Backpacking In The South Pacific Islands: Trip Costs
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ItemCost (USD)Cost (GBP)Cost (EUR)Per NightPossibility To Reduce Cost?Comment
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International Flights$2,092£1,632€1,873$13LOWSydney > Port Vila > Apia (overnight Nadi) > Pago Pago > Apia > Rarotonga (overnight Auckland) > Papeete > Sydney (overnight Auckland)
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Interisland Flights$2,348£1,832€2,103$15LOWVanuatu X4, American Samoa X2, Cook Islands X2, French Polynesia X13
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Gifts & Souvenirs$1,195£932€1,070$7HIGHOverspent in French Polynesia...
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Accommodation$12,172£9,497€10,902$76HIGHA mix of dorms, private rooms, beach huts, self catering villas & luxury resorts
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Car/Scooter Hire$2,191£1,709€1,962$14MEDIUMVanuatu X1, Samoa X3, Cook Islands X16, French Polynesia X28
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Bicycle Hire$47£36€42$0LOW~ $10-15 per day
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Food$1,742£1,360€1,561$11MEDIUMA mix of eating out in local places and self catering
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Excursions, Tours & Shows$1,796£1,401€1,608$11HIGHGuided tours, hikes, lagoon excursions, Polynesian buffet night shows
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Scuba Diving$1,300£1,014€1,164$8HIGH21 dives: Vanuatu X2, Samoa X2, Cook Islands X4, French Polynesia X13
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Transport$417£325€374$3LOWFerries, busses, airport transfers - set prices
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Gasoline$258£202€231$2LOWFuel might be cheaper than back home if coming from Europe
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Banking Fees$400£312€358$2HIGHCash withdrawals are VERY expensive. Take out maximum amount each time
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Communication$232£181€208$1MEDIUMSIM cards, prepaid data, WiFi hotspots > a digital detox will lower this cost
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Water$110£86€98$1LOWBottled water a must on some islands
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Drinks$471£368€422$3HIGHAnything non-water (beer, coffee, juice)
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Entrance Fees$152£118€136$1LOWMuseums, parks, beaches on privately owned land > very common in Vanuatu & Samoa
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Toiletries$102£80€91$1HIGHBring enough from home if heading on a short visit
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Miscellaneous$87£68€78$1LOWTaxes, fees etc > set prices
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Grand Total$27,023£17,621€20,228# Of NightsType of trip: solo backpacker
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Total Per Night$168£109€126161Time of year: October-April
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Vanuatu
Cook Islands
Samoa
American Samoa
French Polynesia