A feature on almost everybody’s travel bucket list, Pacific islands are known for their untouched beauty, stunning landscapes and lush nature. Not to mention vibrant native culture and some of the most romantic spots in the world. They literally have it all, whether you are an adventurer, honeymooner or a family person, you will find you what you are looking for on one of the magical islands in the Pacific.
Now it is time to narrow the choices a bit and pick some that truly stand out and are a must visit in this part of the world.
Starting with New Caledonia
Home to about 100,000 people, this Pacific gem is something you need to experience for yourself. The unique blend of native and European culture makes it an unforgettable destination with a lot to offer tourists. It all depends on your preferences, but you shouldn’t miss a day at Amedee Island, the crystal clear waters, white sand and an opportunity to see one of the tallest lighthouses in the world, constructed in Paris in 1862. When it comes to food, make sure you try Bougna, a traditional local dish which is combination of chicken, lobster or fish with yams, bananas, sweet potatoes and coconut milk all wrapped in banana leaves. It is simply delicious and will leave you craving for more. Finally take the time and visit the bustling markets in Nouméa in order to truly immerse yourself in the local culture and feel the life energy of this magical island.
We are now moving to Vanuatu Mystery Island
One of the most popular locations included in the best cruise deals in 2018, Vanuatu Mystery Island is bound to take your breath away. The name of the island itself sounds quite intriguing, doesn’t it? The uniqueness of this Pacific gem is in the fact that it is completely uninhabited, and apart from the tourist who visit via cruise ships, you are only going to see a few locals that come from the neighboring islands to offer their souvenirs and run some of the services like snorkeling and massage spots. As for the island itself, it is a true definition of paradise, as you can imagine, the sand is golden and waters have a fine shade of turquoise that blends nicely with the lush green vegetation. While the sheltering coral reef provides an underwater wonderland worth diving into (pun intended).
Next stop, Fiji
Some would say one of the last remaining true paradises on Earth, and they wouldn’t be wrong. Fiji is a truly remarkable place, and yes there are stunning beaches, amazing nature and all the beauty you would expect to see on a Pacific island, but that’s not what makes Fiji unique. It is its culture, and people. It is a unique blend of Oceanic, European, South Asian, and East Asian traditions, with each wave of immigrants bringing their own flavor and customs. Fijian, Hindi, and English are the official languages, so you won’t have any trouble communicating with the locals. Due to its multiculturalism, the local cuisine in Fiji is not to be missed. You simply have to try Lovo, a Fijian signature dish. Lovo means ‘a feast cooked in the earth’. Different varieties of meat like lamb, pork, fish along with vegetables and other local delicacies are cooked for several hours under the ground, wrapped in banana leaves so that they can get that delicious smokey flavor. But you can’t just order it in a restaurant, you need to find out where the next Lovo night will be held as it is cooked only as a celebratory dish during festivities. Enjoy!
You are now ready to embark on a journey of a lifetime. Visiting any of the above mentioned islands or even surfers paradise like Tahiti or Western Samoa is a life changing experience. Seeing nature in its true form, experiencing amazing cultural blends and unique dishes, nothing can compare. Just make sure you take the time to explore whichever destination you choose, as it is bound to leave you with a desire to come back for more. Safe travels!
Contributing editor at Ripped.me