Another underrated but incredible South Pacific destination is Moorea. Located next to Tahiti (ten nautical miles to be exact), this island has a laid-back and friendly atmosphere perfect for travellers looking to immerse themselves in a great culture. From couples to families to adventurers, everyone will have a great time exploring the island. The aqua and turquoise waters that surround the lush green mountain peaks and calm bays contribute to the wonder of this place. Snorkelling, ray feeding, whale watching, visit pineapple plantations, biking around the island and 4×4 Jeep tours are some of the activities you can do with your loved ones on this island. Moorea has many resorts, some are more like the typical ones of Bora Bora and Tahiti but you can also find more affordable guesthouses and pensions if that’s more your style.
Hiva Oa might not be a stone’s throw away from Tahiti or Bora Bora but this magical island located in the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia is an amazing place to visit. The island does have an airport so you can be quickly whisked there without any problems. If you enjoy feeling worry-free and you prefer living the simple life than the luxurious life, this is the island for you. Things are slow here and no one is in any hurry to go anywhere. But, if you’re the kind of person who gets bored after a few days, you can also go visit the Paul Gauguin Cultural Space, the Jacques Brel Center and some of the most incredible archaeological sites in the world. It is no wonder the famous Belgian singer Jacques Brel and the French painter Paul Gauguin loved to escape to this peaceful place. With stable 29 °C temperatures all year, one could say that Hiva Oa rhymes with paradise.
Fans of geology will be incredibly pleased when they step onto this wonderful island. Limestone cliffs, caves, jungles and lush lands make this the island spectacular… And different from many of the typical French Polynesian islands. If you’re here thinking you’ll relax, stay in overwater bungalows and stroll on white sand beaches all day, think again. This South Pacific atoll is not filled with beaches but adventure lovers won’t be bored. This is the best place to swim with humpback whales since they are often spotted with their newborn calves from June to October and explore limestone caves that are sprinkled all over the island. With only three small villages, Rurutu has no hotels but does offer pensions run by wonderful people who love their island. This makes your whole experience much more personal and authentic.