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The Pacific Islands evoke images of white sand beaches, lush vegetation, coral and colorful fish … The dream! The Pacific is appreciated by vacationers looking for destinations that are off the beaten track. Come with us to discover the most beautiful islands of the Pacific!

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

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Its beautiful beaches, turquoise lagoons and wonderfully mild climate make Aitutaki one of the most fascinating destinations in the Pacific. You can spend some of your free time exploring local traditions (singing and dancing) and visiting the ancient “marae”, a place once used for religious gatherings. The island is accessible by plane from Rarotonga, capital of the Cook Islands.

Palau, Micronesia

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The archipelago of Palau consists of hundreds of uninhabited islands that come out of the water like exuberant green mushrooms. This is the ideal place for a peaceful holiday: relax on a long beach of golden sand or dive in the midst of a multitude of multicolored fish (these waters are a real paradise for divers). The two main islands are Babeldaob and Koror, connected by a bridge.

Galapagos, Ecuador

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Famous throughout the world for their fauna, these islands off Ecuador are home to iguanas, turtles, orcas, penguins and many species of birds. Diving here is also an unforgettable experience. Flights to the Galapagos leave from Quito, the capital. The trip is an investment but it is certainly an experience to do at least once in a lifetime for those who can!

Raiatea

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Who said that the Pacific Islands are only interesting for those who love the beach? Raiatea, for example, is very popular although it has only a few. You will be able to deepen your Polynesian culture: temples, archeological sites, curious local customs are at the rendezvous, all surrounded by lush vegetation. Raiatea is the fourth largest island in Polynesia and can be reached by plane from Tahiti.

Moorea

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Moorea is a charming little volcanic island in French Polynesia, with high peaked mountains, two large beautiful bays and temples. A 15-minute flight from Tahiti and 50 from Bora Bora, Moorea is where the overwater bungalows were invented and a perfect place for scuba diving. A true paradise.

Whitsundays, Australia

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Off the Queensland area, the Whitsundays Islands are a group of islands known for their expanses of white sand that plunge into a clear blue sea. The islands have been inhabited since antiquity by the Ngaro, one of the oldest Aboriginal groups in Australia. An incredible preserved place!

Efate, Vanuatu

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The main island of Vanuatu is worth visiting for its beautiful capital, Port Vila. Among the many attractions of the island are its perfect windsurfing coast, picturesque coconut trees, rocky coves and of course its turquoise bays where to practice diving.

Norfolk, Australia

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Located between Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, the island enjoys an excellent climate throughout the year. It’s also an ideal spot for surfing fans! While this paradise island once served as a prison for criminals in Australia, today it has its official UNESCO World Heritage inscription. It is one of the best preserved historic sites in the Pacific.

Taveuni, Fiji

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The third largest island of Fiji, is also known as the “Garden Island”, thanks to its exuberant flora and fauna: waterfalls, natural pools, gardens filled with fragrant flowers where multicolored birds fly. It is also one of the best diving spots in the world.

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