47 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

47 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

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Fly to Malé International Airport, Drive to Maafushi Island
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Maafushi Island, Maldives
— Few hours
Fly
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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 1 night
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Singapore, Singapore
— 2 nights
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Padang, Indonesia
— 3 nights
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Siberut, Indonesia
— 2 nights
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Drive to Minangkabau International Airport, Fly to Lombok International Airport, Drive to Desa Sekotong Barat
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Desa Sekotong Barat, Indonesia
— Few hours
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Drive to Lombok International Airport, Fly to Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport, Drive to Uluwatu
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Uluwatu, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Drive to Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport, Fly to Busselton Regional Airport
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Margaret River, Australia
— 1 night
Bus to Perth, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
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Brisbane, Australia
— 2 nights
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Siargao Island, Philippines
— 2 nights
Fly to Pohnpei International Airport, Drive to Palikir
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Palikir, Federated States of Micronesia
— 1 night
Drive to Pohnpei International Airport, Fly to Ngorangora Airport
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Makira Island, Solomon Islands
— 2 nights
Fly to Nadi International Airport, Drive to Pacific Harbour
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Pacific Harbour, Fiji
— 1 night
Bus to Nadi, Fly to Apia
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Apia, Samoa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 3 nights
Fly to Faa'a International Airport, Drive to Maharepa
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Maharepa, French Polynesia
— 3 nights
Drive to Faa'a International Airport, Fly to Los Angeles International Airport

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Maafushi Island, Maldives

With plenty of things to do, Maafushi Island has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere and a holiday resort vibe.
For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Maafushi Island day trip tool.

Athens, Greece to Maafushi Island is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. You can also travel. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Maafushi Island is 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Athens in May; daily highs in Maafushi Island reach 88°F and lows reach 80°F. On the 3rd (Sun), you're off to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Maafushi Island

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay May 2 — 3:

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Luang Prabang, Laos

Designated a World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang sits at the meeting point of two rivers and offers numerous opportunities for sailing, climbing, and exploring scenic caves and waterfalls.
On the 3rd (Sun), get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang vacation maker app.

Traveling by flight from Maafushi Island to Luang Prabang takes 12 hours. The time zone difference moving from Maldives Time to Indochina Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Maafushi Island in May, expect nights in Luang Prabang to be slightly colder, around 74°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 95°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 3 — 4:

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Bangkok, Thailand

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Get in touch with nature at Bangkok Travel Agency and Nikanti Golf Club. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Chakri Group (Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat) and Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall. Explore Bangkok's surroundings by going to Nakhon Pathom (Wat Phra Pathom Chedi & Sanam Chandra Palace), Jesada Technik Museum (in Nakhon Chai Si) and Ayutthaya (Pridi Banomyong Memorial, Wat Maheyong, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pak Nam, examine the collection at Suan Pakkad Palace Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Assumption Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat).

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You can fly from Luang Prabang to Bangkok in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Luang Prabang in May since evenings lows in Bangkok dip to 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 9:

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Singapore, Singapore

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
On the 10th (Sun), take a spin around town with Biking Singapore, see the interesting displays at The Intan, head outdoors with City Scoot, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Andrew's Cathedral, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and then see the interesting displays at Hackson and Sons Shoe Polish and Artefacts Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Singapore trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Bangkok to Singapore in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Bangkok to Singapore, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Bangkok in May: highs in Singapore hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Padang.

Things to do in Singapore

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

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Padang, Indonesia

Porch of Medina

The largest city on the western coast of Sumatra, Padang enjoys a reputation as one of Indonesia's cleanest and greenest cities despite its hub of residential and commercial activity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Muaro Lasak Beach and Sarasah Gadut Waterfall. Step out of the city life by going to Lubuk Nyarai and Angso Duo Island. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Lubuak Tempurung and make a trip to Siti Nurbaya Bridge.

Plan trip to Padang with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Explore your travel options from Singapore to Padang with the Route module. Traveling from Singapore to Padang, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Siberut.

Things to do in Padang

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 14:

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Siberut, Indonesia

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Siberut National Park. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Kulu Kubuk Waterfall.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Siberut tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Padang to Siberut. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Desa Sekotong Barat.

Things to do in Siberut

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

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Desa Sekotong Barat, Indonesia

Discover wild beaches and pristine nature with a holiday in Desa Sekotong Barat, a largely untouched spot in the southwest corner of Lombok.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Desa Sekotong Barat trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Siberut to Desa Sekotong Barat. The time zone difference when traveling from Siberut to Desa Sekotong Barat is 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Desa Sekotong Barat can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. You'll set off for Uluwatu on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in Desa Sekotong Barat

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:

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Uluwatu, Indonesia

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): get outside with NORTHCOAST WaterSport, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Caow Eng Bio Chinese Buddhist Temple, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lebuan Sait Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Ulu Watu Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Thomas Beach, get a taste of local nightlife at Sunset Point Uluwatu, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Gwk Bali Ticket, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Uluwatu road trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Desa Sekotong Barat to Uluwatu. In May, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Uluwatu

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

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Margaret River, Australia

A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
On the 20th (Wed), head outdoors with The Horse Resort - Horse Riding Center, learn about winemaking at Tassell Park Wines, take in the dramatic natural features at Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cowaramup Bay, then do a tasting at Juniper Margaret River, and finally learn about winemaking at Margaret River Regional Wine Centre.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Margaret River trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Uluwatu to Margaret River. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Margaret River

Outdoors · Parks · Wineries · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 21:

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Sydney, Australia

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bronte Beach and North Narrabeen Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Whale Beach and Sydney Town Hall. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Avalon Beach (in Avalon Beach), Long Reef Point (in Collaroy Beach) and Mona Vale Beach (in Mona Vale). And it doesn't end there: trek along South Head Heritage Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and see the sky in a new way at Observatory Hill.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Sydney takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Margaret River to Sydney is 2 hours. In May in Sydney, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 25:

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Brisbane, Australia

Australia's New World City

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Birrunga Gallery & Dining, identify plant and animal life at Boondall Wetlands Reserve, then kick back and relax at Nudgee Beach Reserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at King Island, and finally stop by Wynnum Esplanade. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Ian Dipple Lagoon, see some colorful creatures with Freediving Gold Coast, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Brisbane sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Siargao Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 27:

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Siargao Island, Philippines

A lush oasis of tropical vegetation surrounded by warm waters east of the Philippines, Siargao Island offers a mix of mangrove forests, squeaky-clean sand beaches, and vibrant coral reefs.
Get outdoors at Lupita Adventures Siargao and Mamon Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alegria Beach and Taktak Falls. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Tayangban Cave Pool, explore the fascinating underground world of Hagukan Cave, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Ni Cristo, and stop by Fat Lips Surfshop.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Siargao Island road trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Brisbane to Siargao Island. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Siargao Island. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in May, with highs in Siargao Island at 92°F and lows at 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Palikir.

Things to do in Siargao Island

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:

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Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Pwusehn Malek, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pilen Seleur Eel Pools, explore the striking landscape at Sokehs Rock, then contemplate the long history of Pohnpaid Petroglyphs, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Liduduhniap Falls.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Palikir trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Siargao Island to Palikir with the Route module. The time zone changes from Philippine Standard Time to Ponape Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. When traveling from Siargao Island in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Palikir, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Makira Island.

Things to do in Palikir

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 1:

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Makira Island, Solomon Islands

On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Makira Island.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Makira Island itinerary planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Palikir to Makira Island. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Thu) before leaving for Pacific Harbour.

Things to do in Makira Island

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 4:

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Pacific Harbour, Fiji

At the eastern end of Coral Coast, only a short drive from Suva, lies Pacific Harbour, Fiji's self-styled adventure capital.
On the 5th (Fri), see some colorful creatures with Freedive Fiji Charters - Day Trips and then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at The Pearl Golf Course and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Pacific Harbour trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Makira Island to Pacific Harbour. Traveling from Makira Island to Pacific Harbour, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Pacific Harbour can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Apia.

Things to do in Pacific Harbour

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 6:

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Apia, Samoa

The Samoan capital of Apia serves as the first port of call for most visitors, and it plays home to a number of historic sites, a laid-back seaside promenade, and a range of hotels and restaurants keeping tourists entertained.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): stroll through Lefaga Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tafa Tafa Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Samoa Scenic, stop by Plantation House Samoa, then get engrossed in the history at Samoa Culture Centre, and finally view the masterpieces at EFKS Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the gorgeous colors at Giant Clam Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Salamumu Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Vaiala Beach, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Samoa, and finally soothe aching muscles at Yoga Samoa.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Apia itinerary builder site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Pacific Harbour to Apia takes 8 hours. Traveling from Pacific Harbour to Apia, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Apia

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 9:

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Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Escape the urban bustle at Aitutaki Adventures and Mount Maungapu. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at O'otu Beach and Aitutaki Lagoon. There's lots more to do: get outside with Akaiami, head off the coast to Moturakau, admire the natural beauty at Aitutaki Secret Garden, and look for gifts at T & S Artworx.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Aitutaki driving holiday planning app.

You can fly from Apia to Aitutaki in 21 hours. The time zone difference moving from Apia Standard Time to Cook Islands Standard Time is minus 23 hours. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Maharepa.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 12:

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Maharepa, French Polynesia

Visiting Moorea Fun Dive and Ta'ahiamanu Beach will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Moorea Vip Tours and Tiahura Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Maharepa trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aitutaki to Maharepa. June in Maharepa sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Maharepa

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 15:

Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.

Laos travel guide

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Waterfalls · Landmarks · Mountains
Long overlooked by travelers due to its reputation as one of the world's poorest nations, Laos is drawing a growing number of visitors with its laid-back charm, natural beauty, and numerous archaeological sites and historic temples. Many visitors make the trip to Laos from nearby Thailand, combining the two neighboring countries into one memorable experience of Southeast Asia. Others focus their Laos vacation on the Mekong River, which serves as a major source of irrigation for local farms and represents a popular alternative for sightseeing by car. On top of the rich cultural heritage and impressive natural landscapes, its major treasure remains its people--friendly and devout Buddhists welcoming visitors with a genuine hospitality rarely felt in other parts of the world.

Mentawai Islands travel guide

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National Parks · Waterfalls · Islands

Bali travel guide

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World heritage site · Spas · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A province of Indonesia, the island of Bali remains one of the world's top tourist destinations thanks to its beaches, diving spots, and resorts. Take a trip to Bali to discover the island's smiling and famously hospitable locals--perhaps the biggest treasure of this tropical paradise. More than just another fun-in-the-sun getaway, Bali also reveals a rich history and varied geography of mountains, rugged coastal areas, sandy beaches, thriving rice terraces, and stark volcanic hillsides that seem transported from another planet. A Bali tour uncovers some of the world's best surfing spots, as well as a deeply spiritual local culture and globally significant archeological attractions.

Philippines travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Bodies of Water
Pearl of the Orient Seas
Encompassing over 7,600 islands, the Philippines offer plenty of vacation ideas for active travelers. Though the island chain's location leaves it vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, it also endows it with plenty of natural resources and biodiversity. For most visitors, a Philippines holiday includes outdoor adventures like kitesurfing, mountain trekking, spelunking, and volcano hiking. Those with a taste for something more relaxing can build a Philippines itinerary around beaches, local fiestas, and the island cuisine, which blends influences from around the world and serves up dishes at once sour, salty, and sweet.

Pohnpei travel guide

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Ruins · Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing · Waterfalls
Micronesia's largest and tallest island, the state of Pohnpei offers plenty of choices for active nature lovers. Explore the stunning waterfalls and impressive hill walks on hikes around the rugged, mountainous landscape. Take a boat out to sea and dive in to explore the rich marine diversity along the coral reef and its dropoffs, with chances to glimpse sharks, turtles, manta rays, and sea anemones. Inland, mysterious ruins and extensive mangrove forests make for interesting day trips around Pohnpei. In the evening, try the traditional drink, "sakau," which remains the islander's tipple of choice.

Fiji travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Marinas · Outdoor Activities
Located at the heart of the Central Pacific, Fiji is an archipelago of 333 islands and hundreds more tiny islets, many of which are uninhabited. The land masses range from vast Viti Levu, mountainous and covered in green jungle, to private desert islands available for rent. With bountiful sunshine, white sand beaches, tranquil oceans, and lush rainforest, it is no surprise that ecotourism in Fiji thrives. Local culture combines indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian, and European influences in a vibrant mix, with many of the smaller islands still retaining a strong element of traditional island life. Explore the countless pockets of paradise to find your favorite.

Samoa travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · History Museums
Enchanting Samoa and its people boast a legendarily laid-back approach to life, and clocks and set times are merely a formality here. The society remains a proud one, deeply connected to a set of millennia-old traditions known as "Fa'a Samoa"--the Samoan Way. Spread out over two main islands and several smaller landmasses, Samoa is a land of incredible contrasts and natural beauty, home to rocky volcanic mountains and expansive beaches, rugged cliffs and lush rainforests. Visitors on holiday in Samoa can easily spend their time exploring the country's exotic interior and untamed coastal reaches, which offer plenty of wildlife and fantastic landscapes. Alternatively, they can just as readily kick back in sleepy seaside villages, indulging in a full-service resort, or splash around in lagoons and at beaches that hold their place among the world's best.

Cook Islands travel guide

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Beaches · Concerts & Shows · Scuba & Snorkeling
Scattered across a 2,200,000 sq km (849,425 sq mi) zone in the vast Pacific Ocean, roughly halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, the Cook Islands are about as remote a holiday destination as you will find. With their pristine white-sand beaches, tranquil azure lagoons, lush tropical jungles, and teeming coral reefs, the 15 islands seem plucked from a picture postcard of paradise. Relaxation comes first and foremost, for locals as much as tourists, and you will find the laid-back lifestyle of the Cook Islanders as infectious as their warm smiles. As tempting (and fulfilling) as it might be to spend all day swinging lazily in a hammock strung between shady palm trees, plenty of adventures await exploring the idyllic scenery overland, on the waves, and undersea.

French Polynesia travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Gift & Specialty Shops · Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Spanning an area of the South Pacific as large as Western Europe, French Polynesia includes 118 islands and atolls scattered across the blue ocean. White sand beaches (and pink and black) skirt rugged island peaks, while magnificent coral reefs form tranquil lagoons, dyed a startling blue and teeming with fish, eels, dolphins, rays, turtles, and sharks. The names Tahiti and Bora Bora conjure up images of private thatched bungalows built out over a lagoon, and couples silhouetted against the sunset. That said, a wide range of family-run hotels and bed and breakfasts offer less extravagant (and surprisingly affordable) experiences that take in more of the laid-back local culture.