When you think of the South Pacific, you probably envision pristine white sandy beaches with gently swaying palm trees framed by turquoise water and pricey resorts. While you’ll find plenty of the latter, this exotic and remote region of the world isn’t only for the wealthy. Consider swapping that luxurious overwater bungalow for an Airbnb and you can enjoy an unforgettable vacation without the high price tag. Airbnbs here can also be a better value for luxury seekers with more bang for the buck.
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For a truly authentic fantasy island kind of experience, Noguna Island in the Solomon Islands may be ideal. As the listing notes, this isn’t a 5-star hotel but it does offer a rich cultural experience and the breathtaking scenery the South Pacific islands are so renowned for. The island is surrounded by a vibrant coral reef and abundant marine life ideal for snorkeling, while accommodation is in bungalows equipped with solar power for charging, fans and a queen-size bed. There’s a communal bathroom and a small traditional cookhouse – meals can be requested, with one of the elders preparing traditional foods that include the catch of the day, home-cooked veggies from the garden, fresh coconuts and fruit.
This Airbnb apartment occupies an entire floor of a colonial-style house on Mo’orea, part of French Polynesia’s Society Islands archipelago, renowned for its gorgeous sandy beaches and uniquely shaped, volcanic emerald mountains. Guests rave about the warm, hospitable hosts, waking up to the panoramic vista of the azure lagoon and finishing the day gazing out at the sunsets over the sea. There are a number of luxurious perks like a garden, gazebo and beautiful pool, while one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, restaurants, bars and a supermarket are just minutes away.
This Airbnb is located in Bora Bora, one of the most popular islands among honeymooners. Couples who book here will enjoy staying in a gorgeous romantic bungalow in a garden setting with jaw-dropping views of the lagoon. Guests have access to a small beach at the lagoon for snorkeling and paddleboarding, while the bungalow itself features one bedroom with wood-wrapped interiors, commissioned local art, and a huge terrace.
This magical treehouse sits on a property with three other bungalows but it offers plenty of privacy in a lush garden setting with prime beachfront right at water’s edge in Tonga, renowned for providing a more unpolished, authentic South Pacific experience. Look forward to incredible snorkeling, diving, kayaking, hiking, friendly locals, and even seasonal swimming with humpback whales. Afterward, come back and relax on your deck gazing out at the lagoon, watching the whales swim by.
This B&B on the island of Koror in Palau offers rooms that all come with a private ocean view balcony along with access to a shared living room that has an ocean view patio balcony, dining table and sofa, TV, mini-fridge, Keurig coffee machine, microwave, and complimentary filtered water. Guests also have free use of kayaks and paddleboards, while restaurants and shops are nearby.
This luxurious villa on Fiji is ideal for families or groups of friends traveling together, with three bedrooms accommodating up to six guests. It includes a full kitchen, dining room, private BBQ area, laundry facilities, a relaxing veranda and a beautiful pool while offering an especially tranquil setting overlooking the Pacific. Diving, snorkeling sailing and deep-sea fishing excursions can all be arranged.
The GIPSEA offers the unique opportunity to spend the night out on the water in a 46-foot yacht. Built in Tahiti in the 1970s, she sailed throughout the South Pacific before landing in Fiji and today provides comfortable, rustic accommodation surrounded by tropical seas. The spacious cabin has two bedrooms accommodating up to eight guests and includes a kitchen, toilet and lounge area. During overnights, the boat sits in its mooring location in front of Wailoaloa beach. Dinner can be delivered at an additional cost.
The one-bedroom Beach Vibe is located in Rarotonga, capital of the Cook Islands, an archipelago known for its rare beauty as the ultimate island paradise. The self-contained villa sleeps up to three with two beds and has a kitchen with all the essentials. It sits right at the edge of the magnificent crystal-clear blue lagoon, providing stunning views with the opportunity to swim, snorkel, kayak or paddleboard just steps from your door. All the gear is included complimentary, along with bicycles for exploring the island.
Located in a suburb of Papeete on Tahiti, this beautiful three-bedroom home is right on the water, providing convenient access to the dazzling blue turquoise lagoon. It’s the perfect spot for spending your days snorkeling, kayaking or fishing or just unwinding with a breathtaking view. There’s plenty of room for a family or friends traveling together, accommodating up to six with a fully equipped kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining, along with two kayaks and snorkeling gear for getting out on the water. The large yard is filled with fruit trees like mango – when they’re ripe you can pick one and make your own fresh juice.
Beautiful Tavake Villa is located on Aitutaki Island, famous for its turquoise lagoon as one of the world’s best places to snorkel as well as its island inside – One Foot Island is home to a beach that’s often named the most beautiful in the Pacific. Enjoy it all from here, located right on a beach with shallow, crystal-clear water that’s considered a top snorkeling spot on Aitutaki. It includes a kitchen with all the cooking basics, one bedroom and two beds.
The Country House offers peace, seclusion, total privacy and a sea view, surrounded by the lush green countryside on four hectares. It boasts elaborately carved wooden designs and sleeps up to 10 guests in two bedrooms with eight beds. using 100 percent solar energy. It has pure drinking water that comes from the volcano, an extra-spacious living room and kitchen, a laundry room and BBQ area. A five-minute walk will bring you to the ocean for snorkeling and fishing – hike and horse riding is possible in the area too.