Island Hopping in the South Pacific – Anyone for Fiji?

Often described as “The World’s most Romantic Holiday Destination” the Fiji Islands are every bit as beautiful as those picture-perfect postcards would have us believe.

Pure white sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, year-round sunshine, and the friendliest people you could ever wish to meet, the Fiji Islands have it all, and if your idea of the perfect holiday includes island hopping in the South Pacific, Fiji will most definitely be your dream destination…

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A-Z of Travel – F is for the Fiji Islands

If there is one holiday destination that everyone should visit in their lifetime, it would have to be the Fiji Islands.

Beautiful beaches, friendly locals, stunning hotels, private island getaways, delicious seafood, refreshing cocktails, and all the water sports and activities one could possibly wish for… the Fiji Islands really do have it all, and whether you decide on Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, the Yasawas, the Mamanucas or any island in between –you are guaranteed the holiday of a lifetime!

A popular destination with honeymooners and round-the-world travellers, Fiji is every bit as beautiful as the postcards would have you believe, and while I could go on all day about how wonderful Fiji is, I thought I would just share a few of my favourite photos from our trip to the islands, so you can make up your own mind…

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Bula Fiji, Vinaka Vakelevu!

10 Beaches to Swim, Sunbathe, and Sink a Margarita this Summer

This ever-changing April weather makes me think of one thing, and one thing only, and that is going somewhere warmer and sunnier this summer!  Rain has become part of everyday life and while I can appreciate its good for the plants and the countryside, it’s not ideal for those of us who are itching to get the motorbike out of the garage after its winter hibernation!

The phrases “patience is a virtue” and “you cannot change the weather” are ringing around my mind, and so to lift my spirits on this overcast day, I would like to share my top 10 Beaches to swim, sunbathe, and sink a Margarita this summer!

Playa del Carmen - Mexico

The gorgeous Playa del Carmen beach in Mexico is a wonderful place to sip your margarita, while munching on nachos and listening to the soothing sounds of a mariachi band!

Rottnest Island - Western Australia

A short boat ride from Fremantle, Western Australia, Rottnest Island is the perfect place to spend the afternoon.  The secluded white sandy beaches do not have bars, so don’t forget to take a chilled bottle of wine and two glasses!

Phi Phi Island - Thailand

If it is good enough for Mr. DiCaprio, it is certainly good enough for us! The Beach was filmed on Phi Phi Island, and while it is now a busy tourist destination, it is well worth a visit.

Genipabu - Brazil

Caipirinha’s, soft waves, and the gentle sounds of the Samba – Brazil has it all and there is perhaps no better place on earth to relax and unwind.

Anguilla - Caribbean

Frequently topping the “world’s best beach list”, Anguilla is picture-postcard perfect, and if you head to Maya’s bar you can taste the most delicious tropical cocktails while admiring the paradise that surrounds you.

Bondi Beach - Australia

It’s busy, its bustling and it is bursting with beautiful people, but if you are looking for action this summer, you will find everything you could possibly wish for on Bondi Beach!

Camps Bay - Cape Town

The water may be too cold to dip your toes in, but that does not take anything away from the stunning beach of Camps Bay.  A wonderful location to watch the sunset while enjoying a crisp Sauvignon Blanc from Stellenbosch!

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a popular Caribbean getaway and a great place to relax, swim, and enjoy the beautiful views.

Monuriki Island - Fiji

Well it’s Fiji – what would you expect!  Gorgeous sand, crystal clear water and endless sunshine – paradise on earth!

Sydney - Australia

If you are one of those people who love beaches but do not like getting sand between your toes, we think Doyle’s Restaurant in Watsons Bay is the perfect solution.  Great food, great Australian wines and great views of Sydney – In fact, I couldn’t think of anywhere I would rather be right now – cheers!

Fabulous Fiji – Paradise in Pictures

When it comes to the Fijian Islands, it is hard to describe the beauty of the place in words. Picture postcard perfect, Fiji combines the purest white sandy beaches with crystalline turquoise waters, great snorkelling, friendly locals, delicious seafood, and ice-cold cocktails, and when you combine those ‘perks’ together; you come up one of the most wonderful holiday destinations in the world.

The location of choice for many movie directors, the Mamanuca island of Monuriki is where the film Castaway was made with Tom Hanks, and while the island is certainly a lot smaller in real life, you cannot help wondering around the pristine beach while shouting for the elusive Wilson!

Fiji really is as beautiful as you imagine, and whether you decide to hideaway for a week or two on one of the more remote islands, or base yourself in Nadi as we did, you will not be disappointed in what Fiji has to offer, and if you need more proof, just take a look at our pictures…!

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The Crew!

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The Locals!

Sailing the Yasawas

Octopus Island

Lunch!

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Our Top 5 Favourite Beaches

Trying to compile a list of our top 5 favourite beaches is not an easy task!  The world is huge and many countries have those picture perfect beaches that we all dream about, but in our mission to find “the most perfect beach” we have listed our top 5 contenders (so far).

Our fifth place goes to the magnificent Coral Coast in Australia, now I know that it is not exactly “a beach” but rather a huge expanse of coastline, but it is just so breathtakingly beautiful that we had to add it to our list.  There are numerous pristine, un-crowded and unspoilt beaches to enjoy if you drive up the Coral Coast, and just when you think you have found the perfect one you turn the corner to find a white sandy cove that is even more stunning.

Brazil takes our fourth spot with the glorious beach of Costa do Sauipe. A stretch of Bahian coastline that sits just 75km from Salvador, Costa do Sauipe combines sand dunes that are almost pink in colour, with perfect coconut trees to create a landscape quite unlike any other. It is easy to find your own private spot for an afternoon of sun, sea, sand and the gentle rhythm of the Samba.

Heading over to the Caribbean, our third favourite beach is set on the picturesque island of Grand Cayman. 7 Mile Beach is a long coral-sand beach that sweeps into translucent aquamarine waters, the sand is pristine almost like white sugar and the sea has an average water temperature of 27°C, so it is no surprise that it recently picked up an award for “the Caribbean’s best beach”!

Our second spot takes all the way across the Pacific Ocean to the majestic Fijian island of Monuriki. A member of the Mamanucas islands where the film ‘Cast Away’ was filmed, Monuriki is tiny but has one of the most beautiful white beaches imaginable.  Combine that with fantastic snorkelling opportunities and the brilliant blue Pacific Ocean, and we think you are getting close to paradise.

After much deliberation, our number one favourite beach goes to the awe-inspiring beach of Shoal Bay in Anguilla. Picture-postcard perfect, Shoal Bay is one of those beaches that you feel privileged to have discovered.  Set on the small yet beautiful Caribbean island of Anguilla, the pure white sands of Shoal Bay stretch approximately 2 miles so it is easy to find a place to relax, order a cocktail and enjoy your own little piece of paradise!

With so much of the world still to discover, we are sure to have a new top 5 list soon, in the meantime let us know what your 5 favourite beaches are and together we can find “the world’s best beach”!