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Women Wanderers // South Pacific Adventures

Iriki Resort, Vanuatu.

Ladies’ only holidays are certainly on the rise and shine. Whether it’s a fastidiously mapped out sisterhood adventure or an ‘on the whim’ challenge to (quite literally) dive in the deep end and take a spontaneous vacation with your best friend. All you really require is a fellow woman wanderer with an exploratory nature and a general lust for life.

Maybe your idea of holiday heaven centres around an indulgent pampering spree buffered by health and wellness activities. Or, perhaps it’s a combination of action packed outdoor adventurers of the surf, dive, hike kind. Whichever your style, your bound to find one of the following female friendly South Pacific destinations most inviting…

irikiki Cocktail


The Kingdom of Tonga immediately conjures up images of azure seas, Pacific Rim cuisine and super friendly people. A ladies only holiday here could easily entail simplistic island days spent sleeping in, taking refreshing ocean swims and enjoying long nutrient rich lunches. Plus, the obligatory mid-afternoon seaside siesta.

How does a wonderful coconut and frangipani scented massage followed by a sunset stroll to the nearest bar for happy hour sound? And, what about a starlit dinner together with your female friends on a secluded Tongan beach with a bountiful seafood feast? There’s no need to overthink a Tongan holiday itinerary. Just take each day as gently or as lively as it comes and relish in the fact that you’ve found a peaceful South Pacific haven with your ladies!

To Stay; Sea Change Eco Retreat is a newish boutique resort focused on wellness, adventure, rest & relaxation. Located on one of the most beautiful and calm (ideal for snorkelling) beaches here in Tonga. The food here is amazingly fresh and the staff are truly the best. The ecofriendly resort also operates Ha’apai Whale and Sail – giving guests a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a whale watching/swimming encounter in the tropical Tongan seas.

irikiki spa
Iriki Island Resort & Spa


Ladies get your passport and your resort wear ready to go. Vanuatu is the ideal location for an escape from the everyday, often mundane routine at home. Organize your gal pals together and start prepping for fun in the sun. Imagine sipping cocktails poolside, snorkelling in balmy calm seas, and immersing yourself in the unique local culture. Got the visual picture? Great, the because the next step is to book it in and make it happen.

Asides from the world-famous dive and vibrant coral reef snorkel sites that Vanuatu has a fabulous reputation for, it’s also a place to where you can kayak in tranquil lagoons and practice windsurfing too.  There’s a wonderful welcoming ambience throughout all of Vanuatu that really appeals to lovers of water sports and the great outdoors. Why not take a spontaneous ladies escape to reconnect with friends on rejuvenating Vanuatu holiday!

To Stay; Iririki Island Resort & Spa, Vanuatu’s favourite private island set amongst the spectacular tropical landscapes of Port Vila Harbour and Mele Bay. This boutique resort and spa is aimed squarely at ladies who adore luxury and its isolated yet accessible location, a quick ferry from the mainland, offers guests the perfect balance between peaceful seclusion and convenience.

David Kirkland water walk samoa
Photographer: David Kirkland


Wanted; women wanderers keen to adventure to Samoa for a surfing, yoga and seafaring holiday. So, if splashing waves and refreshing ocean breezes set to the soundtrack of laughter among friends sounds like fun then read on. Samoa is a real delight for ladies who like to hike stunning rainforest trails and discover mystical waterfalls. In fact, almost any Samoan island activity feels akin to invoking the pure essence of mother nature at whim.

See a scope of ocean creatures up close on an exciting dive and/or snorkel adventure. Head out for an early morning surf on perfect lady glider waves or regain a mediative state by way of a yoga class and/or a relaxing Samoan style massage.

Everybody knows that women, broadly speaking, make the majority of family holiday decisions. So, make the right one to celebrate any occasion with your close female friends and set off to Samoa for a memorable ladies only escape.  An island odyssey awaits!

To Stay; Salani Surf Resort, located on Upolu’s South East coast. A beautiful choice for female travellers looking to experience the best of Samoa’s surf, heart-warming culture and exquisite scenery. Note; Salani’s only accommodates a small number of guests at a time, hence it is best to select girlfriends that really appreciate good waves and great food in a natural ‘Bikini Bar’ setting.

By Roxanne Andrews

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