Samoa is so laid-back it’s only a kava session away from being comatose. Palm-fringed beaches, booming white surf and lush rainforests. It is a Polynesian island country consisting of two main islands, Savai’i and Upolu, two smaller inhabited islands, Manono and Apolima, as well as several small uninhabited islands including the Aleipata Islands. Apia is the capital where the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum is housed in the writer’s restored home. Nearby, at the top of Mount Vaea, is his grave. In the city centre, the country’s natural history and cultural heritage are the focus of the Museum of Samoa.  Offshore, near Vaiala beach, Palolo Deep Marine Reserve is a stretch of reef with a deep, coral-lined hole.

Tokelau is a remote group of atolls in the South Pacific Ocean, halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand, of which it is a territory. It’s usually accessed by boat from Samoa, a trip that can take around 24 hours. Nukunonu atoll contains accommodation and a clear lagoon rich in marine life. Fakaofo has swimming pigs that famously catch fish near its coral reef.

Tuvalu receives very few tourists so it is a great place if you want to disappear for a while. Its 9 islands comprise small, thinly populated atolls and reef islands with palm-fringed beaches and WWII sites. Off Funafuti, the capital, the Funafuti Conservation Area offers calm waters for diving and snorkelling among sea turtles and tropical fish, plus several uninhabited islets sheltering sea birds. The islands are seriously endangered by rising sea levels caused by global warming.

Pitcairn Islands are beautifully green and lush, with a population you can fit on a city bus. Secluded from mainstream tourism, the Pitcairn Islands are a must see for adventurous travellers seeking truly remote horizons. Your visit to these legendary islands will grant you experiences few others have witnessed. Untouched subtropical island environments, pristine waters, endemic flora, bird and marine life, an unforgettable sea voyage, incredible hospitality, lasting friendships and firsthand insight into the living history and culture of the people of Pitcairn Island – the direct descendants of Pitcairn’s first European settlers, the HMAV Bounty mutineers, and their Polynesian consorts. There is no airport on Pitcairn so check with Guidepost for the shipping schedule.

Wallis and Futuna Islands

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