The South Pacific represents the archetypical island paradise: Scenic high islands of volcanic origin, low-lying sandy atolls covered with coconut palms, and shallow warm water filled with coral reefs and brightly colored fish. The Polynesian people are handsome, and have a very rich culture. Ruins of the ancient Polynesian civilization can still be found on many islands. World-class diving and snorkeling abound. Relax on the white sand or black sand beaches, swim in the calm lagoons, or hike in the forested, mountainous interiors. Explore the mysteries of Easter Island, or journey to Pitcairn to see where the mutineers spent their final days. There is something here for everyone.