Splendours of the South Pacific

Have a real adventure in the Cook Islands, Tonga and Fiji: cycle around palm-fringed lagoons, meet isolated communities and experience incredible diving spots

  • 07 Nov – 21 Nov 2022
  • 14 nights
  • From £2,949pp
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After two days crossing the South Seas in our square-rigged ship, we’ll arrive at the Cook Islands. With 15 sandy motus (islets) scattered across a green-blue lagoon, Aitutaki is brochure- cover perfection; you might choose to sunbathe below a coconut palm or meander about by bicycle.

Palmerston enjoys the same white sands but extra isolation; just three friendly families reside here, all descended from a 19th-century Englishman. Little more populous is the island country of Niue, its rugged terrain providing hiking, kayaking and diving adventures. Over on Tonga’s vanilla-farming Vava’u Islands, grottos and wall dives once more seduce scuba fanatics – by visiting in November, we might also encounter humpback whales.

A day will vanish as Golden Horizon next crosses the International Date Line, but compensation soon follows in the form of Levuka. Providing our first taste of Fiji, this town on Ovalau was the archipelago’s original capital; its multicoloured British colonial buildings are a charming timewarp. Beqa, a speck further south, is home to fire-walking villagers, shaded waterfall hikes and, in beautiful Beqa Lagoon, one of the Pacific’s great diving meccas. We’ll finish on Fiji’s main isle, Viti Levu, at the sugar-cane port of Lautoka, where tree-snagged streets intersect below Mount Koroyanitu .

Over on Tonga’s vanilla-farming Vava’u Islands, grottos and wall dives once more seduce scuba fanatics – by visiting in November, we might also encounter humpback whales.

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church with a Clock tower. Colourful vibrant old colonial capital of Fiji: Levuka town, Ovalau island, Lomaiviti archipelago, Melanesia, Oceania, South Pacific Ocean.

Voyage Itinerary: 07 Nov – 21 Nov 2022

  • Day 1: Papeete
  • Day 2: Sailing
  • Day 3: Sailing
  • Day 4: Aitutaki
  • Day 5: Sailing
  • Day 6: Palmerston Island
  • Day 7: Sailing
  • Day 8: Alofi
  • Day 9: Sailing
  • Day 10: Neiafu, Vava’u Islands
  • Cross International Date Line
  • Day 11: Sailing
  • Day 12: Sailing
  • Day 13: Levuka, Fiji
  • Day 14: Lautoka, Fiji
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