Part of an Island in the South Pacific
Part of an Island in the South Pacific

How to Explore South Pacific Islands On a Budget?


Nothing can be more intimidating than spending a merry time in the South Pacific Islands where there are jungles, beaches, coral reefs, volcanoes, and European colonial influence. Moreover, the South Pacific Islands are the exquisite amalgam of beauty and adventure.

All most every backpacker desires to go on a South Pacific itinerary and that is always in their bucket list. However, there are even young travelers who dismiss the plan of heading towards the South Pacific even after their fascination about the places.

But why is it so? What is stopping them from satisfying their craving for travel? 

It is surely the expenses of the itinerary. Yes, traveling to the South Pacific is expensive and many travelers back out from the plan due to this reason.

But you will no longer have to do this anymore. Here is a guide about “How to explore South Pacific Island on budget”. And this guide will help you in planning your South Pacific itinerary.

Here we go!!


Plan Before You Proceed

The South Pacific countries aren’t visited by travelers as much as other countries of the world. Therefore, deep research is very necessary before you start your journey. There are many countries in the South Pacific region and some of them have hundreds of islands that you can explore.

For instance, the Society Islands consist of dozens of island and the Marquesas is the most remote island in the world. On the other hand, the Gambier Island comprises of 14 volcanic islands which are inside a large lagoon.

This list does not end here, there are more extraordinary places along with the breathtaking view. So if you are planning to go on a budget trip, then plan and decide where you want to go before you are being entrapped by the beauty of the places.

Be mindful to the fact that the places in South Pacific are mind-boggling and expensive as well. So, if you do not plan beforehand then you will surely have to spend more than what you have decided.


Do Not Set High Expectation

If you are on a budget trip, then stop thinking about a lavish holiday because it does not go hand in hand. You will have to set a right expectation while you are heading towards South Pacific Islands.

But don’t be disappointed due to the lack of facilities as a backpacker because these islands have a lot to offer you in that case.

You will surely be overwhelmed by the exotic view, white sand, dreamy beaches, beautiful culture and a lot more.


Travel During the Off Season

Traveling on particular months of the year can save a lot of money. The peak season in South Pacific is from April to October. These are the dry month and travelers gravitate towards the islands mostly during this time of the year.

As a result, the price of accommodation and airfares are even on the peaks. So not only you will be welcomed with a huge number of people but even saving money will be a task by itself. However, rather than going with the flow, you can try something that is different.

You can head towards the South Pacific during the wet season that is from November to March. French Polynesia offers the best view and you can relish the most beautiful time in this place if you visit it during the off season. so now you see it is surely a win-win situation.


Pick The Right Place for You

While you are on a budget trip to South Pacific Islands it is very important to select the right place. Making the right to choose about the islands you want to visit can either make your trip or break your banks. In the South Pacific trips, most expensive items are accommodations, traveling between islands and getting around.

Therefore, if you want to save money then go for the islands which are connected by ferries and even has accommodations which are of cheap in price but not quality. You can even go for the islands that have campgrounds with cooking facilities and where there are public transports.

Some of the budget-friendly South Pacific Islands are Efate Island in Vanuatu, Yasawa group in Fiji, Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, Savaii and Upolu in (Western) Samoa, and Moorea in French Polynesia. 


Go for Cheap Flights

There is a famous saying “where there is a will, there is a way” and when it is about exploring South Pacific island then there are many ways. The airfares to South Pacific Islands are very expensive and it is very hard to find direct flights.

So, in this case, all you need to do is take advantage of the air passes. There are many travel agents who offer air passes on connecting flights. On the other hand, Air Vanuatu and Air Tahiti are domestic flights in South Pacific that provide a number of offers to the tourists.

For instance, there is an offer of 350 USD where you can visit six islands including Bora Bora. However, look for air passes before booking your tickets for South Pacific Islands.


Group Travel Versus Solo Travel

There is always a dilemma when it comes to group trips and solo trips but hands down and go for group trips when your destination is South Pacific Islands.

The advantage of going on a group trip while you are planning to visit the South Pacific Islands on a budget is that there will be people to share the total expenditure.

Whether it is accommodation or island outings, you will have people around you to help you out in every situation. On the other hand, it is sometimes hard to explore an unknown land all alone. So, having companions is never a bad option.