Perched on top of an undersea volcano, Niue is a Pacific Island paradise nestled somewhere between Tonga and the Cook Islands.
With rugged coastline, world-class diving and snorkelling, and less than four hours' flying time from New Zealand, it's definitely worth adding to your tropical trip bucket list.
Australia really is a lucky country in terms of access to medical services, yet only three hours flight from Brisbane, in the South Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands, it’s a very different story. An archipelago of some 900 islands, vast travel distances mean many people are unable to access even the most basic of health care.
For the last eight years however, teams of volunteer medical professionals from around the world have been donating time and energy to help residents of these remote islands. Brisbane-based doctor Malaika Perchard is one of them.
A continuing strong performance across March has seen the Solomon Islands close off Q1 with a 14.5 per cent increase in international visitor arrivals including a marked 19.4 per cent increase in Asian-based traffic.
Official Solomon Islands government statistics released this week show a total of 5,037 international visitors arrived over the Jan to March period.
A TOP Pacific chef co-ordinating a workshop promoting the use of local ingredients in local hotels hailed Solomon Islands seafood as among the best in the world.
Celebrity chef Colin Chung made the comment after completing the Farm to Table culinary workshop in Munda, Solomon Islands from April 18-22.
Buyers of Samoa's tourism industry got a taste of the tropical island tourism paradise last week when they attended the Samoa Tourism Exchange between Buyers and Sellers.
Melissa Teodoro from Downunder Travel said she was impressed with the Samoan twist to the western dishes they tasted at the event.
Because Tuvalu is one of those off-the-beaten-track destinations (most of your friends won’t know where it is when you say you’re going there), it can be handy to have a bit of pre-travel information up your sleeve before arriving.
Tuvalu is a remote island nation in the Pacific Ocean. It’s just south of the Equator, west of the International Date Line, two hours by air north of Fiji and part of the Commonwealth. It consists of nine islands and atolls (three true islands and six coral atolls), of which the main one is Funafuti, an atoll with the country’s only airstrip. Visitors are issued with a free 30-day tourist visa on arrival, and there’s no departure tax.
Tuvalu takes you back to how travel used to be. It’s a place where you’re shown around by people you meet, not tour guides, and where there are few cars and even fewer tourists. There’s no tourism information centre either, which can make it tricky to find out where to go and what to see, at least when you first arrive.
You’ll soon get your bearings – everyone’s friendly and speaks English – but until then, here are 10 things to do in Tuvalu’s main atoll, Funafuti.
For more information about any of them, just ask someone where you’re staying, which will probably be a family-owned guesthouse. Enjoy the adventure of travelling in Tuvalu!
The South Pacific is becoming increasingly popular with discerning travellers wanting to discover new and remote destination, offering both tranquility and adventure. There are many ways of discovering this breath-taking area and one of them is by chartering a beautiful luxury yacht. If you have never embarked on this exciting journey of pure luxury and indulgence here are a few reasons to jump on board.