgettable and thanks to Niue’s deep surrounding waters, you can sip a cocktail and marvel at these awesome giants breaching just 50 metres from shore.
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Lau’s Getaway Lau’s Getaway is the perfect escape for those looking for peace and tranquillity. It comprises just two villas, nestled amongst lush tropical gardens on the cliff edge offering breath-taking ocean views. Lau’s is located on the western side of the island so you are guaranteed fabulous Niue sunsets.
The villas are self-contained to give you the convenience of cooking for yourself or if you choose to venture into town for a meal, it’s only a few minutes away. Each Villa is meticulous and every detail thought out. Relax on your daybed on the top deck while watching the turquoise parrot fish feed in the shallow waters, and the spinner dolphins frolicking in the water, or if you’re lucky, whales resting close to shore. Drink in the magnificence of the natural wonders right in front of you. This is laid-back luxury at its finest! Visit this lovely host’s Japanese Restaurant - Kai Ika. Well known for its wonderful food – delicious fresh sushi comes highly recommended!
Wonderful and homely, this eco-aware lodgestyle property provides everything you could hope for, including a car so you can venture out and explore the island. The setting is serene, and the villas are comfortable. Built from local limestone they were designed to maximise indoor-outdoor living. Each has a verandah, a bedroom with private patio and a full kitchen. The villas are located within walking distance of town and restaurants which means you can stock up on grocery’s if need be or eat out every night, the choice is yours. Ida and Albert are your friendly hosts and will go out of their way to ensure you experience Niuean hospitality at its best.
This fantastic, family-run property is a home away from home, with roomy open plan units overlooking the ocean. It’s located close to the town centre, with several restaurants within walking distance. The Bungalows and Treetop Studios are perfect for couples, while for groups or families there’s an option of a spacious Villa which sleeps six. The rooms have cooking facilities and are modern with an authentic feel to them. The grounds, units and pool are well maintained and with Taloa being so well positioned in Alofi its not hard to see why this property is such a favourite with travellers.
Looking for somewhere special, secluded and peaceful? Relaxation comes easily at this lovely little hideaway. All rooms are perfectly placed to overlook the ocean. Each has a well-equipped kitchen, ceiling fan and a large deck with BBQ, ideal for alfresco dining or simply watching those spectacular sunsets. Some of Niue’s best swimming, snorkelling, caves and chasms are nearby and with bikes available on-site you can easily ride to your favourite swimming spots on a daily. We recommend this place for a chilled out Niuean holiday, its a little piece of paradise.
Scenic Matavai Resort Niue –
If you’re heading to Niue on holiday, chances are you’re the kind of person who appreciates places with a difference, and we’re sure you’ll love this one. Instead of silver sands, you’ll find sea caves, rainforest and mysterious chasms, and a world that centres around the ocean. In fact, ‘Matavai’ means eye on the water (mata - eye, vai - water), and it’s an appropriate name for this wonderful cliff top resort with its sweeping Pacific panorama. Scenic Matavai Resort Niue comprises three properties and has a wide range of room types on offer.
Both the 3-star studio apartments and the villa are located a 5 minute drive away from the main resort itself. The studios offer good value for money with magnificent ocean views. There are five duplex units, each divided into two spacious studios. Large private balconies make the most of the views and all rooms are well equipped with a kitchen for self-catering. Other on-site facilities include a freshwater swimming pool, trampoline, a BBQ area and access to a sea-track. The villa is situated adjacent to the studios and this super spacious home away from home offers all sorts of holiday options for families or groups. It has a garden setting, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, full kitchen plus a BBQ and alfresco dining deck. The 4-star resort offers a choice of a comfortable Ocean room, spacious Superior room or luxurious Deluxe room that all come with private courtyards or balconies, air conditioning and super-sized beds. The newer 12 Deluxe Cliff top rooms are located in a block and feature some subtle differences in style and comfort to the Superior rooms. The resort has spacious multi-level deck areas and luxurious reclining furniture from which to enjoy the panoramic views, dual swimming pools, two bars, one of which is a swim-up bar and an excellent restaurant with live entertainment and cultural shows to keep you entertained. The reef with its pools and intriguing sea tracks lies just below, and the entire place was planned to merge unobtrusively into the unique surroundings.
Book a rental car during your stay so you can explore Niue’s rock pools, snorkelling spots, limestone caves, scenic walking tracks and more.
N I UE
Niue Sea Cave
NIUE ORIENTATION TOUR
A not to be missed tour for an introduction to Niue for the first-time traveller or, even if you’re a repeat visitor, you’ll learn from a knowledgeable guide, a little of the history, the culture and see some of Niue’s iconic locations all in the comfort of an air-conditioned mini bus.
Snorkelling around Niue’s coast is a must-do! Enjoy an abundance of reef fish and beautiful hard corals. If you are lucky you may even come across the resident spinner dolphins, playful by nature and famous for their acrobatic displays.
Fishing in Niue is legendary, as Niue’s deep waters are accessible almost immediately from launching. For many anglers, the key target species is Yellowfin Tuna, Mahimahi and Wahoo to name a few but regardless of the catch you are guaranteed a good turn on the rod and reel and a great experience out at sea.
MISA’S NATURE TOUR
A must-do when in season Jul-Sep. This 4 hour trip starts with a presentation on the Humpback whales followed by 3 hours out at sea spotting them as they rest and play. If the behaviours allow you will have the opportunity for an in-water interaction for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Pre-booking is essential as tours sell out fast.
Misa’s Nature Tour is an interactive experience where he guides you along a path that will showcase many unique features of Niuean history, customs and practices, many of which are still relevant today. His stories will entertain you and his knowledge about nature will leave you with an appreciation of how fragile it is on Niue island.
Not certified but want to have that underwater experience that only scuba diving can provide? Niue is the perfect place to blow your first bubbles as visibility is up to 80 metres allowing you to explore its pristine waters and incredible marine life up to 18 metres.
Swallow's Cave, Vava'u, Tonga
VAVA’U ISLAND GROUP Port Refuge Harbour
Neiafu 3 Port Maurelle Kapa Kenutu Mananita
HA’APAI ISLAND GROUP
Motutapu Island Fafa Island Kolovai Beach 1 Flying Fox Sanctuary Ha’amonga ‘a Maui Royal Palace 2 Monotapu NUKU’ALOFA Beach Captain Cook’s Monument Mapu’a Vaea Keleti Beach Blowholes Bird Park Hufangalupe Beach Ahononou Beach
The Pacific’s last kingdom is a paradise for seekers of pure peace. There is no shortage of
deserted beaches or pristine anchorages here, and the swimming, snorkelling and diving are exceptional. The main island, Tongatapu, is home to the capital, Nuku’alofa, and to most of the kingdom’s resorts. Many of these are family-owned and personal, because Tonga likes to welcome its visitors in low-key style – this is a place for simpler living and genuine encounters with the local people. With about a third of all Tonga’s population living here, Nuku’alofa can be a surprisingly bustling place with a great array of restaurants, nightclubs and dynamic cultural shows. Tonga’s tropical waters are replete with abundant marine life. Head out to the scenic archipelago of Vava’u and see large schools of humpback whales which come to breed during July to October. It’s even possible to swim with them: a truly unforgettable experience. Vava’u is also a sailor’s dream with beautiful natural harbours and sheltered coves. Even more remote and completely unspoiled is the Ha’apai group, with its coral atolls, glistening lagoons, pure white beaches and just a handful of inhabited islands. The way of life here really is timeless, Ha’apai is ideal for adventure and brilliant for kayaking.
Fafa Island Resort
Fafa is tiny and unspoilt, with just a handful of fales on its palm-fringed shores. If you’re hoping to immerse yourself in a South Seas dream, this is the place to go. Privacy and peace are paramount here, with fales built as far from one another as possible. They are stylishly furnished, and in true Tongan style have high, cathedral ceilings, thatched walls, big coconut beams and poles and wooden shingle roofs. Each has its own outdoor space, with hammock, beach beds, shady palms, and a bathroom opening out to a secluded flower garden and outdoor shower. Choose between Superior, Deluxe or one of two stunning Honeymoon Fale’s which are situated on one of the island’s most beautiful spots, specially designed for romance. The island itself is 35 minutes by boat from Nuku’alofa, with deserted white sand beaches to explore, peaceful walks to enjoy and excursions available to uninhabited islands. Fafa Island Resort is surrounded by a protected marine reserve and coral reef, enjoy snorkelling straight off the beach at the front of your fale.
Tongan Beach Resort, Vava’u
Tanoa International Dateline Hotel
Located on the waterfront, the Tanoa International Dateline offers superior accommodation, great facilities, complimentary WiFi and buffet breakfast is included daily as an added bonus. With three restaurants and two bars on-site, you have plenty of choice. The Fresh Bar and Grill offers an array of delicious fresh Tongan dishes as well as light snack options throughout the day. Head to Taulanga’u Bar for a relaxing evening drink, it’s the perfect spot to sip on a cocktail while watching the sunset. Choose from a range of comfortable rooms, all come well-appointed and with modern amenities for your convenience. We recommend an upgrade to an Ocean room for the best views. Discover a variety of activities right on your doorstep including snorkelling, kayaking, diving, hiking, bird watching and whale watching (in season). It’s also an easy stroll along the harbour front to the wharf to connect with any boat trips.
Sandy Beach Resort, Ha’apai
If you are lucky, you’ll wake in time for an incredible sunrise at this intimate, laid-back resort. Joined to the mainland by a causeway, all modern beachfront guest rooms are just a few steps from the water’s edge and with only 12 of them, you’ll never feel overcrowded. Six are larger rooms and suited to families.
Remote and secluded, experience the “real” Tonga at Sandy Beach Resort, situated along one of the most beautiful beaches in the South Pacific. In the small island group of Ha’apai, this tranquil resort is quiet, relaxing and far from the hustle and bustle from everyday life. With only 12 fales, all just footsteps from the beach, solitude is guaranteed.
If an action-packed holiday is what you’re after then enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving, whale watching (in season), fishing and kayaking, and sailing. If you prefer to relax, laze in a hammock with a good book or swim in the clear blue waters. Take in a picturesque sunset while sipping a tropical cocktail in the Sandpit Bar, dine on freshly caught seafood in the traditional Fale Restaurant, or enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner for two seaside. Don’t miss the Tongan Cultural show held most weeks, it’s a unique opportunity to experience Tongan cuisine with entertainment from the children of the local primary school nearby.
Enjoy swimming, snorkelling, paddleboarding, fishing and diving or why not be adventurous and opt for a whale swim (in season) a kayaking tour, a horse ride or cycle through the local villages. There are miles of bush walking trails leading to lookouts and secret beaches, so there is plenty of exploring to be done by foot as well if you wish. Sandy Beach Resort is the gem of Ha’apai, the perfect place to unwind, escape and recharge - the best kept secret in Tonga.
Ask us about dive packages and discover dozens of nearby reef systems and some of the South Pacific’s most unspoiled and rarely visited dive sites.
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SAILING IN VAVA’U
NUKU’ALOFA CITY TOUR
SCUBA DIVING IN HA’APAI
Tonga’s protected coral reefs, atolls and safe anchorages make it one of the best locations for sailing and Neiafu Harbour on Vava’u is one of the Pacific’s key sailing hubs. The Moorings operate 20 yachts, all modern, fully equipped and spacious with well trained staff onboard to ensure a fantastic sailing holiday.
This fun walking tour is a great way to familiarise yourself with the kingdom’s capital, Nuku’alofa. See the Royal Palace and Royal Tomb as well as the Talamahu Market, the kingdom’s main fresh produce hub. It’s a hive of activity here, especially on Saturday mornings.
Board your dive boat and head out to one of the dozens of nearby reef systems which offer some of the South Pacific’s most unspoiled dive sites. Regular sightings of sharks, tuna and manta rays are common. A full range of dive courses are on offer from one day for the non-qualified diver right up to the full open water courses.
ISLAND DAY TRIP
SWIM WITH HUMPBACK WHALES
SEA KAYAK ADVENTURE
Take a day cruise out to one of the two off-shore islands, Royal Sunset Island Resort located on Atata Island a 55 minute boat ride from the mainland or Fafa Island a 30 minute boat ride away. Enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters, join in the resort activities or simply relax at leisure.
From July to October Humpback whales travel up from Antarctica to Tonga to enjoy the warmer waters. There’s an array of interesting behaviour to be seen from the boat from graceful spyhops, powerful tail slaps and full body breaching. Thrill-seekers can get into the water, up close and personal with these beautiful creatures.
Discover the lush tropical islands of Vava’u and Ha’apai with the Friendly Islands kayak company. Kayak through warm waters, snorkel amidst colourful coral and inside legendary marine caves. Itinerary’s available include 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 days for Vava’u or 7 and 11 days for Ha’apai.
EXPERIENCE NORFOLK ISLAND
This delightfully unique destination will take you by surprise – so rich in history and breathtakingly
beautiful, Norfolk Island is as enchanting and quaint as its friendly locals who have lived on this tiny island for generations, many of whom are descendants of those famous Bounty Mutineers.
Point Howe Captain Cook Lookout
You’ll find it hard to believe, as you drive down quiet country roads or walk through the soaring trees of the national park, that this could ever have been the setting for such a checkered and at times gruesome past: firstly as the site of two penal colonies, then as a new home for descendants of the Bounty Mutineers.
Bird Rock Mt Bates Anson Mt Pitt Norfolk Island Bay National Park Cascade Bay
Adventure tourism is still growing, but if you’re after a little excitement, you can opt for activities like sea kayaking, mountain biking, big game fishing and horse trekking. The subtropical temperature is the icing on the cake: average maximums range from 18˚C in winter to 25˚C in summer. Despite its compact size (total area is less than 35 square kilometres) Norfolk Island is the ‘Bounteous Isle’, in every way – just awaiting your exploration and discovery.
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Rocky Point Reserve
Crystal Pool Point Ross
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Golf Course Slaughter Cemetery Bay Bay Emily Bay
NORFOL K I S L AN D
Aloha Apartments Central yet utterly tranquil in their big gardens, Aloha Apartments have been hosting Norfolk’s visitors since the 1960's. One of the reasons for their popularity is a great location in Burnt Pine, with shops, cafés, restaurants and clubs moments away from the entrance. Amenities include a pool, BBQ/picnic area, on-site café open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, library and guest laundry. Reception can also arrange car hire for guests.
Paradise Hotel & Resort
Coast Norfolk Island
This small, village-like collection of cottages and apartments offers everything a visitor to Norfolk Island could wish for, including an exceptional location, excellent service and good-quality accommodation. Golf clubs, bikes, snorkelling gear, fishing rods and private yoga sessions are available free to guests. There’s a beautiful day spa on-site as well as a salt water swimming pool and you’re within easy reach of Burnt Pine for convenience.
South Pacific Resort Hotel
Governor's Lodge Resort Hotel
Gorgeous is the word for Governor’s Lodge, this place is a stand-out. It has the atmosphere of a resort, the convenience of a hotel and a top location: everything you need for the perfect Norfolk holiday and it has plenty of history at heart. Guests here stay in attractive, stand-alone units, built among sub-tropical gardens to form a village setting. Each has a verandah, separate bedroom and open-plan living room with kitchenette.
Aataren Norfolk Island Villas
Fantastically located, and very highly rated by travellers, Paradise is one of Norfolk Island’s most popular hotels. It’s peacefully set in 11 acres of private, landscaped gardens and is an easy 10 minute level walk to the Burnt Pine shops, with a free shuttle vehicle to and from for those who prefer to ride. There’s an excellent restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, a swimming pool, cocktail bar, coffee lounge, guest laundry an internet hub and a range of comfortable rooms to suit every budget!
Set in five acres of beautiful landscaped gardens South Pacific Resort is the largest and most conveniently located hotel on Norfolk Island. Just a brief walk to the main shopping township of Burnt Pine and only a short drive to historical Kingston, beautiful Emily Bay and the golf course, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind. The property features include room service, business services, bar, laundry facilities, BBQ, swimming pool, children’s pool, hot tub, poolside café and restaurant.
This boutique property offers two One Bedroom Villas, a Two Bedroom Villa, and the two storey, Three Bedroom Villa, which can sleep up to six. All are self-contained, attractively decorated, spacious and very comfortable, and each has its own BBQ for outdoor dining. The location is handy to tennis courts (next door), Burnt Pine Centre (1 kilometre) and beautiful Emily Bay (2 kilometres). The sights of the Kingston historic area are just a five minute drive away.
Sound and Light Show
Breakfast Bush Walk
Wonderland by Night
Nightfall at Kingston brings a different mood to the convict settlement. The stillness and the stars are there just as they were before mankind arrived in 1788, until the mood is broken and you experience the horrifying decades of Norfolk Island’s convict era in a theatrical show.
Take your choice of a stroll through Hundred Acres Reserve or for the more energetic, a leisurely 3.5 kilometre walk through scenic Mt. Bates to Captain Cook Monument. At the end of the walks meet on the cliff top for a delicious breakfast BBQ. We can’t think of a better way to start your day.
With ten acres of magical pines and bushland lit up like an enchanted forest you’ll feel like you’ve entered a magical wonderland. Meander along (or ride in the ‘moon buggy’) a gentle winding path with Archie, a descendant of the Bounty Mutineers as he recites his poems.
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