Warm waters, long sandy beaches, and tropical vibes make the Pacific Islands a fantastic year-round holiday destination. These beautiful archipelagos are spread throughout the Pacific Ocean, stretching from the coast of Asia to the waters surrounding New Zealand. The Pacific Islands have something for everyone, from water sports to relaxing spas. If you want to avoid the rainy season and overwhelming humidity, plan your trip between May and September.

01Fiji

Empty hammock in the shade of palm trees on tropical Fiji Islands

Fiji, known as the Land of Smiles, is home to some of the friendliest people in the world. Although thousands of tourists flock here, it’s still possible to get off the beaten track and find a secluded cove or hidden bay. A variety of boat trips are available to explore the inlets, deserted islands, and turquoise lagoons. Diving trips to coral reefs are popular, as are water sports like paddleboarding, sailing, surfing, and kayaking.

02Taveuni

Young woman standing at the viewpoint in Bouma National Heritage Park on Taveuni Island, Fiji

Get back in touch with nature on the island of Taveuni, where you’ll find dense jungle, beautiful waterfalls, and black sand beaches. You can even hike up a dormant volcano for stunning views of the area. Experience life like a local kid with a trip to the Waitavala Water Slide, a natural rock slide can provide hours of free entertainment. The island is also home to some of the best dive spots in the world. Rainbow Reef has abundant fish life and beautiful coral.

03Easter Island

The ancient moai of Ahu Togariki, on Easter Island, some 2,000 miles off the coast of Chile

These 1,000 Moai sculptures were created by the early Rapa Nui tribe, whose culture can be explored during a night of storytelling, dance, and food. Performances take place against the island's stunning, volcanic backdrop in one of the most remote inhabited places on earth. Rent a car or bikes to explore the island at your own pace, go swimming at Anakena Beach, or try diving with submerged Moai statues while exploring underwater caves.

04The Cook Islands

Young woman hands carry tropical food of grilled fish, fruits and vegetables dish served on deserted tropical island in Aitutaki lagoon, Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are made up of fifteen islands, each one more beautiful than the last. To make the most of your time here, stay in Rarotonga and explore the islands at your own pace. Visit Motuanga, known as the cave with 100 rooms, where you’ll find a network of caves, an underground pool, and tunnels that extend out to the sea. For traditional Polynesian foods, head to the market at Punanga Nui, where you can sample delicious smoothies, locally grown coffee, and fresh fish.

05Tahiti

Tahiti luxury resort hotel in Bora Bora ,French Polynesia

Tahiti is a beautiful mountainous, volcanic island that boasts black sand beaches, waterfalls and coral reefs. If you want to learn more about the island, you're in luck as Tahiti is culturally diverse and steeped in history. Every July the island hosts the Heiva festival, a celebration of percussion music and traditional dancing.

06Tonga

The bay of Neiafu after sunset, Vava'u islands, Tonga

With 36 inhabited islands and around 130 deserted, Tonga has the perfect mix of seclusion and fun. Highlights of Tonga include the Mapu’a ‘a Vaea Blowholes, which stretch an impressive 3 miles along the coast. These are best experienced on a windy day, when the rough seas create a dramatic show, spraying water up to 30 meters into the air.

07Hawaii

Wooden Hawaiian statues in Pua??uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Big Island, Hawaii

Welcome to Hawaii, the perfect destination for a laid back, tropical beach holiday. Here you can learn to surf, go night diving, and experience the local nightlife. The island is home to Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, located in National parkland amongst ancient forests. If you’re lucky, you’ll see awe-inspiring volcanic displays of molten lava and deserts.

08Solomon Islands

Old crashed ship on Solomon Islands from times of Second World War

The Solomon Islands were historically a land of head hunters who collected the skulls of their enemies. Nowadays you’ll find hospitable people, traditional performances, and art which bring history to life. There are many museums that trek back through ten thousand years of civilization and a look into World War II. In many ways, this archipelago has remained unchanged for hundreds of years.

09Mariana Islands

Guam, Northern Mariana Islands

Have you ever heard of the Mariana Islands? They are located near the Philippines and make a great place for a romantic getaway. Relax on the beach or take part in water sports such as paddleboarding, snorkeling, grotto dives, and boat trips. The bustling capital of Saipan is full of tourists, so if you want to avoid the crowds find a secluded spot on one of the other islands.

10Marshall Islands

ajuro town centre aerial view, Central Business district, Marshall Islands

If you are looking to get off the beaten track, consider visiting the Marshall Islands. Located halfway between Hawaii and Australia, the Marshal Islands are a group of pristine islands where you can swim amongst sea life. Consisting of a lagoon and small coral islands, this country receives just 5000 visitors a year. Some popular activities include booking a homestay with locals, visiting banana plantations, and eating fresh seafood.

11Caroline Islands

a local Micronesian man in a boat pulls a buoy out of the water with Pohnpei island in the background, Caroline islands

These 500 tiny islands are remote, widely scattered and located near Papua New Guinea. They are beautiful, unspoiled and an excellent place for surfing, rainforest hiking, diving, and waterfall climbing. The islands have a fascinating and rich Polynesian and Asian history.

12How to decide which island to visit

Beautiful Asian young woman relaxing in hut at tropical resort near the sea in Phuket, Thailand

With all these amazing islands on offer, consider what you want most from your vacation. Are you looking for a beach break or more of an adventure-packed stay? Try combining your pacific island getaway with a stop off in Australia or New Zealand as many flights go from these countries.