Cannonball into a cultural melting pot of azure lagoons, coral wonderlands and tropical waterfalls.
White beaches, dramatic waterfalls, underwater shipwrecks and azure lagoons are the hallmarks of everyday life in Vanuatu and Fiji. In Fiji, you'll find perfect beaches with waters bursting with vibrant coral and rainbows of tropical fish. Cruise to Vanuatu and head to Suva for daring fire walks, a youthful island culture and snorkeling tours. Unwind on the uninhabited beaches of Mystery Island, where you can dive down to explore underwater shipwrecks or wander shores lined with coconut trees. The Vanuatu archipelago is packed with adventure: Trek through the rainforest to feel the thunder of Mele Cascades waterfall and send a postcard from the world's only underwater post office in Port Vila.
Cannonball into a cultural melting pot of azure lagoons, coral wonderlands and tropical waterfalls
South Pacific enthusiasts insist that the best beaches are in Fiji. But don't take their word for it — go out and test every beach for yourself during your vacation. See technicolor coral off Castaway Island, and laze under palm trees and rocky cliffs on secluded Honeymoon Beach.
The rainforests of Vanuatu are rich with waterfalls and things to do, but one stands out in particular. Head to the Mele Cascades waterfall in Port Villa and jump into the pool Tarzan-style on a rope swing.
It's generally smooth sailing and gentle trade winds from Fiji to Vanuatu. The rainy season from November to April sees an increase in tropical storms, but you'll have warm weather year-round that's perfect for swimming and hiking.
Be prepared to do a little bit of bargaining if you decide to hire a taxi, and make sure you always agree on a price beforehand. Public transport is known to run on "island time," so always give yourself enough time to get back to the boat.
In Vanuatu and Fiji, English is widely spoken and understood as a second language. Many Vanuatuans also speak French and Bislama. Pro tip: Bislama is a language derived from English, so if you concentrate, you may be surprised at how much you can understand. Fijians also speak Hindi and Fijian.
Island cuisine is dominated by rich mahi-mahi fish, banana and taro root, all expertly dressed in coconut milk and a splash of citrus. Indulge in complex French dished prepared with local ingredients or enjoy simple street food — caught, picked and cooked that day.