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3 South Pacific Tropical Getaways for 2016

Melbourne’s famous chilly winter is setting in. Strong winds, endless rain and shorter days are on their way. Brace yourself, winter is definitely coming.

While snuggling up next to a fire has its appeal, most of us have our minds firmly focused on a tropical getaway. Don’t despair. White sands, warm sunshine and rich sunsets are closer than you might think!

Read on to discover 3 dreamy, tropical getaways for 2016, just a stone throw across The Pacific.

Fiji

Fiji is a favourite getaway destination. Located in the South Pacific Ocean, it is an archipelago of over 330 islands with beautiful, white, sandy beaches, stunning rainforests and deluxe resorts.

One of the best ways to explore Fiji is by hiring a private sailing boat. Cruise around and meet other island-hopping travellers, or find your own secluded beach. Islands such as Viti Levu, Denarau Island and Taveuni are famous for showcasing Fiji’s native culture and natural environment. Taking a cruise will allow you to float around and discover Fiji’s hidden gems. [Find out more about Fiji’s cruises, sailing and yacht charters, or add one of these experiences to your trip planner here]

White catamaran in shallow tropical water with green snorkeling reef

Conservation of native flora and fauna is key to maintaining Fiji’s rich heritage. There are strong laws and regulations around hunting, trapping and fishing. Given Fiji’s volcanic nature, there is ample opportunity to hike through rainforest and mountains to see Fiji’s spectacular landscape, and many amazing National Parks, making it the perfect destination for nature lovers.

If you’re more inclined to kick back and just enjoy the sunshine, Fiji offers many deluxe resorts, including the luxurious Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa in Viti Levi. From all-inclusive packages with spa treatments, private pools and local tours, to something simpler, there’s a resort for everyone. Whether it’s a family holiday you’re after or a romantic tropical getaway for two, Fiji has it all.

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Hawaii

Hawaii has long been a tropical getaway destination. Located off the West Coast of mainland United States, it is a haven for those seeking to escape the winter blues. With rich history, amazing volcanoes and delicious food, Hawaii has everything.

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Famous for its volcanic activity, Hawaii has an impressive landscape. There are hikes to suit all levels of activity, aimed at showcasing Hawaii’s most spectacular volcanoes. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the top tourist destination and is a must-see for hikers and thrill-seekers.

Hawaii has a long history of rich culture and traditions. Although we might all be familiar with the hula dance, the real thing is a sight to behold. Celebrating the traditions and customs of the Hawaiian people is a sure-fire way to make the most of your tropical getaway.

Hawaii hula

Food is always crucial to a good time. Delicious aromas and new tastes are all part of what makes a holiday special. Hawaii has some world-class chefs, there to tempt you with traditional dishes and modern twists. There are also festivals, food trucks and unique culinary experiences. To begin planning your Hawaiian culinary adventure, click here.

Vanuatu

Vanuatu, located in the South Pacific Ocean off the Northeast coast of Australia, is a divine tropical getaway destination. With hidden waterfalls and underwater adventures, it is a wonderful location to explore.

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Known for its towering waterfalls and secret rivers, Vanuatu is home to some of the most spectacular hikes in the world. Mile Cascades is a famous waterfall near Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, while Lololima is just one of the waterfalls a little off the beaten track. Trek through stunning landscape to find your own private spot or use a local tour operator who knows the area best.

A whole other world exists beneath Vanuatu’s waves. Hundreds of species of fish and coral make these warm waters their home. From experienced scuba divers to novice snorkelers, this is the perfect way to escape winter chills. A trip to Vanuatu isn’t the same without a visit to one of the famous coral reefs for a snorkel or a dive.

Vanuatu underwater

The most magic time on a tropical island has got to be at sunset. Vanuatu offers many opportunities to hire a private boat, sail out at sunset and enjoy the spectacular experience of a sunset cruise. Canapés, champagne and beautiful views are perfect to share with that special someone.

 

As the Melbourne winter creeps in, it’s time to grab your passport and go tropical where the warm climate can thaw the cockles. There are so many wonderful tropical getaway destinations on offer, all available from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport. Keep reading our blog to find out more travel tips.

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