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Together, Barefoot – Our Favourite Place To Be! Tropica Island Resort
Posted 8 Nov 2016

Planning a vacation with your spouse, closest friends, or just a long haul adult only break? While it may not be the first thing you look into when picking a hotel/resort, opting for an adult only resort can make a big difference in your overall luxury travel experience. That’s where Tropica Island Resort fits the bill perfectly.

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The Tropica Island Experience

Nestled into a private sheltered bay on the beautiful sun drenched island of Malolo, Fiji’s adult only Tropica Island Resort is only a short distance from Nadi International Airport but seemingly worlds away, promises a haven of romance, privacy and fun. Leave the kids and cares behind - it’s all about you and your better half.

Getting to this dreamy haven, we boarded an inter-island transfer catamaran from Port Denarau Marina (departs three times a day) at 9.00am which took 2 hours via other islands – this would normally take 55 minutes direct otherwise. Mid and lower decks provide air-conditioned comfort while the open-air top deck provides magnificent views of the surrounding islands and resorts along the way. Professional speedboat and water taxi transfers are also available on request one way or return, or alternatively for something really special a number of companies operate a seaplane transfer which will have you at the island in 10 minutes.

Relaxation & Rejuvenation

Arriving to the island, we were welcomed by the resort staff and their beautiful singing by the pier. Armed with a tropical welcome cocktail to toast our arrival to Paradise, guest manager’s Nancy and Joe made us feel right at home and part of the Tropica family at that moment. We were given a quick introduction to resort facilities and ushered along the sandy and scenic lush garden paths to our unique Beachfront Bure set alongside a white sand beach and coconut palms. Our Bure has an intimate unpretentious atmosphere and sits in quiet gardens with their own beach access and stunning panoramic views across the ocean and neighboring resorts. Waking up to the sound of the Pacific waves outside our Bure was absolute bliss.

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While endless water views from our own beachside sun lounges or hammock are undeniably romantic, cuddling on our very own verandah swing also has its own dreamy appeal. Plenty of space for lounging on the grass too but definitely great for sand, sea and sun lovers - all about R&R!

Thanks to a recent renovation, the resort boasts 12 fully refurbished Beachfront Bures, 4 Deluxe Beachfront Bures and 14 new resort rooms - all with air conditioning. A boutique stocks a range of resort wear, jewellery, handicrafts, souvenirs, pharmaceutical and toiletry items.

Attentive customer service and welcome from the friendliest staff on earth is unrivalled. They love to sing, dance, play, laugh and share in the Fijian culture and they will go out of their way to make you feel welcome.

The Perfect Setting

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The open-air restaurant and bar with top-quality international and local cuisine and intimate, incredibly attentive service and complimentary water sports are just some of the features of this hideaway. The resort definitely offers total relaxation as we soak up the sun in the fresh water horizon pool overlooking the turquoise waters of the pacific. It is peaceful, intimate and perfect for relaxed sunbathing as we sip on a cocktail. The ultimate serene setting! Free wifi is also available throughout the resort so you can post those real-time updates on social media. Sure to make anyone jealous.

Here, the water is always warm, and we’re on Fiji Time (at your own pace). There’s lots of fun events, from Beach Bocce played frequently, to the landscaping team teaching you to weave, husk coconuts, climb a palm tree, drink fresh coconut juice or extract herbal remedies – lots always unfolding.

There’s always a romantic atmosphere for couples especially so at night when the resort is lit with bamboo fire torches combined with soft singing of both English and Fijian classic songs from the staff throughout dinner. Happy Hour is between 6pm-7pm and no other perfect place to relish in this then from their sunset bar. We indulged ourselves in a few of their scrumptious cocktails, watched a picture perfect sunset and enjoyed the rest of the evening with their talented in-house band. Plenty of opportunities for romance — savour a romantic candlelit dinner for two on the pier dock reserved only for private dinners, a long stroll on the beach, or endless sunset views from ‘The Point’.

The resorts speedboats are ready to whisk you away to a private picnic with white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, or escorted snorkeling and diving day excursions or if you prefer even a sunbathing session for two at a nearby sandbank. Serenaded sunset cruise with champagne and canapés is also on the cards. Rustic relaxation reign supreme!

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Surfing and day trips to the infamous Cloud 9, Cloudbreak and Tavarua Island can be arranged too with fishing trips tailored to your requirements and experience.

After experiencing one of the resorts popular day trips to Modriki Island, where the famous Castaway movie starring Tom Hanks was shot, it was a great way to unwind, relax the mind and body at the Resort’s Day Spa. Their range of products and treatments using local Fijian skin and body care products definitely promises total rejuvenation and wellbeing. Heavenly pampering couples massages, radiant facials and luxurious spa manicures and pedicures, was a great way to start our sensory journey to body and mind rejuvenation. Options are endless, soaking in coconut and cinnamon aromas, indulging in an exotic body polish cleansed with fresh sugar cane crystals, whatever treatment you choose, their professionally certified therapists ensure you leave feeling relaxed and revitalized.

For couples looking for a dream place to get married with breathtaking sea views of the Pacific Ocean receding into the horizon, the resort offers to help you craft the perfect wedding or honeymoon experience.

The resort is undoubtedly an ideal place to stay for adults looking for fun, or to celebrate those special occasions – whether it be a wedding, special anniversary, birthday or just a family or friends getaway. Romantic? Undoubtedly. Unique? Absolutely!

Seize the opportunity and make the very most of your luxury holiday and go to a place where you and your partner have only dreamed of visiting - Tropica.

This place will make anyone feel very special! Place Tropica Island Resort at the top of your next Fiji holiday and you won’t be disappointed.

[Images supplied by Tropica Island Resort]

By Tui Ganilau Continue Reading
Tagged: Resorts, Relaxation, Romance, Honeymoon, Rejuvenation
Cruising the Yasawa Islands with Blue Lagoon Cruises
Posted 3 Nov 2016

Our decision to holiday within the magnificent Yawasa Islands was sparked by the amazing stories that come from anyone that has ever visited this small group of islands in Fiji. Their stories describe a place of vast untouched beauty, numerous islands bordered by long white sandy beaches and surrounded by an ocean coloured in various shades of blues and greens. It really sounded too good to be true. For the uninitiated, the Yasawa group is an archipelago of about 20 volcanic islands in the Western Division of the Fiji Islands. There are many ways to explore the Yasawas. However, if you’re looking for an experience that provides you with first class comfort, effortless travel, five- star service, lots of great food and plenty of opportunity to do as little or as much as you want- choose Blue Lagoon Cruises.

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Blue Lagoon Cruise

The Perfect Escape

Looking to escape the cool winter months, our holiday began with a 3 hour flight from Sydney Australia where the weather was muggy, chilly and wet. Fiji as an overall holiday destination was an easy choice for us. Besides Fiji’s famous exotic beaches, sunshine, friendly people and generous currency exchange rate; it was the short travel distance, affordable and frequent flight options by Fiji Airways that made our choice a winner. Ultimately this meant more money to spend on any extra activities we wanted. Touching down in Fiji, I recall the Captain’s welcoming words “Ladies and gentleman welcome to Fiji, home of the Olympic Sevens gold medal champions”. This announcement was received with deafening cheers and thunderous applause by all the passengers. Two days prior to our arrival, Fiji had made history by winning the inaugural Olympic Rugby Sevens tournament. It was also the island nation’s first ever medal in any Olympic event. With all the positive energy and hype from the nation’s recent win, we couldn’t have timed our getaway more perfectly. There was no doubt that the enthusiasm and energy of the locals were at an all-time high.

Adventure Awaits

Upon arrival in Nadi, we were shuttled to Denarau Marina where we checked-in for our cruise at the South Seas counter. At that point, the afternoon itinerary was handed to us and our luggage taken by front desk where it was tagged and allocated our room number. Admittedly like most travellers we were a little cautious about misplaced luggage, so when it left our hands we were a tad bit uneasy. Our nerves were quickly put to ease as we were reassured by the polite concierge that our luggage would be handled with great care. Our job at that point was to simply unwind and enjoy the start of our Fiji holiday. After a brief 30 minutes exploring the Denarau Marina shops and restaurants, we departed on board the Cougar 2, a high- speed transfer catamaran. During our transfer, we were spoilt with soft drinks, nibbles and best of all - champagne. The scenery on the transfer was breathtaking as we cruised past numerous smaller islands known as the Mamanuca group of islands. About forty minutes later, we arrived at our rendezvous point, the Sacred Islands.

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Fiji Princess

The Sacred Islands

The Fiji Princess, our cruise ship, was docked in the turquoise lagoon and awaiting our arrival. On board the ship we were greeted by the local crew and briefed by Apisai the cruise director about cruise safety procedures. It was difficult paying attention as we had been served lunch and were in awe at the breath-taking backdrop of the Sacred islands. We could easily see why they called it the Sacred Islands because besides its complete isolation from other islands, it was untouched and we were the only ones there. In the middle of lunch I remember thinking that, if for some reason we didn’t reach the Yasawa group of Islands then that would be okay, because this was already paradise in itself. This was a sobering thought because the cruise hadn’t even begun. We spent the rest of that afternoon swimming and wandering the beaches, while other passengers went kayaking and snorkelling the lagoon. For some odd reason the famous beach image from the 1953 romantic drama “From Here to Eternity” kept coming to mind. It felt like we were in an iconic piece of paradise. After a couple of hours enjoying Sacred Island it was back on board the Fiji Princess to freshen up for happy hour and the Captain’s dinner. The à la carte menu was locally inspired and was nothing short of 5-star quality. Singing Fijian island tunes and 1980’s music, the friendly Blue Lagoon crew eased us into our first night on board. Breakfast is served between 7.30am and 10am and offers just about everything that would be desirable on any breakfast menu. The omelettes whisked up by the talented young chef were a go-to meal for us every morning. The daily intercom announcements will ensure you don’t miss any pre-scheduled meal or activity. And in the likelihood that you do miss breakfast - don’t worry because there is always morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner to look forward to. The Blue Lagoon staff have a saying, “the more you eat the better you float”. True to their motto, no one ever went hungry on board.

Traditional Fijian Lovo
Traditional Fijian Lovo

The Beautiful Nanuya Lailai Island

Early morning on the second day we pulled anchor and voyaged our way towards Nanuya Lailai. This is home to Blue Lagoon Cruises very own private beach. Nanuya Lailai is encircled by two other islands, creating a beautiful sheltered lagoon. Standing from the top deck of the ship you can see straight through these crystal clear waters to the bottom of the ocean floor. The stern of the ship is tied to a coconut tree roughly 25 metres from shore. On the beach you have massages on offer, a beach bar, and sun loungers. You will not be short of activities either with fish feeding, snorkelling, kayaking and paddle boarding to look forward to. Our evening activity was also spent back on this private beach where we enjoyed cocktails and kava under the stars, traditional Fijian lovo food and entertainment by local neighbouring villagers to a Fiji traditional meke dance. Offered on the third morning and perhaps one of the highlights for us was the hike over the hill to the other side of the island. Don’t get us wrong, the first two days were magnificent but the guided hike gave us a good insight into everyday local island life. Local village plantations, old island bures (thatched houses) and the 360 degree breathtaking views of the island hilltops were unforgettable. It was a point where we found ourselves questioning the madness of living in big cities when the simplicity of places like this exist with people that showed so much ease and contentment with their lives. The hike ended with a cup of lemon leaf tea and cakes by the beach at Lo’s Tea Shop.

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Traditional Fijian Meke

The Infamous Sawa-I-Lau Caves

Later that afternoon we set sail for stunning limestone Sawa-I-Lau caves. This was another natural wonder to behold and something you simply can’t miss on your trip. Made from limestone, these caverns are a combination of fresh and salt water. A large hole above the caves is its only light source and its surrounding walls give an eerie echo with every sound made. There are cool Fijian legends about these caves. The waters aren’t shallow either, with a bottom of at least 12 feet deep. Its lots of fun with a bit of courage and adventure involved. Let’s just say the Blue Lagoon Cruise wouldn’t be complete without it.

Sawa-i-Lau Caves
Sawa-i-Lau Caves

All good things must come to an end

Our fourth and final day was spent at Drawaga Island. We attended a local village school where Blue Lagoon community initiative “Vinaka Fiji” volunteers work. We thought this was a cool way to give back and support the local village communities, particularly its children. The shell markets at Drawaga were also buzzing with cool souvenirs on offer. The evening ended with dinner and a party night but for us, a quiet game of monopoly was all we had energy for as we turned in for our last night of the cruise.

Drawaqa Community
Drawaqa Community

The package we chose was a 4 night wander cruise package and we would highly recommend the same. Besides the mesmerizing islands and all its beauty, it was the hardworking and happy staff of Blue Lagoon Cruises that made this trip so enjoyable. Definitely a trip that is worth doing at least once in your life.

 

By Aulden Warbrooke And Jade Lee Continue Reading
Tagged: Adventure, Resorts, Leisure, Relaxation
Places to Stay in Port Vila, Vanuatu
Posted 19 May 2016

In our last piece from our trip to Vanuatu, we give you an insight into the accommodation that we were treated to. No doubt – they were all amazing and something we would have no qualms about returning to.

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Warwick Le Lagon Resort & Spa

Grand Hotel and Casino

Port Vila has a wide range of accommodation options to suit all travellers and budgets. Of our six-night stay in Port Vila, the first two were spent at the lavish Grand Hotel and Casino. The hotel is hard to miss with its towering structure overlooking magnificent views of Port Vila Harbour. A glass of wine watching the sunset from our high- rise patio was the perfect way to relax after a long day of adventure.

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Grand Hotel & Casino, Vanuatu

The service was most commendable along with a great range of breakfast and dinner options. The famous Vanuatu beef is a must try as the chefs grill it to absolute perfection. It will definitely challenge all your ‘best steak’ experiences. The location, class and elegance of this hotel make it a fantastic accommodation option.

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Grand Hotel & Casino, Vanuatu

Warwick Le Lagon Resort & Spa

Warwick Le Lagon Resort & Spa is only a ten minute drive from Port Vila’s main town centre. If resort style accommodation is more your preference then this would be the perfect choice, especially for families and couples. The views out to Erakor Lagoon are breathtaking. They have a wide range of kids and adult activities so there is always something exciting to do.

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Warwick Le Lagon Resort & Spa

Our stand alone bungalow accommodation was perfect and a welcome change from our usual room accommodation. The local band that played during the Saturday night buffet dinner was understated and truly deserving of celebrity status. The perfect way to spend our last evening in Port Vila.

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Warwick Le Lagon Resort & Spa

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace is truly a unique place to stay. It is the newest accommodation provider in Port Vila. It opened in early March this year with an enthusiastic team that were welcoming and keen to ensure our stay was comfortable. The hotel is small but is located prominently on the foreshore overlooking Mele Bay which gives guests in ocean view rooms, a magnificent view.

There is a restaurant in the hotel that serves authentic Chinese cuisine. However, other food options are conveniently only a short distance walk from the hotel. Although it has only come from small beginnings, Crystal Palace is sure to attract its own clientele and flourish.

In the words of our Vanuatu hosts, “Tankyu tumas” (Thank you sincerely) for reliving this journey with us. We hope your stories and experiences of Port Vila will be just as wondrous and memorable as ours!

By Aulden Warbrooke And Jade Lee Continue Reading
Tagged: Resorts, Leisure, Relaxation
The Best Spots for Snorkelling & Diving In Fiji
Posted 13 May 2016

Fiji is often referred to as the soft coral capital of the world, with over 300 islands surrounded by waters of rich and diverse ecosystems. As a result, Fiji is renowned as one of the best tropical paradises for snorkelling and diving. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy exploring the underwater world, with many novice-friendly locations available, as well as guides to help you feel comfortable.

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Turtle Watching with Dive Wananavu, Fiji

For the shortlist, here are the best spots for snorkelling or diving in Fiji – some are exclusive to resort guests whilst others are available for daytrippers too.

Dive Wananavu, Wananavu Beach Resort

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Mellow Yellow Sight, Dive Wananavu, Fiji

The Bligh Waters make up the stretch of ocean between Viti Levu and Vanua Levu and is home to some of the best diving in Fiji. Dive Wananavu is a 5-star qualified PADI dive facility offering trips for certified divers, as well as courses for certification. Daily trips travel to various sites of rich ecosystems including the well-known sight Mellow Yellow, aptly named for the abundance of blooming yellow soft corals. Divers can expect to see an underwater wonderland thriving with rainbow coral, unique fish, sharks, and turtles nestled in tunnels, canyons, and caves.

Note: The Bligh Waters can be vulnerable to currents and is weather permitting.

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Purple Haze, Dive Wananavu, Fiji

HOW TO GET THERE

Transfers from Nadi International Airport to Wananavu take approximately two-and-a-quarter hours and are included with all-week long scuba diving packages.

South Sea Island, Mamanuca Islands

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Snorkeling @ South Sea Island, Fiji

South Sea Island may be small in size but there is definitely plenty to see and do. Discover the majestic underwater world with hours of snorkelling and diving, and experience drop offs and wall dives with lots of hard corals and large schools of pelagic fish. Certified divers will love the purposefully sunk shipwreck, whereas first timer divers will marvel at the pretty reef formations. The island is also family friendly with a semi-submersible coral viewer for those who are not strong swimmers. Alternatively, spend the day swimming laps around the island and keep your eyes peeled for Nemo.

HOW TO GET THERE

South Sea Cruises travel to the island daily, leaving from Port Denarau on the main island.

Navini Island Resort, Mamanuca Islands

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Hawksbill Turtle @ Navini Island, Fiji

Voted as one of the best snorkelling spots in the Mamanuca Island group, Navini Island Resort is surrounded by a beautiful sanctuary that’s teaming with sea-life. With just 10 bures and no daytrippers allowed, Navini offers unrivalled seclusion for guests who want to explore the unspoiled reef and brilliantly blue waters in peace. This is a safe breeding ground for marine creatures, with regular sightings of Juvenile Hawksbill turtles, lobsters, clams, stingrays and even reef sharks. The water is usually clear with an average visibility of 20m.

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Juvenile Hawksbill Turtle, Fiji Islands

HOW TO GET THERE

Guests travel from Nadi International Airport via a private vehicle to the Vuda Marina where a speedboat transfer departs.

Mantaray Island Resort, Yasawa Islands

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Swimming with Manta Ray @ Mantaray Island Resort, Fiji

The waters in front of Mantaray Island Resort are widely regarded as some of the best for snorkelling and diving in Fiji, with the marine reserve home to flourishing coral and numerous species of fish. Between the months of May and October, guests can experience an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with magnificent Manta Rays in its natural environment. Guests also have the option to dive or gain an SSI open water dive certificate, whereby courses can be completed in 3-4 days. Within minutes of the resort lie 40 amazing dive sites, including night dives, cave dives and shark dives – ideal for skilled and adventure divers.

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Manta Ray @ Manta Ray Island, Fiji

HOW TO GET THERE

Guests can get to Mantaray Island Resort via high-speed ferry from Port Denarau or via seaplane and helicopter transfers.

By Jennifer Liu Continue Reading
Tagged: Activities, Surf and Dive
10 Things to Love About the South Pacific
Posted 10 May 2016

Discovering paradise has never been so easy. I must say, there is nowhere in the world that compares to the South Pacific. What makes it stand out from all other places? What would make you get on a plane and fly hours to islands in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean for a holiday? Let me tell you.

1. Yasawa Islands, Fiji 7. The Blue Lagoon, Port Vila, Vanuatu
2. Swimming with Wales in Vava’u, Tonga 8. Swim with Manta Rays, Manta Ray Island Resort, Fiji
3. Scuba Diving the Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef, Kadavu, Fiji 9. The Blow Holes & the American Wharf, Nuku’alofa, Tonga
4. The Cascades, Port Vila, Vanuatu 10. Adventures in Pacific Harbour, Fiji
5. Sawa-i-Lau Caves, Yasawa Islands, Fiji 11. The People
6. The To Sua Trench, Samoa    

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'Ene'io Eueiki Island, Vava'u, Tonga

Yasawa Islands, Fiji

Nothing screams paradise more than the Yasawa Islands in Fiji. The Yasawa Islands are a haven for beach loving junkies with accommodation options ranging from backpacker homestays and bures (traditional Fijian Villas) in the middle of a Fijian village to private 5 star Vilas nestled away on secluded beaches a stone’s throw away from the clearest ocean water found anywhere in the world.

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Yasawa Islands, Fiji

I have chosen to put the entire Yasawa Islands out there as my favorite over any particular island in the Yasawas which can easily fit into a list of places in paradise to visit on their own.

Swimming with Wales in Vava’u, Tonga

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Humpback Whale, Vava’u, Tonga

Vava’u is often described as the ‘jewel in Tonga’s Crown’ and is every bit what they say it is. It is famous for its beautiful beaches, scuba diving and whale watching/swimming. For transparency sake, I have to admit I have not done this swim yet but I’m told by a friend that it was one of the best experiences in his life – second only to his wedding day. That says a lot! Being able to swim with humpback whales should be on your bucket list. The season is from July to October and Tongan Expeditions and Vavau Villa offer these once in a lifetime experiences (or more if you’re up for the challenge).

Scuba Diving the Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef, Kadavu, Fiji

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Waisalima, Kadavu, Fiji

Not a diver? No worries – snorkeling is also another great way to see the Great Astrolabe reef. It is one of the largest barrier reefs in the world and a world class diving spot. It is a haven for thousands of marine life. Whether you’re a beginner diver or a pro diver, there’s an adventure awaiting everyone in this underwater paradise. Matava Resort in Kadavu offer diving and snorkeling trips out the reef.

The Cascades, Port Vila, Vanuatu

When I think of Vanuatu, thoughts of unspoilt beauty with a hint of adventure and experiences come to mind. A short two and a half hour flight out of Fiji lays what I would rate as one of the best places to visit in the world. If you’re looking for waterfalls, Vanuatu has them all. The best part, it’s only a short drive from the airport. This means you can be in a plane and 15 minutes later – swimming under a waterfall. Now that sounds like paradise.

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Mele Cascades, Port Vila, Vanuatu

The Cascades in Vanuatu is a series of waterfalls that flow into pools and is a place you can spend hours in. The falls make a great background for any Facebook or Instagram photo to make your friends jealous. Evergreen Vanuatu has daily half day or full day tours to the Cascades. Make sure it’s on your bucket list of places to visit when you’re next in Vanuatu – you won’t be disappointed.

Sawa-i-Lau Caves, Yasawa Islands, Fiji

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Sawa-i-Lau Caves, Yasawa Islands, Fiji

Also known as the ‘very heart of the Yasawas’ is a magical place that is a must of anyone visiting the Yasawas. Swim the caves as guides take you through the history behind this beautiful part of the islands. The water is also AMAZING and the light that comes through the ceilings of the cave make it a truly magical experience. Some resorts offer tours up to the caves so be sure to get in on the action when you’re there.

The To Sua Trench, Samoa

Samoa is referred to as the treasured islands of the Pacific and is a proud nation built on culture and Christianity which is a strong part of its history that can be seen throughout the island in the magnificently built churches and cathedrals. A drive around Upolu Island that houses Apia, the capital of Samoa, brings you to a number of well-known spots such as Papase’ea Sliding Rocks, Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, Lalomanu Beach and the famed To Sua Ocean Trench.

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To Sua Ocean Trench, Upolu, Samoa

Samoa Tourism Association describe it as two giant holes joined by a lava tube cave. The water is so clear and it’s an experience like no other to swim in the ocean trench. The climb down the ladder to the platform at the bottom is a bit of a challenge but that all adds to the adventure and fun.

The Blue Lagoon, Port Vila, Vanuatu

A short drive from the city center is the Blue Lagoon. Images don’t do justice to the beauty and uniqueness of this place. From afar it looks like the bluest water you’ll ever see that is so turquoise like that it feels like it’s been photoshopped on. As you move closer and look down, you can see the bottom of the lagoon so clearly. A dive in fast proved that it’s not as shallow as it looked from the top.

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Blue Lagoon, Efate, Vanuatu

The best part about the Blue Lagoon and most other of these beautiful places in Vanuatu – it’s not overrun with tourists. There is a perfect balance here and it allows you to truly enjoy the experience and appreciate nature in a way you may never have before.

Swim with Manta Rays, Manta Ray Island Resort, Fiji

Seasonally from May to October, there is a chance of a lifetime to swim or snorkel with Manta Rays in the Yasawa Islands. Definitely an experience not to be missed. Be sure to have your cameras ready because that first sighting can get so exciting that you forget to capture the moment. I should know, I’m the idiot who forgot to take it.

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Manta Ray, Yasawa Islands, Fiji

Manta Ray Island Resort is tucked away in the beautiful Yasawa Islands and is the perfect spot to escape your busy life. Not keen on swimming with the manta rays? No problem, you can unwind on the beach with a tropical cocktail. Now that’s one way to run away from your emails.

The Blow Holes & the American Wharf, Nuku’alofa, Tonga

Childhood memories of me jumping with the boys off what felt like the longest jetty in the world into open seas are what make me think of the American Wharf. It was one of my favorite places to go on an afternoon in Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tonga. I have gone with two things here because it’s too hard to pick one favorite thing to do in Tonga.

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Mapu a Vaea, Nuku’alofa, Tonga

The blow holes are one of those places where you can sit for hours and feel at ease. As waves roll in, water is forced up the volcanic rocks and create a plume-like effect. It is like nature’s own fireworks – or should I say waterworks? Maybe we’ll stick to the traditional name for the blow holes, Mapu a Vaea or ‘Whistle of the Noble’.

Adventures in Pacific Harbour, Fiji

They don’t call it Fiji’s Adventure Capital for no reason. Everything from White water rafting to Jet Ski safaris, shark diving and buggy rides to waterfalls can be done in Pac Harbour as the locals call it. River Fiji’s white water rafting takes you through canyons and past waterfalls on Navua River and is a favorite for many adventure seekers that visit Fiji. Jet Ski safari’s is also a great way to explore the islands around Pacific Harbour with guided tours that include snorkeling trips.

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Dune Buggy Ride, Pacific Harbour, Fiji

You can also take self-driven dune buggies up the hills in Pacific Harbour with Terra Trek that ends with a hike to a one of the best waterfalls you can find on Viti Levu, Fiji’s biggest Island. Pacific Harbour is also a great place to unwind in the evenings with activities in the different hotels and a number of restaurants and bars in the area.

The People

Smiling Fijian Girl
Smiling Fijian girl

I know I said 10 things to love about the Pacific but without a doubt, there is nowhere else in the world where you can visit four or five different countries and feel like home in all of them. From Fiji to Tonga, Vanuatu and Samoa, the people are what I would describe as the drawing factor for the Pacific.

So what are you waiting for?

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