Diversity is what you can expect in the South Pacific, as it features a collection of islands across the Pacific Ocean that has varied geography, cultures, and sights. This region stretches from the Solomon Islands that lie east of Papua New Guinea to the Tahitian archipelago that is in the far west.
The South Pacific consists of islands that are divided into several regions, on the basis of their geography and culture. The divided regions include Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia– Polynesia is a triangle of the ocean which is formed by Hawaii, Easter Island and New Zealand, and represents one-fifth of the surface of the earth. This region includes the islands of Tonga, American Samoa, Samoa, the Cook Islands and French Polynesia. Furthermore, the French Polynesia consists of five archipelagos: the Society Islands with Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, and Huahine, in addition to the Marquesas Islands, Tuamotu, Austral, and Gambier. The region of Melanesia consists of the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, Fiji, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu. Micronesia, which lies north of the Equator, is made of eight nation states that include Palau, Chuuk, Yap, and the Marshall Islands.
Indeed, it does sound puzzling, but you need not be confused with the island divisions, as you are guaranteed to have a great time no matter where your South Pacific cruise docks. With their long colonial history and other influences, these islands have on offer an array of scenic landscapes and interesting cultural experiences for cruise passengers to discover and enjoy during their holiday. Although quite similar, each of these island nations of the South Pacific has their distinctive culture, language, history, and geology, giving you the opportunity to learn about and explore diverse places and people on a single cruise holiday.
When’s the Best Time to Go on South Pacific Cruises?
Since it is a tropical region, the climate in the South Pacific can be categorized as either dry and sunny, or wet and rainy. The summer period (from November to April) has a more humid and hot weather with chances of hurricanes, while winter (May to October) is usually a drier and cooler time with lower levels of humidity. Since there are many islands comprising the South Pacific, climates and times tend to vary for every island.
May to October is the high season for South Pacific cruises, as the weather is more favorable at this time. Since the months of December and January are an annual holiday period for schools, many families opt to cruise during these months.
If you are on a budget, you can sail during the off season, as South Pacific cruises are significantly cheaper for that period. This is usually the rainiest period in the South Pacific, with water temperatures that are ideal for swimming. Opt for a cruise during summer in the region if you love the rain and are looking for a good bargain. Traveling during March-April will be your best bet for off season/shoulder season South Pacific cruises as these months tend to have less rainfall as compared to the early summer period.
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