Vacation getaways are synonymous with summer, so when you're thinking about planning your next trip to help you take your mind off work and relax, you may want to consider an island destination in the Pacific Ocean.
Top Pacific island beaches
Stuff.co.nz and Conde Nast compiled lists of the best places to visit in the Pacfic, here are a few:
- Royale Takitumu in Rarotonga, New Zealand, is a white sand beach located on a quiet part of the island. This is ideal for those who are looking rest and relaxation away from their busy work life. In addition to the beach is a lagoon that also serves as a natural aquarium and providers visitors with a great opportunity to see what life is like just below the surface whether they go swimming, snorkeling or kayaking.
- Natadola Beach in Fiji is one of the best in the country. The beach not only has beautiful white sand but also hard-to-find, all-tide swimming. So even if you head here with the little ones in tow, they'll get to safely enjoy the water while you soak up the sun.
- Lalomanu Beach is Samoa's most beautiful beach and home to coral lagoons. The beach is at the northeastern-most tip of the island of Upolu, about a 90-minute drive from Apia township.
- In Vanuatu on Espiritu Santo Island is the world-renowned Champagne Beach. The water has a effervescent, golden glow at low tide that resembles champagne – the beach's namesake. It's crescent-shaped and has a mountainous rainforest as a backdrop against the silvery sand and coral-fringed lagoon.
- Luengoni Beach is on Lifou Island in New Caledonia. Here, the sand is powder soft and the old trees provide the island protection from the sun. This getaway is also quiet and peaceful, great for those who find themselves getting caught up in the chaos of daily work life.
- The Galápago Islands in Ecuador are full of wildlife, underwater volcanoes and breathtaking landscapes. You'll find turtles, orcas, penguins and several different kind of bird species on the nature-rich islands.
- Huahine, French Polynesia, is the perfect island if you're looking for a complete Polynesian experience. You can snag up your own private beach or go on a tour of a local pearl or vanilla farm.
- Whitsunday Islands in Australia are perfect for snorkeling and sailing. The islands have beautiful beaches and the water is warm. It's also a great spot to see one of the world's most natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef.