The South Pacific Islands are sets of archipelagos located in the south of the Pacific Ocean. You might have heard of some of the most famous ones such as Fiji and Tahiti, which are known for their unbelievable natural beauty, insanely gorgeous beaches, and the clearest water you've ever seen.
If you have heard of these islands they're probably on your dream bucket list of travel destinations, most likely under the heading 'places I would travel if I had a million dollars.' These islands are known to be expensive mainly because of the distance and price of air fair to travel there, but once you actually arrive on these islands they're surprisingly affordable!
So if the South Pacific has always been one of your dream destinations, it's time to make it a reality! Check out the list below featuring prices for food, accommodations, and alcohol of the cheapest South Pacific Islands!
1. Cook Islands
Cheapest Meal: $9.57
Cheapest 3-Star Hotels: $157/night
Cheapest Beer: $3.83
The Cook Islands are currently known as the cheapest South Pacific paradise for travellers. The currency on these islands is all in New Zealand Dollars, which lucky for us Canadians is almost 1:1 with our currency, except slightly cheaper for us! Cook Islands is made up of 15 smaller islands scattered across a large area of the Pacific Ocean. It is known for their amazing blue waters and white sandy beaches, as well as cool caves to explore and amazing snorkelling on every island!
Cheapest Meal: $5.52
Cheapest 3-Star Hotels: $106/night
Cheapest Beer: $2.23
I'm sure you've all heard of Fiji before and you probably believe it's a destination only suitable for your dreams, but in reality Fiji is actually very affordable! Fiji is an archipelago made up of over 300 small islands in the Pacific Ocean. These islands are known for their clear blue waters, bright blue lagoons, and palm tree lined beaches, perfect for a relaxing vacation! The most populated islands, which you should definitely visit are Viti Levu and Venua Levu.
Cheapest Meal: $10.50
Cheapest 3-Star Hotels: $143/night
Cheapest Beer: $4.00
Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia and is honestly the most gorgeous. This island is split into two main sections, the larger part, Tahiti Nui, and the smaller part, Tahiti Iti. It's known for it's black sand beaches, flowing waterfalls hidden deep within the Tahitian forest, and volcanoes to hike!
Take some surfing lessons in Papara, visit museums in Puna'auia, and visit the markets and enjoy a day full of shopping in Papeete for a vacation you most definitely won't forget!
4. Huahine Island
Cheapest Meal: $20.00
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $228/night
Cheapest Beer: $8.05
Okay, so this French Polynesian island is slightly more expensive than the others, but if you can make it work it should definitely be on your list of vacation spots! Take an eco tour of the islands to see some of the amazing natural ecosystems and tropical animals, have a picnic of fresh fruits on the white sandy beach, or take a fishing tour where you can go out on your own private boat and catch all kinds of fish for your own dinner!
5. Papua New Guinea
Cheapest Meal: $4.07
Cheapest 3-Star Hotels: $130/night
Cheapest Beer: $3.00
Papua New Guinea is an island that encompasses the eastern side of New Guinea, and is an amazing travel destination. It is rich in culture and history, so be prepared for an interesting and culturally exciting vacation. Visit Rabaul to see the 3 gorgeous volcanoes here, visit the rainforests of Lae, or try snorkelling in the bright blue waters of Madang!
6. Solomon Islands
Cheapest Meal: $6.68
Cheapest 3-Star Hotels: $108/night
Cheapest Beer: $5.00
The Solomon Islands are a beautiful archipelago of over 100 islands in the South Pacific Ocean. They are home to some of the most blue and clear waters you've ever seen with so much marine wildlife to explore it's almost unbelievable. Try Bougainville Island for volcano hiking and some world war 2 historic culture, visit Malaita for surfing, or try Munda for gorgeous lagoons and exploring!
Cheapest Meal: $4.20
Cheapest 3-Star Hotels: $90/night
Cheapest Beer: $2.44
Samoa is located in the western group of the Samoan Islands and it is known for their gorgeous underwater reefs, soft sandy beaches, and luscious rainforests. Visit Savai'i for surfing, giant underwater sea turtles, volcano hiking, and waterfalls buried deep in the Samoan rainforests. Visit the main island of Apia for their classic island markets, marinas and famous night life!
Cheapest Meal: $9.70
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $119/night
Cheapest Beer: $2.43
Tonga is one of the most biodiverse places you can visit in the world, and completely affordable for travellers! You must go to Vava'u to swim with the giant humpback whales, Nuku'alofa for markets, nightlife and beaches, or visit 'Eua for luscious rainforests, deep caves to explore and hiking!