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Active Relaxation in the Pacific Islands

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Active Relaxation in the Pacific Islands

story by: Mike Williams

The Pacific Islands: so rich in similarities and differences that we are treated to a unique holiday every visit. Wherever you go you’re likely to find friendly locals, stunning sandy beaches with swaying palms and beautiful turquoise seas. However, each of the Pacific Islands have a strong identity, culture and history, offering very different holiday experiences.

While the Pacific Islands are certainly ideal for a holiday chilling by the pool or on a towel by the beach, the range of activities on offer and natural wonders to explore make the Pacific Islands just as perfect for those who prefer ‘active’ relaxing. Depending on the type of activity you like, there will be an island perfect for you, whether you want world-class diving, surfing or fishing or stunning golf courses.

Golf in Fiji 
Golf in Fiji has come a long way since the days of Vijay Singh was practicing there. The Fiji Islands offer a wide range of quality golf courses. The Fiji Golf Club is only 10 minutes from central Suva. Pacific Harbour Golf Club, on the Southern Coast of Viti Levu, and the Nadi Airport Golf Club are both challenging courses. Just 20 minutes from Nadi International Airport, the Championship Denarau Golf & Racquet Club that has been designed around the islands beautiful waterways. Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course is Fiji’s flagship golf course. With beautifully manicured golf greens, gently undulating into challenging sand bunkers and traps, this stunning course with fantastic ocean views from 16 of the 18 holes is a golfer’s dream! 

Diving in Vanuatu
Vanuatu is home to some of the best dive sites in the world. Espiritu Santo, just under an hour flight North of Port Vila, is best known as Vanuatu‘s dive capital and can proudly lay claim to the world’s most famous wreck dive, the SS President Coolidge. 

Gone Fishing…
Fishing is phenomenal in Tonga, Niue and Vanuatu, and the odds are good that you might finally catch the ‘big one’. Many of the good fishing grounds are close to shore, meaning you can be amongst some serious fish very quickly. 

Kayaking in Tonga
The lush tropical islands of Vava’u and Ha’apai in the Kingdom of Tonga are home to the ‘Friendly Islands Kayak Company’. Whilst the islands are separated by reefs or open waters, they are not great paddling distances apart, so there’s plenty of time to snorkel the warm waters, snorkel amidst colourful coral and observe the traditional way of life of the Tongan people. Their guided tours provide the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure.
 
Niue Whale Watching
For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, plan your arrival to Niue to with the humpback whale season between July and October. Niue is one of only three places in the world where you can swim with the whales. For those not so keen on the swim, these gentle giants can be viewed only 50 metres from shore. 

Surfing in Samoa
Samoa is a surfer’s paradise. Picture the perfection of Indonesia, minus the crowds, add the raw power of Hawaii’s breaks but without the heavy local presence, and you start getting an idea of the Samoan surfing experience. Between them, the two main islands of Upolu and Savaii offer a range of waves so diverse that every surfer will find one they want to gorge themselves on. 

Hiking in Hawai’i
Hawai’i is an amazing destination for those who prefer active relaxing. Once you’ve experienced the shopping and nightlife on O’ahu, check out some of the other islands for some world-class hiking. On Kaua’i you can enjoy the solitude of the Kuilau trail and the stunning tunnels on the North Shore. Hawai’i Island has one of the world’s most active volcanoes as well as beautiful hikes where you can experience rainforests and snowy peaks all in one day.

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