My husband and I did a 10 day cruise in French Polynesia plus a few extra nights in a wonderful B&B in Moorea in Feb 2011. It was honestly the best trip and most beautiful place we have ever experienced. The cruise visited Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Bora Bora, Rangiroa & Raiatea. We have completely fallen in love.
That being said, we are also adventurous people and love to experience new things. So we are thinking of doing a cruise that does New Caledonia & Vanuatu roundtrip Sydney for our next trip. The cruise stops in:
Isle of Pines, NC
Champagne Bay, Vanuatu
Here is the dilemma (if you can even call it a "dilemma" :P)...
I have been watching YouTube videos of these ports and see that it seems a bit more like the Caribbean than the South Pacific - not in terms of beauty, but in terms of the mass numbers of people trodding off the ship and parking themselves on the beach. Almost all the videos show very crowded beaches, nothing like what we experienced in Tahiti even though we were on a cruise ship there too (although it was a much smaller ship).
Has anyone done a cruise like that in NC/Vanuatu and also visited French Polynesia (cruise or not) who can compare the two on different levels?
Price-wise, I think I could make a French Polynesia trip (maybe not a cruise) work out to the same price as the Vanuatu/New Caledonia cruise. Obviously, travelling to these places is not the cheapest option from Canada, and we don't want to spend the cash to get all the way to New Caledonia & Vanuatu to be disappointed with overcrowding and not being able to enjoy the serenity that I am imagining.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!