Island Cavalcade

A roundup of what’s new in the South Pacific

By: Lisa Jennings

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,, 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; 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. 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. The Aitutaki Pearl Beach Resort sits on a seven-mile lagoon for snorkeling. www. And the Pacific Resort Aitutaki is a 30-room beach hotel on the edge of a tropical forest. 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. Globus is offering an $800 discount for two, booking the Naturally New Zealand vacation, including air, booked before May 31. Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand have launched two new Web sites: and www.pure; 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.