What to Wear in The South Pacific

by | Sep 23, 2017

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I used to live in the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu but have since moved away. If any JourneyWomen are going that way, here is my advice for sister travelers. Vanuatu is a lush, tropical paradise. During summer it is kind of hot and humid but during winter, the weather is just divine. So whatever time you decide to visit, I suggest you pack light clothes – shorts and tank tops are the norm. However, if that is not your style, I suggest you pack a few colorful summer dresses. P.S. A light sweater or shawl will come in handy to deal with any air-conditioned interiors.

Virginia, Tonga

In Solomon Islands, as well as most other countries in the South Pacific, shorts should be knee length at least. Women in this part of the world should not show their thighs. Bathing suits are only appropriate at resorts or public beaches (of which there aren’t too many in the Solomons, public beaches that is). Swimming in a bathing suit anywhere else, especially in or around villages, is disrespectful; you must be fully clothed to do so.

Nadine, Vancouver, Canada

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