41 days in South Pacific Itinerary

41 days in South Pacific Itinerary

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41 days in South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Avarua, Cook Islands
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Papeete, French Polynesia
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  14​h 45​min
4
Savai'i, Samoa
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Apia, Samoa
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Nadi, Fiji
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
7
Taveuni Island, Fiji
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Suva, Fiji
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
9
Melbourne, Australia
— 7 nights
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
nights
Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki ©
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Aitutaki is known for beaches, nature, adventure, outdoors, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Aitutaki Lagoon, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head off the coast to Moturakau, and take in nature's colorful creations at Aitutaki Secret Garden.

To find photos and more tourist information, read Aitutaki travel route planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Aitutaki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Melbourne to Aitutaki due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Avarua.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Aitutaki Lagoon ©
Aitutaki Lagoon
One Foot Island ©
One Foot Island
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
nights
Avarua, Cook Islands

Avarua ©
Avarua is known for shopping, historic sites, museums, nightlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Titikaveka Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Aroa Marine Reserve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cook Island Christian Church (CICC), and sample the tasty concoctions at Matutu Brewery.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Avarua trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Aitutaki to Avarua in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Rarotonga, Arorangi, Titikaveka Beach, Natua Ukulele
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Titikaveka Beach ©
Titikaveka Beach
Muri Lagoon ©
Muri Lagoon
Te Rua Manga (The Needle) ©
Te Rua Manga (The Needle)

5
nights
Papeete, French Polynesia

Papeete ©
The capital of French Polynesia, Pape'ete amounts to little more than a medium-sized town by Western standards, but it is still a thriving hub of culture and commerce.
Explore Papeete's surroundings by going to Taharuu Beach (in Papara), Taravao (Bain de Vaima & Taravao Plateau) and Faarumai Waterfalls (in Arue). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, take in the dramatic scenery at Fautaua, see majestic marine mammals with Tahiti Trip Fishing, and take in the dramatic natural features at Point Venus.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Papeete day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Avarua to Papeete in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, flight, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Savai'i.

Things to do in Papeete

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tahiti, Taravao, Punaauia, Faarumai Waterfalls, Taharuu Beach
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:
Highlights from your plan
Fautaua ©
Fautaua
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ©
James Norman Hall Home ©
James Norman Hall Home

2
nights
Savai'i, Samoa

Savai'i ©
Savai'i is known for nature, wildlife, adventure, outdoors, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Alofaaga Blowholes, take in the dramatic scenery at Afu Aau Waterfall, explore the fascinating underground world of Paia Dwarfs Cave, and make a trip to Pulemelei Ancient Mound.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Savai'i online journey planner .

You can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Papeete to Savai'i in 15 hours. The time zone difference moving from Tahiti Time (TAHT) to West Samoa Standard Time (WSST) is 23 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Apia.

Things to do in Savai'i

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Alofaaga Blowholes ©
Alofaaga Blowholes
Afu Aau Waterfall ©
Afu Aau Waterfall
Aganoa Beach ©
Aganoa Beach

6
nights
Apia, Samoa

Apia ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Apia: To Sua Ocean Trench (in Lotofaga) and Lalomanu (Lalomanu Beach & Lalomanu Crater Walk). There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, look for gifts at Plantation House Samoa, and kick back and relax at Lefaga Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Apia online visit planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Savai'i to Apia in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nadi.

Things to do in Apia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Upolu, Lalomanu, To Sua Ocean Trench
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
To Sua Ocean Trench ©
To Sua Ocean Trench
Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Nadi, Fiji

Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nadi: Sigatoka (Baravi Handcrafts, Nature & Wildlife Tours, & more). Spend the 19th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Garden of the Sleeping Giant, tee off at Denarau Golf and Racquet Club, step off the mainland to explore Robinson Crusoe Island, and head outdoors with Nadi Sports and Social Club.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nadi road trip site .

You can fly from Apia to Nadi in 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from West Samoa Standard Time to Fiji Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Taveuni Island.

Things to do in Nadi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigatoka, Denarau Island, Robinson Crusoe Island
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Port Denarau Marina ©
Port Denarau Marina
Garden of the Sleeping Giant ©
Garden of the Sleeping Giant

3
nights
Taveuni Island, Fiji

Taveuni Island ©
Known as the Garden Island, Taveuni is a tropical paradise of tall mountains draped in lush rainforest, filled with delicate wildflowers and colorful birds, and dotted with cascading waterfalls.
Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Bouma National Heritage Park. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Lavena Coastal Walk, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the sheer force of Waitavala Natural Rock Waterslide, and experience rural life at Civa Fiji Pearls.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read our Taveuni Island tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Nadi to Taveuni Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Suva.

Things to do in Taveuni Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Bouma National Heritage Park ©
Bouma National Heritage Park
Lavena Coastal Walk ©
Lavena Coastal Walk
Tavoro Waterfalls ©
Tavoro Waterfalls

2
nights
Suva, Fiji

Suva ©
Situated on a verdant, hilly peninsula, Suva is the second-largest city in the South Pacific and has been the capital of Fiji since 1882.
On the 24th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Orchid Island Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at 21K Gallery, then ponder the world of politics at Government Buildings - Parliament, then take an in-depth tour of Fiji Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Thurston Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Sacred Heart Cathedral, browse the different shops at MHCC, then hunt for treasures at Suva Municipal Market, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Suva trip planner .

You can fly from Taveuni Island to Suva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or ride a ferry. In January, daytime highs in Suva are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Suva

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Suva Municipal Market ©
Suva Municipal Market
Fiji Museum ©
Fiji Museum
21K Gallery ©
21K Gallery

7
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 40 min away). Dedicate the 31st (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and browse the collection at State Library of Victoria.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Suva to Melbourne with the Route module. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Suva to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Suva in January, expect cooler with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jan 26 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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