50 days in South Pacific Itinerary

50 days in South Pacific Itinerary

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50 days in South Pacific Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  26​h
1
Funafuti, Tuvalu
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Nadi, Fiji
— 8 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Vila, Vanuatu
— 9 nights
Fly:  1​h
4
Luganville, Vanuatu
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Honiara, Solomon Islands
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
6
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Neiafu, Tonga
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  5​h 15​min
8
Savai'i, Samoa
— 4 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Apia, Samoa
— 9 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: San Francisco, United States

1
night
Funafuti, Tuvalu

Funafuti ©
Funafuti is an atoll on which the capital of the island nation of Tuvalu is located. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Tuvalu Women's Handicraft Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Funafuti Marine Conservation Area, then get lost in a book at Tuvalu National Library, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Funafuti driving holiday planner.

San Francisco, USA to Funafuti is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Funafuti is 20 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect nights in Funafuti to be much warmer, around 79°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 88°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nadi.

Things to do in Funafuti

Wildlife Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:
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Funafuti Marine Conservation Area ©
Funafuti Marine Conservation Area

8
nights
Nadi, Fiji

Nadi ©
Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nadi: La Galerie (in Malolo Lailai Island), Momi Bay Battery Historic Park (in Denarau Island) and Sigatoka (Vatukarasa Village, Natadola Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront activity at Port Denarau Marina, step off the mainland to explore Robinson Crusoe Island, cast your line with a fishing tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of the Sleeping Giant.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nadi online tour planner .

Fly from Funafuti to Nadi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Funafuti in October, Nadi is a bit cooler at night with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Vila.

Things to do in Nadi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Sigatoka, Denarau Island, Zipline, La Galerie, Robinson Crusoe Island
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Port Denarau Marina ©
Port Denarau Marina
Garden of the Sleeping Giant ©
Garden of the Sleeping Giant
Natadola Beach ©
Natadola Beach

9
nights
Port Vila, Vanuatu

Port Vila ©
The capital of Vanuatu and the largest settlement on Efate, Port Vila plays home to a number of busy markets, cafes, bars, and restaurants catering to the tourism industry.
Step out of Port Vila to go to Pele Island and see Pele Island, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Evergreen Cascades Waterfall, find something for the whole family at Wet N Wild Adventure Park, make a trip to Underwater Post Office, and explore the activities along Blue Lagoon.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Port Vila trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Nadi to Port Vila takes 2 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Nadi to Port Vila is minus 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Port Vila can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Luganville.

Things to do in Port Vila

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Efate, The Secret Garden, Cascades Waterfalls, Pele Island
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 26:
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Evergreen Cascades Waterfall ©
Evergreen Cascades Waterfall
Hideaway Island Marine Reserve ©
Hideaway Island Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Luganville, Vanuatu

Luganville ©
Luganville is the second largest city in Vanuatu. Step out of Luganville with an excursion to Port Olry Beach in Port Olry--about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Millennium Cave, admire the sheer force of Mount Hope Waterfall, kick back and relax at Champagne Beach, and don't miss a visit to Million Dollar Point.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Luganville planner .

Fly from Port Vila to Luganville in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in October, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Honiara.

Things to do in Luganville

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Espiritu Santo, Port Olry Beach
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Champagne Beach ©
Champagne Beach
Nanda Blue Hole ©
Nanda Blue Hole
SS President Coolidge ©
SS President Coolidge

3
nights
Honiara, Solomon Islands

Honiara ©
The hustle and bustle of Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands, provides a nice counterpoint to the slow pace and laid-back atmosphere in other areas of the country.
Honiara is known for historic sites, shopping, museums, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Tenaru Falls, pause for some photo ops at Solomon Scouts & Coastwatchers Memorial, explore the ancient world of Bonegi I and II, and take an in-depth tour of Japanese War Memorial.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Honiara trip itinerary planning website .

Fly from Luganville to Honiara in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Luganville in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Honiara, with lows around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Nuku'alofa.

Things to do in Honiara

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:
Highlights from your plan
Solomon Islands Memorial Garden ©
Solomon Islands Memorial Garden
Guadalcanal American Memorial ©
Guadalcanal American Memorial
Bonegi I and II ©
Bonegi I and II

3
nights
Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Nuku'alofa ©
The capital of Tonga and the seat of the island nation's royal family, Nuku'alofa was first seen by Western eyes in 1777, when legendary Captain James Cook arrived in the area.
Step out of Nuku'alofa to go to Haveluliku and see Anahulu Cave - The Underground Swimming Pool, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ha'atafu Beach, appreciate the history behind Ha'amonga'a Maui Trilithon, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and don't miss a visit to Royal Tombs.

To find more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Nuku'alofa trip planner .

Fly from Honiara to Nuku'alofa in 10 hours. The time zone difference moving from Solomon Is. Time to Tonga Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Honiara in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Nuku'alofa, with lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Neiafu.

Things to do in Nuku'alofa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tongatapu Island, Anahulu Cave - The Underground Swimming Pool
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes ©
Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes
Ha'amonga'a Maui Trilithon ©
Ha'amonga'a Maui Trilithon

4
nights
Neiafu, Tonga

Neiafu ©
Neiafu is known for wildlife, parks, historic sites, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in nature's colorful creations at Ene'io Botanical Garden, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Joseph's Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Neiafu itinerary planning app .

Fly from Nuku'alofa to Neiafu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in November, and nighttime lows around 73°F. You'll set off for Savai'i on the 11th (Mon).

Things to do in Neiafu

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Ene'io Botanical Garden ©
Ene'io Botanical Garden
St Joseph's Cathedral ©
St Joseph's Cathedral

4
nights
Savai'i, Samoa

Savai'i ©
Savai'i is known for nature, wildlife, outdoors, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Alofaaga Blowholes, get outside with Mount Matavanu Crater, pick up some local products at Salelologa Market, and make a trip to Pulemelei Ancient Mound.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Savai'i itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Neiafu to Savai'i in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Apia.

Things to do in Savai'i

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Alofaaga Blowholes ©
Alofaaga Blowholes
Afu Aau Waterfall ©
Afu Aau Waterfall
Mount Matavanu Crater ©
Mount Matavanu Crater

9
nights
Apia, Samoa

Apia ©
The Samoan capital of Apia serves as the first port of call for most visitors, and it plays home to a number of historic sites, a laid-back seaside promenade, and a range of hotels and restaurants keeping tourists entertained.
Explore Apia's surroundings by going to To Sua Ocean Trench (in Lotofaga), Cape Fatuosofia (in Cape Fatuosofia) and Lalomanu (Lalomanu Beach & Lalomanu Crater Walk). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, look for gifts at Mailelani Samoa, and don't miss a visit to Samoa Cultural Village.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Apia road trip planning app .

Do a combination of ferry and car from Savai'i to Apia in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Apia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Upolu, Lalomanu, To Sua Ocean Trench, Cape Fatuosofia, Giant Clam Sanctuary
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
To Sua Ocean Trench ©
To Sua Ocean Trench
Piula Cave Pool ©
Piula Cave Pool

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