War, fears of terrorism and a scary respiratory illness have been a
boon to agents selling the South Pacific, where fun in the sun
seems safely out of the reach of world events. The Bora Bora Nui
Resort and Spa, which opened last year on the islet lagoon of Motu
Toopua, has a mix of over-water, beach, lagoon view and hillside
accommodations. And Le Maitai Dream opened in September on
Fakarava, with 30 beach bungalows in an attractive spot for divers.
The Tahiti Tourism Web site, www.tahiti-tourism.com, offers spring
discounts, many of which were extended through May. In Fiji, the
Namale Resort on Vanua Levu last month opened a new
10,000-square-foot spa on a volcanic cliff with spectacular views
of the Koro Sea and the Namale blowhole. 800-727-3454 or
800-727-FIJI; www.namalefiji.com. Outdoor Travel Adventure has
introduced a new line of adventure vacations to Fiji. One
itinerary, a 10-day multisports package, includes sea kayaking,
trekking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and snorkeling.
877-682-5433. www.OTAdventures.com. Within the past year, three new
resorts have opened on Aitutaki in the Cook Islands. Are Tamanu
Beach Hotel is a small resort with 12 self-catered bungalows. Each
has a thatched roof and floors made from native mahogany.
www.aretamanu.com. The Aitutaki Pearl Beach Resort sits on a
seven-mile lagoon for snorkeling. www. pearlresorts.com. And the
Pacific Resort Aitutaki is a 30-room beach hotel on the edge of a
tropical forest. www.pacificresort.com. Abercrombie & Kent is
offering four Private Travel Collection itineraries to New Zealand.
The basic itinerary is fixed, but travelers can choose from a list
of options. www.abercrombiekent.com. Globus is offering an $800
discount for two, booking the Naturally New Zealand vacation,
including air, booked before May 31. www.globusjourneys.com.
Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand have launched two new Web
sites: www.gonewzealandnow.com and www.pure nz.com; 866-848-9419.
For 18- to 35-year-olds, Contiki Holidays’ lineup includes a July
27 trip to Australia featuring two cast members of the recent “Real
World” television show there. www.contiki.com.