A new year means new travel dreams and new destinations. As part of my 22 in 2022 series, I’ve teamed up with travel bloggers around the world to bring you other dream destinations in Oceania, to inspire you to get back to traveling in the new year. From incredible cities to breathtaking nature – you will find somewhere to go in 2022. Please travel safely and find out about local Covid-19 policies before you go.
For more inspiration, check out Dream Destinations for USA, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America!
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Samoa is a Polynesian island country located in the South Pacific Ocean. It is a group of 9 islands of which only 5 are inhabited. The country is mainly divided into two regions, Upolu and Savaii. Apia, in the Upolu region, is the capital and has the main international airport. The best time to visit Samoa is between July and September and it takes around 4-5 days to explore both regions.
Even though Samoa is a small country, there are plenty of things to do. The islands are popular for their natural pools and waterfalls, and the most famous and scenic pool is the To-Sua Ocean Trench. The town of Apia has a museum dedicated to Scottish poet and author Robert Louis Stevenson, who spent his last five years in the capital. There is also a hiking trail called Road of loving hearts near the museum which leads to Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave.
Recently, in recent years, the islands have become notable for their dive sites, as around 900 species of fish and 200 types of coral can be found there. Because of this, Samoa is also a fishing destination that exports fish to other countries. Apart from these places, the islands have many flea markets and farmers’ markets where you can buy souvenirs and local products. There are products made from trees and plants.
Samoa offers accommodation options that suit all types of tourists and travellers. There are options ranging from economical to luxurious. The Manumea Resort is one of the finest resorts located close to the beach and the city center. The complex has its own bar and restaurants. There is live music in the evening to relax at the bar.
Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is synonymous with wombats and the iconic Dove Lake Boathouse. It is one of the most spectacular places to visit in Australia and offers a peaceful escape for all travellers, young and old.
Perhaps the most popular attraction is Cradle Mountain itself. Located 1,454m above sea level, the summit of Cradle Mountain offers breathtaking views of jagged peaks and hills in the distance. But the 8-hour hike to get there is tough and will require you to crouch on all fours and climb huge boulders.
It’s a rewarding hike for adventurous travelers, but if you’re looking for something less physically demanding, you can choose from several other hiking trails, including Hansons Peak and the Dove Lake Circuit, both of which start from the same location as summit hike.
After a busy day of exploring, be sure to stop by the Tavern Bar and Bistro, located a stone’s throw from the Visitor Center. With its charming decor and warm atmosphere, it is the best place to enjoy an ice-cold beer and a delicious pizza to accompany it.
The remote landscapes, unique flora and fauna, and lush forests make Cradle Mountain a destination worthy of a list of things to do. If you want this experience and more, book a stay at Cradle Mountain Lodge and you’ll be right in the middle of all the attractions.
Moorea, French Polynesia
Moorea is one of best islands of French Polynesia to visit. Specifically, Moorea is part of the Winward Archipelago, which also includes the capital, Tahiti.
Moorea is not one of the most popular Polynesian islands to visit; that’s why it’s a great option for all types of travelers. However, Moorea is as stunning as the other famous islands, surrounded by crystal clear water and lush inland vegetation.
The choice of accommodation on Moorea is vast, ranging from dream resorts with water bungalows to more modest bed & breakfasts.
The range of things to do in Moorea is vast and ranges from jet skiing or diving to spectacular hikes inland. The fauna and flora around the island abound, and from mid-July to mid-November it is possible to see dolphins and whales.
The typical dish of Moorea (and the French Polynesia) is the “raw fish”. They also have a lot of exotic fruits. You can have your meals in your magnificent hotel complex with a view, or do tastings in the local markets. Picnics on the beach are also common (after all, they are French!).
An excellent place to sleep in Moorea is the Manava Beach Resort & Spa. The location between the lagoon and the mountains is spectacular, and the staff is very friendly.
Gippsland Lakes, Australia
The Gippsland Lakes are located approximately 3 hours east of Melbourne in East Gippsland and consist of a network of lakes, marshes and lagoons covering over 600 square kilometres. The Gippsland Lakes are Australia’s largest inland lakes and are separated from the ocean by coastal dunes that run the full length of Ninety Mile Beach. You can enter the Gippsland Lakes through a man-made entrance in an aptly named town called Lake Entrance. You will see this entrance when entering the city from the Princes Highway heading east.
Ninety Mile Beach is one of Victoria’s most spectacular and secluded beaches. It is a wild and rugged beach, known for its barrels for surfers. If you’re lucky during whale migration season, you might be lucky enough to spot a whale breaking off the coast.
The inland village of Metung is a wonderful place to experience the Gippsland lakes. Have lunch at the Metung Hotel, located right on the water, and if you find a table by the window, you can watch dolphins, seals and pelicans. Metung is a picturesque lakeside village where the sunrises and sunsets are spectacular. It is an ideal place to fish or go SUP.
Relax in the region, explore the towns and villages and soak up the amazing local produce. Take a boat trip from Lakes Entrance to Paynesville and you’ll see how amazing the Gippsland Lake District is. Visit Raymond Island to spot our native Australian koalas, who doesn’t want to see an Australian favorite.
Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and a dream destination in Australia. With its stunning coastal location, famous Opera House and Harbor Bridge, Sydney is a special place to visit.
The main attractions are found around the beautiful Sydney Harbour. There are so many things to do in Sydney. You can visit the extraordinary Opera House, take a behind-the-scenes tour and watch a show. Stroll through the Rocks district, through alleys and stairways built by convicts, to soak up Sydney’s colonial history. Circle Sydney Cove, past Circular Quay and the Opera House, to the lovely Botanic Gardens where you can relax with a picnic on the grass and take in sensational views of Sydney Harbour. You’ll find one of Sydney’s best views at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair.
You can see the Sydney Harbor Bridge from many vantage points around the city, and a great way to experience this iconic Sydney landmark is to climb it. The views from the top of the deck are unbeatable. There are plenty of places to eat around Circular Quay. Guylian Café or MCA Café are good choices and both have harbor views.
The best place to stay is the Shangri-La Hotel at The Rocks.
The Grampians, Australia
For anyone, locals or international tourists, who wants to see incredible scenery, epic waterfalls, taste divine local foods, taste delicious handcrafted wines, sip some of the best wines in the state, and come back to the nature, look no further than a trip to the Grampians.
To start this unforgettable journey, you must go to the picturesque village of Halls Gap. This beautiful little town is nestled in the heart of the Grampians National Park and is the starting point for all your epic adventures. Although it’s not a big city, you’ll find all the necessities in Halls Gap and there’s an abundance of accommodation options for any traveller. From Halls Gap you can start and end some of the hikes in the national park. If you’re planning a long hike, make sure someone knows where you’re going and your expected return time.
Halls Gap is also the perfect place to start chasing the Grampians waterfalls. If you want an epic waterfall, go straight to McKenzie Falls. You can see the waterfall from the lookouts above and there is also a trail down to the base of the falls. This path can be a bit treacherous in the rain so care should be taken if you have mobility issues. If you are looking for an easily accessible waterfall, Silverband Falls is the best. The parking lot is large and the dirt road to the falls is suitable for strollers and some wheelchairs. The views of the National Park from the Pinnacles lookout are a must when visiting the Grampians. On a clear day you can see for miles and the views are absolutely stunning. If you have time, you can also visit Reed Lookout and the Balconies.
In the town is the Paper, Scissors, Rock brewery, which offers a great selection of craft beers and the food that goes with them. A short drive from town is 5 Ducks Farm, where you can sample (and take home) some of the best homemade jams. The Pomonal Estate and Fallen Giants vineyards not only offer magnificent wines, the views you have from there are also breathtakingly beautiful, which adds to the incredible atmosphere.
You can easily spend some time at Grampians Adventure Golf, said to be the toughest mini golf course, or you can spend a few hours at Halls gap Soo befriending the goats, ever-hungry deer and kangaroos!
North Stradbroke Island, Australia
You’re looking for your next dream destination, then look no further than North Stradbroke Island. It is located about 30 kilometers off the coast of Brisbane, Australia, and about 10 ferries a day take you there. Whether you choose to get there on your own or take your own car, you are sure to find something to suit your type of vacation.
The island is also known as Minjerribah and offers several different beaches, wildlife, diving, snorkeling, exploring the national park, and four-wheel drive areas. This is your chance to sit back and relax or enjoy the many activities the island has to offer.
With 2000 people living permanently on Stradbroke Island, you have a wide choice of shops, cafes, restaurants and accommodation. This is the perfect opportunity to feast on your favorite seafood, and the Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel has the best location for views over the crystal clear waters.
Choose your style of accommodation, from camping on the beach to luxurious 5-star comfort. There is something to suit your style and your budget. If you’re looking for something affordable and right by the beach, you can’t miss the Anchorage Beach Resort. With all the necessary comfort and private access to the beach in 5 minutes.
Summer or winter, you will never get tired of North Stradbroke Island, which is an ideal vacation spot for everyone.
The city of Cairns in Queensland is a popular tourist destination for international and local visitors. As the gateway to the famous Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world, it’s easy to see why Cairns consistently ranks among the best places to visit in Australia.
Must-see attractions include day trips to explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, where you can snorkel or scuba dive, admire the natural beauty of the coral reef and marine life on a bottom boat drink, or just relax on the nearby islands of Fitzroy or Green Island.
To make the most of your visit, plan to stay a week as there is so much to do in Cairns.
Other notable attractions near Cairns include visiting the Atherton Tablelands, exploring the Daintree Rainforest, or the scenic Kuranda Railway, to name but a few. Day trips are often sold out well in advance, so it’s best to book early.
With one of Australia’s busiest international airports, Cairns attracts visitors of all nationalities and the style of accommodation on offer suits all budgets. Many visitors choose to stay in one of the downtown hotels, close to the foreshore, restaurants and entertainment venues. Popular choices include the Shangri-La The Marina and the Hilton Cairns.
For those visiting Cairns by car or caravan, there are also many caravan parks in Cairns or nearby beach towns like Palm Cove or Trinity Beach.
As a dream destination to visit, Cairns has something to offer visitors of all ages.
Kangaroo Island, Australia
Located deep in South Australia, Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island. With its gorgeous beaches, amazing wildlife and thriving food scene, Kangaroo Island is a great place for an Australian road trip.
Most visitors arrive by ferry from the mainland in the town of Penneshaw, and although there are a few attractions here, the key sites are along the south coast, starting at Seal Bay, where you can watch the sea lions up close.
The next stop has to be Vivvone Bay, one of the prettiest beaches on the island. Around the bend from the beach is an unassuming little shop that serves one of the most popular burgers on the island, the Kangaroo Island Whiting Burger. Grab one and head to the beach for a picnic.
Western KI Caravan Park, near the entrance to Flinders Chase National Park, is a fantastic base for exploring the island on a road trip. Ideally, spend at least two nights here. Spend the evening at the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, next to the trailer park. Visiting them at dusk is a fantastic experience. You will see kangaroos, koalas and more.
The next day, travel to Flinders Chase National Park to watch the sunrise. The early morning light on the Remarkable Rocks is a memorable way to start the day.
Perth, Western Australia is a must-visit destination for 2022. Perth is the most isolated capital in the world, nestled between the Indian Ocean and the Australian outback, and there’s something for everyone.
No visit to Perth would be complete without a visit to Rottnest Island. This pristine nature reserve is home to a spectacular array of flora and marine life. Visitors can tour the island on foot, by bike or even on a Segway, before taking an iconic selfie with an adorable quokka. To get there, take the ferry from Elizabeth Quay or Fremantle.
Watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean from Cottesloe Beach is another must-do activity! Cottesloe is Perth’s most famous beach and a popular place to surf, swim and soak up the sun. Spend an afternoon on the beach and watch the sun slowly sink below the bright blue horizon before crossing the road for dinner and a drink at one of the area’s many bars and restaurants. The Cottesloe Beach Hotel will not disappoint for dining with a view.
Fremantle is a half hour drive from Perth CBD but should not be missed! This historic port city is full of well-preserved convoy-era buildings and landmarks. On Sunday mornings, visitors can stroll through Fremantle’s buzzing markets before exploring historic buildings. The Little Creatures Brasserie is a fantastic place to stop for a drink and lunch of wood-fired pizza.
The Crown Towers Perth is a great accommodation option for travelers looking for a bit of luxury. It offers plenty of opportunities for entertainment and relaxation and is close to Perth’s new stadium and the beautiful Swan River.
Narooma is 5 hours south of Sydney on the Eurobodalla coast in New South Wales. It is a spectacular place with beaches, an arm of the river and beautiful beaches. There are also rugged coastal features to explore, such as Glasshouse Rocks.
If conditions allow, a cruise to nearby Montague Island is a must. The island and surrounding waters are a marine sanctuary. You can climb the island and observe its rich birdlife. It is also possible to get in the water and snorkel with the local seals. In winter, you may be able to spot migrating whales.
The Mill Bay Boardwalk borders Wagonga Cove. You can walk or horseback, or go snorkeling or kayaking. It offers great views of the city. Watch out for curious seals and giant rays. You can follow the boardwalk to Bar Beach South, a protected and beautiful beach for swimming. If you are on a bike, the path continues to the nearby town of Dalmeny. It’s a nice walk along the coast.
The Quarterdeck on Wagonga Inlet, with its Tiki Bar, is a fun place to eat – it’s very popular, so be sure to book. For waterfront views and a great choice of accommodation, BIG4 Narooma East’s Holiday Park is the perfect place to stay.
The Great Ocean Road, Australia
The Great Ocean Road is arguably one of the best routes in Australia – and maybe even the world! Starting in Torquay (which is around 90 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD), the Great Ocean Road winds its way along the stunning Southern Ocean coastline and through old growth forests for 243km before ending in a small town called Allensford. You can do it in a day (very rushed), but we recommend 2 or 3 days minimum to really enjoy all that the region has to offer.
Traveling the Great Ocean Road you can visit the famous 12 Apostles limestone cliffs (although last I heard there are only 6 or 7 left!), walk down Gibsons Steps to the beach, see the Loch Ard Gorge and the Bay of Islands, all of which lie along the coastline of Port Cambell National Park. Inland, you should keep an eye out for koalas, kangaroos and other Australian wildlife as you chase waterfalls in the Otways; or spend the days in bustling coastal towns, petty trading and sampling amazing locally produced food and drink (think seafood and breweries!).
When it comes to accommodation, there are plenty of options along the route, with the larger towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay being the most popular, especially during the summer months (remember to book in advance). advance if you are heading in that direction). For somewhere a bit quieter, look for accommodation closer to Wye River, Anglesea or Kennet River – these towns are smaller, with fewer shops and restaurants, and have a bit more relaxed vibe – but in the summer it always have to book in advance.
As this is one of Victoria’s main tourist attractions/areas, expect it to be very crowded and heavily trafficked during the summer months, so we recommend you go there. return during shoulder season (spring and fall). This will allow you to enjoy the best weather (in theory, but if you know Victoria, you know that we can have 4 seasons in one day at any time of the year!
Rottnest Island, Australia
Rottnest Island is an absolute paradise and one of the best places to visit in 2022. Located off Perth, Australia, Rottnest Island is a beautiful little island with dreamy beaches and stunning scenery. One of the best things to do on the island is to rent a bike and ride around the island. Rottnest is home to a population of small animals called Quokkas that are so habituated to humans that they can be approached and are often subjects for selfies. Don’t forget to visit the Rottnest Island Lighthouses which offer great views and are also perfect for a picnic. The Basin and Little Salmon Bay are among the most beautiful beaches on the island and will make you fall in love with Australia’s crystal clear waters and white sand. Snorkel or just relax by the beach. The possibilities are limitless.
Rottnest Island has a small number of hotels, but most people come here for a day trip. If you want to spend the night here, why not camp at Rottnest Island Campground? It is one of the most affordable accommodation options on the island and a fantastic adventure. After a long day of exploring, grab a snack at Kingstown Kafe near the docks and sample their delicious sandwiches.
To live a little piece of paradise in 2022, go to Tonga, a small country in the South Pacific islands. Just a 2-3 hour flight from New Zealand, Tonga is stunning, with turquoise waters, an abundance of palm trees and white sandy beaches. Although the main island of Tongatapu offers many pretty spots, to see the best of Tonga you have to venture further afield.
For the perfect environment, head to the Ha’apai group of islands. The easiest way to get there is to fly from Tongatapu, but it is possible to do some island sightseeing via the Vava’u Islands, which are also very beautiful. The Ha’apai are relatively undeveloped and stunningly beautiful, with a beautiful lagoon, stark white sand, and very few people. If you don’t have time to visit the outer islands, Atata Island, just off Tongatapu, is also a wonderfully relaxing place to spend a few days.
Although there are some lovely walks and interesting wildlife in Tonga, you’ll likely spend your trip focusing on the water. Try kayaking in the pristine lagoon and snorkeling with tropical fish. If your visit is between June and the end of September, take the opportunity to see the whales – it’s a remarkable experience. While there, be sure to try Ota Ika, a raw fish dish popular in the South Pacific.
Wellington, New Zealand
The capital Wellington is often overlooked by travelers in favor of New Zealand’s more breathtaking nature. Still, “Windy Welly”, as she is so aptly nicknamed, has a lot to offer visitors. Located at the southern end of the North Island, it is a perfect transition to the other island. The Lonely Planet recently called it the coolest small capital. Even though it is a city, it brings a sense of calm.
There are plenty of things to do in Wellington, you won’t be bored. Exploring Wellington Harbor is the perfect way to spend a day. You will find plenty of restaurants, shops and museums to fill the hours! The Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, commonly known as Te Papa, is the national museum of New Zealand. The museum is free and covers everything from dinosaurs to Maori culture! A trip to Wellington wouldn’t be complete without a ride on the iconic cable car. This bright red cable car stands out against the hills of Wellington and is used by tourists and locals alike. You’ll get great views of the city at the top and can walk down the hill past the Wellington Botanic Garden back to downtown.
For stunning views of the city, head to the Mount Victoria Lookout or take a stroll along the Skyline Walkway – a 12km promenade offering stunning views. In the evening, go to Cuba Street, a festive and eccentric street that comes alive at sunset.
Waiheke, New Zealand
Off the coast of Auckland lies a wine lover’s paradise. Waiheke, colloquially known as New Zealand’s “Wine Island”, is a relaxing getaway full of vineyards, white sand beaches and amazing restaurants.
Waiheke is best visited as part of a wine tour – that way you don’t risk not being able to taste more than one winery. You can find great tours that cover half, full or full day and include restaurants. These tastings include a few glasses at each vineyard, usually with a variety of red and white wines and bubbles.
If you can only visit one, head to Cable Bay, where you can also enjoy a fabulous lunch on their outdoor patio. If you’re not interested in wine, don’t worry! There are still tons of things to do in Waiheke. Food lovers will appreciate the free olive oil tastings in the various olive groves on the island. Sample some olive oil, then go relax on the beach. If you’d rather get your heart pumping than relax, head to Wild on Waiheke. Set amongst incredible hiking trails, this adventure center offers archery, trampolines and ziplines.
One day in Waiheke is not enough. Head to Starfish on the Bay for a luxurious B&B experience, where you can admire the incredible sunsets every evening.
Akaroa, New Zealand
Akaroa is one of those places you’ve never heard of, but once you get there you wonder how it’s possible! The area’s captivating beauty, small-town atmosphere, and amazing flora and fauna make for a complete package. Located a little southeast of Christchurch and on the port of Akaroa, this beautiful city is definitely a dream destination in Oceania.
The famous residents of the port are the rare dolphins of Hector. If you visit the city during the warmer months, you can snorkel with them – don’t worry, it’s an ethical animal encounter, all dolphins are wild! If it’s too cold to go in the water, there are plenty of cruises around the harbor to try and spot dolphins, seals and more!
If you think the city is a bit…. French – you are not alone. There’s something you can’t identify that reminds you of France. It can be its historical buildings or its passion for gastronomy. This may be because it was New Zealand’s only colony. The French colony didn’t last very long, but the street names and charming colonial cottages have survived until today.
Wear comfortable shoes – the best way to explore the city is on foot! Don’t miss Barrys Bay Cheese, where you can see fresh cheese being made daily! Their methods have been used for more than a century.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Visiting Queenstown has long been one of the best things to do in New Zealand. This small mountain town sits on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu and is surrounded by stunning mountain peaks.
This epic landscape is the perfect playground for adventure seekers. Rock climbing, canyoning and hiking are some of the best things to do in Queenstown. As far as hikes go, the Ben Lomond summit is a crowd favorite. This grueling full-day hike takes you from Queenstown over 1,400 meters above sea level for epic views.
Wine lovers will also love this Oceania destination. The neighboring Gibbston Valley wine region is world famous for producing delicious Pinot Noir. Take a day trip from Queenstown and get lost in the vineyards drinking lots of local wine!
After a long day of exploring, head to Blue Kanu for a tasty dinner! Known as one of best restaurants from Queenstown, Blue Kanu serves Pacific Island cuisine with an Asian twist – it’s a great way to sample the flavors of the region.
As for accommodation, you have to be downtown. My first choice is the Novotel Queenstown Lakeside. With one of the best locations and superb facilities, you will feel right at home!
Few places to visit in Oceania greet you with mountain peaks and glacier-fed lakes. So take this opportunity to explore Queenstown, New Zealand!
Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland is often the first point of entry for people into New Zealand and is therefore often overlooked. Whether you’re taking a jet lag nap or you’re looking forward to getting out and exploring, I implore you to spend some time in the city. Even if it’s just for a day, you won’t be disappointed with the best things to do in Auckland.
Start your stay at the iconic Sky Tower. It stands out against the city skyline and offers a breathtaking view of the entire region. It is not only the tallest building in New Zealand, but also in the entire southern hemisphere. Adrenaline seekers can walk on the outside of the tower or even bungee jump from the building! If you’re in town for a rugby match, head to Eden Park. Rugby fans are an experience in themselves, so get carried away by the energy! You may get to see a traditional Haka dance if the team is playing against an international competitor.
If you’re thinking “I came to New Zealand for the nature, not the city”, don’t worry. Nature is omnipresent in the city, from Albert Park to One Tree Hill via the Parnell Rose Garden. Hikers can cross one item off their wish list: hiking from coast to coast! It’s much easier in Auckland: the Te Araroa trail is only 16 kilometers long. It also covers some of the best things to do including the Auckland Museum, Mount Eden and Cornwall Park. As a bonus, spend some time in Onehunga for a meal and some local shopping before heading back to Auckland.
Robinson Crusoe Island, Fiji
When you think of Fiji, you probably think of stunning, remote islands dotted with palm trees. Well, that’s exactly what you’ll get with Robinson Crusoe’s Island. This tiny white sand island is located off the west coast of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. It’s the perfect place if you want a relaxing, island-style vacation that Fiji is famous for.
Due to its proximity to Viti Levu, Robinson Crusoe Island is often visited by people on day trips. In fact, an island excursion is one of the best things to do in Fiji and one of the most popular tours in the country. On this full-day tour, you’ll first cruise down a river before hitting the ocean. Upon arrival on the island, you can snorkel, eat amazing traditional food, and enjoy lots of water activities like paddleboarding and kayaking.
The island’s small bar and restaurant serve delicious food and drinks, and that’s a good thing since they’re your only option. You can literally get from one side of the island to the other in minutes, it’s so small!
If you want to stay on the island, book Likuri Island Resort, as it is the only accommodation on the island. The resort offers a variety of bures (traditional Fijian bungalows) as well as cheap transfers to get there from Nadi.
New Caledonia is a beautiful French territory, made up of several islands in the South Pacific. The capital, Noumea, is a charming city with plenty to do, including beautiful beaches, bustling markets, cultural museums and colonial architecture.
When it comes to dining, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Noumea with many French haute cuisine restaurants. Try Le Roof, an over-the-water bungalow-style restaurant that offers a mix of New Caledonian and French cuisine.
There are also great day trips around the islands from Noumea and visit places such as Ile aux Canards which is a perfect place to snorkel above the reefs of virgin coral and for sunbathing.
However, the most stunning part of New Caledonia is the Isle of Pines, nicknamed “the jewel of the Pacific”. This tiny island, a 25-minute flight or 2.5-hour ferry ride from Nouméa, is famous for its white-sand beaches, turquoise seawater pools and pretty pine-lined bays. Other things to do on Isle of Pines include exploring caves or hiking to the top of the island, which offers stunning views.
There are only a handful of hotels on the island, but Le Meridien Ile des Pins is one of the most luxurious. Otherwise, Hotel Kou Bugny is a great budget option by the sea.