Postal Services in the South Pacific

kingfisherAlways use airmail when posting letters from the South Pacific. Airmail takes two weeks to reach North America and Europe, surface mail takes up to six months.

Postage rates to the United States are very low from Solomon Islands and American Samoa, a wee bit more from Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa, medium-priced from the Cook Islands, and very expensive from French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu. Plan your postcard writing accordingly.

Sending a picture postcard to an islander is a very nice way of saying thank you.