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Cruising the South Pacific Islands

Your essential guide to Pacific island cruises.

Pacific Island cruises

Whether you’re off on the honeymoon of a lifetime or you just fancy indulging in paradise, cruising the islands of the South Pacific is a jaw-droppingly beautiful experience. Here’s our handy guide to everything you need to know for the best Pacific island holiday ever.

Polynesia

Polynesia


Believe it or not, the triangle formed between Hawaii, Easter Island and New Zealand represents a massive fifth of the earth's surface. This is Polynesia, where you’ll find turquoise blue waters lapping at the shores of paradise islands from Tonga to Samoa. French Polynesia boasts the incredible Tahiti and Bora Bora, where honeymooners revel in bliss, whilst the Cook Islands offer spectacular diving and world-class cuisine.

Melanesia

Melanesia


For wild, mountainous islands doused in beauty, head straight to the dreamlands of Melanesia. Vanuatu offers rumbling volcanoes and dives to decaying shipwrecks, whilst the Solomon Islands boast rugged hiking and exuberant surfing. Perhaps the most visited of the Pacific islands; Fiji hasn’t lost any of its exotic charm, and New Caledonia is home to the second largest double barrier coral reef in the world.

Micronesia

Micronesia


Sat just north of the equator, Micronesia is made up of a plethora of nation states from the Marshall Islands to Yap, Chuuk and Palau. Known for its palm-fringed beaches, world-class diving and ancient ruins of long-abandoned temples, Micronesia is spread over thousands of miles of paradise. Although it’s not usually considered part of the South Pacific, Micronesia offers one of the world’s best cruises that simply won’t want to miss.

Currencies in the South Pacific

Many of the islands of the Pacific have their own currencies, such as the Fijian dollar, the Samoan tala and Tongan pa'anga. The New Caledonia currency is the CFP franc, along with the other French overseas collectives of French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna. Other islands use existing currencies, such as US dollars in American Samoa and New Zealand dollars in the Cook Islands.

To find out which currency you need for your trip to the Pacific, head to our buy currency page. Whichever currency you need, you can order your foreign currency online with us.

Many of the islands may accept Australian dollars, New Zealand dollars, US dollars or euros, so it might be an idea to take one of our Travelex Money Cards along with you, which you can load up with each of those currencies and use the same as your bank card.

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Travelling around the South Pacific

Perhaps the easiest way to travel around the islands of the South Pacific is by the delights of a cruise ship – this way you’ll be able to take in a plethora of different islands, some that may be troublesome to get to on your own. Good lines offering big-ship cruises here include the likes of P&O, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Holland America.

Of course, you could just pick one or two areas that take your fancy – French Polynesia and Fiji are the obvious places to start, with flights from Sydney to Fiji coming in at just four hours, whilst Brisbane to New Caledonia is an impressive two hour flight!

Travelex in the South Pacific

Travelex in the South Pacific

Before you leave for your South Pacific cruise holiday, order your currency online with us at Travelex. Have a look and see which airport you’re flying out of, because you may be able to pick up your order right from us at the airport before you jet off. Otherwise, you can check our store locator to find your nearest Travelex store – we have almost 3,000 across Australia!

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