Spoil the kids and take the family on an island getaway, next school holidays. Picture yourself soaking up the sunshine on the shores of a pristine beach lined with palm trees, surrounded by tropical rainforest - not a school bag in sight. You’ll feel a million miles away as you relax in a picturesque setting and the kids will be entertained for hours, with so many islands particularly catering to families. It’s not all about the golden beaches either - many of our favourite islands have an array of exciting family friendly attractions to explore. Here are our top five family friendly island destinations.
An idyllic South Pacific paradise, Viti Levu in Fiji is home to white sandy beaches and lush rainforests. The friendly Fijian locals are known for their love of children and will endeavour to make sure your kids feel right at home. Most hotels and resorts on the island will cater to families with excellent kids clubs and onsite activities. Take the family snorkelling or diving to see the reef’s coral gardens, tropical fish and sea turtles. Kids will love the Kula Eco Park where they can see Fiji’s rare and endangered animals including the red musk parrot and the golden dove.
Beautiful Bali is an Indonesian oasis, perfect for a family holiday. Spend your days lazing on the shores of Bali’s unspoilt beaches or for a thrill take the kids white water rafting. With over twenty fast paced water slides, the giant water park, Waterbom is a very popular attraction for families. The adventurous will love the Bali Safari Marine Park, where you can tour through habitats and get up close and personal with many fascinating animals. There are also fascinating and colourful temples all over the island that children will be amazed by and love exploring.
The rich culture of Thailand is evident whether you tour its vibrant cities or the peaceful beaches. Phuket is a popular holiday destination for families with its abundance of fantastic resorts and beautiful scenery. You’re also sure to enjoy delicious authentic Thai cuisine. Take a day trip to Chiang Mai for an afternoon outdoors at the impressive Tweechol Botanic Gardens. Hop on a paddle boat, visit the petting zoo or hire bikes to tour the parklands. For a unique experience, take the kids on an elephant ride at the Chiang Mai Elephant Park.
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Spend your next school holiday break on the world famous beaches of Hawaii. Kids will love holidaying on the relaxed American island, Oahu, where they can learn to surf or snorkel in the shallows. Take the kids to Dolphin Quest where they can have a once in a lifetime experience of swimming with dolphins or enjoy a day trip to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Close to Australian shores, Vanuatu is home to over eighty beautiful islands. The stunning landscape is made up of rugged mountains, towering volcanoes and dense rainforest which surround unspoilt beaches with sparkling turquoise waters. Port Villa offers plenty of water based activities the whole family will love including diving, snorkelling, fishing, waterskiing, parasailing and canoeing. Kids and adults alike can enjoy one of the world’s longest Zorb rides at Wet ‘N’ Wild or go for a horse ride on the white sandy shores of Port Villa's beaches.
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