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South Pacific Islands: Tahiti, Fiji and the Cook Islands


French Polynesia, more commonly known as Tahiti, is comprised of 118 islands spread over two million square miles of the South Pacific. Some of the islands are barely visible above the ocean's surface while others have sandy beaches, tall mountains and lush flora and fauna. The most familiar and visited are the Society Islands of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea and Taha'a. While thinking of these islands, images of romance, adventure and relaxation come to mind. Island life if dominated by a warm Polynesian culture Tahiti's Faa'a International airport is only an 8 hour nonstop flight from California. There are daily flights from LAX that are easy to connect to from other U.S cities. From Faa'a airport there are ferry transportation or commuter flights to many of the other islands.


The Republic of Fiji is comprised of 322 islands which span 1.3 million kilometers. Only about 1/3 of the islands are inhabited. The two main islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Fiji gained its independence from Great Britain in 1970.

The two main airlines that fly to and around the islands are Air Fiji and Air Pacific. The flight time from LAX is approximately 10.5 hours and there are easy connections for other U.S cities. Nadi is the landing point on the island of Viti Levu for the international flights from which you can connect to more remote islands. The three main islands chain of islands are Yasawa Islands, Mamanuca Islands and the Northern Islands. Each group if islands special things to offer from wonderful sugar white sand beaches to spectacular scuba diving to spectacular resorts.

The Cook Islands

The Cook Islands is comprised of fifteen islands spread over 850,000 square miles. Air New Zealand operates one nonstop flight a week from LAX. It departs from Lax on Sunday and returns on Saturday and the flying time is approximately 10 hours. You can also conveniently combine the Cook Islands as a stop-over on a trip to or from New Zealand. International flights arrive on the island of Rarotonga.

There are many wonderful resorts and tour operators on Rarotonga to help you enjoy your island experience. The island boasts wonderful white sand beaches, stunning scuba diving, hiking, biking and horse back riding. Aitutaki is a more remote island but it still has some magnificent 5 star resorts. The spectacular Aitataki Lagoon, renowned as one of the most beautiful island lagoons in the world, is surrounded by coral reefs and small islets.