With the Christmas school holidays fast approaching, it’s time to stop packing the school lunches and start packing a suitcase. A family adventure is sure to be had as you and the kids get ready to explore fantastic destinations, near or far. Whether you are dreaming of a relaxing beach escape or a big city break, we have plenty of options to keep mum, dad and the kids happy.
Here are five of our favourite school holiday destinations.
Indonesia’s most beautiful island, Bali beckons many families to its pristine shores. Spend time frolicking on the island’s breathtaking beaches, from the popular shores of Kuta Beach to the quiet sheltered beach of Jimbaran or the black sand beaches at Lovina. Bali has many fantastic diving and snorkelling spots, while the adventurous can try white water rafting. Mums seeking a pampering can head to one of the local luxury spas or consider a soak in the natural hot springs. Enjoy a tour of the Sacred Monkey Forest to see hundreds of cheeky long-tailed macaque monkeys or visit Kuta or Seminyak for a spot of affordable shopping.
For a wild California adventure, take the whole family to the city of Anaheim in Orange County. Just a hop, skip and jump from Los Angeles, this vibrant city is famed for hosting the world’s first Disneyland park and also the sister theme park, California Adventure. From riding high on the park’s fast paced roller coasters to watching the enchanting Disney parade, you can experience the magic of Disney as you join Mickey and all his friends for a fun filled day. Wander the Anaheim Garden Walk for a spot of shopping while sports fans can head over to the Angel Stadium of Anaheim to watch the Los Angeles Angels play.
Experience the warm hospitality of Thailand, with a family holiday to Phuket. This idyllic island is famed for its spectacular beaches and great natural beauty. Enjoy the unspoilt surrounds with a variety of water sports, such as swimming, snorkelling, parasailing, windsurfing or jet skiing. There are many tours that will take you to explore the island’s colourful reefs, home to an array of remarkable marine life. Spend an afternoon at FantaSea Phuket, a cultural theme park with unique entertainment and creative games. Be sure to feast on authentic Thai cuisine while you are in town. For a treat, try dining on one of the island’s famous floating seafood restaurants.
Get your grass skirt ready for a family escape to the golden shores of Hawaii. The epitome of cool, Hawaii is an exciting destination for kids of all ages. Learn the art of surfing at one of the island’s popular surfing schools or watch the playful dolphins splash about at the Dolphin Quest Hawaii. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is where have you can marvel at the world’s largest volcano and see active lava firsthand. Depending on the time of your trip, you can venture on a dolphin or whale watching cruise, or visit the stunning local waterfalls. In the evening, the family can enjoy a Luau or Hawaiian feast, complete with traditional Polynesian dancing and entertainment.
One of our close neighbours, Fiji is a picturesque destination in the South Pacific. A remarkable archipelago, you are likely to land and stay on the largest island, Viti Levu. Time is sure to be spent soaking up the island’s warm balmy weather as you laze on the white sand of the local beaches. Enjoy swimming, kayaking and snorkelling in the bright blue waters or scuba dive at Rainbow Reef. Explore the flourishing flora and fauna at Fiji’s Kula Eco Park. This extensive wildlife sanctuary is home to many fascinating animals and provides the perfect playground for a family day out. Visit the incredible Sigatoka Sand Dunes or wander the delightful Garden of the Sleeping Giant.