Five Reasons to Visit the Pacific Islands
The Pacific Islands continue to have some of the most pristine beauty and untouched wilderness on the planet.
There’s a misconception that the Pacific is a difficult place to get to, which has in the past prevented tourists from exploring some of these untouched paradises. But with flights running throughout the week, you can be on a plane and touching down within some of the most beautiful and serene places in the world – all within a few hours.
Still not sure why you should visit the Pacific Islands? Here are five reasons why you need to add exploring the Pacific to your list!
1. Amazing Scenery
If you’re a fan of tropical beaches, then you need to visit the Pacific Islands! But beyond the beaches (and believe us, they’re something special), the Pacific Islands have so much to offer. Go hiking in the hills near Honiara, or snorkel coral reefs in Fiji. Go deep-sea fishing off Nauru and take a boat trip around the whole country over a couple of hours.
Each country in the Pacific has something unique to offer in terms of scenery. Pohnpei has everything from the ancient ruins of Nan Madol, to incredible snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters of Ant Atoll. And did we mention surfing? Head out to Palikir Pass from Pohnpei or surf some of the awesome breaks around Majuro Atoll. Plenty of our destinations have just as much to explore below the water as they do above it, so strap on your snorkel and get to it!
2. War History
Many of the Pacific Islands have remnants of WWII history scattered around. From guns and bunkers beachside in Tarawa, Kiribati, to the leftover Japanese guns on the topside of Nauru, there’s plenty to see. Explore deep into the jungles of Pohnpei to find more WWII relics like large guns (and waterfalls along the way!) or go diving at the famous Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands to see an underwater graveyard of ship and aircraft bodies left over from nuclear testing in WWII.
The area is now safe to dive for experienced divers, and many seasoned divers say Bikini Atoll has some of the most amazing diving in the world. Honiara also plenty of history around, including the body of a military aircraft. While the effects of WWII in the Pacific Islands were catastrophic, there is a lot to see for those seeking to learn more about it or to visit war sites across many of the islands.
3. Delicious Food
Cultural dishes in each destination in the Pacific will vary, but the food is one massive reason why you need to visit the Pacific Islands. You know how everything tastes better when you’re in the great outdoors? From mouth-watering barbecued pork ribs in Majuro beside the beach, to the freshest tuna sashimi in Pohnpei while watching the sun set from Mangrove Bay, the Pacific Islands have plenty to offer those looking to sample delicious cuisines.
(Side note: Vegetarians and Vegans may struggle in some destinations, as fresh foods such as vegetables are often imported frozen)
4. Friendly People
While each country in the Pacific has their own culture and often language, one thing which is shared throughout all of the Pacific Islands is a friendly nature. A smile is the universal language, after all, and you can be almost guaranteed a few smiles back as you walk along.
Family is exceptionally important across the Pacific, and people will go out of their way to assist family members in times of strife. While tourists may not be considered family (yet! It depends if you stay long enough), the majority of strangers you pass in the street will be more than happy to give you directions or information if you need it.
5. Relaxing moments
One of the great things about visiting the majority of Pacific Islands is that they aren’t overrun by tourists. If you visit Majuro in the Marshall Islands, or Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia, you’ll find a surprising lack of tourists.
Island time is definitely a thing, so get rid of your watch and prepare to let all of your worries slip away as you relax poolside at the Marshall Islands Resort in Majuro, or on the beautiful beaches of Ant Atoll in Pohnpei.