Travel Destinations by ZARZAR MODELS | The Beautiful South Pacific

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When we talk about the South Pacific what countries or islands are we referring to and where are they situated in relation to the United States or Canada? The “South Pacific” brochures printed by tour operators often focus on Australia and New Zealand, but those countries are quite different from the tropical Pacific islands such as the 15 countries and territories from Easter Island to the Solomons. People tend to consider this region remote, yet it takes only two hours longer to fly from Los Angeles to Tahiti than it does to fly to Honolulu Hawaii, and Fiji is midway between Hawaii and New Zealand, to the west of Tahiti.

Would you consider the South Pacific a good choice for a romantic getaway or wedding and honeymoon destination? All of the main South Pacific destinations have attempted to market themselves as wedding or honeymoon destinations. Fiji and the Cook Islands have been the most successful as weddings can be arranged locally with little fuss. In French Polynesia, marriages can only be performed for persons with 30 days residency, which excludes most tourists. Instead, French Polynesia has developed an active honeymoon industry with Bora Bora highly favored by bridal magazine writers who enjoyed the hospitality of luxury resorts. Moorea is Bora Bora’s equal in all but name and is far less expensive. For a romantic getaway, many travelers recommend Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. There is a lot to see and do within a compact area, and prices are fair.

What is the best time to visit the South Pacific from the point of view of weather, costs, too many people, and the availability of flights from the United States, Canada, and Europe? Officially, the hurricane season in the South Pacific is from December to April. Winter (May to October) is generally cooler, drier, and less humid throughout the region, and the best time to go there on vacation. May to August is the off-season in Australia and New Zealand so by a happy coincidence, you can enjoy the best weather for the lowest prices if you schedule your South Pacific trip for that time during the year.