A Pacific Ocean cruise is an experience in witnessing exotic cultures deep in history and tradition, virtually untouched island landscapes and the magical beauty of the vast Pacific Ocean. A Pacific Ocean cruise offers many unique and memorable island destinations. Its tropical weather and scenery is perfect atmosphere for relaxation, peace and quiet.
Because of the size of the great size of the Pacific Ocean there are a variety of ports, dozens of routes, and longer lengths of voyages varying from one to two weeks. Its many destinations offer world class resorts, dining and an abundance of recreational activities on land, sea, and even air. Here are three of the top places to visit on a Pacific Ocean cruise.
The Hawaiian Islands
The most popular port of call in the Pacific is the Hawaiian Islands. Historically an early Polynesian settlement, in 1959 it became the United States' 50th state. It is the perfect place for adventure seekers and for those who want to relax and unwind. Derived from an underwater volcano, Hawaii has outdoor adventure expeditions to explore and view the luscious terrain of tropical forests, waterfalls and volcanoes. Hiking, horseback riding, and even helicopter tours are available. Along the white sand and black sand beaches, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, whale-watching, big-game fishing and of course, surfing are popular. There are cultural tours that introduce a visitor to traditional Hawaiian mythology, history, legend and folklore. There are also many shopping centers plus an exciting, modern nightlife scene.
It has been believed that Guam was first discovered by sea-faring migrants from southeastern Indonesia around 2000 BC. Today it is currently a United States territory and is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands. Guam's peaceful isolation and natural beauty has given it its uniqueness. There are thatched huts of the native Chamorros people, the stone bridges of the capital city of Hagatna, and the cultural influences of the former occupants and inhabitants of Guam (Spain, Japan, United States). Guam hosts a friendly, welcoming culture and has offers many outdoor activities. With its prime located at the edge of the Marianas Trench, Guam is famous for its turquoise lagoons, deep sea currents and remarkably clear waters. Between the months of December and May, water visibility is almost 150 feet and during the rainy season, visibility is at approximately 60 feet. There is jet skiing, windsurfing, surfing, sea kayaking, dolphin watching, snorkeling and scuba diving among the many wrecks and reefs.
The Samoan Islands
The Samoan Islands are made up of 13 islands which are located in the central South Pacific. They form part of Polynesia and the wider region of Oceania. The Samoan Islands host several one of a kind activities and sight seeing opportunities. Its landscape boasts rain forests, volcanic mountain peaks, coastlines of white sandy beaches, green fertile valleys, blue lagoons and cascading waterfalls. Within the Samoan Islands' waters are activities of snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, surfing and even swimming with sea turtles. The ranch and resting place of the famous Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson is also a major tourist attraction. There are many luxurious spas worth visiting which offer traditional Samoan massage, which is also known as fofo and a variety of natural skin treatments using plants found locally.