If you have a love for going to the beach, would like to someday go to the exotic and most beautiful of beaches, then the South Pacific is where you can find these.
Here is a guide to the best beaches in the South Pacific.
Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia
Manly Beach is a beach situated among the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia in Manly, New South Wales. From north to south, the three main sections are Queenscliff, North Steyne, and South Steyne.
Manly Beach is one of Australia’s most famous surfing beaches – the first world surfing championship was held here in 1964. With a tree-lined promenade and a long stretch of fine soft sand, the beach is a popular destination for backpackers and families.
Watch skilled surfers ride the waves at Manly Beach, where the Australian Open of Surfing is held in February. Buy fish and chips on the lively Corso and head to the beach to enjoy them and watch all the action.
You’ll find plenty of beachside cafés, bars and restaurants. There are popular pubs on the Corso, such as the Ivanhoe Hotel Manly and Hotel Steyne. Manly Wharf, overlooking Sydney Harbour, also has quality restaurants, such as Papi Chulo. The 4 Pines Brewing Co serves its own craft beers opposite the wharf.
Surfer’s Paradise Beach, Surfers Paradise, Australia
The three-kilometer strip of golden sand between Surfers Paradise and the Pacific Ocean is Australia’s iconic beach, a postcard-perfect locale that conjures up ‘paradise’ to millions. Throughout the year, their beach welcomes swimmers, joggers, surfers and strollers from around the Gold Coast, around Australia and around.
During the day, you can either head to the beach, shop, or attend one of the numerous theme parks and attractions such as Sea World, Movie World, bungee jumping, etc. At night, Surfers Paradise keeps jumping with various clubs, bars and the famous Conrad Jupiters Casino.
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Whitsunday Islands
The Whitsunday Islands are a group of 74 islands that lie off the coast of Queensland, Australia and form part of the Great Barrier Reef. The islands are one of the most popular Australian tourist destinations. The vast majority of islands are designated national parks and major attractions include access to coral reefs for snorkeling and diving, pristine beaches, especially Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island and clear aquamarine warm waters. They are well connected by two major airports on Hamilton Island and the mainland town of Proserpine. Over half a million visitors come to the Whitsundays each year.
Whitehaven Beach is by far the most recognized of all the Whitsundays landmarks. Stretching about 4.5km and consisting of fine, brilliant white sand, it presents the image that is used more often in tourism brochures and regularly on TV advertising in Australia. The view from the lookout across Hill inlet is remarkable and on a sunny day (Like most days are), it is nothing short of spectacular. The sand at Whitehaven Beach is 98% pure silica. The water lapping along the beach which is usually sheltered during the south easterly trade winds (Most of the year) and so the water where the sea meets the beach is often crystal clear and makes for perfect swimming.
Mt Maunganui Main Beach, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Voted New Zealand’s best beach, ‘the Mount’ is the ultimate summer destination. With perfect white sand and thundering waves, you won’t find a better place to swim, surf, sunbathe and socialize. Holiday memories are made here.
There is a beach break with peaks along the beach and can get a good right point break off the point at Moturiki Island, also known as the blowhole, south end of the beach. The beach can often get a sucky, hollow shore break. When its big you can use the rips to get out. Good for surfers of all levels. Which out in the crowds and beware of swimmers.
Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Society Island
Bora Bora is one of the magical islands that make up French Polynesia in the South Pacific. Just 18 miles long, this lush little slipper of land lies in a protected lagoon edged by fine white sandy shores — the best located at Matira Point. There are several reasons why Bora Bora boasts the nickname “the Romantic Island,” including the secluded beaches, intimate hotels and quiet atmosphere that embraces visitors. But don’t confuse candle-lit serenity with boredom – there are plenty of activities for adventure-seekers, such as joining other fearless visitors on a shark-feeding expedition on the lagoon or a half-day Jeep tour through the island’s rough interior. The hunt for the perfect black pearl may take devoted shoppers on a chase through town and back to the main island of Tahiti. And history buffs will find a wealth of World War II memorabilia from the days when Bora Bora served as a refueling base for American troops. A coastal defense gun installment is visible from Matira Point and a driving tour around the island uncovers military landmarks and hotspots from the old days. Everyone will enjoy the most popular activity of all: lazing the day away on a secluded stretch of Matira Beach and watching a brilliant sunset over the bright turquoise water.
Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
The sweeping white-sand crescent of Bondi is one of Australia’s most iconic beaches. Reliable waves draw surfers while, nearby, hardy locals swim in the Icebergs ocean pool year-round. Trendy, health-conscious Sydneysiders head to laid-back cafes around Hall Street, while hip backpackers frequent the area’s casual pubs. Walkers and joggers use the clifftop Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, with its dramatic scenery.
Titikaveka Beach, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
Titikaveka Beach offers easy access to some of the finest snorkeling spots available on the Cook Islands. The beach sits alongside a lagoon filled with tropical fish and alien-looking blue starfish. You can scuba dive or paddle around the lively lagoon. Check out some other water sports and try your hand at kayaking. Visit at sunset, when the lagoon shows off its most photogenic side. “Little Polynesian Resort right on the Beach”
Ypao Beach Park, Tumon, Mariana Islands
The local spot for seeing and being seen, Ypao beach is adjacent to one of the largest public parks on Guam. Parking is full on holidays and weekends and locked after sunset. Recently updated covered seating is in abundance and walking paths surround the space, as well as an outdoor shower. Events are scheduled regularly for this location and there is a bandstand for concerts on the lawn. This section of beach is groomed and manicured regularly. Tourists are also observed enjoying this park as the proximity to hotels and shops is so convenient.
Lalomanu Beach, Lalomanu, Samoa
Lalomanu Beach on the southeastern tip of Upolu is one of Samoa’s most pristine beaches – it has “come and unwind in paradise” written all over it. But it’s not only made for basking in the sun on a stretch of endless white sand, cooling off in the blue lagoon or dozing off as a gentle breeze massages your skin.
Lalomanu is a particular treat for those who love the creatures of the ocean. The translucent lagoon, all the way along the south coast to Lotofaga, is a protected marine reserve, teeming with a magnitude of tropical fish species. You can observe them armed with a snorkel and flippers or a scuba tank.
For a rare treat of a less Piscean nature, you could head off to Namua Island just a little further to the north, and swim with the endangered green turtle in its natural ocean environment. South of Lalomanu there’s even more fauna to explore, including the seabird nesting grounds on Nuutele Island.
Natadola Beach, Sigatoka, Fiji
Some visitors argue Natadola Beach is Fiji’s best beach due to its pristine white sand, blue waters, and ideal all-tide swimming and snorkeling. Decide for yourself and visit the picturesque beach. If you prefer water sports, some days at this attraction offer choppy waters great for body surfing and surfing. Beginner surfers should stick to waves inside the bay while experienced surfers can venture just outside the channel’s entrance for larger waves. Take a horseback ride down the beach for a fee, paid to the local villagers who bring their horses.
Sunset Beach, Mana Island, Fiji
Get away from the crowds and go snorkeling at Sunset Beach. This picturesque beach boasts soft sand and a fantastic view of the sunset each evening. Get up close to the coral reef, which is best experienced at high tide. Traveling to this attraction be slow and lengthy but worth the effort.
Temae Beach, Moorea, Society Islands
Laze on the secluded shores at Temae Beach, enjoying views of the eastern side of Moorea and across the water to Tahiti. The well-maintained public beach offers opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. Coral heads, tropical fish, and fantastically clear water make this a great place for observing French Polynesia’s famous marine life. Restrooms and beachside restaurants provide a convenient and relaxing place to dry off and enjoy a meal after a dip in the ocean.