Off the north-east coast of Australia, the South Pacific is a magical region where the sun is always shining, the water is warm and temperatures are a balmy 25 degrees Celsius – and it’s just a short cruise away.

Mystery Island

Only reachable by cruise ship, this hidden gem lies off the coast of Vanuatu. Don’t miss the The Snorkel Safari, where you can uncover the underwater mysteries with a guide. The crystal clear waters and spectacular coral formations make this a perfect way to enjoy the island. Or live like a local by eating their freshly cooked lobster or banana pie, getting a fresh hair braid and shopping for locally-made handicrafts, sarongs, and trinkets.

Boy holding pineapples at fruit market

Vanuatu

Known for impressive diving, world-famous white sandy Champagne Beach, turquoise blue holes and welcoming friendly people, the hardest decision will be what to do first. If you’re looking for more action, jump on the tour to Millennium Cave, Vanuatu’s largest cave. Or trek through tropical forest to reach the cave, scrambling over boulders and then cooling down with a river swim before climbing the steep incline back to the village of Funaspef.

Family at beach in water

Noumea

Fashionable Lemon Bay is lined with upmarket restaurants, bars and shops. And just 40 minutes by boat from Noumea lies the beautiful little paradise, Amedee Island. The island is famous for its stunning antique light house which was built in 1862. Visit this treasure or spend your time relaxing under the palms and swimming in the turquoise waters before enjoying a buffet lunch by the sea, where you’ll be entertained by traditional Pacific Island dancers.

Noumea view

New Caledonia

Earning the reputation of being the closest island to paradise, the Isle of Pines is one of the most beautiful places in New Caledonia. Its Kuto Bay shows off with its translucent shallow waters, fine soft white sand and towering lush palms. There is even a beach bar and a restaurant, so spending hours in paradise is easy. Then Kunamera Bay is a short walk from Kuto Bay and is home to La Rocher, the famous Sacred Rock which sits in sparkly blue and green waters. It’s a beautiful spot to swim and snorkel and take in the natural wonders.

Rock pool view