Awesome Island Adventures

About Island Awe

Passion for Island Adventures

We have a passion for island adventures, in particular the dreamy islands of the South Pacific. We aim to explore as many as possible of these mostly untouched island worlds and share all the details with you.

What are we doing out here on the South Pacific Islands?

While we lived in the Cook Islands for several years where we took every opportunity possible to visit little-known South Pacific islands. We are keen to show you many of the yet undiscovered paradise islands.

The South Pacific is an island adventurer’s dream come true. With unspoiled nature at every turn, fascinating cultures and cuisine, and above all, virtually no fellow tourists. Island Adventure at its very best.

On this website, you will find our stories of island adventures through the South Pacific. An adventure that can not be completed in one lifetime.

We write our island experiences. We share our many photographic images with you. We create videos in an attempt to capture the essence of each unique island. 

We then package what we have gathered first hand, to offer comprehensive travel guides for you to enjoy and plan your next island adventure.

Palm Sun Waves

Where are our Island Adventures taking us?

Our first objective was to establish a base in the South Pacific from where to reach lesser known islands. We settled on the Cook Islands where we bought a dive and surf shop. Although the shop turned out to be quite demanding, we managed to visit all 11 of the inhabited islands of the Cook Islands.

During our recon phase looking for a base, we spent a fair amount of time discovering the islands of Fiji and Vanuatu. We will share our amazing island adventures such as  camping at the foot of an active volcano and diving with manta Rays.

Now that the Cook Islands have been visited, out next step is to settle in French Polynesia. From our base on the main island, Tahiti, we will explore the incredible island world of French Polynesia beyond its well-known tourist destinations such as Bora Bora and Moorea.

But wait,, we did not see this one coming—COVID—that put a bit of  a spanner in the works. Just a small delay.

Our long term plan is to go west to Tonga, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and more from Vanuatu and Fiji.

Your Dream. Our Mission.

at Island Awe We Believe In Doing it Right, First Hand

We believe that one can simply not experience the full beauty of the South Pacific in just a couple of visits if one wants to offer accurate and reliable destination information to others.

To do it justice, a true island adventure takes time. In particular, if one is to gather and  share useable island adventure information. One has to become part of the South Pacific way of life.

By living the everyday life on a tropical island and traveling through the region, only then can one truly offer holistic and credible information.


And a bit more

about our island adventures.

Creating a travel guide of the south pacific islands is no mean feat and needs to be undertaken on one island at a time. Our information is practical and usable as we have taken the time to get it right. It will prove to be of great value to other adventurers.

The editor of the guide, and its sister German site, is German. This means you can rest assured that the information we bring you is

  • Accurate;
  • Detailed; and
  • Verified as we gathered it first hand

Typically, the main islands of a South Pacific island states are well documented with useful information available. For these islands, we will simply highlight some attractions and offer some tips and pointers.

We aim to document the lesser-known islands. Where the real exploration begins and for which little information exists.

Many, if not most of the outer islands, are rarely visited. They are not easy to reach without being at sea for weeks. Things continue to evolve. Ways are being implemented to get to some of the difficult to reach islands a bit easier.

The good news is that we are getting to these lesser-visited islands and discovering their hidden jewels. We are thus in a position to bring you rare information you will need to get out there and enjoy your adventures of the South Pacific Islands.

We will be sharing loads of information on our site, videos, and social media. The more profound level of information is available in our eBooks.

We have created detailed maps of these rarely visited the South Pacific islands. We have contact information, many images, videos, infographics, and much more. As we widen our exploration, we will continue to add information.

  • Travel planners and checklist
  • Packing checklist
  • His and her Packing Checklist
  • Mini-Guide to Islands
  • Mini-Guide to the South Pacific States
  • Hints and Tips for traveling in the South Pacific Islands
  • South Pacific travel resources
  • Commonly used terms in the South Pacific
  • South Pacific Island Map
  • South Pacific Island Infographics
  • Short South Pacific Photo Journals
  • Cultural background excerpt (facts / Dos & Do not)
  • Travel pharmacy Checklist
  • Travelers safety in the South Pacific
  • Try that – List of delicious local dishes
  • South Pacific Resources lists

As most frequent travelers have learned, traveling lite with the appropriate travel essentials is of significant advantage to having a great experience. The good news is that for exploring islands packing lite is not much of a challenge. Having the right travel essentials at hand is where the challenges begin.

This website brings you all the travel essentials you will need for your island adventures. The types of travel essentials we provide include:

  • Island overviews and highlights right here on
  • Travel blog posts that give you more insights and many hints and tips.
  • Island traveler’s eBooks filled with detailed information on our discoveries. The guide contains essential contact details of the people on the islands.
  • Detailed island maps.
  • Checklists, infographics, and more.

We pack everything we have discovered into images that tell a thousand words. Videos that add thousands of more words. Graphics for clarity and words for more in-depth knowledge.

On, you will find all the south pacific island travel essentials you’ll need.

In addition to great information, we share our images and video footage of the high places and people that we discovered.

All the pictures and footage used on our site and other materials have been taken and processed by us in-house. Besides that, the vast majority of the graphics used and this website itself are all ourselves.

We do this so that we can be real. So that we can convey our remarkable island discoveries directly to you. No “inbetweeners.” We want you to feel our passion and love for these fantastic islands.

Many of the island images you see on this website are available to buy through Getty Images. We have been exclusive contributors to Getty images for several years now. Click here to visit our Getty images page

We also have a photography website in which you can get island images or a range of finished products, e.g., framed pictures, t-shirts, and much more. Click here to visit our photography website

The money we make from Getty and its site goeses back into funding our next adventure.

We have a passion for sharing our amazing island discoveries with you, and doing so in the right way. We plan to continue doing so  for a long time to come. 

While we are keen to share information, and bring you along for the ride, and get you out here, we want you to be part of the most incredible island experience.

Share your experiences with us. Share your awe-inspired island adventures by commenting on our pages and posts here and on social media.

Become a member of our island lovers community. Here you will find others that love islands and share their experiences. In this way, we can all enrich each other’s island knowledge and experience.

The Team

The Island Awe, Island Adventures Team

Etlje Bambenek

Eltje "Peanie"

Island Explorer

I love to discover new things and, above all else, the unknown dreamy South Seas paradises. At the same time, I like the challenge of planning and organizing trips to remote islands.

And afterward to exchange experiences and share stories with like-minded people. Every great island journey motivates and inspires me for the next destination.

You can make so many dreams come true if you just make a start! Living life to the full is why I also decided a few years ago to emigrate from Germany—leaving a hectic every day and work life behind. To live on an island, in the warmth and beauty of the South Pacific.

And with a partner who shares all of this with me. I am a lucky girl.
Pietro Pazzi

Pietro "Sweetie"

Island Adventurer

I spent decades being successful as an entrepreneur or executive having a job in multinational companies. These successes never gave me that sense of freedom that I was seeking.

My yearning for a slower pace is what drove me to leave Germany for the other end of the world. I started to see glimpses of the lightness I was seeking when traveling and living in the South Pacific.

I love to explore and discover the beauty of this untouched nature and little-known tribal cultures. While traveling, I do my best to authentically honor the places and people by capturing them in photos and videos.

I do all this with a like-minded partner. How fortunate I am.

We know travel.
We live to undertake island adventures.
These are the Places We've Been to.

The dark blue shaded countries and flagged places are where we’ve been.

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Countries we have visited
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