stationed there during World War II.
This eclectic nation offers many exotic adventures: peering down the throat of a live volcano, galloping along a black-sand beach, wartime wreck diving and more.
Accommodations range from the honeymoon-friendly Eratap Beach Resort on Efate Island and the scuba-centric Bokissa Private Island Resort on Espiritu Santo Island, to the truly remote White Grass Ocean Resort on Tanna Island.
This 15-island archipelago is an English-speaking version of Tahiti — jagged volcanic peaks, lagoons that shimmer with a thousand types of marine life, white-sand beaches shaded by coconut palms and the most sensuous dances in the entire Pacific.
Rarotonga, the main island, has a road that takes visitors to beaches, trails into the
rugged interior and beachfront eateries.
But the biggest raves are reserved for Aitutaki Atoll and its legendary lagoon. Blue, green and everything in between, the lagoon is ideal for snorkeling, kayaking and beachcombing.
One of the South Pacific's largest and most diverse landfalls, Fiji blends Polynesian and Melanesian heritage with a large dose of South Asia, an exotic culture that spreads across 332 islands.
A throwback to old-time Polynesia, Samoa is a mosaic of beachfront fales (grass shacks), jungle waterfalls, jet-black lava flows and Victorian-era churches that resonate with wondrous harmonies on Sunday mornings.