The best Pacific Island hacks to plan your next holiday

By Dacia Thai,

While the coveted Pacific Islands all guarantee white sand and swaying palm trees, they also come with a range of accommodation prices, varying from $60 to a whopping $700 per night.

So, how do you choose where to go?

We’ve weighed up the median price of accommodation against seasonality across the Pacific Islands so you can make the most of your hard-earned dollars and book during the cheapest months in high season.


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Tonga & Vanuatu

Tonga

Best travel hack: Stay in Tonga for the cheapest accommodation among the South Pacific islands.

Median price of accommodation: $162
Most expensive month: December ($205)
Best months to visit: July & September ($153)

Royal Sunset Island Resort - Tonga - exterior cabin

Say Maloe lelei (hello!) to the South Pacific Island with the cheapest accommodation, Tonga! A night here will cost a median price of $153, which sets it apart as the most affordable island in the region.

Tonga is known for its understated beauty and raw wilderness, which is spread across 176 islands. There’s nothing that can’t wait until tomorrow in this ultra chilled-out island paradise. Visit one of the oldest islands in the Pacific, explore a hidden cave, or discover unique flora.

Royal Sunset Island ResortRoyal Sunset Island Resort - Tonga - exterior

Book your stay at the Royal Sunset Island Resort for low-key but elegant surroundings. The beachfront cabins are tucked in lush tropical gardens and are just steps away from the white coral sands and a shimmering lagoon.Royal Sunset Island Resort - Tonga - room

The accommodation is ideally set up for enjoying a tropical sunset, meeting locals, or enjoying a meal at the open-air Polynesian Restaurant. The hotel can also assist you in booking various tours, whether it be scuba diving or whale watching!

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Vanuatu

Best travel hack: Vanuatu is the cheapest Pacific Island destination for those who don’t want to stray too far!

Median price of accommodation: $202
Most expensive month: September ($215)
Best month to visit: April ($188)

Not wanting to stray too far? Vanuatu is great for its proximity to home and boasts affordable accommodation among the South Pacific Island destinations.

Median prices during dry season are relatively stable, but the cheapest time to visit is April, with accommodation costing a median price of $188 per night – so you can focus on snorkelling in blue holes and collecting trinkets in Port Vila’s markets instead.

Hideaway Island Resort & Marine Sanctuary

If you’re going to Vanuatu, you should do things well, and a stay at Hideaway Island Resort & Marine Sanctuary is certain to meet the criteria. Located on a pristine sandy beach, with the backdrop of turquoise waters, the resort turns your Vanuatu fantasy into a reality.Hideaway-Island-Resort-photos-lounge

The bungalows and villas are located amidst tropical trees and foliage. For some indulgence, grab the one-bedroom villa and secure yourself a private pool and a free continental brekkie!
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Situated in a marine sanctuary, guests can also snorkel around the hidden gems of the local coral reef. Venture independently or follow one of the hotel’s certified instructors.

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Palau, Guam, Fiji, Samoa & New Caledonia

Palau

Best travel hack: Travel to Palau in April where you can save 30% on accommodation

Median price of accommodation: $259
Most expensive month: November ($342)
Best month to visit: April ($220)

An archipelago with more than 500 islands, Palau is located in the western Pacific Ocean and is a great destination for scuba-diving and snorkelling. Unlike most of the the south Pacific Islands, the best time to visit this paradise is in the dry season from December through to April.

Go in April for the cheapest prices during high season, with accommodation costing a median price of $220 per night. If you’d like to dip your toe in some luxury, Palau is the place as the government plans to pass a law allowing only five-star hotels on the island.

Palasia Palau

If you want to feel as fit as a queen while holidaying in Palau, the regal Palasia Palau won’t disappoint. The suites and rooms are positioned over seven floors and boast stunning ocean views. 

Grab a bite downstairs at Desomel Restaurant or otherwise indulge in a well prepared cocktail at neighbouring Weltz Bar.

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Guam

Best travel hack: April is the cheapest month to visit during dry season.

Median price of accommodation: $257
Most expensive month: February ($334)
Best months to visit: April & June ($235)

Guam beach girls edit

Guam is filled with its own delights: mouthwatering local cuisine and culture at Chamorro Village, temperate waters perfect for swimming, and a vibrant nightlife in the seaside town of Tumon.

The best months to visit during dry season is April and June, where accommodation prices are at their lowest with a median price of $235 per night.

Guam Reef and Olive Spa Resort

Located in the heart of Guam, the waterfront resort is in the midst of upscale shopping centres and an exhilarating entertainment quarter – just the thing for socialites, shopaholics, and beach bunnies!Guam Reef & Olive Spa Resort - room

Book a room in the Beach Tower for contemporary surroundings and modern décor – think crisp white sheets against citron accents – and stunning ocean views.guam pool

Guests are not only guaranteed spectacular sunsets from the comfort of their rooms, but they can also relax in the hotel’s own Olive Spa, see the Magic & Dinner Show or splash around in the Infinity Pool.

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Samoa

Best travel hack: Go in June to save $ on accommodation during dry season.

Median price of accommodation: $201
Most expensive month: October ($237)
Best months to visit: May & June ($174)

Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Resort - aerial

Discover a 3000-year-old way of life by visiting the islands that make up Samoa. Whatever nature escape you’re after, Samoa has it all, thanks to its volcanic mountains, vast valleys and fringes of white sandy beaches.  Warm hospitality and friendly people make it an authentic destination for those looking for a true Polynesian experience.

Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s ResortSheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Resort - pool

Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort is great for a relaxing family holiday. Located on the western coast of the Island of Upolu, the resort boasts more than one hundred rooms all overlooking the ocean, and various options to keep both adults and kids alike entertained.Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Resort

Drop the little ones off at the Kids Club for a range of stimulating activities such fish feeding, Siva dancing and weaving, while you make use of the spa treatments or play a round of tennis. The Fia Fia Polynesian Show is also a great way to spend a Friday evening as you learn about Samoan history and culture through song and dance.

The Deluxe Ocean View Rooms are great for couples or groups, with an option of Sheraton’s Sweet Sleeper king-sized bed or two queen beds. Each room comes with a private patio and balcony, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows ensuring an abundance of natural light.

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Fiji

Best travel hack: Head to Fiji in October to get the cheapest accommodation during dry season.

Median price of accommodation: $238
Most expensive month: June ($253)
Best month to visit: October ($236)

Uprising Beach Resort Fiji - exterior

It’s no wonder Fiji is an Aussie family favourite. With some of the warmest hospitality to be found in the South Pacific, Fiji’s friendly people and jaw dropping natural beauty offers ample opportunity to experience paradise close to home. Not only beachgoers, but hikers, birdwatchers, and forest-fanciers will appreciate a trip out to Fiji.

The best time to visit is at the end of high season in October, when you can fetch accommodation for a median price of $236 per night.

Uprising Beach Resort Fiji

Uprising Beach Resort Fiji - room

The Fijian-themed Uprising Beach Resort has everything from traditional thatched beachfront villas to 8-person dorms, perfect for solo travellers, families and groups of friends. The accommodation is ideally located, being just metres away from the beachfront and surrounded by lush tranquil gardens.

The rooms are furnished with large balconies, private open-air showers, solar hot water, and uninterrupted ocean views.

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New Caledonia

Best travel hack: Go to New Caledonia in July to save $ on accommodation during dry season.

Median price of accommodation: $241
Most expensive month: December ($257)
Best month to visit: July ($232)

L'Escapade Island Resort - overwater bungalow

If you’re a Francophile who can’t afford to make it to Europe, New Caledonia will give you a little taste of France with a south Pacific twist. It’s not only close to Australia, but it’s got a unique blend of cultures, seamlessly marrying the French boulangerie with Melanesian traditions and tropical lagoons teeming with marine life.

If you’re on a budget, the best time to visit is in the middle of the dry season in July, with the median price of accommodation at $232 per night.

L’Escapade Island Resort

L'Escapade Island Resort - buffet

Located just 20 minutes away by boat from Noumea, L’Escapade Island Resort boasts bungalows that sit among 200 hectares of a natural reserve. It’s the perfect location to base yourself for a number of water sports, including stand up paddling, jet skiing and wakeboarding. There’s even a children’s playground, so families are also welcome.

Choose from the garden, beach, or overwater bungalows – surrounded by lush tropical gardens, sandy white beaches, or glistening waters. The resort’s luxurious overwater bungalows are equipped with a separate lounge and bedroom, a spacious Italian marble bathroom, and a private terrace with direct access to the water.

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Cook Islands & French Polynesia

Cook Islands

Best travel hack: This Kiwi favourite is best visited in May and June, where you can enjoy the dry season when accommodation is cheapest.

Median price of accommodation: $340
Most expensive month: October ($385)
Best months to visit: May & June ($316)

Moana Sands - Cook Islands - restaurant

One of the most popular destinations to go by the Kiwis, the Cook Islands are filled with various natural wonders: raised coral atolls, deserted islets sprinkled across aquamarine waters, and underground cave pools to tempt the adventurer in you. Despite that, Rarotonga is confidently cosmopolitan, with a burgeoning foodie scene abuzz with cafes and artisan delicacies.

Visit the Cook Islands in May and June for the cheapest accommodation during high season, with median prices at $316 per night.

Moana Sands Beachfront Villas

Moana Sands - Cook Islands - kayaking

The Moana Sands Beachfront Villas provide stunning panoramas of the lagoon, reef and the Pacific Ocean. Situated on ten kilometres of soft white sand on Titikaveka Beach, the resort’s studios and villas are ideally positioned for walks on the beach, swimming or snorkelling.Moana Sands - Cook Islands - beach

The two-bedroom villas are great for groups and families, with adjoining ensuite bathrooms and an open-plan living and dining area. Each villa is conveniently equipped with full-size refrigerators, kitchens and a private patio or balcony, and blend contemporary décor with Polynesian accents.

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French Polynesia

Best travel hack:  Though Bora Bora is highly coveted, you can save around $462 per night on accommodation by staying in Tahiti.

Median price of accommodation: Bora Bora ($808); Mo’orea ($462); Tahiti ($346)

Bora Bora, Mo’orea or Tahiti? French Polynesia is home to a number of revered destinations, but did you know that you could save approximately $495 per night on accommodation by staying in Tahiti instead of Bora Bora?


Tahiti

Best month to visit: July ($333)

Manava Suite Resort Tahiti - pool

Turquoise waters and high, evergreen mountain peaks make Tahiti the ideal nature escape for those who love deep valleys, coastal lands, clear streams and spectacular waterfalls. And best of all, it’s the most accessible and affordable island in French Polynesia.

Visit Tahiti in July for the lowest accommodation prices as opposed to during the month of December.

Manava Suite Resort Tahiti

Manava Suite Resort Tahiti - room

Check-in to the Manava Suite Resort Tahiti to float around the island’s largest infinity pool and admire the sunset light up the sky and the ocean. The resort also remains true to Polynesian style with interiors that reflect the local taste of Tahitian designer Bruno Hervochon.Manava Suite Resort Tahiti - massage

The four-star resort has 121 luxury rooms to suit travellers of varying budgets, as well as two bars and a restaurant serving Polynesian and international cuisine.  Guests can also get their adventure fix with access to a number of island activities, such as jeep safaris, dolphin watching and scuba diving.

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Mo’orea

Best month to visit: May ($453)

Moorea Pearl Resort and Spa - landscape

Mo’orea is just a 30-minute ferry ride from the main island, giving way to simple, pastel-hued villages, mossy-green mountains and shallow lagoons. The cheapest time to visit is at the beginning of the dry season in May, where accommodation is priced 15% cheaper than the peak month of October.

Mo’orea Pearl Resort and Spa

Moorea Pearl Resort and Spa - room

One of the best features of the Pearl Resort and Spa is the spacious infinity pool that seemingly blends into the sea and the contemporary surroundings. Pamper yourself at the hotel’s rejuvenating spa, take in the gorgeous balcony views, or take a trip into the historic capital of Tahiti, Papeete.

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Bora Bora

Best months to visit: August & September ($864)

Hotel Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa - bungalows

Bora Bora may be the most expensive island of the Pacific, but it is also one of the most unique places on earth. Made up of an encirclement of islands and lagoons, it’s home to strips of sandy white beaches, emerald waters, and coral gardens.

Hotel Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa

Hotel Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa - room

Ever dreamt of waking up to bright blue waters and horizon views? Simply book your stay at one of these overwater villas, where you can spring straight from your bed into the ocean. The suites are great for a luxury holiday, with king canopy beds, glass-floor viewing panels alive with exotic marine life and Italian marble bathrooms.

The Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa is ideally located, with access to 800 metres of sandy white beaches, a private islet, coral gardens, and ancient volcanoes.

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Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort

Hotel Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort - evening

The Sofitel lights up at night like no other. Floating over a sparkling lagoon and draped in fragrant blossoms, the bungalows are luxury at best with glass in-floor viewing platforms, rain showers and sun lounges. Order room-service or dine under the stars at the resort’s own Latitude 16 restaurant, or simply relax with a full-body massage at the spa.

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Hawaii

Last but not least, Hawaii is an ever-so-popular destination for Aussies but it can be hard to know when the best time is to hit the sands of Waikiki and find the cheapest hotel rate.

Median price of accommodation: $372
Most expensive month: February ($422)
Best months to visit: May ($335)

Waikiki, Hawaii

Aqua Oasis

After a hectic day on the streets of Waikiki, retreat to the serenity of Aqua Oasis. Nestled in the heart of Honolulu’s most dynamic district, Aqua Oasis offers well-appointed accommodation suitable to any type of traveller.

Rooms feature natural timbers and hibiscus-printed throws, truly evoking a local touch. The highlight of this place, however, is the open-air reception and garden which offers egg-shaped hanging chairs, a swimming pool, and leafy palms.

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