Get Inspired / Pacific Islands / Vanuatu / Samoa / Fiji / Cook Islands Family Fun in the South Pacific Cook Islands Tourism Samoa Tourism © Treasure Island Resort - Fiji Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Pacific Islands / Vanuatu / Samoa / Fiji / Cook Islands Family Fun in the South Pacific story by: Inspire Magazine For your family holiday, you need to know you’re choosing a destination with something for everyone. The South Pacific islands are abundant with family-friendly holiday options. Its warm climate, gently lapping lagoons, friendly locals and laidback atmosphere - not to mention its plethora of adventurous activities - mean that your family time in the Pacific will be enjoyable and memorable. Any Pacific Island nation is geared up for family fun, but here is a taste of what’s on offer. ALL SMILES IN SAMOA Samoa’s lively, colourful and happy culture is perfect for children – filled with infectious laughter, song and dance that’s easy to join into. Filled with stunning scenery, there’s always plenty to explore. Cycle together along the smoothly paved roads lined with plenty of fresh water swimming pools, and stop off so you can cool down along the way. There is little traffic, so the most you’ll need to remember is to smile and wave at local villagers as they pass by. Kids will also love an authentic beach fale experience. Stay in traditional-style beach hut accommodation, propped above the sand on stilts! Your kids can make their sandcastles right outside. Don’t forget swimming with the turtles, or exploring local swimming holes and lagoons. ADVENTURING IN VANUATU Locals with hearty laughs wearing wide smiles will welcome you to Vanuatu after your short three-hour flight from Auckland. Stay at one of the many family friendly resorts on the main island, Efate. These luxurious slices of paradise are complete with kids clubs to leave the grown-ups with a few quiet moments. For sensational snorkelling, head to nearby Hideaway Island. Kids will love the marine life, bustling with enquiring rainbow fish - not to mention the underwater post office where they can collect postcards as keepsakes or to send back home! The local Port Vila markets are fun for everyone, with lively and laid-back locals eager to teach your kids a few words of the local lingo. The young ones will also love to get their hair braided here with colourful beads. For some holiday thrills, go on a guided buggy tour as a family, or get strapped into a breathtaking zipline above the green treetops. SAY BULA TO FIJI: A RELAXING RETREAT Fiji has long been a Kiwi family favourite. With golden sandy beaches, temperate waters and endless sun, there is plenty to keep everyone entertained. It is the Fijians who make this experience truly memorable for the kids. Locals here have a natural love for children and family values are central to their culture, so your little ones will always feel welcomed and relaxed. A traditional Fiji song and dance called ‘Meke’ will captivate your youngsters with swinging hips and enchanting melodies. They will be eager to feast on some juicy taro and breadfruit in a lovo. This is a delectable, steamy feast cooked underground, much like the hangi in New Zealand. Kids will also love watching the local wildlife. Lizards and geckos wander walls, ceilings and footpaths on land and a huge variety of tropical fish dart about in the ocean. Stay at an island resort and enjoy safe swimming and snorkelling at beaches and in pools, or stay on Fiji’s mainland, Viti Levu, and take island day trips for a wider variety of child-friendly experiences. THE CHILLED OUT COOK ISLANDS The serene atmosphere of the Cook Islands is perfect for children and parents alike. Rarotonga’s resorts operate fun and thrilling kids clubs so you can lie back in a hammock with a cocktail, or enjoy chillaxing on a soft, sandy beach while watching your kids play in the water nearby. Go scuba diving together or even embark on a glass bottom lagoon cruise where you see the marine life up close while remaining dry! A family four-wheel drive safari is a great way to see the island together and the terrain’s bounces and bumps will be hugely exciting for the kids. You could also venture out on a family hike to Papua Waterfall where your kids will love to scramble through the rich greenery and dip their toes in the beguiling pools. Be sure to take some family snaps in front of this beauty! HOT TIPS Learn the local lingo – it’s always fun to try and the locals love it! At the very least learn to say hello, please and thank you. Take Mum and Dad to a traditional local dance and song show and try some local food like taro and breadfruit cooked traditionally in an underground oven. Go snorkelling and get up close and personal to many friendly, vibrant and tropical fish. If you’re old enough you may be able to learn to scuba dive in the resort pool * Visit a local village if you can, to learn how the locals live and play. Meet up with some of the local kids. Make sure to get their address so that you can write to them when you return home. * Watch the geckos wandering the walls and ceilings of buildings – they’re fun to watch and do a great job of keeping the mozzie population down. 4WD Safari Tours are great fun for the whole family and you’ll get to see the best views of the island. Visit the local markets – fun for all ages. You might even get to buy a souvenir here with your pocket money! How about a day at the beach, swimming, hunting for crabs, building sand castles and flying a kite – cool fun! 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