When thinking of the South Pacific, most think of the clear waters and all associated activities. Few think of the dense tropical rainforest begging to be explored and the tribal villages that make a healthy living from its bounty. Put on your hiking boots and explore some of the most remote regions of our planet. The following are our ultimate islands to visit for exploring the tropical rainforest of the South Pacific.
Fiji features the protected Bouma National Park in Taveuni, featuring exotic wildlife, waterfalls, and with some great walking trails. Kadavu is another excellent island for walking and getting close to nature. There are also walks on the main island of Viti Levu including Abaca National Park as well as the natural wonder of the Sovi Basin, rich in biodiversity and endemic flora and fauna.
Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu has several large areas of virgin rainforest that are pretty much inaccessible other than by walking, and offer the skilled hiker some of the most challenging rainforest tracks in the South Pacific.
New Caledonia’s Grand Terre is a vast island with endless exploring opportunities in its wilderness, with the regions around Hienghene in the north-east, the serenity center of Serramea in the south-west and the remote tropical forests covering the southern tip of the island.
Both Tahiti and Moorea have well-managed hiking trails and outstanding mountain scenery and there are plenty of 4WD adventure tours available around these islands. For extreme adventure, The Marquesas Islands offer breathtaking volcanic islands covered in dense virgin forest.