Cruising to Paradise in the Pacific
Far from the mainland, in the midst of the ocean, nature’s ultimate spectacle awaits. Scenes of picturesque perfection will take your breath away with their dramatic landscapes and vivid colours, clear-blue lagoons and pearlescent sands.
I am, of course, referring to the unparalleled tranquillity and allure of the Pacific Islands, home to the Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesian islands.
All of this and more await your arrival, as do the locals, famous for their unrivalled hospitality and charm. Home to some of the most exquisite varieties of flora and fauna, the beaches and landscapes of the Pacific Islands are rich with diversity, catering to every kind of taste, ranging from the most relaxing to the most adventurous of holidays.
Rather than limiting your trip to one island, why not visit a few and experience the multitude of different beaches, cuisines, cultures, historic landmarks and unique wildlife. Hawaii cruises with P&O present a perfectly planned itinerary, offering passengers the opportunity to visit several islands, each with their own individual charms and idiosyncrasies.
En-route to San Francisco from Sydney, P&O’s luxury cruise liners dock at the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora; the island so good, that saying it once just isn’t enough! Many claim Bora Bora to be the most beautiful island in the world, with its sloping, sub-tropical landscape and awe-inspiring beaches.
Bora Bora, as with many other Pacific islands, is famous for its unique ecosystems and the wildlife therein. Its coastlines, brimming with vibrant aquatic life around its 11 square mile coral reef, can be explored on snorkelling and scuba diving trips or, if you have it in you, shark and ray feeding expeditions. If you prefer to take in the beauty above sea level, perhaps take a hike up Mount Pahia or Mount Otemanu where the island can be seen in all its splendour.
P&O cruises promise that they will “show you the Pacific like you’ve never seen it before”, and, with Tahiti as the next stop, they are sure not to disappoint. Also known as ‘the island of love’, Tahiti is the largest of the 115 Polynesian islands and is the home of Papetee, the bustling capital with fascinating history, architecture and stories of local legend.
The island caters for any activity you could dream of doing, as well as offering fine dining and partying amongst the ever welcoming locals. Outside of the city, secluded retreats are in abundance amongst the mountain peaks, rainforests, waterfalls and miles of unspoilt, idyllic coastlines.
These are just a couple of stops available on one of P&O’s Pacific cruises, but with so much more to explore, what are you waiting for?