For many, Oceania is the ultimate destination to have a heavenly vacation. White beaches, bluest of waters, and tall palm trees first come to mind. However, once there, travelers get surprised by how much more this region has to offer. Consisting mostly of islands and the Australian continent, this part of the world has an untouched and undiscovered landscaped that’s perfect for those who want to experience tourism that is a mix of sustainability and luxury.
In a way, this is an oasis of natural wonders, that serves as a perfect getaway to de-stress and escape the chaotic urban life. And if you need to revitalize your energy, here are some destinations in Oceania that should be on your itinerary.
Undiluted landscapes of Fiji
As a tropical paradise, Fiji is a favorite honeymoon destination although many other tourists find this cluster of islands ideal to unwind. Laucala Island is perfect to experience luxury in an eco-friendly setting with the finest restaurants and spa treatments surrounded by lush nature. Diving and snorkeling are popular here especially coral reefs of Monuriki, Rainbow Reef, and the Great Astrolabe Reef with manta rays and sea turtles.
Since 80 percent of Fiji is made of rich forests, hiking is one of the most popular activities here especially to meet unique flora and fauna like the Bouma National Heritage Park. Bird-watching is another main tourist attraction with endemic species like red-throat Lorikeet kept in eco-parks for their preservation.
The colorfulness of Bora Bora
French Polynesia is full of colorful and picturesque landscapes with Bora Bora being one of the most enchanting islands here. Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia stand above the pearly beaches giving the area a dramatic feel. With luxury retreats like Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, this part of the world is ideal for those who want to escape technology and fall asleep with the sounds of nature.
With two-hour long sunsets and glass rooms, this is also one of the most romantic destinations in the world, fittingly called the Romantic Island. Hiking to Belvedere Lookout will give you a magnificent panoramic view of the area, while a visit to a real Tiki village will let you experience the culture of the island. Shark and manta ray feeding are among the top activities, although you will notice many couples having dinner on the beach or going on a cruise.
Ultimate diving experience in Vanuatu
Vanuatu with its volcanoes and turquoise waters is one of the favorite destinations to completely immerse in nature since not many tourists come here. Mt. Yasur, hot springs, and coffee plantations are the most famous attractions on Tanna Island. Here you will find several retreats like Blue Reef Resort, Leneai Palms Resort, and the Sunrise Bungalows for a luxurious stay and exquisite cuisine.
Since the water is crystal clear and calm, Vanuatu is considered one of the best diving spots in the Pacific. Wreck dives in Espiritu Santo are full of history and mystery with a promise to take you on a real treasure hunt. Medical supplies, weapons, and cooking utensils are some of the usual finds although untouched ship rooms are among the treasures as well.
A diverse ecosystem of Australia
While Australia has some of the most modern cities in the world, the majority of the country is covered in beautiful landscapes and natural wonders. From sacred Aboriginal landmarks like Uluru to one of the most exciting bushland trails Overland Track, this continent is dedicated to preserving the environment. Great Barrier Reef is the largest living organism on Earth and close to many sustainable luxury retreats like Kangaroo Island and Hayman Island offering luxurious resorts.
Tasmania is probably one of the hottest spots for those who want to experience amazing wildlife and landscapes ranging from mountainous to lush riverbeds. There are so many things to do in Tasmania from going on the wine tour in Tamar Valley to canoeing glacial lakes of the Cradle Mountain. Glamping is very popular here as well, so you can spend the night surrounded by nature in relaxed Bay of Fires Bush Retreat and Glamp Sandridge.
Untouched nature of New Zealand
While Australian national parks and landscapes will preoccupy you enough when in Oceania, New Zealand is a close destination you shouldn’t miss. First-class resorts on Lake Tekapo offer a secluded spot to relax and recharge the batteries but also see magnificent nature like hot pools, glacier lakes, and the Southern Alps. Swimming with the dolphins and whale watching at Kaikoura are one of the most magical activities here while hiking the Abel Tasman National Park will show you unique flora and fauna.
Oneroa Bay Vineyard Estate on Waiheke Island is only one of the establishments here that offer tastes of wonderful Tasman wines and cuisine. Tongariro Crossing, which served as Mordor in The Lord of the Rings movies is the oldest national park with unique landforms and a 23-mile long hiking trail. Glowworm grotto of the Waitomo Caves are wonderful for those who like watersports like abseiling and rafting.
Swimming with jellyfish in Palau
Palau may be a small Pacific island, but it attracts a lot of tourists because of its impressive natural wonders. The island is home to one of the most fascinating lakes in the world – the Jellyfish Lake where you can swim and snorkel with these harmless creatures. With three retreats Palau Pacific Resort, Palau Royal Resort, and Island Paradise Resort Club, guests are offered the utmost luxury with healthy food and guided tours.
Oil drilling and fishing are limited by 2015 the Palau National Marine Sanctuary Act thus protecting 80% of the island’s maritime territory. Upon arrival, tourists need to sign a pledge to not harm the environment and preserve all life on the island. During the hikes, you may encounter World War II relics, numerous waterfalls like the Ngardmau Waterfall and rock formations like the Badrulchau Stone Monoliths.
Wherever you go in Oceania you will surround yourself with natural wonders. Sustainability and luxury are some of the landmarks of the area with diverse and unique flora and fauna. This is why Oceania is ideal to escape the busy world and find sanctuary from stress on a remote island, glamping location or by the glacial lake.
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