Hawaii, Polynesia, Tahiti, & The South Pacific

Regional Cities

Even though the close-knit community of Lautoka is home to only thirty-two thousand people, it is the second largest city in Fiji. Lautoka has countless natural treasures and unmolested habitats that are simply glorious. The name of this exotic...

Rarotonga is one of the premier destinations in the entire South Pacific, and many travelers find that this beautiful location is even more gorgeous than highly-touted Tahiti. Until recently, Rarotonga was seen as too remote to be a bona fide...

The most lavish destination in all of the South Pacific, Bora Bora is located 161 miles northwest of Tahiti in the Leeward Islands. Renowned traveler James Michener has repeatedly declared Bora Bora the world's most beautiful island. Actors,...

The Republic of Kiribati is comprised of thirty-three small islands spread out over twenty-four hundred miles. The islands taken together only cover 342 square miles, an area about four times as large as Washington, DC. Eight of the eleven Line...

Guam is located in the North Pacific, but has remained the property of the United States, which becomes evident the second you start touring the shopping complexes and eating establishments. The island is somewhat Americanized, but the glorious...

Moorea is a marvelously beautiful island just twelve miles from Tahiti. Many visitors to French Polynesia take a trip to Moorea because it has so much to offer the wide-eyed tourist. For years, Hollywood has used photographs from Moorea's...

Tahiti is the biggest and most famous island in French Polynesia. For over two hundred years Tahiti has been a destination that allured travelers from all over the world. Papeete is bordered by an aqua-blue sea and gorgeous beaches laced with...

Raiatea is a geographically diverse marvel that is the largest island in the French Polynesian Leeward Group. Recently the port and waterfront areas have enjoyed incredible rebuilding, and the wharf is now a beautiful destination that is a...

Suva is a tropical paradise, a place where you never want the day to end. But with sundown comes a whole new experience; Suva at night. When the stars come out, the restaurants get hopping and the clubs get going. The weather is great nearly all...

French Polynesia is a dreamland full of exquisite beach locations, wonderful scuba diving, and tasty eateries. In the heart of French Polynesia is the glorious island of Tahaa, a beautiful place with one of the most picturesque lagoons in the...

Who hasn't dreamed of escaping to a tropical island paradise in the South Pacific? As it turns out, there are literally thousands of them, including some famous in legend, song and literature and the model for the fictional Bali Hai that still symbolizes this region of the world to many people.

Although these islands seem very far away, they're actually only a few hours away from the West Coast of North America by air, and with a number of cruise options available - including three-, four- and seven-night and longer sailings, it's actually possible to fit paradise into a week's vacation. Seven-day cruises among the Hawaiian Islands generally sail from Honolulu, but several lines offer longer itineraries calling in Hawaii from Ensenada, Mexico, and Vancouver, B.C., before and after the summer Alaska cruise season.

A number of Polynesian island cruises depart from Papeete, Tahiti, though some also operate from Raiatea and a few ships call here and in Hawaii on trans-Pacific and world cruise itineraries.

Ports of Call

Maui -

Of all the Hawaiian islands, Maui most embodies all the qualities that attracts tourists to the islands: lush tropical forests, steep mountains, great beaches, volcanic landscapes and seemingly endless choices of activities and entertainment. The island's major city and cruise port is Kahului, on the north shore.

Haleakala National Park -

The highlight of a full-day excursion to this vast volcanic park is the world's largest dormant volcano, Haleakala and its 21-mile circumference crater rising above the clouds.

Great Golf -

Hawaii is rightly famous for its golf courses, and cruises calling at Maui (as well as the other islands) almost always offer golf excursions to a notable course.

Whale Watching -

The annual migration of the humpback whales through Hawaii's coastal waters offers ample opportunities for whale watching from December through May each year.

Bora Bora -

An island that epitomizes everything people imagine a South Pacific paradise to be, Bora Bora served as the model for James A. Michener's fictional Bali Hai in "Tales of the South Pacific."

Underwater Explorations -

Bora Bora's clear lagoon and abundant marine life offer nearly perfect conditions for scuba diving and snorkeling excursions.

Native Culture -

A visit to the village of Vaitape gives cruise visitors an opportunity to experience Polynesian culture, traditions, art and cuisine first-hand.

Great Beaches -

Bora Bora's beaches live up to the island's reputation as a nearly perfect tropical getaway. Sun lovers can easily while away a day in the sun and the water, and even enjoy a barbecue on the beach to cap off the day.

Papeete, Tahiti -

Principal city and cruise port for the legendary island of Tahiti, this tourist magnet serves also as the starting point for many cruises among the Polynesian Pacific islands.

Take A Hike -

Those looking for some exercise and great views of the island take a hiking excursion up to the summit of Aorai near Papeete. There's even a French restaurant at the start of the roughly six-mile-long trail.

Water Sports -

Water skiing, scuba diving, surfing and other water sports are popular diversions in Papeete and among cruise passengers visiting there.

Polynesian Entertainment -

A cruise call at Papeete offers opportunities to experience one of the island's excellent Polynesian dance and music shows and sample the local cuisine.