Find out what the best beaches in the South Pacific are as awarded by millions of real travelers.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
The relatively small island of Bora Bora is an activity giant, offering visitors the chance to experience a 4x4 safari, sunbathe and swim at white sandy beaches, dive in a natural underwater park among fish and corals, experience thrilling shark feedings, or circle the turquoise lagoon by boat. And Bora Bora is a superlative romantic spot. Fall captive to this lush gem of a Polynesian island by sharing an intimate midnight dinner on the beach; visiting the Lagoonarium, the Diving Center, the Coral Gardens or the Leopard Rays Trench; or taking it all in from the lofty heights of 2,300-foot Mount Otemanu.
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
This small island encased in a triangular barrier reef boasts incredible lagoons. Relax with a intimate picnic on the alabaster beach of one of Aitutaki’s minor islands, uninhabited and lined with swaying palm trees. Despite its heartbreaking beauty, Aitutaki isn’t (yet) flooded with tourists, due to its relatively difficult-to-reach location. For off-the-beaten-sandbar vacationing, Aitutaki is a prime destination, especially for those seeking unbridled romantic ambiance.
Titikaveka, Cook Islands
Gorgeous Titikaveka Beach is a secluded slice of paradise. Leave the kids at home—this is a magical and romantic honeymoon destination that will set the scene for being in love. Swimming and snorkeling are the activities of choice, next to strolling hand in hand by sunset.
Burleigh Heads, Australia
Burleigh Heads, a beachside town in Queensland famous for its ideal surfing conditions, is the location for many pro surfing competitions. There’s also shopping and dining galore, from major stores to beachfront markets and food shacks to fine restaurants. A holiday in Burleigh Heads is not complete without a trip to the Burleigh National Park. Enjoy the lush rainforest flora, brush turkeys and extensive views of the ocean and skyline. On the southern part of Burleigh Mountain is Tallebudgera Creek, known for good fishing, kayaking and canoeing.
Byron Bay, Australia
Byron Bay's beaches are dotted with lighthouses and surrounded by bottlenose dolphins, rays, whales and sea turtles. This former New South Wales whaling station turned tourist town is still strongly influenced by its recent bohemian past, when hippie lifestyles flourished. Bongos and didgeridoos sound in parks, sarongs and dreadlocks are common, and vegetarian restaurants abound. Give in to the casual vibe and stroll between beaches and bars for a low-key and happy day.
You don't have to be a surfer to love the Gold Coast and Coolangatta. Locals and tourists all love the area's clean, patrolled beaches and photo-ready vantage points. You might not be able to pick a favorite among the beaches here, but is that so bad?
Exceptionally pristine and beautiful beaches surround the very relaxed Broome. Among the most popular is Cable Beach, which boasts gentle, rolling waves. Visitors can enjoy a camel ride on the shorelines of Cable Beach to take in the tranquil scenery. In the summer, the red-sanded Roebuck Bay, located on the eastern shore, is home to migratory shorebirds from Siberia. Another important spot for migratory birds is the famous Eighty Mile Beach. The wildlife viewing, endless stretches of pristine white sand, vibrant turquoise waters and awe-inspiring sunsets entice visitors to “slip into Broometime,” the local motto.
Noosa is a world-famous surfing destination, known for its expansive beaches and colorful bays. Hike across Noosa National Park's cliffs and forests, canoe through the Noosa River Everglades, kayak across the open sea or just bask in the sunshine on golden sand that stretches and sparkles for miles. A day trip to nearby Fraser Island, a World Heritage Site where lush rainforests mingle with dry sand dunes, is a unique experience not to be missed.
Taveuni Island, Fiji
The long and lean island of Taveuni is actually a "shield volcano," formed by a lava eruption that spreads and eventually accumulates. Special origins for an equally special collection of spectacular beaches, particularly the black sand beaches of Navakacoa and Paqai.
Arorangi, Cook Islands
Situated on the west coast of Raratonga Island is the relaxed village of Arorangi, a mix of beach resorts, villas, colorful houses and well-maintained private gardens. The beach is lined with Ironwood trees and is an excellent spot for snorkeling. Adventure shops offer activities from scuba diving excursions to mountain biking trips, plus quaint locally owned restaurants in walking distance of each other.