There’s so much to see and do in the South Pacific but only some cruises will give you a chance to explore the best spots for local culture, scenic beaches and amazing food. When you’re heading off on a luxury cruise through French Polynesia and other exotic destinations in the South Pacific, make sure you’re planning at least one shore excursion at some of the best islands and cultural gems of the area. Here are some of our favorite excursion hotspots in the South Pacific.

Volcano Excursion in Bora Bora

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Bora Bora is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and is home to some of the world’s extinct volcanoes. You can head off on a guided tour of the mountains and volcanoes of Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia on your shore excursion to see the old lava rock formations and views from high above. Make sure this event is on your bucket list as you head off on your South Pacific adventure.

Pearl Farms of Tahiti

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Tahiti is one of the most stunning islands in the South Pacific and is the perfect place to relax on deserted beaches and swim in the ocean. It’s also home to the famous Black Pearls so you can take a tour of the pearl farms to learn how these pearls are cultivated. There are a handful of pearl farms around the island and many produce hundreds of thousands of pearls. You can meet with pearl divers and watch the farming process firsthand with a guided tour.

Tours of Fiji

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The islands of Fiji would take a lifetime to explore but you can get a taste of the local culture and historic landmarks with a sightseeing tour. Plan at least a day of exploring the islands so you can visit historic villages, see the Magic Waterfall, and paddle along the Navua River on a canoe. Another option is to take a catamaran out to Castaway Island, the perfect spot to go swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and windsurfing on any given day.