Location 101 – Quick Lesson
The South Pacific is vast! From Los Angeles to Sydney, Australia takes, on average, 15 hours from point to point. I have sailed across the South Pacific and it took me months! I just stopped a lot!
Let’s review the time to each of the main South Pacific island destinations, Australia, and New Zealand:
Tahiti: Los Angeles to Papeete, Tahiti: 8 Hours Non-stop / On this side of the International Date Line / Located due south of the Hawaiian Islands / The Tahitian islands are approximately as far south in the South Pacific below the Equator as the Hawaiian islands are far north above the Equator in the North Pacific / Airlines: Air Tahiti Nui and Air France
Cook Islands: Los Angeles to Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands : 9 Hours Non-stop / On this side of the International Date Line / Approximately 600 miles West-South West of Bora Bora in French Polynesia (Tahiti) / Airlines: Air New Zealand from LAX and Air Tahiti from Papeete, Tahiti
Fiji: Los Angeles to Nadi, Fiji: 10 Hours Non-stop / Just on the other side of the International Date Line / Western South Pacific, north of New Zealand / Airlines: Fiji Airways
New Zealand: Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand: 13 Hours Non-stop / On the other side of the International Date Line / West and Southern South Pacific / Airlines: Air New Zealand and Hawaiian Airlines from Hawaii
Australia: Los Angeles to Sydney, Australia: 15 Hours Non-stop / On the other side of the International Date Line / Western South Pacific / Airlines: Qantas, Delta, Virgin Australia, Delta, and United
I always recommend traveling the airline(s) of the country to which you are flying. This makes your trip begin at the moment of boarding your international flight!
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