10 things to do in the Cook Islands

TO THE ISLANDS: There's always plenty to do on these sun-soaked islands.

While the Cooks Islands are known for their weather, their culture and natural gems shine even on a rainy day.

A balancing act in paradise

20 reasons to visit New Caledonia

Living on island time in Samoa

Descending the ladder into To Sua Trench

It’s not just the sights that make Samoa special. The happiness of its inhabitants are refreshment for body and soul.

This is not the Tour de France

Scenic route: Cycling in New Ireland.

Nothing beats being greeted like a star when you're hot, sweaty and covered in dirt on Papua New Guinea's main cycling route.

Getting kava'd in Vanuatu

POTENT BREW: Drinking kava used to be reserved for special ceremonies, but things are changing in Vanuatu.

Going to a kava bar in Vanuatu is like going to a corner pub after a hard day's work.

A balancing act in paradise

HARD AT WORK: The writer (far left) on the beach with the experts.

This retreat begins and ends in the warm, clear waters of Rarotonga's Muri Lagoon.

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