1. The Cook Islands
Snorkelling in Maina or chilling in a hammock on the beach is the best way to enjoy the calmness of the Cook Islands, rather than planning a busy itinerary. For information, check out Cook Islands Guide for Backpackers.
2. New Caledonia
A unique fusion of traditional Melanesian culture with a touch of France that exists in the middle of the South Pacific. New Caledonia has many options for backpackers. Try the Isle of Pines for beaches and Loyalty Islands to soak up some cultural experiences. Check out more at New Caledonia – Guide for Backpackers.
Before New Zealand’s famous introductory of the bungy jump came the terrifying land dive in Vanuatu. Of course, there are also beautiful beaches like Champagne Beach to relax on when not strapping vines to your ankles. For a budget travel guide, check out Vanuatu Guide for Backpackers.
A 3-hour flight from Auckland can land you in Tonga or, as dubbed by Captain Cook, the Friendly Islands’. Here lies a mix of rugged terrain ideal for hiking and underwater exploration of coral reefs. Find out more in Tonga Guide for Backpackers.
The most popular tropical escape for backpackers staying in New Zealand, Fiji offers island-hopping water activities and, well, beaches again. See how to experience Fiji as a backpacker in Fiji – Guide for Backpackers or visit FijiPocketGuide.com for some practical advice on planning a trip to Fiji.
Sunbathe, snorkel and swim with turtles! Immerse yourself in a true slice of heaven on Earth. The cheapest paradise you’ll ever visit. Find out more at Samoa Guide for Backpackers.