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In pics: Best and least-known islands of the South Pacific

Craig Tansley
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Slideshow: Best and least-known islands of the South Pacific
Wish you were here ... Aitutaki, the Cook Islands.
"Walk the pink sands of Champagne Beach or hike the island's green interior."
Craig Tansley

You don't have to travel too far from Australia to find what most of us would call "paradise" on earth.

Crystal-clear waters, tropical jungles and warm, friendly locals — the South Pacific has many hidden gems with these qualities and much more.

South Pacific-raised travel writer Craig Tansley takes us through the best and least-known islands of the South Pacific:

User comments
have been to some pacific islands these pics are wonderful and would like to visit the in the future especially the cook islands and samoa
Hawaii is a beautiful place to visit with plenty to offer. I enjoyed Wikiki for its shopping. sightseeing and entertainment. Checkout the International Market place for its of stalls shops and food court, There is also and open air concert most nights.
We were in Aitutaki in 1984, since then have visited all of the pacific islands over the years and consider the Cook Islands the best of all. The people are the most easy going and friendly, and nothing is a problem to them. Only wish we could live our lives that way.
Havve been to Tahiti, Cook Islands and Fiji, loved them all and hope to see most of the other islands in the next 5 years