39 days in Oceania Itinerary

39 days in Oceania Itinerary

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Noumea, New Caledonia
— 4 nights
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Port Vila, Vanuatu
— 3 nights
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Tanna Island, Vanuatu
— 1 night
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Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
— 3 nights
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Honiara, Solomon Islands
— 5 nights
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Tarawa Atoll, Republic of Kiribati
— 2 nights
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Funafuti, Tuvalu
— 4 nights
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Apia, Samoa
— 2 nights
Drive to Mulifanua, Ferry to Savai'i
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Savai'i, Samoa
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Mulifanua, Drive to Apia, Fly to Nuku'alofa
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
— 3 nights
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Avarua, Cook Islands
— 2 nights
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands
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Noumea, New Caledonia — 4 nights

Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
Noumea is known for nature, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sea views from Amedee Lighthouse, walk around Parc zoologique et forestier, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie, and stop by Maison de la Perle.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Noumea driving holiday planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Noumea is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Caledonia Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Port Vila.
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Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
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Port Vila, Vanuatu — 3 nights

The capital of Vanuatu and the largest settlement on Efate, Port Vila plays home to a number of busy markets, cafes, bars, and restaurants catering to the tourism industry.
Port Vila is known for nature, parks, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Evergreen Cascades Waterfall, admire all the interesting features of Underwater Post Office, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Port Vila Markets.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Port Vila online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Noumea to Port Vila takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Tanna Island.
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Find places to stay Aug 5 — 8:

Tanna Island, Vanuatu — 1 night

On the 8th (Mon), see the vivid underwater world at Blue Hole Number Two, admire the sheer force of Lenuanatuaiu Waterfall, and then admire all the interesting features of Giant Banyan Tree. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Mount Yasur, then enjoy the sand and surf at Louniel Beach, and then Head underground at Blue Cave.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Tanna Island road trip planning website.

You can fly from Port Vila to Tanna Island in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Tanna Island are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Espiritu Santo.
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Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu — 3 nights

Espiritu Santo offers an impressive combination of natural beauty and cultural experiences.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): Head underground at Millennium Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Nanda Blue Hole and then enjoy the sand and surf at Champagne Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Espiritu Santo day trip site.

You can fly from Tanna Island to Espiritu Santo in 4.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Espiritu Santo when traveling from Tanna Island in August, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can fly to Honiara.
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Honiara, Solomon Islands — 5 nights

The hustle and bustle of Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands, provides a nice counterpoint to the slow pace and laid-back atmosphere in other areas of the country.
Honiara is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Tenaru Falls, admire the natural beauty at Solomon Islands Memorial Garden, see some colorful creatures with Tulagi Dive, and appreciate the history behind Solomon Scouts & Coastwatchers Memorial.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Honiara online tour builder.

Fly from Espiritu Santo to Honiara in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Espiritu Santo in August, you will find days in Honiara are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (28°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Tarawa Atoll.
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Tarawa Atoll, Republic of Kiribati — 2 nights

The capital of Kiribati, Tarawa Atoll has an administrative and cultural importance to the country as a whole and deserves to be explored by those visiting the islands.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacred Heart Cathedral and then ponder the world of politics at Parliament Building. On the next day, stroll through Ambo Island and then get your bearings at Kiribati National Library and Archives.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tarawa Atoll tour itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Honiara to Tarawa Atoll in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Honiara to Tarawa Atoll, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Honiara in August: highs in Tarawa Atoll hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 30°C. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Funafuti.
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Funafuti, Tuvalu — 4 nights

Funafuti is an atoll on which the capital of the island nation of Tuvalu is located. Funafuti is known for sightseeing and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Funafuti Marine Conservation Area, ponder the world of politics at Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau, and get your bearings at Tuvalu National Library.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Funafuti road trip planning app.

You can fly from Tarawa Atoll to Funafuti in 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. You will leave for Apia on the 24th (Wed).
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Apia, Samoa — 2 nights

The Samoan capital of Apia serves as the first port of call for most visitors, and it plays home to a number of historic sites, a laid-back seaside promenade, and a range of hotels and restaurants keeping tourists entertained.
Go for a jaunt from Apia to Lotofaga to see To Sua Ocean Trench about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, admire the sheer force of Papapapaitai Falls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Samoa Cultural Village.

To find out how to plan a trip to Apia, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Funafuti to Apia in 15.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Funafuti to Apia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Savai'i.
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Find places to stay Aug 24 — 27:

Savai'i, Samoa — 3 nights

Savai'i is known for nature, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Alofaaga Blowholes, get great views at Mount Matavanu Crater, hunt for treasures at Salelologa Market, and don't miss a visit to Swimming with Turtles.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Savai'i itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Apia to Savai'i in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nuku'alofa.
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Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:

Nuku'alofa, Tonga — 3 nights

The capital of Tonga and the seat of the island nation's royal family, Nuku'alofa was first seen by Western eyes in 1777, when legendary Captain James Cook arrived in the area.
Step out of Nuku'alofa to go to Haveluliku and see Anahulu Cave - The Underground Swimming Pool, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, steep yourself in history at Captain Cook's Landing Place, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ha'atafu Beach.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nuku'alofa road trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry, car, and flight from Savai'i to Nuku'alofa in 9.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Nuku'alofa can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Avarua.
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Avarua, Cook Islands — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Punanga Nui, then examine the collection at Te Ara- Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally kick back and relax at Muri Lagoon. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Maire Nui Gardens & Cafe and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cook Island Christian Church (CICC).

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Avarua trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Nuku'alofa to Avarua in 14 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 23 hours traveling from Nuku'alofa to Avarua. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Aitutaki.
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands — 2 nights

Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
On the 5th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Maungapu and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Piraki Lookout, then head off the coast to One Foot Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at O'otu Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Aitutaki Lagoon.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Aitutaki vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Avarua to Aitutaki takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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New Caledonia travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
An archipelago consisting of the sizable Grande Terre as well as a scattering of smaller surrounding islands, New Caledonia has many of the tourist draws characteristic of the South Pacific: long sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, azure lagoons, and coral reefs. It also supports many unique species of plants and animals, such as the tall conifers that tower above the palm trees lining the waterside. Nature lovers on holiday in New Caledonia should head to the lagoon that surrounds Grande Terre: a World Heritage Site and one of the largest lagoons in the world, it is home to countless species of marine life, including endangered dugongs and green sea turtles. The local culture blends French chic and Melanesian warmth, and it is usually a only short walk from the beach to a stylish bar, cafe, or gourmet restaurant.
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Vanuatu travel guide

4.4
Waterfalls · Nature & Parks · Bodies of Water
Composed of 83 rugged islands spread out over a stretch of nearly 1,300 km (810 mi), Vanuatu features a huge diversity of natural environments and cultures. A fusion of British, French, Polynesian, and Melanesian influences, the nation combines devout religious devotion with the slow, relaxed pace of island life. Lush rainforests and thriving coral sanctuaries abound across the island chain and feature a colorful array of native wildlife and plant species that make for fantastic snorkeling, diving, and hiking excursions. Active volcanoes remain among the biggest attractions in Vanuatu, along with the chain's stunning beaches and shimmering blue waters. Despite the nation's harsh volcanic landscapes, rocky coast, and lack of arable land, Vanuatu is a warm and welcoming place to visit, as its people do everything they can to make tourists feel right at home.
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Solomon Islands travel guide

4.1
Scuba & Snorkeling · Flea Markets · Ruins
Build your Solomon Islands trip around the many enriching diving experiences available, or plan a relaxing break on a luxuriously sandy and peaceful beach. Witness the vibrant culture of the local people on an eco-friendly guided walk, shopping for locally made handicrafts, and sampling the local cuisine. Solomon Islands still bears the marks of a very different aspect of its history, when some of the most intense fighting in World War II happened here. Learn about this dark chapter through memorials, museums, artifacts, and relics, both on land and under the sea.
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Republic of Kiribati travel guide

3.1
Nature & Parks · Government Buildings · Churches
You'll find a surprising number of vacation ideas in Kiribati, an island nation boasting a rich cultural and natural abundance. The 33 coral islands offer world-class fishing spots, marine and terrestrial reserves, and great places to try a range of water sports. Its refreshingly noncommercial and lively culture engages visitors with its colors, vibrancy, and welcoming character. Experience the local philosophy of subsistence in the villages, where delicious cuisine and traditional ceremonies take precedence. On a different note, history buffs will appreciate sites commemorating an infamous World War II battle that took place here. Head farther inland for an adventurer's holiday--exploring the forests, discovering a wealth of impressive natural features, and identifying the diversity of plant and animal life.
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Tuvalu travel guide

3.9
Nature & Parks · Government Buildings
A group of tiny atolls and reef islands in the South Pacific, Tuvalu offers plenty of seaside appeal. Most visitors start and end their tour of Tuvalu on Fongfale, the main islet where you'll find the majority of accommodations and other tourist-oriented facilities. Beaches fringed by palms remain the main attractions on Tuvalu, with visitors coming to dive and snorkel the waters sheltering a variety of tropical fish and sea turtles. Others head for the uninhabited islets, which provide no amenities but plenty of chances to spot a range of sea birds.
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Samoa travel guide

3.9
Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · History Museums
Enchanting Samoa and its people boast a legendarily laid-back approach to life, and clocks and set times are merely a formality here. The society remains a proud one, deeply connected to a set of millennia-old traditions known as "Fa'a Samoa"--the Samoan Way. Spread out over two main islands and several smaller landmasses, Samoa is a land of incredible contrasts and natural beauty, home to rocky volcanic mountains and expansive beaches, rugged cliffs and lush rainforests. Visitors on holiday in Samoa can easily spend their time exploring the country's exotic interior and untamed coastal reaches, which offer plenty of wildlife and fantastic landscapes. Alternatively, they can just as readily kick back in sleepy seaside villages, indulging in a full-service resort, or splash around in lagoons and at beaches that hold their place among the world's best.
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Tonga travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Nature & Parks
The Friendly Islands
Spread out over 177 islands, Tonga features an incredible array of natural environments and places to visit. "Island time" remains omnipresent in Tonga, and visitors may find that locals are in little hurry in their day-to-day lives. While sightseeing in Tonga, head for the country's three main island groupings--Vava'u, Ha'apai, and Tongatapu--to enjoy a taste of their world-class snorkeling and diving opportunities. Reefs and forests burst with life and lush foliage, and lend themselves well to enjoying the great outdoors, while sun-kissed beaches and idyllic lagoons make for fantastic lazy days along the shore. Alternatively, take advantage of the country's prolific whale-watching industry--frequently ranked among the best on the planet.
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Cook Islands travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Concerts & Shows · Scuba & Snorkeling
Scattered across a 2,200,000 sq km (849,425 sq mi) zone in the vast Pacific Ocean, roughly halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, the Cook Islands are about as remote a holiday destination as you will find. With their pristine white-sand beaches, tranquil azure lagoons, lush tropical jungles, and teeming coral reefs, the 15 islands seem plucked from a picture postcard of paradise. Relaxation comes first and foremost, for locals as much as tourists, and you will find the laid-back lifestyle of the Cook Islanders as infectious as their warm smiles. As tempting (and fulfilling) as it might be to spend all day swinging lazily in a hammock strung between shady palm trees, plenty of adventures await exploring the idyllic scenery overland, on the waves, and undersea.
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