Published: Apr 13 2019
The South Pacific offers many beautiful countries to visit, and with these being made up of over 100 islands, it makes for a great boating area. Whether you wish to see volcanoes rising above tropical forests with the Pacific Ocean as your foreground, scuba dive with the rich and diverse wildlife, or simply soak up the sun’s rays, you have plenty of amazing things to do when boating in this region.
A world-renowned tourist destination, Tahiti is a perfect break from boating, though if you want to stay on the water, you can tour around the many islands that help to make up French Polynesia. Many are still inhabited by ancient cultures that incorporate 21st-century modernity with old heritage. There is plenty to see and do on Tahiti, like hiking the volcanic mountains or finding a private beach to enjoy the waterfront.
Called the “True South Pacific,” Tonga should not be missed during a boating tour. It is comprised of 170 islands where scuba diving is just the beginning of water attractions. Whale watching is popular here while becoming a part of the traditional heritage and the Kingdom of Tonga is part of the experience too.
Fiji has a stunning amount of islands — 333 in total. It is in the Melanesian area, where people are friendly and boating opportunities are endless. Boating around here means you are already on the water for scuba diving, snorkeling, or other watersports. Fiji is great as the main hub to other locations like Vanuatu and Tonga.
Located halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, this set of 15 islands is perfect for breathing some fresh air and touring beautiful blue lagoons in your boat. Cruise the lagoons, take an hour or two to snorkel, and dock your boat for a little culture and beach fun. Here you can enjoy traditional dances and sing before sleeping on your boat for the night.
New Caledonia is known for its rugged mountains and coral lagoon. Here fishing, golfing, and hiking are the main activities while learning about New Caledonia heritage through local entertainment should not be missed.
East of Queensland and north of New Caledonia, Vanuatu is an archipelago comprised of 83 islands for you to visit. There are plenty of ways to immerse yourself in the culture of the Vanuatu people. Here everything is unaffected by technology with hiking, zip-lining, and horseback riding as major attractions.
This Indonesian island is often considered first when thinking about the South Pacific for boating tours. Java has a natural beauty that continues to amaze visitors. This tourist attraction and island is alive with resorts, hiking, and zip-lining. The local culture envelopes you so that you truly feel a part of the island's heritage and experience. Magelang is best known for its Buddhist Temple Borobudur, which is one of the ancient wonders of the world. The city is located in Central Java.
Another Indonesian island, Sumbawa offers amazing adventures including traditional water buffalo racing across rice fields. Sumbawa, like Java, is a part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Its highest point is Mount Tambora which rises 9,350 feet.
Home to the famous Komodo dragons, this beautiful area is part of the Indonesian chain with 390 square kilometers of the island. Komodo has a unique history in that descendants living on the island today come from convicts exiled to the island, particularly from the Bugis and Sulawesi tribes. As part of the Lesser Sunda Chain, visitors can enjoy Komodo National Park, then visit Java or Sumbawa.
The culture of the South Pacific is community-oriented and traditions are a part of everyday life. Here it is amazing to be treated like a friend or family while stopping by for a little tour of the South Pacific by boat. As you make your way around the entire area or just a small part of it look for the Leonid Meteor Shower that is often seen in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean.