The countries in this relatively safe region are all developing nations, in some cases quite rapidly developing. Every year sees new resorts, tours, restaurants, and other facilities. In other words, change is in the air out here, so wise planning is essential to get the most out of your time and money in this vast and varied modern paradise.
Fiji, Tahiti and French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, and the Kingdom of Tonga have their own sources of information, entry requirements, currency, government, customs, laws, internal transportation, styles of accommodation, and food. Here I give a brief description of the islands and tell you how to plan your trip in general. This information augments, but is not a substitute for, the destination-specific information found elsewhere.