Sun, beach and sea, as well as untouched diving grounds can be found nowhere more beautiful and better than in the South Seas. We present the most beautiful destinations "at the other end of the world".
The dreamlike islands of the South Seas are considered the epitome of vacation paradise. Turquoise-blue waves breaking on snow-white sandy beaches while you sip a colorful cocktail comfortably on your lounger in the shade of coconut palms - or absolute solitude far away from any civilization in foreign cultures that have been left to their own devices for hundreds of years.
Whatever the traveler wants to find, the South Seas are large and islands are many - so where are actually the most beautiful spots of paradise that should definitely be visited on such a lengthy and expensive trip?
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Bora Bora lagoon
Thanks to its incredible beauty, the picture-perfect lagoon of Bora Bora enjoys world fame. The small island in the South Pacific belongs to the archipelago of French Polynesia and is one of the most expensive vacation destinations in the world. No wonder - hardly anywhere else is the fine sand whiter, the sea bluer and the coral world more colorful than on this secluded island paradise.
Rock Islands of Palau
More than 400 mini-islands, strung like emerald green pearls on a string in the dark blue Pacific, form the striking Rock Islands south of Palau's main island of Babeldaob. Each islet is a breathtaking paradise with lush nature, secluded beaches and a lively underwater world, where Jellyfish Lake in particular is one of the diving highlights.
Funafuti Atoll on Tuvalu
Funafuti is the main atoll of the nine island atolls that, together with 100 other islets, form the Pacific state of Tuvalu. Here there are neither museums nor churches, no national parks or archaeological sites, but only endless beaches, above which lush green coconut palms sway. Far away from civilization, every stressed mind finds peace in the white sand.
Tumon on Guam
Tumon is the tourist center of the South Sea island of Guam. There is more to discover at the dreamlike Tumon Bay than sun, beach and sea, the exquisite shopping malls have even earned the small town the nickname "Paris of the Pacific". Luxurious clubs and hotels provide a lively nightlife, and at Two Lover's Point many a couple has already sworn eternal fidelity to each other.
Champagne Beach on Vanuatu
Vanuatu's Champagne Beach has been voted the most beautiful beach in the South Seas several times. The 1km long sandy strip in the northeast of the main island Espiritu Santo impresses - typical for the South Seas - with white sand and turquoise blue sea and is framed by a real forest. By the way, Champagne Beach gets its name from the volcanic rock that keeps sending small bubbles to the sea surface.
Kiribati Phoenix Islands
Except perhaps on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, divers will not find better conditions anywhere else than on the Phoenix Islands on Kiribati. The eight atolls are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites and form the largest marine protected area in the world. Completely undisturbed, an incomparable underwater world could develop here, in which 120 coral species and over 500 different fish live - "as long as the ocean can remember".
Falealupo Rainforest Reserve on Savaii, Samoa
On Savaii, a small island in Western Samoa, South Seas vacationers can get up close and personal with the rainforest in a particularly spectacular way. The so-called Canopy Aerial Walkway leads through the lush green canopy of the jungle at a height of 40 meters in the Falealupo Rainforest Reserve and offers the unique opportunity to experience birds, monkeys and other tropical tree-top inhabitants up close.
East Renell Island, Solomon Islands
East Renell was the first site in the South Pacific Islands to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms a spectacular symbiosis of forest, lake and sea. At Lake Tegano, the largest lake in the Pacific archipelago, countless endemic species thrive, most of which have managed to escape the life-threatening influence of humans to this day.
Tjibaou Cultural Center on New Caledonia
State-of-the-art technology in the middle of the South Pacific can be admired at the Tjibaou Cultural Center on New Caledonia. Modeled after a Kanak village, the museum hosts cultural events, exhibitions, conferences and concerts to promote and preserve Kanak culture.
Latte Quarry on Rota Island, Northern Mariana Islands
The so-called latte stones are inextricably linked with South Pacific culture. This can be experienced particularly impressively on the island of Rota, an island in the Northern Marianas. The latte quarry there is the place of origin of numerous ceremonial megaliths of the Chamarro people, the indigenous people of the Northern Marianas and the neighboring island of Guam.
What is the best way to get to the South Seas?
The paradisiacal islands in the South Pacific are literally at the end of the world as seen from Europe. Those who wish to embark on this journey do so best by plane or cruise ship.
By plane: Although every Pacific state has an international airport, there are virtually no direct flights from Europe. Most flights to the South Seas therefore pass through several intermediate stops, such as Australia, Japan, New Zealand or larger South Seas islands like Fiji or Samoa. Since these intermediate stops are often associated with waiting times, most flights to the South Seas from Germany take 25 to 30 hours or even longer.
By ship: In Australia, the USA, but also in Europe (Germany or France) cruise ships start on a world tour, which also have one or the other South Sea island in the program. Otherwise, the islands are of course also accessible by private boat or via ferry or ship connections between the individual islands locally.