The beauty of the South Pacific is evident from afar, but best experienced up close and personal. We have long said that cruising is the best holiday for families, and we stand by it. Continue the fun for all ages when you step off the ship with these tremendous family-friendly shore tours.
Excursions organised by the cruise line take away all the stress of keeping track of a group and come with a guarantee that you won’t miss the boat. These top options are guaranteed to make amazing family memories.
Noumea sightseeing on the “Tchou Tchou Train”
The city of Noumea in lovely, tropical, French-speaking New Caledonia is a charming place that has a spot on many South Pacific itineraries. It is also home to the iconic little yellow train, a motorised trolley which tours the streets.
Adults enjoy a guided tour of New Caledonia, while the kids love the experience of riding the train. Most cruise lines offer a variation of this tour, such as Royal Caribbean’s two-hour “Discovery Tchou Tchou Train” trip.
See the sights of Noumea aboard a lovely little train when you embark on a cruise like this South Pacific Cruise from Sydney with Royal Caribbean.
Australia Zoo from Brisbane
It’s quite a drive from Brisbane to this phenomenal zoo, but bring snacks to entertain any small kids, and you’ll be away laughing. It’s well worth the travel to see the incredible park founded by the late Steve Irwin. P&O and many other cruise lines offer Australia Zoo excursions which are fun for all ages.
The zoo has restaurants and facilities to keep the clan fed and happy, and it is world-renowned for its wonderful critters, amazing wildlife shows and animal encounters - all set up with an eye to ecology and humane treatment.
You can get to Australia Zoo on a cruise like this Queensland Cruise from Sydney on the Pacific Explorer.
Cultural encounters in Santo
If you’re taking your kids on holiday, why not broaden their horizons a little? If your ship calls into Santo in Vanuatu, you can book in for a trip to the Cultural Activity Park and learn something new while having fun with the family.
At the park, you’ll discover dances, demonstrations and performances by local native people, as well as activities which are hands-on and perfect for children. Visitors are free to wander around at their own pace, and Carnival lists the trip at just a few hours long, leaving time to chill for the rest of the day.
Explore the Cultural Activity Park on a cruise such as the 11-night South Pacific itinerary by Carnival.
Turtle Island from the Isle of Pines
Sometimes all you want to do is enjoy the beach! The Turtle Bay and Brush Island Boating Adventure, offered by Royal Caribbean and by other lines in various forms, is a great way to do just that, with a little added excitement.
Visiting the lovely bays and islets of the stunning Isle of Pines and feeding Loggerhead Turtles is a great start, and the tour is topped off with time spent at the lovely Brush Island, where individuals can do what they want: swim, snorkel, stroll or just relax in the sun.
Sign on for this island-hopping adventure aboard a cruise like the 8-night South Pacific itinerary from Sydney with Royal Caribbean.
Do you have other suggestions for family-friendly shore excursions in the South Pacific? We’d love to hear about them in the comments. Book your family cruise deal today and start making memories.