The South Pacific with its tropical islands is one of the world’s last pristine regions. With the vast expanse of the sparkling blue ocean isolating them from the rest of the world, South Pacific’s volcanic islands range from immense beauties rising from the depths of the waters to flat coral atolls.
The following are 10 of the lesser-known South Pacific islands that you can visit if you are craving a unique adventure on an unspoiled land:
1. Tuvalu’s Funafuti Atoll
Tuvalu is a small South Pacific island country composed of a collection of coral atolls and small islands totaling only 10 square miles. With only 1,600 tourists per year, this is a truly off-the-beaten-path you would fall in love with.
2. Solomon Islands’ Guadalcanal
Nearly 1,000 islands make up the Solomon Islands spread across the Pacific just over 960 miles only three hours from the east coast of Australia. Guadalcanal is the largest one that serves as the home to numerous well-preserved relics of World War II and northern coastal beaches.
3. French Polynesia’s Huahine
Huahine is as picturesque as the more popular Bora Bora and Moorea but with almost no other visitors. Unspoiled landscapes, lush forests, charming villages, and authentic experiences are just some of the things you can look forward to in Huahine.
Niue may be one of the smallest countries in the world, but it is also the planet’s largest raised coral atoll, and many creatures from the deep come closer to its shore than anywhere else. With the limited infrastructure for tourists, this is the best place to be to fulfill your Robinson Crusoe fantasy.
5. French Polynesia’s Nuku Hiva
This utopia in South Pacific boasts a mystical allure where you can have a first-hand experience of Polynesian culture’s spiritual force. The relaxed environment with almost no inhabitants in sight makes it one of the best tourist destinations to visit.
6. Cook Islands’ Pukapuka
Also known as the land of beautiful girls, Pukapuka is hands down one of the planet’s most remote places. With mostly unspoiled culture and landscapes and approximately 450 residents, this island offers a secluded stay with almost zero visitors.
7. Vanuatu’s Tanna
Tanna is Vanuatu’s exotic island that is also the home to Mount Yasur, one of the most accessible live volcanoes in the world. One of the most enthralling activities here is to marvel at the dry lava lumps flying in the air.
8. New Hanover, Papua New Guinea’s Tsoilik
Tsoilik is among Papua New Guinea’s most secluded areas that offer remote experiences with its little islands, reefs, and pristine lagoons.
9. Tonga’s Uoleva Island
Uoleva Island is an archipelago consisting of 169 islands, only 96 of which are occupied. Clear aquamarine waters and strikingly white sands ring the island, making it a true photogenic in every sense of the word.
10. Fiji’s Waya Island
Magnificent panoramas, coastal views with soaring peaks, natural springs, and hilly terrain make up Waya Island. This is the best place to be to escape the crowded tourist attractions of Fiji and enjoy unspoiled nature.
Are you ready to visit these less popular South Pacific islands and see what the rest of the world doesn’t see?