Winter is coming to a close and with the warmth of spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to make plans for an island getaway. Welcome the sunny months with a fantastic summer holiday, where you can bask in the sunshine all day long. Whether you would like to snorkel in the azure waters of the Great Barrier Reef, relax on the beautiful beaches of Bali or sail to the pretty shores of Vanuatu, an island beach break is sure to satisfy. Check out our top five destinations for your next spring break.
One of Thailand’s top destinations, Phuket attracts countless Aussie travellers all year round. Boasting a unique mix of fascinating Thai culture and gorgeous beaches, there is no shortage of things to do and see. Make the most of the warm balmy weather and spend time enjoying the sandy shores of Phuket’s best beaches. Set sail to Phang Nga Bay and explore the famous limestone islands or go for a hike through the dense jungle to find cascading waterfalls. Take a tour of the island’s most renowned temples or join a Thai cooking class to learn the secrets of this sumptuous cuisine.
Always at the top of the most popular destinations for Aussie travellers, Bali resounds with holiday makers seeking a sun-kissed adventure. Snorkelling and diving is a popular pastime for adventure seekers, with many colourful coral reefs and shipwrecks to explore. Spoil yourself with affordable therapeutic treatments from one of the Bali’s world renowned spas or splash out at the Waterbom Bali Park if you have the kids in tow. Enjoy a traditional Balinese dance performance in Ubud and visit the Sacred Monkey Forest, considered one of the island’s top attractions.
One of the most impressive island destinations in the world, the Whitsunday Islands are located in our very own backyard. Perfect for a short break spring getaway, you can find yourself frolicking on the pristine shores in no time at all. Families can head to Hamilton Island or Daydream Island and enjoy the countless water sports available, from jet skiing or kayaking to snorkelling, diving or fishing. Hop on a glass bottom boat and watch the curious marine creatures swim by or enjoy a romantic sunset cruise. Smitten couples may enjoy a secluded retreat on Long Island or Hayman Island.
A tropical oasis in the heart of the South Pacific, Vanuatu is an archipelago of 83 tiny islands. Boasting resplendent natural beauty, you will be confronted with unspoilt beaches, lush rainforest and towering volcanoes. Known for its wide variety of adventure activities, you can try zip lining, zorbing, abseiling or even quad biking. Vanuatu is also touted as a world-class diving and snorkelling destination, so get out your flippers and go for a dive. No doubt, most days will revolve around the many beautiful beaches at your fingertips.
A favourite for honeymooners, Mauritius is often touted as one of the most romantic and luxurious island destinations in the world. Retreat to your own private beachfront villa or stay in a stunning overwater bungalow and be surrounded by the azure waters. Enjoy plenty of water sports, from parasailing to kite surfing or deep sea fishing. Animal lovers can visit the amazing Casela Nature and Leisure Park and get up close to majestic lions. Wander the pretty Mauritius National Botanical Gardens or go for a tour of the fascinating Sugar Museum and Factory.