Easy, Gorgeous South Pacific Escapes

Luxe South Pacific locales like Fiji and Samoa and bucket-list island nations like Australia and New Zealand roll out the red carpet to folks like us. Here, a photo tour of the incredibly beautiful and surprisingly affordable South Pacific!

By The Editors of Budget Travel, Friday, Oct 16, 2015, 6:00 PM

Source Article: Easy, Gorgeous South Pacific Escapes

Fiji, South Pacific

The first thing you need to know about Fiji is that it's not just one island, as many travelers assume by its name. This string of islands attracts more than 600,000 visitors each year, making it the most popular South Pacific destination—and that's largely because it combines a reasonable price tag with extreme sights, flavors, and experiences unlike anything you'll find anywhere else.


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Fiji offers a dream escape—easily accessible with daily direct flights on Fiji Airways (and daily special offers). This destination is unlike any other, with summer year-round, incredible beaches, and welcoming locals.

(Courtesy Fiji Airways)

Cocos Bar, Crusoes Retreat, Fiji

Crusoe's Retreat bills itself as "Fiji's best-kept secret" and lives up to its name with affordable beachfront bures

(Courtesy Crusoe's Retreat)

Staff at Crusoes Retreat, Fiji

Friendly Fijian staff at Crusoe's Retreat.

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Gorgeous Bouma Falls is just one of the many unforgettable experiences that make Fiji one of Budget Travel's picks for "World's Most Romantic Islands."


Auckland, New Zealand

Experience Auckland, New Zealand, all lit up at night or explore Christchurch and Wellington by day. All three main destination hubs of New Zealand are easily accessible via Fiji Airways. A stop-over in Fiji is free on your way to New Zealand for a two-in-one vacation!

(Courtesy Fiji Airways)

In addition to stylish cities and drop-dead gorgeous mountains and beaches, New Zealand is home to one of the world's greatest farming cultures. Be prepared to make friends with some of its adorable denizens!

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Sydney, Australia

You can seamlessly (and reasonably) connect Australia with Fiji Airways—whether it be to explore the magnificent Newtown of Sydney, or explore Brisbane, Melbourne, and beyond.

(Courtesy Fiji Airways)

Australia's Great Barrier Reef should be near the top of every Budget Traveler's must-see list, and Cairns (the "gateway" to the reef) is a welcoming hub to fly into.

Diving the Reef is one of the South Pacific's most amazing experiences, but even if you're on top of the water, or just enjoying the view from shore, Australia's east coast is a must.


Who says you can't have it all? Here, Australia's iconic Uluru is the backdrop for a champagne toast!

(Courtesy AspenGal/myBudgetTravel)


Discover the undiscovered—fly to Samoa with Fiji Airways and experience a hidden gem of the South Pacific.

(Courtesy Fiji Airways)

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