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Five ways to experience Tahiti's waterfall valleys

Aside from a skinny circle of coastline and fringing reef, Tahiti is made up of enticing basalt peaks and fern-lined valleys streaked with sky-high waterfalls. This side of the island is often overlooked and getting into it takes some sweat – so cool off in a few waterfalls and refuel on wild …


Tahiti and French Polynesia on a budget

No, there's no need to remortgage the house to visit Tahiti & French Polynesia. Despite a reputation for opulence and exclusivity, it's perfectly possible to visit these dreamy islands on a limited budget – if you make the right decisions.<p>Affordable accommodation<p>Glossy brochures focus on …

French Polynesia

Mysteries of Easter Island: the Tapati Rapa Nui festival

Easter Island, a tiny speck in the Pacific Ocean, is known the world over for its stone statues. Let these solemn entities draw you to the annual Tapati Rapa Nui, a vibrant festival celebrating the island’s Polynesian culture, with this guide from <i>Lonely Planet Magazine</i>.<p>The rules for the Haka Pei, …

South America

How to choose a South Pacific island

The South Pacific confounds even the savviest map buffs with its splatter of dots spread across the world's biggest ocean. What you can't tell from a map, or even most tourist brochures is that these palm-laden pinpricks are as diverse as the region is vast. While the postcards might look similar, …

New Zealand