Everyone dreams, at one time or another, of leaving their corporate job and traveling to a faraway island where no one can find them, plopping their bottom in the sand, and feeling the waves crash against their toes. This beach fantasy is one that we all find ourselves day dreaming about when we should be working! Maybe it happens when we are sitting at home looking out at a snow covered backyard and our minds will drift off thinking about the nice warm beach weather. The good news is with thousands of islands just a short flight away, you can escape reality in the heavenly Pacific Islands either for a few days, few weeks or even an entire retirement.
Fiji, also known as the Yasawa Islands, is home to some of the most famous vacation spots in the world. Even people who have never been to the islands or even seen pictures, associate the word Fiji with relaxation and rejuvenation. Fiji is made up of over one hundred inhabited islands and over five hundred islets, making your dream of escaping to a secluded island very possible.
In addition to secluded beaches and islands waiting to be discovered, the waters around the coast of Fiji are perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. There are many coral reefs off of many of the islands, making it possible for visitors to enjoy both the marine life that lives in the open, and also the marine life of the reef ecosystem. Additionally, if you do not want to stay in a secluded place and enjoy the serenity of silence, there are multiple resorts, both large and small, that you could choose to stay at.
Bora Bora, also known as French Polynesia, has often been rated one of the most beautiful islands in the world, and it is easy to see why. The main island is surrounded by one large lagoon, making it look like a location out of a movie. Huts have been created in the water, making it possible to literally sleep on the water. Additionally, there are lots of activities to do on the main island, which although small, is very mountainous. You can enjoy hiking and exploring the forest as you discover the plethora of animal species that inhabit the small island.
While the island of Bora Bora is beautiful, beneath the water surface is a world just as breathtaking. The lagoon makes the warm waters an ideal place for marine life to live. Snorkelers and scuba divers enjoy seeing the hundreds of sharks, sting rays, and other marine animals that inhabit the waters. Be sure to bring your camera, because the beauty of both the island and in the surrounding waters are too beautiful for words to describe.
The Cook Islands are often referred to as the secret gems of the Pacific, since tourists tend to visit the more famous islands of Fiji and Bora Bora. Like the other South Pacific Islands, the Cook Islands are home to beautiful beaches, waters and diverse animal life. However, since tourists tend to visit the other Pacific Islands, the Cook Islands have been able to maintain their Polynesian culture, while still being tourist friendly. Native languages, customs and foods can be found throughout the island, without having to be artificially created for tourists. If you want a beautiful island vacation and authenticity, visiting the Cook Islands is a must.
Whether you are hoping to escape the stress of corporate life, escape the cold, or take your dream honeymoon, the South Pacific Islands provide a variety of vacation spots that make finding your dream vacation spot a possibility.
Which Pacific Island would you love to visit?