55 days in South Pacific Itinerary

55 days in South Pacific Itinerary

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Fly
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Koror, Palau
— 2 nights
Fly to Nadi International Airport, Drive to Suva
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Suva, Fiji
— 2 nights
Fly
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Taveuni Island, Fiji
— 1 night
Bus
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Savusavu, Fiji
— 1 night
Fly
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Nadi, Fiji
— 3 nights
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Papeete, French Polynesia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taravao, French Polynesia
— 1 night
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Drive to Papeete/Tahiti, Ferry to Moorea, Drive to Papetoai
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Papetoai, French Polynesia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Raiatea, French Polynesia
— 1 night
Taxi to Raiatea, Fly to Maupiti Island
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Maupiti Island, French Polynesia
— 1 night
Fly
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia
— 6 nights
Ferry to Bora Bora, Fly to Aitutaki
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 2 nights
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Avarua, Cook Islands
— 2 nights
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Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
— 2 nights
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Port Vila, Vanuatu
— 3 nights
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
— 3 nights
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Lalomanu, Samoa
— 1 night
Drive
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Apia, Samoa
— 2 nights
Drive to Mulifanua, Ferry to Savai'i
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Savai'i, Samoa
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mulifanua, Drive to Cape Fatuosofia
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Cape Fatuosofia, Samoa
— 2 nights
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Drive to Faleolo International Airport, Fly to Kimbe Airport, Drive to East New Britain
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East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
— 2 nights
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Lae, Papua New Guinea
— 1 night
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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
— 3 nights
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Makefu, Niue
— 1 day
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Alofi, Niue
— 3 nights
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Koror, Palau

Once Palau's capital, Koror remains by far the country's most populous town and offers plenty of options for tourism.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the galleries of Belau Art Gallery, then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and then explore the activities along Milky Way. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at German Channel, get engrossed in the history at Etpison Museum, then delve into the distant past at Stone Monoliths, and finally stroll through Mandarin Fish Lake.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Koror trip site.

San Francisco, USA to Koror is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Chamorro Standard Time (ChST), which is usually a 18 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect nights in Koror to be much warmer, around 77°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 87°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Suva.

Things to do in Koror

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:

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Suva, Fiji

Situated on a verdant, hilly peninsula, Suva is the second-largest city in the South Pacific and has been the capital of Fiji since 1882.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Orchid Island Cultural Centre, buy something for everyone on your list at Prouds Shopping Complex, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacred Heart Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Fiji Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Thurston Garden, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Government Buildings - Parliament. On the next day, trek along Talanoa Treks and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Suva online itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Koror to Suva with the Route module. The time zone changes from Chamorro Standard Time (ChST) to Fiji Standard Time (FJT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Koror in October, things will get a bit cooler in Suva: highs are around 81°F and lows about 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Taveuni Island.

Things to do in Suva

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

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Taveuni Island, Fiji

Garden Island

Known as the Garden Island, Taveuni is a tropical paradise of tall mountains draped in lush rainforest, filled with delicate wildflowers and colorful birds, and dotted with cascading waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bouma National Heritage Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lavena Coastal Walk, and then stroll through Nabogiono Farms.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Taveuni Island journey builder site.

Traveling by flight from Suva to Taveuni Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Savusavu.

Things to do in Taveuni Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:

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Savusavu, Fiji

Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then admire the sheer force of Vuadomo Village and Waterfall, and then admire the sheer force of Nakawaga Waterfall.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Savusavu trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by bus from Taveuni Island to Savusavu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Nadi.

Things to do in Savusavu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:

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Nadi, Fiji

Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, contemplate the long history of Momi Battery Historical Park, then make a trip to Fiji Culture Village, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Koroyanitu National Heritage Park and then take in the waterfront activity at Vuda Point Marina Fiji.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nadi tour planning app.

Traveling by flight from Savusavu to Nadi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Nadi are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Nadi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:

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Papeete, French Polynesia

The capital of French Polynesia, Pape'ete amounts to little more than a medium-sized town by Western standards, but it is still a thriving hub of culture and commerce.
Visiting Fautaua and Punaauia Beach will get you outdoors. Musee de la perle et Bijouterie and Notre Dame Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Papeete to Arue to see Faarumai Waterfalls about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, get a sense of history and politics at Assemblee De La Polynesie Francaise, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Site for Nuclear Testings., and view the masterpieces at Manua Exquisite Tahitian Art.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Papeete day trip planner.

Getting from Nadi to Papeete by flight takes about 12 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fiji Standard Time to Tahiti Time is minus 22 hours. October in Papeete sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Taravao.

Things to do in Papeete

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:

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Taravao, French Polynesia

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the activities along Bain de Vaima, head outdoors with Taravao Plateau, then explore the world behind art at Paul Gauguin Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Water Gardens of Vaipahi, and finally kick back and relax at Taharuu Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Taravao trip tool.

Traveling by car from Papeete to Taravao takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Taravao sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Papetoai.

Things to do in Taravao

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:

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Papetoai, French Polynesia

Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Magic Mountain, then contemplate the long history of Tiki Village Cultural Center, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally make a trip to Toatea Lookout. On your second day here, experience rural life at Lycee Agricole Opunohu, wander the streets of Route des Ananas, head outdoors with Cooks Bay, take in the dramatic scenery at Afareaitu Waterfalls, then stroll through Ta'ahiamanu Beach, and finally stop by Albert Black Pearl Shop.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Papetoai vacation builder app.

Getting from Taravao to Papetoai by combination of car and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in October, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Raiatea.

Things to do in Papetoai

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

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Raiatea, French Polynesia

Green, mountainous, and sacred to the ancient Polynesians, Raiatea is the second largest of the Society Islands.
On the 18th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Motu Iriru, explore the ancient world of Marae Taputapuātea, and then get outside with Mount Tapioi.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Raiatea travel planner.

You can fly from Papetoai to Raiatea in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Maupiti Island.

Things to do in Raiatea

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:

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Maupiti Island, French Polynesia

Tropical paradise doesn't get more surreal than on Maupiti Island, a volcano perched on a coral atoll and surrounded by a horseshoe of forested land.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Tereia Beach, head outdoors with Mt. Teurafaatiu, and then don't miss a visit to Le Palais de la mer.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Maupiti Island trip planner.

Getting from Raiatea to Maupiti Island by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Maupiti Island

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Get outdoors at Leopard Rays Trench and Mount Otemanu. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bora Bora Turtle Centre and Tahia Exquisite Tahitian Pearls -Bora Bora. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the vivid underwater world at Tupitipiti Point, explore the galleries of Alain Despert, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bora Bora trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Maupiti Island to Bora Bora. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 25:

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Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
On the next day, look for gifts at T & S Artworx, take in nature's colorful creations at Aitutaki Secret Garden, then enjoy the sand and surf at Aitutaki Lagoon, then kick back and relax at O'otu Beach, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Maungapu.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Aitutaki trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Bora Bora to Aitutaki takes 12 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Avarua.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

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Avarua, Cook Islands

Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore and take pictures at St Joseph's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Cook Islands Cultural Village, stroll through Tikioki Marine Reserve, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally stroll through Titikaveka Beach.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Avarua trip planner.

Fly from Aitutaki to Avarua in 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Espiritu Santo.

Things to do in Avarua

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:

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Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Espiritu Santo offers an impressive combination of natural beauty and cultural experiences.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): get outside with Cruising Safaris and then Head underground at Millennium Cave.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Espiritu Santo online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Avarua to Espiritu Santo in 17.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 21 hours traveling from Avarua to Espiritu Santo. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in October, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Vila.

Things to do in Espiritu Santo

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:

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Port Vila, Vanuatu

The capital of Vanuatu and the largest settlement on Efate, Port Vila plays home to a number of busy markets, cafes, bars, and restaurants catering to the tourism industry.
On the 2nd (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Rentapao Riverside, kick back and relax at Eton Beach, then look for gifts at Gallery Blong Vanuatu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Port Vila, and finally steep yourself in history at Chief Roi Mata's Domain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Ekasup Village, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Vanuatu.

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Traveling by flight from Espiritu Santo to Port Vila takes 4.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Port Vila can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nuku'alofa.

Things to do in Port Vila

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

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Nuku'alofa, Tonga

The capital of Tonga and the seat of the island nation's royal family, Nuku'alofa was first seen by Western eyes in 1777, when legendary Captain James Cook arrived in the area.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes and Ha'atafu Beach. Get some cultural insight at Free Church of Tonga and Basilica of St Anthony of Padua. When in Nuku'alofa, make a side trip to see Anahulu Cave - The Underground Swimming Pool in Haveluliku, approximately Haveluliku away. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, delve into the mystery of Ha'amonga'a Maui Trilithon, steep yourself in history at Captain Cook's Landing Place, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Centenary Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Nuku'alofa online travel route planner.

Fly from Port Vila to Nuku'alofa in 10.5 hours. Traveling from Port Vila to Nuku'alofa, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in November, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Lalomanu.

Things to do in Nuku'alofa

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:

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Lalomanu, Samoa

Lalomanu is a village on the east coast of Upolu island in Samoa.The village is part of the electoral constituency (Faipule District) Aleipata Itupa i Luga which is within the larger political district of Atua.The white sandy seaside is called Lalomanu Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Samoa with beach fale accommodation run by locals, including Litia Sini Beach Resort and Taufua Beach Fales, for tourists and visitors. On the 8th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Lalomanu Beach, take in the pleasant sights at Lalomanu Crater Walk, explore the striking landscape at To Sua Ocean Trench, then admire the sheer force of Sopoaga Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Fuipisia Waterfall.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lalomanu travel route planner.

You can fly from Nuku'alofa to Lalomanu in 9 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Apia.

Things to do in Lalomanu

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 8:

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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 9th (Mon): stroll through Salamumu Beach, take an in-depth tour of Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral, then take in the dramatic scenery at Papaseea Sliding Rock, and finally shop like a local with Plantation House Samoa. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Lefaga Beach, Head underground at Piula Cave Pool, stroll through Malua Turtle Feeding Pool, then admire the sheer force of Waterfall Sauniatu, then take in the dramatic scenery at Papapapaitai Falls, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Baha'i House of Worship, Tiapapata, Samoa.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read Apia online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Lalomanu to Apia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Savai'i.

Things to do in Apia

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:

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Savai'i, Samoa

Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Aganoa Beach, explore the striking landscape at Alofaaga Blowholes, browse the eclectic array of goods at Salelologa Market, then take in the dramatic scenery at Afu Aau Waterfall, and finally don't miss a visit to Pulemelei Ancient Mound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): head outdoors with Saleaula Lava Fields, then explore the fascinating underground world of Paia Dwarfs Cave, then Head underground at Aopo Lava Tubes, and finally head outdoors with Mount Matavanu Crater.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Savai'i trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Apia to Savai'i in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cape Fatuosofia.

Things to do in Savai'i

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:

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Cape Fatuosofia, Samoa

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Cape Fatuosofia.

Before you visit Cape Fatuosofia, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Savai'i to Cape Fatuosofia in 2.5 hours. In November in Cape Fatuosofia, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 75°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Sat) before leaving for East New Britain.
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

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On the 15th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Rabaul War Cemetery. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at New Guinea Club.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our East New Britain travel planning website.

Explore your travel options from Cape Fatuosofia to East New Britain with the Route module. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Cape Fatuosofia to East New Britain due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lae.

Things to do in East New Britain

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:
Highlights from your trip

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Lae, Papua New Guinea

Lae is the capital of Morobe Province and is the second-largest city in Papua New Guinea. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Lae War Cemetery, stroll through Rainforest Habitat, and then pause for some photo ops at Amelia Earhart Memorial Lae PNG.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lae tour itinerary planner.

Getting from East New Britain to Lae by flight takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Moresby.

Things to do in Lae

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 17:

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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

In contrast to the surrounding wilderness, national capital Port Moresby offers some impressive cultural attractions and a decent array of amenities.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Rouna Falls and then explore the striking landscape of Varirata National Park. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Port Moresby Mosque, then contemplate the waterfront views at Brown River, and then explore the activities along Karawari River.

Plan a Port Moresby trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Lae to Port Moresby takes 3 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 77°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Fri) before leaving for Makefu.

Things to do in Port Moresby

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:

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Makefu, Niue

Makefu is one of the fourteen villages of Niue. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): stroll through Limu Pools and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Peniamina's Grave.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Makefu driving holiday planning tool.

Fly from Port Moresby to Makefu in 21.5 hours. You'll gain 21 hours traveling from Port Moresby to Makefu due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Port Moresby in November: highs in Makefu hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Alofi.

Things to do in Makefu

Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 21:

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Alofi, Niue

Alofi is the capital of the Pacific Ocean island nation of Niue, which is located within the Realm of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stroll through Opaahi Landing, then stroll through Utuko Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ekalesia Church. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Togo Chasm, stroll through Tautu Reef, and then stroll through Matapa Chasm.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Alofi attractions planner.

Alofi is very close to Makefu. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in November, and nighttime lows around 75°F. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Alofi

Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:

Palau travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Scuba & Snorkeling · Shark Diving
Visit Palau for an island holiday of exploration, relaxation, and culture. Adventure across the country's many limestone islands, covered in a wealth of vegetation and brimming with wildlife, and head out into the surrounding waters to dive, snorkel, and swim in an abundant marine environment. Learn about the native culture during your Palau holiday through traditional villages, live performances, and, of course, by delving into the local cuisine. Tours and accommodations across the islands offer good, convenient options for exploring the atolls at your own pace.

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.

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.

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.

Vanuatu travel guide

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Waterfalls · Nature & Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling
Composed of 83 rugged islands spread out over a stretch of nearly 1,300 km (810 mi), Vanuatu features a huge diversity of natural environments and cultures. A fusion of British, French, Polynesian, and Melanesian influences, the nation combines devout religious devotion with the slow, relaxed pace of island life. Lush rainforests and thriving coral sanctuaries abound across the island chain and feature a colorful array of native wildlife and plant species that make for fantastic snorkeling, diving, and hiking excursions. Active volcanoes remain among the biggest attractions in Vanuatu, along with the chain's stunning beaches and shimmering blue waters. Despite the nation's harsh volcanic landscapes, rocky coast, and lack of arable land, Vanuatu is a warm and welcoming place to visit, as its people do everything they can to make tourists feel right at home.

Tonga travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Nature & Parks
The Friendly Islands
Spread out over 177 islands, Tonga features an incredible array of natural environments and places to visit. "Island time" remains omnipresent in Tonga, and visitors may find that locals are in little hurry in their day-to-day lives. While sightseeing in Tonga, head for the country's three main island groupings--Vava'u, Ha'apai, and Tongatapu--to enjoy a taste of their world-class snorkeling and diving opportunities. Reefs and forests burst with life and lush foliage, and lend themselves well to enjoying the great outdoors, while sun-kissed beaches and idyllic lagoons make for fantastic lazy days along the shore. Alternatively, take advantage of the country's prolific whale-watching industry--frequently ranked among the best on the planet.

Samoa travel guide

3.9
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.

Papua New Guinea travel guide

3.9
Zoos · Cemeteries · Hiking Trails
Occupying the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands, Papua New Guinea represents an immense cultural and biological diversity. Densely carpeted in lush rainforest, the largely mountainous interior includes several active volcanoes. Because of this rugged landscape, Papua New Guinea remains one of the planet's least explored areas, thought to harbor as-yet undiscovered species. Remote mountain ranges nurture unique plant and animal life found nowhere else in the world, while the wildly fluctuating topography creates large differences in climate that further diversify the ecosystems. The people of Papua New Guinea are equally varied and distinct, with hundreds of tribes and communities--the vast majority of which are rural--and approximately 850 different languages. Don't expect much of a tourism infrastructure in Papua New Guinea (or infrastructure of any kind), but do expect any challenges to be richly rewarded by a real adventure unlike any other, in an untamed wilderness, untouched by commercialization.

Niue travel guide

4.2
Nature & Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling · Historic Walking Areas
One of the world's tiniest independent nations, Niue packs plenty of appeal for bold explorers. A trip to Niue reveals rugged terrain--you'll need a good pair of hiking boots to climb and walk to some of the island's top attractions. Guided tours abound, but you can always rent a motorcycle of bicycle and set off on your own. If you're into active vacations, consider making your holiday in Niue all about caving, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, or kayaking.