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The Islands of the South Pacific -- especially Tahiti, Bora Bora, and the rest of French Polynesia -- may be the earth's most iconic spots to "get away from it all" in a tropical setting. You can travel in the wake of Robert Louis Stevenson, Paul Gauguin, and Herman Melville, or head for the even more remote islands of Micronesia (Palau, Yap) or to Easter Island, off South America, settled by Polynesians who made the journey thousands of mile by dugout canoe. We promise that there are tours that will get you there much more easily, or just about anywhere else you want to go in the vast Pacific.
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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Top Pacific Islands Experiences and Attractions

Top Pacific Islands Experiences

Exploring French Polynesia on a small ship cruise

Spending some time in a Fijian village and learning about the local culture

Exploring the enigmatic archaeological mystery of Easter Island

Scuba diving along the idyllic Polynesian coastline

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Pacific Islands Attractions & Landmarks Guide

If Tahiti and Bora Bora represent the greatest tropical escape in the rest of the world's imaginations, consider really getting away from it all in the Marquesas, also part of French Polynesia but among the most remote isles on earth. You can explore all of the region by small ship cruises.

Fiji -- with its mix of native Melanesians and East Indians and its history of cannibalism (which ended in the mid-19th century) -- is lush and exotic. Easter Island -- a Polynesian outpost that is so far east it's part of Chile in South America -- is home to the famous moai, huge, heavy statues that were quarried miles from their final resting places, puzzling archaeologists and anthropologists since their initial discovery. 

Farther Afield

The Micronesian islands of Palau, Yap, Kosrae, and Ponape offer exceptional diving and snorkeling in the western Pacific waters, and are known for the wreckages of World War II planes to explore. Their lands are also lush and beautiful, and Yap continues its longtime tradition of trading in currency carved from giant stones.

The Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Papua New Guinea are all islands waiting for adventurous travelers to come their way. 

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