- Diversity of South Pacific islands lets travelers experience luxury, adventure, culture and history
- At Fiji's Shark Reef Marine Park divers swim cage-free with bull and tiger sharks
- Teahupoo, Tahiti, is one of the world's top surfing destinations
- Some of World War II's most bitter South Pacific battles took place in the Solomon Islands
(CNN)Palm tree-covered sandy atolls glistening green and white like jewels set in the azure seas may be the enduring image of the South Pacific.