Many islands scatter throughout the map of the Oceania region, each offering a taste of the good life and an idyllic tropical paradise. The most famous South Pacific islands are quite literally a drop in the world's largest ocean. For a place to unwind and sip cocktails on some of the world's most untouched beaches, the South Pacific islands are waiting patiently to show you a good time on island time.

The South Pacific Islands are divided into the geographical regions of Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia. Polynesia comprises the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tokelau, Tuvalu, French Polynesia and over to Easter Island near Chile and as far north as Hawaii. Enjoy a day trip diving in the clear, blue Pacific waters and get to know the true locals, that is, the famous green turtles and giant clams and other amazing marine creatures that lie beneath the ocean.

The Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, New Caledonia and Norfolk Island all make up the more westerly region of Oceania known as Melanesia. Be sure to take a towel and camera and soak up the sun on a relaxed half-day tour to the Mele Cascades Waterfall, situated on the island of Vanuatu. With just under 1,000 islands to choose from, the untouched Solomon Islands spoil you for choice. Popular activities here range from exploring historic shipwrecks in the crystal-clear waters to thrilling volcano day trips. However, there is always the option to rest your feet on one of the many powdery white beaches and forget about the world under the pleasant tropical sun.

The island groups of Micronesia include the Marshall Islands, Guam, Nauru and Palau for a South Sea experience that's off the beaten tourist track and a real remote Robinson Crusoe adventure. For more activities in the South Pacific, check out our ‘things to do page and start planning your trip to this idyllic corner of the globe.

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