South Pacific Cruises

Discover an ocean studded with perfect paradise islands…

Across the glittering South Pacific Ocean, thousands upon thousands of gorgeous islands await, each with their own marvels and beauty to discover. From the island kingdom of Tonga to the sprawling French Polynesian archipelagos, your cruise to the South Pacific will introduce you to a world of vibrant, varied cultures and bustling ports, with fantastic beaches at every turn.

Handcrafted Cruise Packages

PONANT

Cook Islands & Society Islands

  • 28 Nov 2024 - 10 Dec 2024
  • 11 Nights Paul Gauguin
  • 1 Nights in Papeete
  • Fly Cruise

12 nights including Air France flights from £6,667 per person

Helpful Tips to Know Before You Go

  • May to October tend to be the driest months to cruise the South Pacific, with warm and sunny weather prevailing. November and December, coinciding with popular holiday periods in Australia and New Zealand, tend to be busiest.
  • The best chances to see certain wildlife like humpback whales will occur at certain times of year. August is best if you want to see Fijian dolphins, whereas July to October is best for the humpback whales off the coast of Tonga. Do some reading or chat with our experts to decide when is best for you to cruise.
  • Pack appropriately for your itinerary. You can expect plenty of sun, so bring reef-safe suncream and clothes that will cover your skin. If you plan on walking, or hiking in the rainforest, bring good walking shoes and insect repellent to ward off any bugs. A backpack might not go amiss either.
  • Trust local advice for the best places to walk and swim. Many of the ports you call at will belong to very small islands, and the local tour guides will generally know the best places to spot exciting wildlife or the most beautiful beaches to visit.

Things to Do

  • Discover local cultures. From the fascinating blend of French and South Pacific cultures in French Polynesia to the varied and vibrant natives of Papua New Guinea, there are myriad ways of life, local landmarks, and cultural customs and rituals to enjoy. Watch traditional ceremonies, partake of a ‘roulotte’ dinner, and so much more.
  • Explore local history. Whether you’re fascinated by the people who quarried and carved the moai of Easter Island, the native people of Papua New Guinea and their heritage, or the history of French colonialism across French Polynesia, there’s plenty to learn and discover. Visit museums, heritage sites, and more to learn about the rich history of this region.
  • Take a tour of tropical rainforest. Many of the South Pacific islands are covered in lush, dense rainforest and teeming with life. Rare and beautiful birds, exotic flora and fauna, and hidden waterfalls abound in these inland sanctuaries, and taking a walking tour is one of the best ways to see their wonders.
  • Dive or snorkel in beautiful coral reefs. The South Pacific islands are rich in corals and marine animals, with New Caledonia even boasting the second largest barrier reef in the world. Snorkelling tours or scuba dives are a must for anyone who loves the underwater world.
  • Enjoy the beach. Some of the South Pacific islands you’ll call at are famed for their beautiful beaches, with soft white sands and tranquil waters that make for a beach-goer’s paradise. Relax, take in the sun, and cool off in the waves as it suits you.

Why Book With Kenwood Travel

At Kenwood Travel, we’re passionate about crafting the perfect holiday experience for you, and that means making sure your South Pacific cruise is as incredible as can be. With our decades of experience at crafting unforgettable voyages, our cruise experts are close at hand to help you with everything from picking your itinerary to helping with your travel documents, and so much more. We’ll take care of the little details, leaving you free to enjoy your cruise to the South Pacific free of concern.

Ports of Call & Places to Explore

Fiji

Fiji

Your likeliest port of call in Fiji is Suva, the republic’s beautiful capital and principal cruise port. The sheer natural beauty of Fiji draws visitors in from across the world, with its lush rainforest surrounded by soft sandy beaches and an idyllic sapphire sea. Visit Mariamma Temple for insight into local cultural rituals like the fire-walking festival, go hiking in the verdant rainforests, explore Fiji history, or simply enjoy the beach.

French Polynesia

French Polynesia

Of the French Polynesian islands, Tahiti is the most well known, and it’s here in the capital city Papeete you might choose to make port. The waterfront promenade hosts a great deal of the city’s festivals and activity, including a ‘roulotte’ Tahitian dinner and show that visitors are sure to enjoy. Watersports and beautiful beaches are aplenty here, with great surfing and diving opportunities alike.

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

With 10 main ports of call and so many wonders across its waterways, Papua New Guinea is a fantastic addition to any South Pacific itinerary. Discover the incredible customs of the local cultures, attending rituals, dances and celebrations where locals in their traditional dress and costuming invite you to learn about their lives. Explore the lush rainforests and mountains inland, or go diving to enjoy the underwater world.

Bora Bora

Bora Bora

Renowned as one of the most dreamlike and romantic islands of the Pacific, Bora Bora is a particularly good place for couples to call at, but a good choice for anyone who prizes the quintessential beauty of a true island paradise. A ring of verdant tropical greenery around a jewel-bright lagoon, this island enjoys fantastic views and underwater ‘gardens’ of coral that make it just as beautiful below the surface as above.

New Caledonia

New Caledonia

With its capital of Noumea and its fantastic blend of French culture and Pacific island beauty, New Caledonia is an excellent choice for your itinerary. Boasting the second largest barrier reef in the world as well as a variety of guided tours, botanical gardens and zoos, cathedrals and other must-see landmarks… you can be sure that every minute here will be spent in wonder.

Micronesia

Micronesia

A region comprising thousands of beautiful little islands, Micronesia could warrant a dedicated cruise all on its own. Popular places to call at include Guam, the largest of the Micronesian islands, Chuuk Island, a paradise for divers, and Palau, a group of islands with incredible wildlife to spot. The marvels to discover in Micronesia could fill a library, so your itinerary will have plenty to choose from.

Tonga

Tonga

The island kingdom of Tonga sprawls across an archipelago of 169 South Pacific islands, and is the only remaining monarchy in this region of the globe. Make port in Nukualofa to marvel at the Royal Palace and Royal Tombs, or at Vavau for the chance to see humpback whales or enjoy watersports in the sailing months.

Easter Island

Easter Island

Most famous for its great stone statues – moai – Easter Island’s coastline is dotted with monoliths. All quarried from the volcanic crater of the island itself, you can take a taxi tour of the island or rent mountain bikes to see the statues and myriad other sights of Easter Island for yourself. Nearby smaller islands make excellent snorkelling or diving sites; a fantastic day trip.

Samoa

Samoa

Make port in Apia to explore the beauty of Samoa, home to tropical rainforests and stunningly-gorgeous waterfalls, surrounded by soft white sand beaches and the turquoise waters that meet them. Tours into the rainforest are a popular shore excursion here, along with explorations of the water via snorkelling or diving, with plenty of colourful coral reef and marine life to see.

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Emma Sanger-Horwell
Emma Sanger-Horwell
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