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The Best of 2016: Beaches

3rd November 2015

Warm rays, swaying palms and sand clinging to your toes – there’s no holiday quite like a beach holiday. Washing up in every hue under the sun, be sure to roll out your beach towel somewhere spectacular. Here are our top 5 picks to experience the best beaches in 2016.

Fiji

Palms, powdery sands and azure lagoons are just the start. Fiji embodies the South Pacific Islands ideal in every way, from the coconut plantations and jungle valleys to the tumbling waterfalls and incredible marine diversity as the ‘Soft Coral Capital of the World’. This is our true tropical paradise.

Did you know?

• Only 106 of Fiji’s thousands of islands are inhabited by humans.
• Only the chiefs of traditional villages are allowed to wear hats and sunglasses.
• The nation’s first national park was the Sigatoka Sand Dunes, established in 1987.
• Fiji is a world leader in eco-tourism.

 Best of 2016 - Beaches: Fiji, South Pacific.

Bali

Majestic temples, beautiful resorts and sultry beaches make Bali the ultimate crowd-pleaser. The proof is in the pudding: the island pulls enormous crowds year after year. But add to that its close proximity and affordability and it’s easy to see why Bali makes the list.

Did you know?

• Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, an area with the highest biodiversity of marine species.
• Bali is has two active volcanoes and a number of volcanic black sand beaches.
• The northern town of Lovina is home to an impressive dolphin population.
• Bali’s thousands of temples all face either towards the mountains, sea or sunrise.

 Best of 2016 - Beaches: Bali, Indonesia.

Phuket

Phuket touts beautiful island scenery infused with friendly Thai culture, a healthy nightlife and unique attractions, from the palm-fringed shores to Phang Nga Bay. With even more exclusive resorts recently opening on its shores, there’s never been a better time than now to see it for yourself.

Did you know?

• Famous movies such as ‘The Beach’ and James Bond films have been shot in Phuket.
• Beyond the beautiful beaches 70 per cent of Phuket is covered in mountains.
• It’s possible to kayak inside the caves of Phang Nga Bay’s famed limestone cliffs.
• The island is actually connected to the mainland by two bridges.

 Best of 2016 - Beaches: Phuket, Thailand.

Hawaii

Hawaii poses a unique blend of island experiences: bubbling volcanoes, beautiful surf breaks, towering skyscrapers, wild jungle scenes and soaring red canyons. But what makes it one of the best is its unique cosmopolitan touch, thanks to Waikiki and Honolulu, and the lingering taste of the USA.

Did you know?

• Hawaii is the world’s longest archipelago, spanning over 2400km.
• Volcanic activity means The Big Island grows more than 42 acres every year.
• Many spectacular waterfalls on the Big Island are so remote they can only be seen from the air or sea.
• Hawaii’s beaches come in the colours of white, black, yellow, red, and green sand.

 Best of 2016 - Beaches: Hawaii, USA.

Whitsundays

For a local beach getaway that is more than beautiful and straddling one of the nation’s top gems, the Great Barrier Reef, you can’t look past the Whitsundays. Amazing snorkelling, beach walks, resorts and stunning scenery await. Best of all, it’s just a short flight away.

Did you know?

• The islands and waters are protected by the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
• Reefworld is an adventure-filled pontoon in the middle of the outer reef.
• The Whitsundays is the largest group of offshore islands in Australia.
• Only 8 of the 74 resorts are inhabited with resorts.

 Best of 2016 - Beaches: Whitsundays, Australia.

Consultant Tip

“In Bali, if you’re looking to escape the crowds head to the north coast where it’s much quieter or opt for one of the small villages around Ubud. There are many peaceful resorts nestled in the lush rice paddies, as well as cute cafes, yoga dens and cultural sites.” Caitlin Potts - Escape Travel Ambervale, NSW


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