Have you been haunted by the dream of a Pacific Island vacation? Your imagination envisioning gorgeous beaches and picturesque lagoons? Your daydreams filled with the Polynesia imagery and thrilling ocean activities?

Once the fantasy of a Pacific Island getaway has gotten under your skin, it never leaves you…until you actually take the trip. But of all the islands in the Pacific, which one should you pick for your vacation? There are a plethora of islands to choose for your destination; each one offering its own unique experiences and scenery.

Here’s a slideshow of some of the most popular Pacific island destinations, how easy it is to get there, and just some of what each island has to offer visitors.

There’s nothing like the idea of a vacation to the Pacific Islands to spurn the imagination. Glorious beaches and lagoons, unique cultures, fun activities, and more. There’s plenty of reasons to want to fly off to an isle in the Pacific, but which one? Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the most popular Pacific island destinations, including what’s unique about them and how to get there.
Bora Bora
An island group in the Western section of French Polynesia the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find Bora Bora about 2,500 miles south of Hawaii. The only way to get there is via Air Tahiti flights out of Faa'a International Airport on Tahiti, which can be reached through flights from Los Angeles, Paris, Auckland, Tokyo, Honolulu, Santiago, and (depending on the season) San Francisco.
Bora Bora is probably most well-known as a honeymoon spot with bungalows on stilts over turquoise water. It’s also famous as one of the few places where you can feed wild sharks and stingrays. Other activities visitors can partake in at Bora Bora: Jet skiing, snorkeling, diving, and simply relaxing on the beach.
See How Cheap the Fares Are!
Cook Islands
The Cool Islands are made up of 15 scattered islands located in the center of the Polynesian Triangle in the Pacific Ocean. You can reach Rarotonga (the largest island) has international flights to Auckland, Sydney, Los Angeles, and Tahiti With Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, and Air Tahiti
Tourists typically flock to the Cook Islands to go snorkeling in its lagoons and lay on the secluded beaches. A must-visit is Vai Nauri, a natural pool on the island of Mitiaro.
See How Cheap the Fares Are!
Fiji
An archipelago of more than 300 islands in the South Pacific Ocean, Fiji is about 1,300 miles north of New Zealand.
There’s an international airport on the island of Viti Levu and there are direct flights there from Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Honolulu, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Tourism is a big part of Fiji’s economy and daily life. It’s one of the most visited pacific island nations and It’s famous for being welcoming to visitors. It’s known as “the land of smiles.” Activities people like do there: Diving, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and surfing
See How Cheap the Fares Are!
Hawaii
Located 2,000 miles west of California, the state of Hawaii is made up of 8 main volcanic islands.
Depending on which island you choose to visit traveling will vary. There are direct flights from most major domestic carriers and some international carriers. Flights from the west coasts take about 5 hours to get here.
A paradise with beaches with black, red, gold sands, Hawaii is also home to rugged landscapes of cliffs, waterfalls volcanoes. There’s also a rich local culture to enjoy. Visitors can take advantage of the often-perfect weather to surf, lounge on the beach, or go hiking.
See How Cheap the Fares Are!
New Caledonia
New Caledonia is a French territory located in the South Pacific comprised of a main island (Grande Terre), Loyalty Islands and a number of smaller island. It’s located east of Australia, north of New Zealand and west of Fiji. Airlines like Qantas, Air New Zealand, and Air Vanuatu frequently fly there from Australia and New Zealand. There are also occasional direct flights from Japan
New Caledonia’s beaches and lagoons are a big draw for visitors, but its large barrier reef surrounding the main island attracts lots of scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. The local French cuisine is great for when you’re not in the water.
See How Cheap the Fares Are!
Palau
An archipelago made up of over 200 limestone and volcanic islands in the North Pacific Ocean Palau is covered in green forests and surrounded by its turquoise blue waters. There are regular flights from Manila, Taipei, Narita, Guam, and Seoul, but there’s no daily service from one airport into Palau.
Palau allures many with its huge marine life and coral. There’s also Jellyfish Lake, where snorkelers can swim with millions of stingless jellyfish, and famous shipwrecks for divers to explore. Besides scuba diving, visitors can also go off-road driving, visit the museums of Koror (Palau's largest town), and search for World War II relicts hidden throughout the islands’ jungles.
See How Cheap the Fares Are!
The Samoan Islands
Made up of 10 islands and located in the Polynesian region of the South Pacific, the Samoan Islands are just about five hours from Sydney and Melbourne and about three hours from Auckland, New Zealand. Airlines like Samoa Airlines, Fiji Airways and Air New Zealand, can fly you there from New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, Fiji, and American Samoa.
The islands are famous for their Polynesian culture, hazy beaches, valleys, mountain peaks, and waterfalls.
Tourists can hike trails to explore rainforests and volcanoes, visit the lava fields and the nearby villages, take a dip in a waterfall, as well as snorkel & scuba dive.
See How Cheap the Fares Are!
Tahiti
The societal center of French Polynesia, Tahiti is the largest island of the Windward group. It’s divided into two sections: the larger northwestern part called Tahiti Nui and the smaller southeastern area named Tahiti Iti.
Tahiti’s Faa'a International Airport can be reached via direct flights from Los Angeles, Paris, Auckland, Tokyo, Honolulu, Santiago, and (depending on the season) San Francisco.
Visitors can bask in the unique merging of French and Polynesian culture via Tahitian dancing and firew walking, stroll on black sand beaches of turquoise lagoons, try their hand at snorkeling and surfing or just take a hike or bike ride around one of the volcanoes.
See How Cheap the Fares Are!
Tonga
An archipelago of nearly 170 islands (but less than 40 are inhabited) about 500 miles to the southwest of Fiji, travelers can reach Tonga via direct flights from New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji to the capital city of Nukuʻalofa on the island of Tongatapu.
One of the less developed Pacific Island destinations, Tonga is known for its proximity to wild ocean life, specifically humpback whales. People come from all over to whale watch, as well as go swimming and snorkeling with wales. There’s also plenty of opportunities for surfing, sailing, and kayaking.
See How Cheap the Fares Are!
Vanuatu
A nation made up of approximately 82 islands in the South Pacific Ocean, Vanuatu just over 750 miles to the West of Fiji. Baurfield International Airport on the island of Efate is Vanuatu’s direct gateway to the world with flights to and from the Australian cities of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Home to several active volcanos, including Mt. Yasur – “the world’s most accessible active volcano” -- Vanuatu is less touristy, with mostly boutique accommodations. It’s a big draw for scuba divers, especially those looking to explore wrecked ships. The remains of the SS President Coolidge, which sank in 1942, is nearby. There are also plenty of secluded beaches to enjoy and explore.
See How Cheap the Fares Are!
There’s nothing like the idea of a vacation to the Pacific Islands to spurn the imagination. Glorious beaches and lagoons, unique cultures, fun activities, and more. There’s plenty of reasons to want to fly off to an isle in the Pacific, but which one? Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the most popular Pacific island destinations, including what’s unique about them and how to get there.
There’s nothing like the idea of ...
Bora Bora
An island group in the Western section of French Polynesia the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find Bora Bora about 2,500 miles south of Hawaii. The only way to get there is via Air Tahiti flights out of Faa'a International Airport on Tahiti, which can be reached through flights from Los Angeles, Paris, Auckland, Tokyo, Honolulu, Santiago, and (depending on the season) San Francisco.
Bora Bora
An island group in the Western sect...
Bora Bora is probably most well-known as a honeymoon spot with bungalows on stilts over turquoise water. It’s also famous as one of the few places where you can feed wild sharks and stingrays. Other activities visitors can partake in at Bora Bora: Jet skiing, snorkeling, diving, and simply relaxing on the beach.
Bora Bora is probably most well-kno...
Cook Islands
The Cool Islands are made up of 15 scattered islands located in the center of the Polynesian Triangle in the Pacific Ocean. You can reach Rarotonga (the largest island) has international flights to Auckland, Sydney, Los Angeles, and Tahiti With Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, and Air Tahiti
Cook Islands
The Cool Islands are made up of 15 ...
Tourists typically flock to the Cook Islands to go snorkeling in its lagoons and lay on the secluded beaches. A must-visit is Vai Nauri, a natural pool on the island of Mitiaro.
Tourists typically flock to the Co...
Fiji
An archipelago of more than 300 islands in the South Pacific Ocean, Fiji is about 1,300 miles north of New Zealand.
Fiji
An archipelago of more than 300 isl...
There’s an international airport on the island of Viti Levu and there are direct flights there from Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Honolulu, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
There’s an international airport ...
Tourism is a big part of Fiji’s economy and daily life. It’s one of the most visited pacific island nations and It’s famous for being welcoming to visitors. It’s known as “the land of smiles.” Activities people like do there: Diving, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and surfing
Tourism is a big part of Fiji’s e...
Hawaii
Located 2,000 miles west of California, the state of Hawaii is made up of 8 main volcanic islands.
Hawaii
Located 2,000 miles west of Califor...
Depending on which island you choose to visit traveling will vary. There are direct flights from most major domestic carriers and some international carriers. Flights from the west coasts take about 5 hours to get here.
Depending on which island you choos...
A paradise with beaches with black, red, gold sands, Hawaii is also home to rugged landscapes of cliffs, waterfalls volcanoes. There’s also a rich local culture to enjoy. Visitors can take advantage of the often-perfect weather to surf, lounge on the beach, or go hiking.
A paradise with beaches with black,...
New Caledonia
New Caledonia is a French territory located in the South Pacific comprised of a main island (Grande Terre), Loyalty Islands and a number of smaller island. It’s located east of Australia, north of New Zealand and west of Fiji. Airlines like Qantas, Air New Zealand, and Air Vanuatu frequently fly there from Australia and New Zealand. There are also occasional direct flights from Japan
New Caledonia
New Caledonia is a French territory...
New Caledonia’s beaches and lagoons are a big draw for visitors, but its large barrier reef surrounding the main island attracts lots of scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. The local French cuisine is great for when you’re not in the water.
New Caledonia’s beaches and lagoo...
Palau
An archipelago made up of over 200 limestone and volcanic islands in the North Pacific Ocean Palau is covered in green forests and surrounded by its turquoise blue waters. There are regular flights from Manila, Taipei, Narita, Guam, and Seoul, but there’s no daily service from one airport into Palau.
Palau
An archipelago made up of over 200 ...
Palau allures many with its huge marine life and coral. There’s also Jellyfish Lake, where snorkelers can swim with millions of stingless jellyfish, and famous shipwrecks for divers to explore. Besides scuba diving, visitors can also go off-road driving, visit the museums of Koror (Palau's largest town), and search for World War II relicts hidden throughout the islands’ jungles.
Palau allures many with its huge ma...
The Samoan Islands
Made up of 10 islands and located in the Polynesian region of the South Pacific, the Samoan Islands are just about five hours from Sydney and Melbourne and about three hours from Auckland, New Zealand. Airlines like Samoa Airlines, Fiji Airways and Air New Zealand, can fly you there from New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, Fiji, and American Samoa.
The Samoan Islands
Made up of 10 islands and located i...
The islands are famous for their Polynesian culture, hazy beaches, valleys, mountain peaks, and waterfalls.
The islands are famous for their Po...
Tourists can hike trails to explore rainforests and volcanoes, visit the lava fields and the nearby villages, take a dip in a waterfall, as well as snorkel & scuba dive.
Tourists can hike trails to explore...
Tahiti
The societal center of French Polynesia, Tahiti is the largest island of the Windward group. It’s divided into two sections: the larger northwestern part called Tahiti Nui and the smaller southeastern area named Tahiti Iti.
Tahiti
The societal center of French Polyn...
Tahiti’s Faa'a International Airport can be reached via direct flights from Los Angeles, Paris, Auckland, Tokyo, Honolulu, Santiago, and (depending on the season) San Francisco.
Tahiti’s Faa'a International Airp...
Visitors can bask in the unique merging of French and Polynesian culture via Tahitian dancing and firew walking, stroll on black sand beaches of turquoise lagoons, try their hand at snorkeling and surfing or just take a hike or bike ride around one of the volcanoes.
Visitors can bask in the unique mer...
Tonga
An archipelago of nearly 170 islands (but less than 40 are inhabited) about 500 miles to the southwest of Fiji, travelers can reach Tonga via direct flights from New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji to the capital city of Nukuʻalofa on the island of Tongatapu.
Tonga
An archipelago of nearly 170 island...
One of the less developed Pacific Island destinations, Tonga is known for its proximity to wild ocean life, specifically humpback whales. People come from all over to whale watch, as well as go swimming and snorkeling with wales. There’s also plenty of opportunities for surfing, sailing, and kayaking.
One of the less developed Pacific I...
Vanuatu
A nation made up of approximately 82 islands in the South Pacific Ocean, Vanuatu just over 750 miles to the West of Fiji. Baurfield International Airport on the island of Efate is Vanuatu’s direct gateway to the world with flights to and from the Australian cities of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Vanuatu
A nation made up of approximately 8...
Home to several active volcanos, including Mt. Yasur – “the world’s most accessible active volcano” -- Vanuatu is less touristy, with mostly boutique accommodations. It’s a big draw for scuba divers, especially those looking to explore wrecked ships. The remains of the SS President Coolidge, which sank in 1942, is nearby. There are also plenty of secluded beaches to enjoy and explore.
Home to several active volcanos, in...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

About The Author

Dave Odegard

Dave Odegard is an ex-army brat turned internet word person, whose work has been published on Maxim Online, USAToday, Buzzfeed, and more. He is currently the Senior Content Writer at Fareportal (CheapOair's parent company) and spends his free time exploring the wilds of Brooklyn, New Jersey, and Sweden.