Celebrate Easter in the Pacific Islands

Church in Tonga. Image courtesy of Tonga Visitor's Bureau.

By Rachel Pinder

Easter is a great time to visit the Pacific Islands, and each island celebrates it in their own unique way.

People dress up in their Sunday best for church and Easter is no exception. It’s a time for families to get together and spend the holidays with loved ones.

The rainy season is also coming to a close, and the weather becomes more cool, dry and pleasant, so a much nicer time to visit.

As well as enjoying the gorgeous sandy beaches, fantastic watersports and amazing food, make sure you spend some time with the locals and see how they proudly keep their traditions and culture, particularly during Easter.


Samoans celebrate Easter by attending church services in the morning, followed by a to'onai (lunch) and then they will spend time at home with the family.

It’s one of the most important events in Samoa’s religious calendar and even if you’re not religious, it is an interesting spectacle to observe.

Just ask your accommodation operator and they will be able to point you in the right direction if you would like to attend a service, and you’ll soon feel part of the celebrations.

Book your bed ahead in Samoa and beat the rush for Easter!

Plan what activities you're going to do while you're there.

Traditional church in Samoa and children getting ready to sing. Image courtesy of Rachel Pinder.


Fijians still follow an Easter tradition which involves sharing a cross amongst people from a group of islands which they use for the rituals. The cross is floated on the water and transported from island to island.

More than a dozen men swim between each island pushing a boat which carries the cross. Women travel in another boat alongside, giving encouragement to the men by singing.  It can take up to three hours to transport the cross from island to island.

Once they reach each island with the cross, a festive traditional meal is served. All festivities end with Kava, a traditional drink which is served in coconut shells.

Find out which places still have availability over Easter and get booking!

Enjoy a range of exciting activities while you're in Fiji, you'll be spoilt for choice.


Don't miss the cultural experience of going to church while you are in Tonga. You'll soon realise that is where everyone else is on Sunday mornings, particularly at Easter. All businesses are closed and the streets are deserted. Sports are not allowed and even planes are prohibited from flying! 

Tonga has more churches per head of population than anywhere else in the world, and if you go along to a service and listen to the amazing singing and harmonies you will be left with lasting memories of a wonderful experience. 

Find a place to stay in Tonga then kick back and relaaaaax!

There's so many things to do in Tonga, have a look and start getting excited!

Relaxing in the water in Savaii, Samoa. Image courtesy of Brian Thompson.

Or if church isn't your thing, just kick back relax and find your own form of worship!