13 days in Vanuatu, Fiji & New Caledonia Itinerary

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Port Vila, Vanuatu
— 3 nights
Nadi, Fiji
— 2 nights
Taveuni Island, Fiji
— 3 nights
Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia
— 2 nights
Noumea, New Caledonia
— 2 nights


Port Vila, Vanuatu — 3 nights

The capital of Vanuatu and the largest settlement on Efate, Port Vila plays home to a number of busy markets, cafes, bars, and restaurants catering to the tourism industry.
Step out of the city life by going to Evergreen Cascades Waterfall and Iririki Island. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Gallery Blong Vanuatu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hideaway Island Marine Reserve, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Port Vila tour planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Port Vila is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Port Vila. Traveling from Melbourne in February, things will get a bit warmer in Port Vila: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can fly to Nadi.
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Nadi, Fiji — 2 nights

Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
On the 21st (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool and then admire the natural beauty at Garden of the Sleeping Giant.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nadi trip planner.

You can fly from Port Vila to Nadi in 5 hours. The time zone changes from Vanuatu Standard Time to Fiji Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Taveuni Island.
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Taveuni Island, Fiji — 3 nights

Garden Island

Known as the Garden Island, Taveuni is a tropical paradise of tall mountains draped in lush rainforest, filled with delicate wildflowers and colorful birds, and dotted with cascading waterfalls.
On the 23rd (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Tavoro Waterfalls and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lavena Coastal Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bouma National Heritage Park.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Taveuni Island itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nadi to Taveuni Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nadi in February: highs in Taveuni Island hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 41°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Ile Des Pins.
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Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia — 2 nights

L'ile la plus proche du paradis (the island closest to paradise)

Just a little way off the southern end of Grand Terre, Île des Pins (the Isle of Pines) gets its name from the tall columnar pines that stick out of the surrounding vegetation like bristles on a brush.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro Bay and then stroll through Piscine Naturelle. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Kuto Bay, then explore the activities along Kanumera Bay, and then head off the coast to Isle of Pines.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ile Des Pins trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Taveuni Island to Ile Des Pins. The time zone difference moving from Fiji Standard Time to New Caledonia Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Taveuni Island in February: highs in Ile Des Pins hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can fly to Noumea.
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Noumea, New Caledonia — 2 nights

Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): try your luck at Grand Casino De Noumea, step off the mainland to explore Ile aux Canards island, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Arts Premiers Galerie. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Ville de Noumea, enjoy the sand and surf at Anse Vata Beach, and then explore and take pictures at Promenade Pierre-Vernier.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Noumea trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Ile Des Pins to Noumea takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Vanuatu travel guide

Waterfalls · Nature & Parks · Bodies of Water
Composed of 83 rugged islands spread out over a stretch of nearly 1,300 km (810 mi), Vanuatu features a huge diversity of natural environments and cultures. A fusion of British, French, Polynesian, and Melanesian influences, the nation combines devout religious devotion with the slow, relaxed pace of island life. Lush rainforests and thriving coral sanctuaries abound across the island chain and feature a colorful array of native wildlife and plant species that make for fantastic snorkeling, diving, and hiking excursions. Active volcanoes remain among the biggest attractions in Vanuatu, along with the chain's stunning beaches and shimmering blue waters. Despite the nation's harsh volcanic landscapes, rocky coast, and lack of arable land, Vanuatu is a warm and welcoming place to visit, as its people do everything they can to make tourists feel right at home.

Fiji travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Marinas · Fishing Charters & Tours
Located at the heart of the Central Pacific, Fiji is an archipelago of 333 islands and hundreds more tiny islets, many of which are uninhabited. The land masses range from vast Viti Levu, mountainous and covered in green jungle, to private desert islands available for rent. With bountiful sunshine, white sand beaches, tranquil oceans, and lush rainforest, it is no surprise that ecotourism in Fiji thrives. Local culture combines indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian, and European influences in a vibrant mix, with many of the smaller islands still retaining a strong element of traditional island life. Explore the countless pockets of paradise to find your favorite.

New Caledonia travel guide

Beaches · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
An archipelago consisting of the sizable Grande Terre as well as a scattering of smaller surrounding islands, New Caledonia has many of the tourist draws characteristic of the South Pacific: long sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, azure lagoons, and coral reefs. It also supports many unique species of plants and animals, such as the tall conifers that tower above the palm trees lining the waterside. Nature lovers on holiday in New Caledonia should head to the lagoon that surrounds Grande Terre: a World Heritage Site and one of the largest lagoons in the world, it is home to countless species of marine life, including endangered dugongs and green sea turtles. The local culture blends French chic and Melanesian warmth, and it is usually a only short walk from the beach to a stylish bar, cafe, or gourmet restaurant.