Cruise the South Pacific

Cruise the south pacific

The South Pacific has long been the most popular destination for cruises from Australia, and when you consider the unmistakable charm and atmosphere of the region it’s not surprising to see why.

A cruise to the South Pacific is a journey into a world that moves at a more relaxed pace than the hectic hustle and bustle of the daily grind in Australia.

If you’re looking to slow things down and immerse yourself in leisure and carefree relaxation booking a cruise to the South Pacific is the first critical step.

Cruises from Sydney to the South Pacific depart on a regular basis and two of the most popular destinations on South Pacific itineraries are Tahiti and Bora Bora.

Read on for tantalizing snapshots of these Pacific jewels.

 Tahiti

Are you a boardroom warrior looking to release his inner beach bum? Tahiti is the place for you.

Imagine strolling along one of Tahiti’s black sand beaches, drink in hand, as the cool mist of an ocean breeze wafts over your face. The sky is impossibly blue and towering, snow-white clouds sail across it like huge alabaster ships.

You pause beneath the shade of a palm tree to take this moment in, to preserve it, and as you do so you affirm that, yes, Tahiti truly is paradise on earth.

Lots of places don’t live up to their hype.

Tahiti is one of the few in the world that exceeds it.

The largest island of the Windward group of French Polynesia, Tahiti is the political, economic, and cultural heart of the region.

Tahiti’s beauty and charm are renowned across the globe, so don’t be surprised to find yourself stricken with a bad case of “love-at-first-sight” upon arrival. Not to worry, though, as you’ll be in good company.

The French artist Paul Gauguin was so enamored with Tahiti and its people that he spent much of the 1890’s on the island.

During this sojourn he created numerous iconic paintings depicting Tahitian life — many of which you can see at the Paul Gauguin Museum in Tahiti.

Other worthwhile museums include the Museum of Tahiti and the Island, and the Robert Wan Pearl Museum – the world’s only museum dedicated entirely to pearls!

Besides relaxing on the beach and appreciating world-class museums what else is there to do on Tahiti? Lots, but one thing you shouldn’t miss is a performance of Tahiti’s famous otea dance.

Superficially similar to a faster-paced Hawaiian hula dance, the otea combines costumes, rhythm, and dance in an unforgettable performance – a highlight of any visit to Tahiti.

 Bora Bora

 Located a short 240km from Tahiti, Bora Bora – like its larger neighbor – is a haven of natural beauty and relaxation.

With two extinct volcanoes standing at the centre of the island, water as clear as crystal lapping against white sand beaches, and an alluring local culture, Bora Bora is another South Pacific treasure that could be classified as paradise on earth.

The island is surrounded by a lagoon and barrier reef and, unsurprisingly, scuba diving and snorkeling are popular activities.

What might come as a surprise, though, are the shark-feeding dives available for the more adventurous traveler.

Ever dreamt of coming face-to-face with one of nature’s most feared predators? Here’s your chance to do so in its native habitat.

After a day of swimming, sunning, and snorkeling (and possibly swimming for your life away from a hungry shark) you’ll likely be ready for a good night’s rest. An overnight stay on Bora Bora is a special treat.

Three decades ago, Hotel Bora Bora built the first over-the-water bungalows on stilts over the lagoon, and now these architectural curiosities are a standard feature of most Bora Bora resorts.

With stairs that lead from the deck of your bungalow directly down into the crystal waters of the Pacific, a stay at one of Bora Bora’s over-the-water bungalows combines recreation and relaxation in a way unlike anywhere else on earth.

 Sail the South Pacific

 The black sand beaches of Tahiti beckon you.

The adventure of a lifetime awaits you in the waters of Bora Bora.

A cruise to the South Pacific offers leisure and excitement on your terms.

The memories of this experience will be as precious to you as a priceless Tahitian pearl.

Book a cruise to the South Pacific today and set sail on a journey you’ll never forget.

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