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INTERNATIONAL DATELINE

Farallon de Pajaros Maug

Asuncion

NORTHERN

Agrihan Pagan MARIANA Alamagan Guguan ISLANDS Anatahan Sariguan Farallon de Medinilla Saipan Tinian Rota GUAM Hagatna

Babelthuap Koror Peleliu Angaur Sonsorol Is. Pulo Anna Merir Tobi

PALAU

MARSHALL ISLANDS

Taongi Atoll

Rongelap Bikar Atoll Atoll Bikini Atoll Ailuk Atoll Utirik Atoll MICRONESIA Wotho Atoll Likiep Atoll Ulithi Atoll Mejit Is. Ujelang Fais Yap Is. Wotje Atoll Atoll Ujae Atoll Kwagalein Atoll Nomwin Atoll Colonia. Faraulep POHNPEI Maloelap Atoll Murilo Atoll Lae Atoll Atoll Sorol Pulap Ulul Libi Aur Atoll Hall Is. Ngulu Atoll Atoll IfalikElato Moen Truk Is. Namu Atoll Jabwoti Is. Kolonia Woleai Atoll Satawal Lamotrek Arno Atoll Ailinglapalap Pohnpei Majuro Losap Atoll Pulusuk Atoll Puluwat Eauripik Atoll Mokil Atoll Mili Atoll Kili Is. Atoll Namoluk Atoll Luknor Pingelap KOSRAE Jaluit Atoll Ngatik Atoll Namorik Etal Atoll Atoll YAP Atoll Satawan Atoll Lelu Ebon Atoll Nukuoro Atoll WESTERN CAROLINE ISLANDS Makin Butaritari TRUK Enewetak Atoll

GILBERTS GROUP (KIRABATI) Abaiang Marakei Atoll Atoll Tarawa MaianaAtoll Kuria Abemama Atoll Aranuka Nonouti Atoll Ocean Is. Onotoa TabBeruTeuea Banaba Tamana Nikunau Arorae

EASTERN CAROLINE ISLANDS

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

NAURU

Manus Admiralty Is. New Hanover Wewak New Ireland Bismarck Archipelago Madang Lae

New Britain Trobriand Is

Woodlark Is

Port Morseby Sudest

Nukumanu Is.

Bougainville

Nanumea Atoll Niutao Nui Atoll Vaitupu TUVALU Nukufetau Funafuti Atoll Nukulaelae Atoll

Ontong Java Atoll

Nanumanga

SOLOMON ISLANDS

Choiseul Santa Isabel Sikaiana Is. Malaita Reef Is. Honiara San Cristobal Bellona Is. Rennell

Ndende Santa Cruz Is

VANUATU

Tikopia

Anuta Fataka

Torres Is.

Banks Is. Espiritu Aoba Maewo Santo Pentecost Is. Ambrym Malekula Is. Emae Shepherd Vate Huon Vila Surprise Is. Erromanga Aniwa Chesterfield Is. Tanna Belep Is. Futuna Loyalty Is Aneityum Oueva Lifou NEW Noumea Mare CALEDONIA Isle of Pines

NORFOLK ISLAND

LORD HOWE ISLAND

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Rotuma

FIJI ISLANDS

WALLIS & FUTUNA Futuna

Wallis Is. Ueva

Vanua Levu Taveuni Yasawa Group Naigani Lau Viti Levu Group Suva Kadavu

TONGA Vava’u Group

Ha’apai Group Ata

Raoul Macauley Kermadec Islands (NZ) Curtis

Tongatapu Nuku’ Alofa


TROPIC OF CANCER Nihoa

Kaua’i O’ahu Honolulu Moloka’i Maui Lana’i Kahoolawe Hawai’i

HAWAII

Johnston Is. (USA)

Kingman Reef Palmyra Atoll (USA) Teraina Tabuaeran Kiritamati Howland Is. Baker Is.

EQUATOR Jarvis Is. (US)

KIRIBATI Kanton McKean Is. Birnie Is. Enderbury Is. Orono Rawaki Nikumaroro Manra

Malden Is. Starbuck Is.

PHOENIX GROUP

Atafu Atoll Atoll TOKELAU Nukunono Fakaofo Atoll Swains Is.

AMERICAN SAMOA SAMOA

Olosega Savaii Pago Pago Ofu Rose Is. Tau Upolu Apia Manua Is. Tutuila

Alofi

Nukuhiva Uahuka Uapou Hivaoa

Penrhyn Atoll Rakahanoa Pukapuka Is Nassau Suwarrow Atoll

Vostok Is.

Manihiki Atoll

COOK ISLANDS Palmerston Atoll

NIUE

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Aitutaki

Mangaia

Fatuhiva

Caroline Is.

Flint Is.

FRENCH POLYNESIA

Tepoto AheManihi Takaroa Napuka Mataiva Rangiroa Takapoto Pukapuka Apataki Arutua Motu One Fangatau Kauehi Raraka Fakahina Manuae Maupiti Bora Bora Kaukura Makemo Fakarava Nihiru Tahaa Huahine Maupihaa Ra’iatea Moorea Tetiarao Hikueru Amanu Tatakoto Anaa Maiao Tahiti Pukarua Marokau Hao Reao

Manuae Mitiaro

Takutea Atiu Rarotonoa

Mauke

Maria Is.

Hereheretue Anuanuraro Anuanurunga Nukutepipi

Rurutu Tubuai Rimatara TUBUAI IS. (AUSTRAL IS.)

Tureia Mururoa

TROPIC OF CAPRICORN Raivavae

Rapa Marotiri

INTERNATIONAL DATELINE

MARQUESAS ISLANDS

Mangareva Oeno Is. Pictairn Is. (UK)

EASTER IS.

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Contents FEATURES 4 Map of the Pacific 6 Contents 8

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12 COOK ISLANDS 18 Rarotonga 19 The Little Polynesian 20 Pacific Resort Rarotonga 22 Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa 23 The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa 23 Sanctuary Rarotonga – on the beach 24 Manuia Beach 25 Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel & Villas 26 Muri Beach Club Hotel 26 Sunset Resort 27 Palm Grove 27 Club Raro 28 Aitutaki 29 Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa 30 Pacific Resort Aitutaki 31 Atiu Island 31 Atiu Villas 32 FIJI 38 Denarau 39 Captain Cook Cruises 40 Denarau Golf & Racquet Club 41 Sheraton Denarau Villas

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42 Sheraton Fiji Resort 43 The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa 44 Fiji Beach Resort & Spa – Managed by Hilton 45 Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa 46 Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island 47 Nadi 48 Sonaisali Island Resort 49 Club Fiji Resort 49 Wananavu 50 Mamanucas, Yasawa & Outer Islands 51 Plantation Island Resort 52 Yasawa Island Resort & Spa 54 Mana Island Resort & Spa 56 Lomani Island Resort 57 Coral Coast & Pacific Harbour 58 Nanuku Resort and Spa 59 InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa 60 Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji 61 Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa 61 Crows Nest 62 The Naviti Resort 64 Warwick Fiji 66 Suva 67 Holiday Inn Suva 67 Tropic Towers Apartments 68 HAWAII 73 Oahu

75 Turtle Bay Resort 76 The Kahala Hotel & Resort 78 Waikiki Parc Hotel 79 Halekulani 80 Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa 82 The Modern Hololulu 83 Embassy Suites – Waikiki Beach Walk 84 Aqua Hotels & Resorts® 86 Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki 87 Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach 88 Aston Waikiki Beach Tower 89 Aston Hotels & Resorts Oahu 90 Waikiki Resort Hotel 91 ‘Ilima Hotel 92 Maui 94 Andaz Maui at Wailea 96 Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria™ Resort 98 Ho’olei at Grand Wailea 99 Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea 100 Destination Resorts Hawaii 101 The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua 102 Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa 104 Condominium Rentals Hawaii 105 Ka’anapali Beach Hotel 106 Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach 107 Aston Hotels & Resorts Maui 108 Kauai 109 Aston Hotels & Resorts Kauai


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Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa Big Island Aston Hotels & Resorts Big Island SunQuest Vacations Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

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LORD HOWE ISLAND Pinetrees Lodge Ocean View Holiday Apartments Leanda Lei Apartments

122 MICRONESIA 128 Guam 133 Pacific Islands Club Guam 135 Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort 136 Inarajan Garden House 136 Hotel Santa Fe Guam 137 Mandara Spa Guam 138 Fiesta Resort Guam 139 Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan 140 Northern Mariana Islands 141 Pacific Development Inc. 143 Pacific Islands Club Saipan 144 Mariana Resort & Spa 145 Palau 147 Dolphins Pacific 149 Palau Adventure Park 149 Melusch-Dil Skin Care & Wellness 153 Ngellil Nature Island Resort 153 Palau Plantation Resort 154 Sea Passion Hotel 155 Palau Pacific Resort

156 West Plaza Hotels 157 Coco Beach 157 Rose Garden Resort 160 Yap 161 Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers 162 Chuuk 163 Truk Stop Hotel 164 Pohnpei 166 Cliff Hotel 168 Marshall Islands 171 Marshall Islands Resort 172 Kosrae 174 NEW CALEDONIA 178 PAPUA NEW GUINEA 182 Surfing 185 Port Moresby 186 Loloata Island Resort 187 Madang and Lae 189 The Islands 190 Nusa Island Retreat 191 Walindi Plantation Resort & MV FeBrina 192 Milne Bay 192 Tawali Resort 193 The Highlands and the Sepik 194 Trans Niugini Tours 196 201 202 202

SAMOA Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa Orator Hotel Amanaki Hotel

203 Amau Apartments 203 Le Manumea Resort 204 SOLOMON ISLANDS 210 Honiara 211 Honiara Hotel 212 Pacific Casino Hotel 212 Heritage Park Hotel 213 Western Province 214 TAHITI 218 Aranui Cruises 219 Papette 220 Hotel Tiare Tahiti 221 Hotel Tahiti Nui 222 Moorea 223 Hotel Les Tipaniers 224 Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort 225 Bora Bora 227 Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort & Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island 228 TONGA 231 Royal Sunset Island Resort 231 Waterfront Lodge 232 237 238 239 240 240

VANUATU Warwick Le Lagon Resort & Spa Eratap Beach Resort Villa 25 Breakas Beach Resort The Havannah

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Tula Afono Aua

Fagaitua

Aoa

Alao Aunu’u

Fagaalu

TUTUILA

Airport

Paradise found The islands of American Samoa form the eastern part of the Samoan Archipelago and are populated by Polynesians. Five volcanic islands, Tutuila, Aunu’u, Ofu, Olosega and Ta’u, and two atolls Swains and Rose make up the Territory of American Samoa that has a total land area of 76 square miles. History Archaeologists believe early Polynesians travelled from Southeast Asia into the Pacific populating the islands of the western Pacific from Papua New Guinea to Tonga and Samoa. Sometime later they migrated east and populated the Cook Islands, Niue, Tahiti and Rapanui (Easter Island) before heading north to Hawaii and south to Aotearoa (New Zealand) on the last legs of the great Polynesian migration. Today, Samoans are regarded as the largest full-blooded Polynesian race left in the world. Nature The National Park of American Samoa is one of the most remote national parks in the United States. Also one of the newest, it was authorised by the US Congress in 1988 and officially established in 1993 when a 50-year lease was signed with villages and the American Samoa Government. The 10,500-acre park is spread over three sectors on three islands–Tutuila, Ta’u and Ofu. Almost all the land area of these volcanic islands– from the mountaintops to the coast–is rainforest. About 2,500 acres of the park is underwater, offshore from the three islands. 8  www.paradisesonline.com

Culture Fa’a Samoa culture and customs are over 3000 years old and have changed very little over this period. The major western influence accepted into Samoan customs has been Christianity that forms the spiritual basis of the society. Matai or chiefs make up the heads of the extended family units and each person has a responsibility for the wellbeing of the family. Sunday is a day of worship throughout American Samoa and government offices and businesses are closed on this day. All Samoans are Christians and in every village residents will be seen dressed in their Sunday best heading off to church. Visitors are most welcome to worship in a faith of their choosing and there are many religions represented on island. Shopping American Samoa boasts a wide range of retail outlets offering tax free shopping throughout the main island of Tutuila including a couple of shopping malls, Fagatogo Square and the Laufou Center as well as a couple of US mainland stores. As well as these major outlets, there is a wide range of boutique and general stores offering everything from traditional Samoan handicrafts to US made clothing and international goods at very reasonable prices. Great gifts to take home include the traditional Samoan puletasi for women which is a two piece long fitted blouse


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and skirt, and for men, an island shirt and ie faitaga (formal sarong with pockets). These can be made very inexpensively in a day or so and you can choose both the design and material. Where to stay American Samoa has a range of accommodations to suit all travellers. From a beachfront fale to boutique lodges, apartments or a hotel suite, all of the accommodation properties are 100 percent locally owned and operated. On the Tutuila Island there are several accommodation facilities to choose from including larger properties complete with modern amenities, a small bed and breakfast abode or a fale while on the Manu’a Islands you have a choice of two family-run establishments located on the most beautiful and sacred islands of the Territory. Activities Visitors to American Samoa will find many 10  www.paradisesonline.com

exciting things to do. A self-drive 4WD adventure will have you venturing out on open roads to explore new destinations while others will enjoy a guided tour to see the sights and learn about the local culture and customs. Others may choose to hop on a local bus and enjoy a trip to the beach or spend the day at a scenic site. Food and entertainment An authentic Samoan buffet feast can be enjoyed at a number of establishments that offer a weekly fiafia night with a floorshow for entertainment. You can also find Chinese food or home-style cooking at a local diner and there are also a number of American fast food outlets. Local customs Fa’a Samoa is strongly focused on respect and service and Samoans welcome the opportunity to share their heritage with visitors. With this is mind visitors are asked to observe local

protocols when visiting villages, beaches and scenic sites. Samoans are very religious and in some villages each day a “sa” or curfew is imposed during the evening prayer curfew (usually between 5.00pm and 6.30pm) depending on the village. Avoid walking around the village during these curfews that normally last about 30 minutes. Not all villages have prayer curfews, so ask someone before visiting during these times. Sunday in American Samoa is a day of worship, spending time with family and rest, so no work is done and people are asked to respect this day. All major shops are closed, but visitors can buy goods from the local villages stores found through the islands. Visitors are welcome to attend church and if you wish to do so please dress appropriately in a blouse and long skirt for women and shirt and trousers for men.


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Experience our culture…

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PENRHYN RAKAHANGA MANIHIKI

PUKAPUKA NASSAU

SUWARROW

PALMERSTON ATOLL AITUTAKI

MANUAE MITIARO

Avarua Arorangi

RAROTONGA

RAROTONGA Muri

ATIU

MAUKE

MANGAIA

Titikaveka

Unspoiled beauty The Cook Islands lie in the centre of the Polynesian triangle flanked to the west by Tonga and Samoa and to the east by Tahiti and French Polynesia—now easily reached from Australia on Air New Zealand’s direct service from Sydney on Saturdays (6 hours) or via Auckland with both Air New Zealand and Pacific Blue (Virgin Australia). The group is made up of 15 islands, scattered over two million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. They fall into two distinct groups—the Southern and Northern Groups. The Southern Group comprises nine islands including the capital, Rarotonga, where the majority of the population resides. Domestic travel to the outer islands is provided by Air Rarotonga and six of the nine islands are accessible by regular air services. The more remote Northern Group has six islands, three of which—Manihiki, Penrhyn and Pukupuka—are accessible by air. Capital and major centres Vibrant and lively, Rarotonga is a hive of activity and its circular shape is dominated by high mountain peaks from which lush rainforests cascade to the palmfringed shore. All visitors are welcomed at the Rarotonga International Airport with the warm local greeting Kia Orana 12  www.paradisesonline.com

(Greetings—may you live on) and a fragrant flower garland or “ei”. Avarua is the main town on Rarotonga and has a great selection of retail shops, cafés, restaurants and internet cafés located around the island for your convenience. From Rarotonga you can visit the ‘Sister Islands’ such as Aitutaki, famous for its spectacular white sand beaches and azure lagoons. The island is only a 40-minute flight away on Air Rarotonga, with several flights daily. Atiu, northeast of Rarotonga, offers untouched beaches and coral reefs riddled with caves. Mangaia is surrounded by a narrow fringing reef backed by the formidable cliffs of makatea (raised coral) that reach heights of up to 60 metres. Mauke has caves located in the cliffs of the coral reef and Mitiaro offers subterranean pools and freshwater lakes that are full of itiki (freshwater eels), a local delicacy. The people Cook Islanders are of Polynesian descent, and are called Cook Island Maori. They are culturally and linguistically similar to Tahitians and New Zealand Maori and are an open, friendly people, happy to share their lifestyle. Nature The Cook Islands host a diverse range of


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flora and fauna. There is an assortment of native ferns and flowers, and about a dozen varieties of land and sea birds. Marine turtles can be found in some of the outer islands, and humpback whales can be sighted from July through to October. A protective reef encircles the islands and sharks and stingers are unheard of inside the warm lagoons of the Southern Group. The lagoons play host to a variety of vivid and interesting coral and marine life. The Cook Islands have an interesting range of geological structures—from the high volcanic peaks of Rarotonga (653 metres) to the raised coral structure (makatea) of Mangaia and Atiu and the coral atoll structures of the Northern Group. The sights The Avarua CICC Church is a magnificent landmark built of coral and lime and well worth a visit, particularly on Sunday. Most people attend church and the air is vibrant with their beautiful singing called imene tuki. The National Cultural Centre is an imposing island structure in beautifully kept gardens. Nearby are ruins of the old Sunday School, built by the missionaries, that have been 14  www.paradisesonline.com

renovated and are now the Beachcomber Pearl and Art Gallery. In the harbour, remnants of the wreck of the SS Maitai that was sunk in 1916 remain and its main engine still protrudes from the reef. You can trek through the Takuvaine/Avatiu valleys to see tropical vegetation or visit the Marae ‘Arai te Tonga’, a stone structure forming the royal court of the reigning ariki (high chief). It consists of a rectangular platform approximately three metres by two metres, located on the inland road in upper Tupapa. At the end of the platform is the ‘investiture pillar’—a large structure of natural, squared basalt standing more than two metres above ground level. Where to stay Rarotonga has a wide and varied selection of accommodation from first-class hotels and resorts, luxury villas and self-catering individual bungalows to backpacker facilities. It is highly recommended that you book your accommodation in advance. Aitutaki has a varied selection of accommodation, similar in quality to Rarotonga. Atiu has a varied but smaller selection of backpacker to mid-range

accommodation available. Only basic needs are met on the islands of Mauke, Mitiaro (which recently launched a new homestay operation) and Mangaia. Buildings in the Cook Islands are not permitted by law to be higher than the tallest coconut tree so most accommodation facilities are either single or double storey structures. Camping is strictly prohibited. Visiting more than Rarotonga All major inhabited islands are accessible by air. There are more than three daily flights from Rarotonga to Aitutaki. Flights to Atiu, Mangaia, Mauke and Mitiaro are scheduled many times a week. Atiu is recognised as the third island to visit in the Cook Islands behind Aitutaki and three times a week there is a convenient triangle air route around the three islands of Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Atiu. Air Rarotonga and Air New Zealand also have a code share agreement that allows you to book an international flight direct to and from Aitutaki that can be combined with the triangle route to reduce even more travel time.


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Getting around Rarotonga is only 32 kilometres in circumference. One main road encircles the entire island, making it fairly easy to get around. Cook’s Island Buses, the local bus service, offers great public transport operating around Rarotonga in both directions, on regular day and evening schedules. The ‘Clockwise’ or ‘Anticlockwise’ bus will pick you up and set you down anywhere on request. Motor scooters and bicycles are a popular way to see the island, however rental cars and taxis are also available. Driving is on the left hand side of the road, and it is compulsory to obtain a Cook Islands driver’s licence. This is available for a minimal cost (NZ$20) on the presentation of your current passport and licence at the police station. Should you wish to hire a motor scooter and do not have an existing licence, a simple practical test is required. Food and entertainment Nightspots and bars will, on occasion, have live entertainment. A highlight of the Cook Islands is the Polynesian feast, umukai, prepared in the traditional style

with foods such as ika mata (marinated fish with coconut sauce), eke (octopus), taro (tuba vegetable), rukau (cooked taro leaves similar to spinach), and kumara (sweet potato). An umukai is usually part of an Island Night Show featured at major hotels. The sumptuous buffet and traditional dancing is all part of the culture of the Cook Islands and you can also experience this at the Highland Paradise and Te Vara Nui cultural attractions. Night Life tours showcasing the best night spots are run on Friday evenings. Wining and dining in Rarotonga is a treat with many excellent restaurants offering local and international cuisine in some very romantic locations. Activities and shopping guide There is a variety of activities on offer to suit any traveller including relaxing cruises on two of the world’s most beautiful lagoons, Muri Lagoon on Rarotonga and the world famous Aitutaki Lagoon. Popular pastimes include sailing, windsurfing, snorkelling and scuba diving. Boats are available for charter for deep-sea and game fishing. Shops are open 8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday, and 8 am to noon

on Saturdays. On Saturday mornings the popular local market place, Punanga Nui, in downtown Avarua offers a range of tropical delicacies and local craft items. Climate and clothing Warm and sunny year round. Rainy season is December to March. Average summer temperature is 26ºC. Casual brief swimwear should be kept for beaches or poolside. Nude and topless sunbathing is unacceptable. Time zone GMT – 10 hours or 20 hours behind AEST. Electricity 240 volts DC/50 cycles. Some hotels/ motels have provision for 110 volt AC electric shavers. Currency The NZ dollar, supplemented by local coinage (not negotiable outside the Cook Islands).The dollar coin bearing the symbol of the traditional god, Tangaroa, is popular with coin collectors, as is the $3 note. There are ATMs located on Rarotonga and Aitutaki. EFTPOS is available. Tipping is not customary but is appreciated. www.paradisesonline.com  15


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Pearls of the Cook Islands Take home from the Cook Islands the most romantic souvenir of all that captures the beauty and magic of the islands–a Cook Islands’ black pearl. Lustrous, precious pearls are indigenous to the Cook Islands, and the black pearl is unique to French Polynesia and the Northern Group of the Cook Islands. The Cook Islands’ pearl farming is the nation’s second largest industry. The northern islands of Manihiki and Penryhn are world famous for producing this sensuous beauty in the clear, unpolluted waters of the lagoons. The beautiful atoll of Manihiki is the cultured black pearl capital of the Cook Islands and produces pearls that become centrepieces for fine jewellery worn worldwide. Another extremely rare pearl found in the Cook Islands is the natural Golden Pearl. Grown in the lagoon of Penryhn from the

smallest pearl producing shell in the world, it rarely grows larger than eight millimetres. The pearl farming process involves the young oysters or ‘spats’ being harvested and selected for farming. A bead is then nucleated (seeded) inside the oyster and the oysters are hung out on a line. Twice a year the oysters are cleaned to allow for optimal nutrient flow to the pearl. Over time, often several years, the bead is coated with a nacre finish naturally created by the oyster. A beautiful black pearl is then removed and harvested. There are a number of factors to consider when purchasing a pearl. A valuable pearl has an unblemished surface clear of imperfections such as cracks, bumps and holes. The pearl’s lustre complements the surface quality. Brilliant reflectivity of an unblemished pearl is considered the finest quality of pearl. When it comes to the size of a pearl, thebigger-the-better is a general rule to go by. The largest black pearl that was ever found measured 25 millimetres though most of

the pearls today measure somewhere between seven and seven-and-a-half millimetres. An average pearl like this takes two to three years to develop with bigger pearls taking considerably longer. However, it is a risk farming larger pearls because the bigger a pearl grows, the harder it is to maintain a perfect spherical shape. Pearls range in colour from a refined white to a ravishing black, encompassing silver, cream, gold, green and blue. Across the world there are also burgeoning markets for the keshi and poppyseed pearls that have 100 percent nacre and a lustrous finish. These pearls are less symmetrical than standard pearls, and are relatively less expensive. To ensure authenticity, it’s recommended that a certificate of authority be obtained when purchasing a pearl. The Cook Islands Pearl Authority will be able to advise you of reputable dealers within the Cook Islands. The authority has established grading scales that they enforce as well as supporting pearl farmers and many pearl retailers.

Far from the clamour of our everyday urban world, in the vast blueness of the Pacic, lies the pristine necklace of the Northern Cook Islands. The remote home of Avaiki pearls. From their clear depths, the profusion of green, blue, aubergine and silvery hues in Avaiki pearls capture the rich colours of the lagoon. For discerning jewellers and jewellery buyers who demand beauty, rarity and integrity, Avaiki pearls have a special appeal. Only the highest grades of pearls sustainably harvested from the lagoon become Avaiki pearls. Their consistently deeper nacre creates higher lustre and resilience - a rare beauty to stand the test of time.

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Rarotonga Surrounded by a clear, turquoise blue lagoon, Rarotonga is 32 kilometres in circumference. The lagoon often extends more than a hundred metres to the reef and then slopes steeply to deep water. The reef fronts the shore to the north of the island, making the lagoon there unsuitable for swimming and watersports, but to the southeast, particularly around Muri, the lagoon is at its widest and deepest. This part of the island is the most popular with tourists for swimming, snorkelling and boating. Agricultural terraces, flats, and swamps surround the central mountain area. Rarotonga is the main island of the Cook Islands and caters to almost 90 percent of the country’s tourist accommodation and offers many activities. The population is approximately 9000, mostly indigenous Maoris and almost half living around Avarua Town on the north coast. The Maori ancestors landed on the Cook Islands in their magnificent, giant double18  www.paradisesonline.com

hulled canoes that are still proudly part of the traditional way of life. They were guided by their knowledge of the stars and the famous power of Polynesian navigation. Sometimes referred to at the Hawaii of yesteryear, Rarotonga is a small volcanic island with a landmass of only 26 square miles. It is dotted with pretty villages, a friendly atmosphere, lovely mountain views and hiking trails. It has a reputation for excellent snorkelling off the beaches that line most of the coast. Rarotonga enjoys a climate that is warm and sunny all year. There is more rain and higher humidity between the summer months of December to April. The high season for tourism is during Christmas when New Zealanders and Australians visit during their summer school holidays. Tradition and a cultural heritage are trademarks of the island. Music is an integral part of the culture and part of the islander’s daily routine. Stunning chants and hymns emanate from the churches and local string bands use a combination of electronic and traditional ukuleles made from coconut shells to entertain.

Visitors will often be invited to join with the hip-swaying dancers when the music begins! Fishing, paddling, sailing, and swimming are just some of the activities that abound in this tropical paradise. If you feel like more adventure, take a trip into the hinterland and experience the unique flora and fauna of the lush rain forests. Take time to listen to the legends of ancient wars and love affairs that stretch far back into an almost forgotten time. Getting around Rarotonga is easy. With no traffic lights to be seen, relax and meander on a bus around the island. Buses uniquely travel both clockwise and anticlockwise on the road that circles the island and obliging drivers will pick-up and drop-off at will. Scooters are also a popular mode of transport–sometimes carrying whole families. While nurturing its culture and tradition with sensitivity and pride, Rarotonga is also very much part of the present and offers everything today’s visitors expect. Experience Rarotonga and you will not be disappointed.


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The Little Polynesian Experience the epitome of Polynesian hospitality and an exceptional South Pacific holiday with luxurious accommodation, tantalising cuisine and an array of amenities and activities. Awarded Trip Advisor’s prestigious 2013 Certificate of Excellence, The Little Polynesian is nestled on a pristine white beach amid a marine reserve of astounding turquoise blue. Intimate luxury At this intimate luxury boutique resort serenity is certain and seclusion is guaranteed. Welcoming guests over the age of 15 years only, it is an ideal destination for honeymoons and romantic breaks. Well-appointed beach and garden accommodations are rendered in a minimalist palette of ivory with local

woods and traditional accents such as high roofing adding to the tropical ambience of this South Seas paradise. Traditional bungalows Only steps from the water, Overbeach Ares (bungalows) look out to the lagoon’s turquoise waters. Each bungalow comes with its own private gazebo and daybed overlooking the white sandy beach, as well as an outdoor shower and spa tub. The scent of tropical flowers fills the air around the Pia Tiare (garden units). Each unit is equipped with a spacious queen size bed, bar fridge, outdoor shower and spa tub. All accommodation is beautifully appointed and amenities include coffee and tea making facilities, TV and DVD. Begin your day with a tropical island breakfast delivered to your room. In the evening the bistro offers an exciting mix of Island and Mediterranean cuisine

including freshly caught seafood. The dessert menu is equally tempting, with its tropical, flavoured delights or enjoy an exotic cocktail concoction at the bar. Intimate tropical weddings For special occasions, customised dinners are easily arranged. Spectacular sunsets and twilight evenings offer ideal settings for an intimate, tropical wedding and other formal ceremonies can also be arranged. A dedicated wedding planner will organise all your requirements allowing you more time to explore the island. The clear waters of the marine protected lagoon are ideal for swimming, snorkelling and kayaking. Other recreational activities include whale watching, cultural tours, hiking, bird watching, scenic flights, golf, tennis, fishing and trekking.

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Pacific Resort Rarotonga The island paradise of Rarotonga is legendary for its beauty. The mountainous peaks of the inner island are ringed by spectacularly beautiful beaches and stunning lagoons of crystal clear water. The most beautiful of these is in Muri, and it is here that Pacific Resort Rarotonga is located.

fresh seafood, exotic fruits and meals complemented by international wines. On Friday nights there is an authentic Cook Islands’ feast complete with dancing and singing by the talented village culture group. All-day dining starts with a complimentary island breakfast in Sandals Restaurant and the Barefoot Bar offers casual beachfront dining and bar services.

Traditional island hospitality Nestled discreetly on the white sands of Rarotonga’s most spectacular lagoon, this boutique resort offers a perfect blend of modern comforts and traditional island hospitality. Pacific Resort Rarotonga is a four-star boutique resort and is superbly situated on 5.5 acres of manicured beachfront grounds so guests are just steps away from water, sand and sun. The traditional thatched roof design of the resort’s buildings and tropical gardens ensure it blends organically into the picturesque environment of Muri Beach.

Children can join in the fun activities at the Beach Hut Kids Club—a hands-on children’s program—where they will have the opportunity participate in fun activities such as octopus hunting in the lagoon, kayak safaris, sandcastle building, coconut husking, basket weaving and more! The Kids Club is complimentary for children aged 6-11 years staying at the resort.

With a collection of 64 studios, suites, family rooms and two- or three-bedroom villas, there is an accommodation option to suit all needs. Each room is tastefully decorated in a contemporary Polynesian style and overlooks either flourishing tropical gardens or the gorgeous beach and lagoon. Guests can snorkel in the turquoise lagoon or be tempted with an array of 20  www.paradisesonline.com

Island excursions There’s plenty to keep guests entertained at the resort. They can spend their days swimming, sunbathing, windsurfing, sailing, stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking around the islands and its small islets. Additionally they can dive, snorkel and discover all that the lagoon has to offer. There is a range of interesting cultural activities to introduce guests to the way of life in the Cook Islands. On offer are ukulele lessons, hula dancing, giant clam and octopus hunting, tropical forest safaris or guests can head out for a spot of reef fishing with an experienced island guide.


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This is the only resort on the island to offer its own lagoon cruiser. The Moana Roa (lagoon cruiser) cruises out into Muri Lagoon for coral viewing, fish feeding and snorkelling off the boat. The tour operates every day except Sunday and is a perfect day out for the whole family. While a variety of activities is available in Muri to entertain guests, the rest of the island also has much to offer. For those who wish to explore Rarotonga, scooters and cars are available for hire on-site and are the perfect way to see the island. Mingle with the locals at weekly markets, tackle the cross-island hike, join a diving or sightseeing tour, and experience the natural wonders and culture of Rarotonga. Say ‘I do’ in a tropical paradise Pacific Resort Rarotonga is the perfect place to say ‘I do’. With an idyllic white sand beachfront overlooking stunning turquoise waters of Muri Beach and Lagoon, this 4-star boutique resort is the ideal venue for an unforgettable, romantic wedding experience. Couples can choose to say their vows surrounded by lush tropical gardens in the manicured resort grounds, barefoot on the pristine white sands of Muri Beach or standing on the shore of Koromiri, an

uninhabited islet located in front of the resort on Muri Lagoon. The Island Princess Ceremony package includes a traditional vaka lagoon ride with a warrior, shell horn announcement by an island warrior, romantic ukulele serenade, island maiden dancer and a handwoven coconut palm and flower archway. With the resort’s specialist wedding coordinator helping every step of the way, couples will enjoy a romantic day that exceeds all expectations. If guests are after some pampering, they can relax and leave the pressures of the world behind and enjoy a massage treatment in the privacy of their own room, on the beach (weather permitting) or alternatively at the nearby sister property, Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa. Other facilities include 24-hour reception, internet and email services, speciality gift shop, self-laundering facilities and the Pacific Village complex that has a doctor’s surgery, gift shop, Telecom store and hair and beauty salon. No matter how guests choose to fill their days at this breathtakingly beautiful resort, one thing is certain—they will leave feeling rested, restored, renewed and above all, determined to return.

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Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa For those who value independence and privacy while relaxing and enjoying luxury surrounds, look no further than Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa. Set on the white sands of Muri Beach, overlooking a crystal clear lagoon, the five-star villa complex is the perfect location for your next island getaway. Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa is ideal for discerning travellers who desire the freedom to be self-sufficient while experiencing the quality accommodation and amenities of a high-end property. The villas can be rented by the week or by the day and feature one, two or three bedrooms with the option of a beachfront or a garden setting. Each villa has an individual pool and children are welcome. Guests will be spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding how to spend time at Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa. The onsite spa is the perfect way to revitalise and offers a wide range of massage and pampering treatments for individuals and couples—a must-try for those serious about total relaxation. For a more active pastime, guests can make use of complimentary kayaks or snorkelling equipment. This white sand paradise is perfect for snorkelling and Muri Beach village is within walking distance.

The lagoon is ideal for kayaking, stand-up paddleboards, catamarans or windsurfing lessons. Adventurous guests can dive on the wreck of the SS Maiti and dedicated snorkellers will love the great sites around the Muri Lagoon area. Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa is managed by Pacific Resort Hotel Group so guests have use of all facilities and services at Pacific Resort Rarotonga including Activities Hut, Kids Club, restaurants and convenient charge-back service. Perfect romantic getaway Couples will be spoilt for choice when it comes to encounters that will enhance the romance of their special getaway. They can experience an intimate couples massage at the tranquil Te Manava spa, enjoy a romantic dinner at a private location at sister property Pacific Resort Rarotonga or plan a wedding or renewal of vows ceremony in paradise. Honeymooners will enjoy the luxury and privacy of the villas and will be delighted with the complimentary wine, flowers and small gift they receive on arrival. Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa infuses romantic getaways and 5-star luxury with the guarantee of privacy and independence and ensures guests leave having experienced the charm and romance of Rarotonga.

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The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa Experience warm island hospitality and the incomparable spirit of the South Seas at Rarotonga’s best 4-star absolute beachfront resort. Immerse yourself in paradise at the renowned Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa on the island’s beach and crystal clear lagoon on the sunshine coast. Here you’ll discover the Aro’a Lagoon Marine Reserve, a snorkeller’s paradise where you can play with the jewel-coloured reef fish to your heart’s content, at any tide! Enjoy a wealth of complimentary activities including hand feeding the fish, snorkelling,

stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and learning to dance the hula, make a lei, play the ukulele or husk a coconut. Regularly voted a Top 10 family-friendly resort by readers of Holidays With Kids magazine, The Rarotongan offers the famous Moko’s Kids Club where kids 0-11 years play free, Little Dolphins mini waterpark, Teen Zone and Banana Beach Playland Crèche for 0-3 years (charges applies). Treat yourself to some well-deserved ‘me time’ at SpaPolynesia LUXE @ Lime Blossom Villa that offers a wide range of spa, beauty and hydrotherapy treatments.

For couples in love there’s a personal wedding planner to create your dream island wedding and a variety of reception venues include the uber-romantic silklined Blue Lagoon Marquee and Latitude 21-30 private nightclub for into-the-night celebrations (no 11pm curfew!). Wedding groups have the option of staying across two resorts, including adults-only Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach next door, or take the 45-minute flight to the world’s most beautiful lagoon, Aitutaki, and add a stay at the only resort on the lagoon, 5-star Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa.

Aroa Beach + Aroa Lagoon Marine Reserve, Rarotonga COOK ISLANDS Tel: +682 25800 Fax: +682 25799  Email: info@rarotongan.co.ck  www.TheRarotongan.com Find us on Facebook

Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach Indulge at Rarotonga’s adultonly, absolute beachfront 4.5-star boutique resort. Step from your Beachfront Suite onto the secluded white sands of Aroa Beach, swim in the crystal clear waters of Aroa Lagoon Marine Reserve and snorkel among multicoloured tropical fish. The resort offers guests 16 and over a stylish swimming pool, swimup bar (the only one at a high-end resort on the island), Bluewater Grill showcasing fine Pacific cuisine created from the freshest local produce, and Ginger Garden where you can savour the flavours of Asia.

The Beachfront Suites feel like being in your own native hut complete with black pearl shell accents in the Italian tiled bathroom and Wi-Fi. The 48 identical Beachfront Suites make the resort ideal for small, medium and large corporate, incentive and special-interest groups. Complimentary activities include off-beach, snorkelling in Aroa Lagoon Marine Reserve, stand-up paddleboarding, fish feeding, kayaking, ‘try scuba’ in the pool, guided walks, tennis, and more. SpaPolynesia LUXE @ Lime Blossom Villa features a full menu of spa and beauty therapies for his

and hers spa pampering, and the resort’s personal wedding planner helps couples create their dream island wedding. Guests can also enjoy the use of all facilities at the neighbouring sister resort, The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa. Paradise is even closer with direct flights from Sydney, Los Angeles or Auckland. For a pairing made in heaven, combine your Sanctuary stay with time at 5-star sister resort, Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa, the only resort directly on the world’s most beautiful lagoon—complete with the Cooks’ only Overwater Bungalows.

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Manuia Beach Resort Your Polynesian paradise at Manuia Beach Resort awaits you. Marvel at the magical sunsets over a sparkling blue lagoon while lounging on the white sandy beach fringed with swaying coconut palms. Wander through the tropical gardens on your way to the beachside infinity pool. Rest your elbows on the pool edge and soak in the view across the beach and the lagoon to the waves crashing on the barrier reef beyond. Sip a refreshing tropical cocktail delivered to you from the Beaches Restaurant and Bar, or enjoy Polynesian inspired meals in the restaurant while you trail your toes through the sandy floor. Manuia Beach Resort is set right on the beach in private and peaceful surroundings on the sheltered Sunset Coast of Rarotonga. You will love the authentic Cook Islands’ style accommodation, available

in garden and beachfront settings with coconut thatched suites complete with island style décor and modern amenities such as air- conditioning. Each room has a spacious veranda complete with outdoor furniture, where meals can be enjoyed if desired, or just relax and enjoy the privacy in your own little piece of heaven at your Cook Island resort. Walk along the sandy path down to the water and be stunned by the beauty of the poolside area. The infinity pool, sun loungers invitingly facing the beautiful lagoon, the relaxed atmosphere of Beaches Restaurant and Bar serving authentic Polynesian cuisine and the attentive staff combine to set the stage for your dream Rarotongan getaway. Watch the waves on the reef, and fishermen in the lagoon while you enjoy your complimentary tropical breakfast, or choose from the wider menu available.

Cocktail hours are popular with special nights held on occasions complete with local entertainment. Dinner brings a number of options; a Polynesian inspired menu can be served under the kikau thatched roof of the restaurant, or on your special table by the beach or pool where you can watch the sun go down and enjoy the night sky. Or why not enjoy a romantic dinner for two in a private setting with a special menu devised for the occasion. Polynesian paradise Your magical holiday starts when you receive your Polynesian greeting at the airport on arrival. You will then be transported the short 10-minute drive from the airport in your dedicated Manuia Beach Resort transport and escorted to your Rarotongan resort accommodation that will be ready for you, no matter what the hour.

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Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel & Villas Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel is located in the village of Titikaveka on Rarotonga’s stunning southern coast on a 10-kilometre stretch of white sandy beach.

Moana Sands Beachfront Villas Located just four kilometres from the hotel, nestled on the white sandy beach of the neighbouring village is Moana Sands Beachfront Villas.

This absolute beachfront 17-room boutique hotel provides a tranquil island atmosphere where, from your own private balcony or patio, enjoy the views of the white sandy beach and crystal clear lagoon teeming with colourful marine life. All rooms are air-conditioned and provide guests with their own small kitchenette facility.

Each of the six purpose built villas has two air-conditioned bedrooms, two bathrooms and a spacious lounge/dining/ kitchen facility. Just like the hotel, every villa has absolutely stunning views of the beach and lagoon.

Sands Restaurant & Bar, the on-site restaurant, is open daily for breakfast and dinner and offers beachside dining in the evenings (weather permitting). Alternatively the lovely barbecue area on the beach is the perfect spot to mingle with other guests and enjoy a casual meal.

Adjacent to the villas, Taikura Shops offer an on-site café, PasifikArt store that sells locally made products plus Moana Sands’ Hibiscus Beauty Spa that offers relaxing massages as well as hair, skin and/or nail treatments. Directly opposite the villas is Wigmore’s’ supermarket open daily for all your general grocery needs, and there are also two popular local restaurants within a five-minute walk.

Just like the hotel, guests at the villas also have access and use of a beach barbecue for a simple and easy casual meal. Both properties provide guests with complimentary snorkelling equipment and kayaks along with some friendly tips on the best spots to see the myriad of amazing tropical fish. Bicycles are also available for hire where children and adults alike can explore the island. The wedding of your dreams Working closely with Wedded Bliss Rarotonga, Rarotonga’s leading wedding co-ordinators, Moana Sands will happily customise the wedding of your dreams. Exchange your vows by the edge of the brilliant blue lagoon as the sun sets on another day in paradise. The friendly team at Moana Sands will welcome you with a big ‘Kia Orana’ and a smile from the heart.

Box 1007, Titikaveka, Rarotonga COOK ISLANDS Tel: +682 26189 Fax: +682 22189  Email: beach@moanasands.co.ck  www.moanasands.co.ck www.paradisesonline.com  25


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Muri Beach Club Hotel With an enviable location on a beautiful stretch of beach on Muri Lagoon, Muri Beach Club Hotel is a privately owned, luxurious adultsonly getaway. The resort offers guests amazing views over the lagoon and the small offshore islands while the wide range of amenities caters to guests’ every desire. Accommodations include Premier Garden Rooms, suitable for up to four people, Superior Pool View Rooms or Deluxe Beachfront Rooms that enjoy unobstructed views of the lagoon and its islands.

Tailormade to meet the specific needs of each guest, the hotel offers just 30 air-conditioned rooms guaranteeing personalised service. Each includes, tea/coffee facilities, room safe, IDD telephone, refrigerator, satellite TV and inhouse movies. The hotel promises to show you the true beauty of Rarotonga in a chic, sophisticated environment, and the amenities and facilities enhance this experience. The fine dining restaurant specialises in fantastic South Pacific fare. Enjoy panoramic views of the

offshore islands in the Lagoon Lounge whilst sipping on a sensational cocktail. Between the Lagoon Lounge, the central swimming pool and the spa and beauty salon, visitors will be hard pressed not to feel completely relaxed. This is also an amazing place to celebrate your special day. A romantic wedding at this tropical paradise can be organised for you by the hotel’s wedding co-ordinator. Choose from a range of packages for an exotic island wedding on a white sandy beach with the lagoon waters gently lapping at your feet.

PO Box 3050, Rarotonga COOK ISLANDS Tel: +682 23000 Fax: +682 23001  Email: info@muribeachclubhotel.com  www.muribeachclubhotel.com

Sunset Resort Nestled idyllically on the shores of a sheltered lagoon, the secluded beachfront location provides guests with an unspoilt view of Rarotonga’s crystal clear aqua blue lagoon and breathtaking sunsets.

people. Ideally located for convenience and privacy, the resort is just a short drive from the main town of Avarua and minutes from the golf course and tennis courts.

Sunset Resort has 35 spacious selfcatering apartments which are located either on the beachfront overlooking the lagoon or beside one of the two swimming pools that are set in lush, tropical gardens.

Studios and one- and two–bedroom suites all feature a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave and a fridge/freezer. Airconditioned for comfort, the suites offer a split king size bed, colour TV, DVD library available on request, in-room safe and IDD phones. A guest laundry is also available.

The resort’s intimate atmosphere guarantees all guests feel welcome while they enjoy the magic of Rarotonga and its

Gourmet delights The Anchorage Restaurant & Bar is surrounded by tropical gardens and is

open for breakfast, lunch and dinner while the Sunday sunset barbecue offers a relaxed dining option. The Drumbeat bar, with a daily happy hour, is the perfect place to chill out and mingle with other guests. With the helpful staff able to offer local information on sightseeing, activities and excursions including safari tours, snorkelling, lagoon cruising and kayaking, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Only five minutes from the airport, Sunset Resort offers all the conveniences and features needed for a relaxing escape within friendly, intimate surroundings.

PO Box 377, Rarotonga COOK ISLANDS Tel: +682 28028 Fax: +682 28026  Email: welcome@thesunsetresort.com  www.thesunsetresort.com

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Palm Grove Palm Grove is located in Vaima on Rarotonga’s enchanting south coast. The property has 26 individual bungalows scattered over five acres of landscaped beachfront and lush tropical gardens. Bungalows are available in a range of catergories from studio to a three-bedroom layout, in beachfront and garden settings. All bungalows include a king size bed, kitchen facilities, air-conditioning, flatscreen TV, and private patio/balcony. Located on a pristine stretch of white sand beach on Rarotonga, Palm Grove guests need go

no further than steps from their bungalow to experience wonderful snorkelling, swimming and kayaking at all tides. Tropical tranquility A daily tropical buffet breakfast is included in the room rates and is served in the openair restaurant overlooking the garden. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the deck is the perfect spot for an evening cocktail. Don’t miss the Friday evening happy hour with live music or the popular Sunday barbecue. Spend the day on the pristine white sand beach with complimentary kayaks and

snorkelling gear, take a dip in the freshwater swimming pool, or rent a motorbike on-site and explore Rarotonga. There is also a guest barbecue area, laundry facilities and a tour desk. Palm Grove will assist with arranging transfers, scuba diving excursions, local shopping, sightseeing tours and outer island day trips. The resort also offers several wedding packages and an on-site wedding co-ordinator. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of your private piece of tropical island paradise at Palm Grove.

PO Box 23, Rarotonga COOK ISLANDS Tel: +682 20002 Fax: +682 21998  Email: beach@palmgrove.co.ck   www.palmgrove.net

Club Raro Club Raro is situated on the northern coast of Rarotonga among beautiful shady palms, tropical gardens and is within close proximity to Rarotonga’s major events and attractions. Tropical ambience This Cook Islands’ resort features 60 rooms in various surroundings, either amidst tropical gardens, by the freshwater pool or along the lagoon front with views of the Pacific Ocean. Rooms are appointed with Polynesian décor, offering a tropical ambience. Accommodation is simple but spacious and clean and offers all the

necessary in-room amenities such as air-conditioning, a refrigerator, tea/coffee facilities and room service from 8am-9pm. All inclusive packages are available that include daily breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as non-alcoholic beverages. The Palms Restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering a variety of sumptuous international and local cuisine. The poolside Ocean View Pool Bar is a tropical treat offering an array of delicious cuisines. Take in views of the sparkling lagoon while sipping your tropical cocktail, enjoy a quick bite from the

daytime casual menu, or an evening meal from the à la carte menu. The Sunday evening roast is not to be missed. Tours and excursions Club Raro offers guests a swimming pool, complimentary tennis facilities and scooter and bike rental. There is also a tour desk to book a choice of exciting tours and excursions such as scuba diving, deepsea fishing, 4WD mountain safari or a scenic aeroplane excursion, to name a few. For something more relaxing, a soothing, pampering massage can also be arranged.

PO Box 483, Rarotonga COOK ISLANDS Tel: +682 22415 Fax: +682 24415  Email: holiday@clubraro.co.ck  www.clubraro.co.ck

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Aitutaki Aitutaki, the second most visited island in the Cook Islands group, is geologically part volcanic and part atoll. Local legend claims that its highest hill, Maungapu, is said to be the top of Rarotonga’s Raemaru mountain that was chopped off and brought back by victorious Aitutaki warriors. Polynesian myth holds that beautiful Aitutaki is a giant fish tethered to the seabed by a vine from the air. The light turquoise lagoon looks like a huge pale oyster against the vivid blue ocean. Captain Bligh discovered Aitutaki in 1789, only 17 days before the notorious mutiny on the Bounty. Christian missionaries followed which meant it was the first island in the Cook Islands to receive Christianity. Today the people live in villages along the coastline and island interior. Most roads are tar sealed and transport is mainly by motor scooter, although bicycles and cars are also used to get people around. The low rolling hills of the island are flanked by 28  www.paradisesonline.com

banana plantations and coconut groves. A triangular barrier reef seems to catch the exquisite turquoise Aitutaki lagoon like a giant fishhook. The crystal clear water in the lagoon is ideal for sailing, swimming and snorkelling and beneath the blue surface is a world of sea creatures and plants that will leave you fascinated. There’s also the elusive fighting bonefish which is favoured by anglers. To reach the summit of Maungapu, take a leisurely half-hour walk to the west side of the island. At its peak you’ll discover a breathtaking view of Aitutaki. The shopping and business district is between Amuri and Ureia and also clustered near the wharf at Arutanga. Aitutaki offers a range of accommodation for any budget and there are a few restaurants and cafés on the island for your dining pleasure. Live entertainment can be found at hotels or local watering holes. Be sure to book a full day lagoon cruise. There will be plenty of snorkelling opportunities and you can even hand

feed schools of tropical fish and see giant clams up close. Some operators offer snorkelling gear and towels and serve a barbecue lunch when you arrive on an island. If you prefer to keep your feet nice and dry, a glass bottom boat tour is a fun way to view the reef below with its amazing formations and amazing tropical fish. On board, the operator will point out the wonders of the lagoon and explain how the Marine Fisheries is trying to increase the number of fish in the lagoon. This is a perfect day for young families. Other day trips will take you to sacred grounds where ancient rituals and sacrifices were performed. You will learn how ancient Polynesian warriors defended their island with the help of supernatural beings and how warriors of old voyaged long distances to experience the music and drums of Te Are Karioi. Te Are Karioi was famous in this region of Polynesia, before the arrival of Europeans, as a place where men could find refuge from their wives and families and dance the nights away in the company of young women.


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Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa “No artist’s palette could ever conceive of a more perfect, more luminescent turquoise than that of the lagoon of Aitutaki, arguably the most beautiful in the world,” wrote Steve Davey in Unforgettable Places to See Before You Die (BBC Books). For the ultimate South Pacific escape, journey to 5-star, adults-only Aitutaki Lagoon Resort, an idyllic destination about which the prestigious Condé Nast Traveller wrote: “Aitutaki is an exquisite atoll” with “the most vivid lagoon colours anyone has ever seen.” Listed by ISLANDS magazine as one of the World’s 12 Best Private Islands, this sublime resort rests effortlessly on the secluded, private island of Motu Akitua— the Cook Islands’ only private island resort and the only resort directly on Aitutaki Lagoon. Encircled by champagne-sand beaches, the resort enjoys panoramic views across the vast lagoon to the motu (small isles) beyond. Following its recent multimillion makeover this luxury 5-star resort is officially adults-only from 01 April 2014. Just 45 minutes flying time from Rarotonga, Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa offers the only overwater bungalows in the Cook Islands, a quintessentially Polynesian experience complete with direct access to the inviting waters.

The resort also offers beautiful Deluxe Beachfront Bungalows, Premium Beachfront Bungalows and Beachfront Bungalows. All come complete with roofs hand-thatched with plaited kikau (coconut palm fronds), furniture made of tropical woods, spacious veranda with sunloungers, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, super-king bed, TV/DVD, CD player/ radio, mini fridge and bathrobes. The sumptuous luxury Royal Honeymoon Pool Villa Te Arau—a favourite with celebrities— offers complete privacy in a lush garden setting, an open-air spa, daybed pavilion, swimming pool and a separate kitchen/ dining pavilion. The resort offers a range of memorable dining experiences including a fire dance show at the water’s edge, authentic umukai (earth-oven) feast, seafood platters and private candlelit dining on the sand under the stars. Resort guests can enjoy complimentary use of stand-up paddleboards, windsurfers, outrigger canoes, kayaks, snorkelling gear and bicycles. For couples in love there’s a range of gorgeous Lagoon of Love wedding packages and a variety of venues including beach gazebos, the Flying Boat restaurant and the Oneroa Beach Chapel. Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa—heaven sent.

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Pacific Resort Aitutaki The island of Aitutaki is an idyllic paradise, an atoll of lush tropical foliage and white sand beaches ringed by a stunningly beautiful lagoon. This romantic tropical escape is home to Pacific Resort Aitutaki, the World’s Leading Boutique Island Resort (World Travel Awards) and a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection. Guests are greeted each morning by a spectacular view of Aitutaki’s world famous lagoon, thanks to the private sun deck and absolute beachfront location of each of the resort’s 27 spacious and air-conditioned beachfront bungalows, villas and suites. Explore or relax Guests can venture out onto the manicured resort grounds and discover the picturesque infinity pool and the popular Black Rock Café, nestled among the black volcanic rocks that are a striking feature of

this jewel of the South Seas. Snorkelling equipment and kayaks are complimentary. The tour desk can arrange rental cars, scooters, bicycles, island tours, scuba diving, big game, reef and lagoon fishing, windsurfing and sailing, horticultural tours and a range of lagoon cruises incorporating activities such as snorkelling, feeding tropical fish by hand and an islandstyle lunch on an uninhabited island.

Rapae Bay Restaurant which is an openplan dining area over two levels. Another way to treat the body is at the Tiare Spa that offers a range of tropical treatments and massages. Romantic weddings are a specialty. The on-site wedding co-ordinator and resort staff spare no effort and give great attention to detail. Pacific Resort Aitutaki is the essence of luxury escapism.

Pacific Resort Aitutaki is the perfect place to experience authentic Polynesia. In this magnificent, natural setting, enjoy a traditional Polynesian feast every Wednesday and experience a buffet of exotic island fare together with an enthralling performance by Cook Islands’ drummers, dancers and singers. Every day, take advantage of the abundant fresh fish, organic pork, fruits, vegetables and herbs grown by the local farmers at

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Atiu Island Located 215 kilometres northeast of Rarotonga, Atiu Island is part of the Southern Group in the Cook Islands. Captain Cook reached Atiu in 1777 and was approached by the islanders in outrigger canoes bringing welcome gifts of food. In the late 1800s Atiu sought protection by Britain in fear of a takeover by the French from neighbouring Tahiti. Atiu and Tahiti have remained closely connected and an Atiuan community was even established in Tahiti by those who went to work there on sugar plantations.

mostly farmed for coffee and pineapples. Atiu has a warm and sunny climate all year round with an average temperature of 25° Celsius. Atiu is famous for its cave dwelling (Atiu swiftlet) bird and has a variety of interesting birds, most of which reside in the Makatea Forest. Atiu has become a bird sanctuary for the endangered Rimatara lorikeet and Rarotonga Flycatcher. For more wildlife visit Takutea bird sanctuary 16 kilometres northwest of the island. There are a number of cave tours such as visiting ancient burial caves, sunken water caves

and the popular Anatakitaki Kopeka Bird Caves, the nesting place of the bird. All of the accommodation on Atiu is selfcontained with well-equipped cooking facilities. There are only two restaurants on Atiu—Kura’s Kitchen at Atiu Villas and Teranginui Café in Areora. Both are open every day except Sundays. Visitors are advised to change money in Rarotonga before travelling to Atiu. Visitors must first fly to Rarotonga international airport. Air New Zealand is the main carrier to Rarotonga, while Air Rarotonga conducts inter island flights.

In 1891 the Cook Islands became a New Zealand colony and was eventually granted self-governing status in 1965, however the people still hold New Zealand citizenship. This small volcanic island has a population of less than 600 people with a landmass of just 26.9 square kilometres and is surrounded by a coral limestone reef called Makatea. There are limestone caves all over the Makatea. The fertile interior is

Atiu Villas Situated on Atiu Island, Atiu Villas provide a quiet and relaxing environment for guests to enjoy. Surrounded by wild tropical gardens, these charming chalet-style villas are just a short walk from the white sandy beaches of the southern coastline. Island comfort Made almost entirely from local timbers, all the roomy villas have a veranda and solar hot water supply. Each villa also has cooking facilities with seasonal fresh fruit provided and a fully stocked larder. Atiu Villas is the island’s most developed and

stylish holiday destination with varying room configurations for two to six people.

tennis courts, barbecue facilities, a tour desk and offers guests free Wi-Fi.

Your hosts Kura and Roger Malcolm ensure every visit is as active, or as peaceful, as you want. They can arrange historical, eco and island tours to places such as the spectacular caves or one of the 26 secluded beaches with special bird watching tours also available. Guests can hire bicycles, motorbikes and jeeps to explore the island and snorkelling equipment is available to enjoy the vibrant marine life.

A must for every visitor is to attend the local tumunu one evening for a unique night of entertainment. Kura’s Kitchen is conveniently located on-site and regularly hosts intimate island nights for guests’ entertainment.

Atiu Villas also features a swimming pool,

Honeymoon in paradise This private island setting is a perfect location for weddings, couples or honeymooners as well as those after some well-deserved relaxation. Bookings online at www.atiuvillas.com.

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Picturesque coastlines The Fiji archipelago is comprised of 333 islands, located at the crossroads of the South Pacific. The main island is Viti Levu, the next largest is Vanua Levu, and together they make up 85 percent of the country’s total land area. Approximately 100 of the islands are inhabited. All the islands have picturesque coastlines, tall coconut palms nodding over still waters of brilliant turquoise, lagoons fringed by coral reefs and soft white sandy beaches. Capital and major centres The capital is Suva on the southeast corner of Viti Levu, although most visitors have their first taste of Fiji via the international airport at Nadi, one of the other major towns on the main island. More than 85 flights land at Nadi every week. From there it is only a quick seven minute hop to one of the offshore island resorts, or less than an hour of flying time to Vanua Levu or Taveuni, the second and third largest islands. Nearby are the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands which offer picture postcard beautiful lagoons and beaches. The old capital of Levuka on Ovalau Island has been carefully preserved as an historical monument. The people Fiji is the ‘hub’ of the South Pacific, a melting pot of both the Polynesian and Melanesian races. The nation comprises many different races and people. From 1879 to 1916, Indians came as indentured labourers to work on the 32  www.paradisesonline.com

sugar plantations. After the indentured system was abolished, many Indians stayed on as independent farmers and businessmen. Indigenous Fijians comprise half the population with South Pacific Islanders, Europeans and Chinese comprising the remainder. The principal language is English, however Fijian is spoken by Fijians, Hindustani by most Indians, and Chinese and other Pacific island languages are spoken. Most of the population is bilingual. Nature Fiji’s larger islands are generally of volcanic origin and the smaller islands are coral, limestone, or sand cays. Coral reefs and lagoons abound. Vegetation is mainly tropical coconut palms and pandanus interspersed with hibiscus, frangipani and other exotic flowers. Unique fauna includes the fruit bat, mongoose and Fijian crested iguana. Fiji is free of all the serious plant and animal pests and diseases that plague other countries and endeavours to remain that way. Preserving the beautiful environment is an exercise that the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests takes very seriously, strictly regulating the importation of any matter that may affect the country’s plant and animal life. The sights On the road from Suva to Nadi are the Kula Bird Park and the Sigatoka Sand Dunes. In Suva, the national museum in


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the historical Thurston Gardens stand right next to Government House with its colourful guards dressed in red tunics and white sulus. Founded much earlier than other Pacific island museums, the national museum is unrivalled in the islands for the extent of its collection of anthropological and historical material. For those who like to explore, there is a central highland bush trek through the province following the track which the missionaries took in 1849. A striking feature in Nadi is the Hindu temple at the southern end of town. This is the largest Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere and the traditional Dravidian architecture is rarely seen outside of India. Natadola Beach is one of the most outstanding beaches in Fiji and only a half hour drive south of Nadi. Savusavu is home to the unusual attractions of the Nakama thermal springs and Namale blowholes. A unique experience is the tour of a working copra plantation and scenic drives are easily arranged. For an authentic cultural experience, Orchid Island is a natural river 34  www.paradisesonline.com

formation that has been cultivated into a realistic microcosm of Fiji. Offering a human scale historical adventure, one of the unique features is the 16-metre high pagan temple, Bure Kalou. Where to stay Accommodation is prolific and there’s something for every budget from luxury hotels, resorts and villas, to Fijian bures with modern facilities, cottages, lodges, townhouses and apartments. Bures, based on traditional village thatched roof houses, are very popular with tourists as they provide an authentic Fijian atmosphere. The Fijian design incorporated into most hotels helps to maintain the exotic ambience of this paradise in the South Pacific. Campsites are available on Seashell Cove Resort, Rukuruku, Colo I Suva and Nukulau. Getting around In Fiji cars drive on the left side of the road, and overseas or international driving permits are valid for six months. There’s a variety of rental car agencies, an extensive

local bus service on each of the main islands, and deluxe coach tours. Taxis are inexpensive and metered. Ferries, helicopters and seaplanes provide transportation between an extensive network of docks and airfields throughout the islands and resorts. Food and entertainment Most nightclubs, restaurants and cinemas are located in the city centres, with most of the larger hotels and resorts providing their own entertainment in the form of Fijian nights which include a lovo (food cooked in an underground oven), sometimes the yaqona ceremony (kava drinking) and always a meke (song and dance). There’s a good selection of restaurants in the major centres featuring Chinese, Japanese, Indian, French, and European foods. A number of places offer Fijian cuisine which is most often seafood, cooked in coconut milk, and steamed or boiled rather than fried. Activities Fiji is renowned for the variety of activities


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available. Water-based activities abound including snorkelling on shallow reefs, scuba diving, game fishing, surfing, windsurfing, sailing, cruising and yacht charters. On land, choose from golf, horseriding, squash, rugby and trekking through tropical rainforests. There are crystal clear rivers to swim in, jet boats to ride in, sacred caves to visit and rapids to raft through. Numerous island tours are on offer with sailing excursions and safaris into the rugged peaks and remote villages of the highlands. Shopping Whether you are shopping or browsing, you’ll discover everything from unique cultural and historical artefacts, to budget and souvenir shops, stylish international boutiques, and duty free shopping. Popular purchases include carved tanoa bowls from which ‘the national drink’ kava is mixed and served, ‘cannibal forks’ and Fijian combs.

Handicrafts range from woven baskets and mats to masa (tapa cloth) and pottery items. For international fashion buffs, there is the ubiquitous sulu, an all-purpose, unisex, one-size-fits-all garment. This amazing outfit is worn 100 different ways by women from beach wrap to evening dress, whilst men in both business and government wear them as a day skirt. For those who really love the age-old practice of bargaining, it is still conducted in some shops and bazaars and has reached the highest art form in Cumming Street, Suva. Shopping hours are Monday to Thursday 8 am to 5 pm, and on Fridays most shops close at 6 pm. On Saturdays a number of shops stay open for half a day and most do not open on Sundays or Public Holidays. Climate Fiji’s climate is tropical, with slight seasonal variations and occasional heavy rainfall.

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March to November is the dry season, and December to April is the rainy season. Clothing Light tropical gear is advisable for Fiji’s tropical climate. A swimsuit is appropriate if you are near a beach or pool. When approaching a town or village, it’s respectful to locals to cover up. Remove head wear when approaching a village. Smart casual attire is appropriate at night in luxury hotels. Wet weather clothing is recommended for the wet season. Time zone GMT +12 hours or AEST +2 hours. Currency The currency is the Fijian dollar. All major credit cards are accepted in the tourist resorts. ATMs can be found in all major cities and towns as well as the larger hotels and the airport. Tipping is not encouraged, but do bargain in the bazaars.


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Denarau Situated on Viti Levu Island, largest of the 333 Fijian islands, Denarau Island lies across a tiny causeway separating the island from the Nadi end of the mainland. This major tourism complex is 20 minutes from Nadi International Airport and includes The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa, Sheraton Fiji Resort, Sheraton Denarau Villas, Fiji Beach Resort & Spa (Hilton), Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, Radisson Resort Fiji Denarau Island, Golf Terraces, an 18–hole championship golf course, a golf and racquet club, and a 30–berth marina. The resorts boast both ocean and river 38  www.paradisesonline.com

frontage and mini buses run frequent transfers between the resorts and Port Denarau, while golf carts whiz guests around and between the resorts. Apart from offering a sophisticated hotel and residential experience, Port Denarau, with its shops and a growing marina, has become a major transit hub for Fijian tourism. With many of the smaller islands in the archipelago only accessible by boat, it is now the main transfer point for the resorts off the coast of Nadi in the Mamanuca and Yasawa groups. Port Denarau is the principle departure point for vessels. Departing from the port are traditional tall ships offering adventure cruises, accommodated cruises to the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands boasting the ultimate in comfort and culture, island

day trips and brigantines offering day and dinner cruises as well as jet boats. Sport is big on Denarau with the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club offering a spectacular 18–hole championship golf course. The course has been designed around the island’s extensive waterways. An impressive clubhouse comprising a pro shop and restaurant overlooks the 9th, 10th and 18th holes. A driving range and an adjacent complex with 10 tennis courts extend the club’s facilities. There is a yacht club and development is continuing on Denarau with other major up-market hotels under construction. There is also a commercial and retail centre, food and beverage outlets, and cultural attractions, making Denarau one of the leading integrated tourism destinations in the South Pacific.


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Captain Cook Cruises Captain Cook Cruises provides an ideal way to discover paradise amidst Fiji’s 300 islands where you will wander unspoilt island beaches, visit remote traditional villages and enjoy superb cuisine. Captain Cook discovery cruises are designed to offer you an authentic and personal experience where you are invited to discover the nature, history, culture and people of these spectacular islands. Choose from a full day cruise to Tivua Island aboard a sailing ship departing daily, or MV Reef Endeavour, your 130 passenger mini

cruise ship, departing on Tuesdays and Saturdays for three, four and seven night itineraries around the Mananuca, Yasawa and the northern islands.

Yasawa including the famous Sawa-i-lau limestone lagoon and caves. Combine both for a total seven-night Yasawa Islands cultural and island experience.

Discover paradise The Yasawa Islands offer some of the most dramatic scenery in the South Pacific. With at least one new island and coral reef to visit daily, these cruises have a greater emphasis on beach and water activities.

Amazing itineraries On the first Tuesday of each month cruise to Vanua Levu in the north of Fiji, rather than the Yasawas, with a choice of two amazing itineraries to places without postcards.

The three-night cruise features the southern islands including the Waya and Sacred Islands. The four night cruise explores the remote northern islands from Naviti to

All meals, daily island stopovers, water activities and entertainment, 24-hour selfservice tea and coffee bar are included. Fares exclude drinks, optional tours and services.

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Denarau Golf & Racquet Club Surrounded by Fiji’s aqua-blue seas and lush tropical mountains, the Denarau Golf & Racquet Club offers superior standards in recreation and relaxation only a twenty-minute drive from Nadi International Airport. Finest resort course The pride of the Denarau Golf & Racquet Club is the 18-hole, 6538 metre, par 72 resort golf course, designed by Eiichi Motohashi. Meandering through a magnificent landscape there are water hazards on 15 of the 18 holes and marine inspired bunkers and greens. Regarded the South Pacific’s premiere golf facility, the Denarau Golf & Racquet Club was built using Mr Motohashi’s craftsmanship and skilled techniques and is a testimony to his vision and passion for the game. The Denarau Golf & Racquet Club also

boasts six grass and four floodlit synthetic tennis courts–perfect for an early morning hit or twilight match. Tennis programs and clinics are available for all levels of tennis. The club has a well-stocked, professionally staffed golf and tennis shop that offers everything you need to play in paradise— from club and racquet hire to shoe rental as well as a wide range of apparel and merchandise. Electric golf carts are included in the green fee and are compulsory as walking the golf course is difficult due its length and the tropical climate. Golf and tennis professionals are also on-hand to help perfect your stroke or serve. Adult and junior clinics and private tuition are readily available. Fiji Premium Club House After another beautiful day in this tropical paradise, Fiji Premium Club House at the Denarau Golf & Racquet Club provides a

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casual family dining experience for lunch and dinner with a selection of wood fired pizzas, traditional clubhouse favourites including the curry of the day, burger and fries, roast of the day, salad and much more. The venue features a sports lounge complete with live coverage of sports on four big screen TVs plus a large outdoor screen and a 360˚ bar, serving icy cold Fiji Premium, Taki Beer, Fiji Bitter and Fiji Gold on tap as well as a wine cellar. Fiji Rum Bar Distilled and matured in Fiji’s tropical climate and using the finest local ingredients, the Fiji Rum Co. Store’s range of rums showcases the quality and diversity of flavour. From the 12-year-old Single Barrel Dark Rum to the decadent White Chocolate Rum Liqueur, the range has something for all rum lovers, new and old.


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Sheraton Denarau Villas A multitude of memorable experiences await you and your family at Sheraton Denarau Villas. Offering spacious two- and three-bedroom villa options on Denarau Island, just 20 minutes’ drive from Nadi International Airport, the villas compromise a unique accommodation selection specially designed to suit families, friends and large groups. Enjoy the privacy of your own luxury homeaway-from-home with the convenience of full 24-hour hotel services. Styled to reflect the idyllic South Pacific setting, the tranquil villas offer a cosy and comfortable lounge with flat screen television and surround sound system, a dedicated dining area with large windows to allow the soft Pacific breeze in and the added convenience of a washing machine and dryer. The 82 villas include Seafront Villas, Lagoon Pool Villas and Garden Villas, each providing the convenience of a fully equipped kitchenette with cooktop, microwave, dishwasher and full size fridge for a sublime home-away-from-home feel. Stay in touch with friends and families with the resort’s complimentary Wi-Fi within the vicinity. Perfectly positioned between the horizon pool at Sheraton Denarau Villas and the

ocean, Wet Edge is just the spot to enjoy a refreshing cold drink while relaxing by the pool and offers a delicious lunch and dinner menu. With access to the Sheraton and Westin Resort facilities there is always something to do. Experience a selection of restaurants and bars, visit Westin Workout®, go for a picnic on the resort’s private island, Akuilau, take part in aqua aerobics or beach volleyball, be pampered with a massage from the award-winning Heavenly Spa by Westin® or go jet-skiing, snorkelling, stand-up paddleboarding and more! Just across from the resort you will find the Denarau Golf & Racquet Club, a world-class sporting facility that offers an 18-hole resort golf course with a 300 metre driving range and 10 tennis courts. Children are well catered for with Sheraton Resorts’ Kids Stay, Play and Dine program. Children 4-12 years have free access to Kids Club and receive a kids Super Dining Discount for lunch and dinner. Kids playgrounds, swimming pools and babysitting services are also available. Fiji is home to the friendliest most welcoming people on earth and a visit to Sheraton Denarau Villas guarantees endless smiles and lasting memories.

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Sheraton Fiji Resort Sheraton Fiji Resort welcomes you to your tropical oasis in the heart of the South Pacific. Situated on picturesque Denarau Island, the resort is an ideal playground for vacationers and families.

“quiet zone” pool. The fantastic range of watersports includes high-speed jet boats, jet skis, hobbie cats, kayaking and much more. For something unique, why not explore Akuilau Island—the resort’s exclusive private island.

As part of Fiji’s only integrated five-star resort complex, guests have access to all the facilities at the adjacent Sheraton Denarau Villas, The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa, and the Denarau Golf & Racquet Club. The resort’s complimentary shuttle also provides guest transfers within the resort complex.

The exciting Chime bar is the perfect social spot for a tropical cocktail, offering a charismatic lounge-style setting with the latest music, a spacious dance floor and live entertainment. A convenient, gourmet deli, Pantry, is ideal for a coffee on the run, freshly baked treat, or light snack, sandwich or wrap prepared to your liking.

The resort’s 264 spacious rooms are contemporary and modern, each with its own balcony or patio offering views over the lush tropical gardens or ocean. Fully appointed, they feature the Sheraton Sweet SleeperSM Beds, generously sized bathrooms, 32” flat screen televisions, internet connectivity, and your choice of a king or two double beds. Families can take advantage of the interconnecting rooms, providing space for adults and children, plus kids get to stay, play for free and receive a super dining discount. Activities for everyone Splash out in the resort’s impressive swimming pool with a dedicated family friendly section and main pool or relax and soak up the sun by the adults-only

An old time favourite with regular visitors, Ports O’Call restaurant offers guests a premium international menu with speciality dishes and its famous tableside silver service is unlike anywhere else in Fiji. Renowned internationally for its creative culinary dishes and stunning ambience, Flying Fish offers a superb choice of fresh seafood dishes with stunning water views. Overlooking the spectacular lagoon swimming pool, Feast Restaurant is the place to enjoy breakfast and dinner culinary delights from around the world inspired by Mediterranean influences and speciality theme buffets. Sheraton Fiji Resort is the perfect place to connect with family and friends.

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The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa Welcome to the world of Westin in the South Pacific. Located on Denarau Island, The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa unfolds over 30 acres of pristine beachfront property. A place where five-star comfort harmonises with lush tropical surrounds and international style fuses with Fijian island warmth, The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa reflects Fiji’s rich culture and the local island aesthetic. The alluring ambience offers the ideal setting for rejuvenation within the exotic retreat. Prepare to be enchanted The resort’s 273 rooms and suites are superbly infused with South Pacific style. Furnished in sensitive harmony reflecting the charm and simplicity of traditional Fijian crafts and culture, rooms present inviting island style with rich timbers, plush textiles, and touches of local Fijian craftwork.

Rooms are available in a range of settings from garden to oceanfront, each offering a private balcony or veranda overlooking the beautiful landscaped gardens or ocean. Each room features the Westin’s signature ten layer Heavenly Bed®, a 32” LCD TV, tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary WI-FI internet access and Heavenly Shower®. Overlooking the ocean, Steakhouse by Peter Kuruvita has a selection of mouthwatering imported steaks and fresh seafood dishes while Ocean Terrace is the place to be for a Westin SuperfoodsRX™ breakfast and in the evening why not try the Asian inspired Zing Menu. For perfect relaxation, visit the awardwinning Heavenly Spa by Westin, beautifully designed to blend with nature. Peacefully nestled amidst 1350 square metres of lush vegetation, the spa’s

tranquil surroundings set the scene for spiritual healing and sensory pleasure. Extensive facilities As part of Fiji’s only integrated resort complex, The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa offers guests access to all of the facilities at the adjacent Sheraton Denarau Villas and Sheraton Fiji Resort including six swimming pools, a choice of restaurants and bars, an 18–hole resort golf course, 10 tennis courts, extensive watersports, exclusive access to Akuilau Island—just offshore from the resort— kid’s playground, kid’s club, lawn bowls and daily recreational programs. The resort is a 20-minute drive from Nadi International Airport and nearby local attractions include the Nadi Handicraft Centre, Garden of the Sleeping Giant, Veiseisei Village and the Mamanuca Islands.

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Fiji Beach Resort & Spa - Managed by Hilton Perfectly situated on the beachfront in Denarau, Fiji Beach Resort & Spa - Managed by Hilton is a delightful mix of warm Fijian hospitality and effortless luxury. Designed to spoil and pamper adults looking for relaxation while also catering to the needs of those with families, this resort has something for everyone. Sheer indulgence The 273 studios and villas are available in a range of categories, their flexible design is perfect for couples, friends, families or groups. Stunning, spacious interiors create an elegant blend of luxury, modernity and natural harmony. All offer modern conveniences including air-conditioning, ceiling fan, balcony, refrigerator, tea/coffee making facilities, television, hairdryer, iron/ironing board and in-room safe. Spacious villas are available

in one-, two-, three- and five-bedroom configurations offering extra space and luxury with a convenient open-plan layout, separate living and dining areas, en suite bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchens and barbecues. For extra indulgence Deluxe Villas options offer access to a shared/ private plunge pool and daybeds. With seven pools including separate adults-only and family zones and 1.5 kilometres of private beachfront, the resort offers effortless relaxation or a variety of adrenalin filled activities such as jet-skiing, parasailing, waterskiing, fishing and scuba diving. Tennis courts and a world-class golf course are just five minutes away. Children can enjoy the complimentary kids’ club and playground facilities. The award-winning Pevonia Spa provides the perfect sanctuary to unwind, escape stress and rejuvenate the body, mind and

soul with a range of treatments inspired from traditional Fijian customs. Innovative dining options Dining options include Nuku, inspired by the flavours of Fiji with local and international delicacies, while Maravu offers Pan-Asian specialities and is now open daily for breakfast for adults. Themed dinners are available throughout the week such as Spanish dinners by the pool deck on Monday, seafood buffets on Wednesday, and taste of Fiji on Fridays. If you prefer to stay in, most rooms come with their own kitchen and outdoor barbecue, and you can even arrange for a chef to do the cooking. The resort provides the perfect setting for an unforgettable holiday. Whatever you require the Fiji Beach Resort & Spa will endeavour to make sure your every need is met.

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Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa Luxurious French sensibilities and Sofitel style is what truly sets this resort apart in a destination where you are spoilt for choice. Down to earth Fijian friendliness keeps guests returning time and time again. Situated just a 20-minute drive from the Nadi International Airport, Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa is a completely integrated destination, enjoying 26 acres of garden paradise and a private beachfront locale. Infusing Sofitel’s French influences with exotic Fijian charms, this beachside resort blends tradition with a choice of modern facilities, restaurants, a tranquil day spa and one of the Pacific’s largest lagoon-style pools. Sofitel’s signature style is present throughout the resort with classic furnishings and Fijian culture from indigenous artwork and carvings through to daily entertainment, the Indo-Fijian and European cuisine, or simply the friendly Fijian faces that greet and host you during your stay. Every one of Sofitel’s beach facing rooms and suites sets the scene for relaxation with either a balcony or terrace, and modern comforts such as LCD televisions. Sofitel boasts Denarau Island’s most

sophisticated signature restaurant, plus relaxed bars and casual style eateries for amazing variety, indoors and out. Creative menus showcase the best local produce and selected imported delicacies. The resort features a full service international Mandara Day Spa with a menu of unique wellbeing experiences. With nine exclusive bures—most are beachside—including rooms for couples and bures boasting outdoor garden showers, plus a whirlpool and juice bar retreat, Mandara is a spa sanctuary for Sofitel guests. Other facilities include a stunning lagoonstyle pool complete with a deep end and secluded spa, waterslide and shallow pool for children, plus a learn-to-dive scuba pool. Sofitel Fiji offers Fiji’s most extensive range of watersport and recreation options onsite and golf and tennis are within walking distance for hotel guests. Those in the mood for love can take advantage of Sofitel’s romantic beachside wedding chapel, while families are also welcomed with a fantastic in-house kids club—the Turtle Club. There is a range of luxury shopping at the hotel and easy access to the all-new stores at Denarau Marina.

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Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island Welcome to Fiji and Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island where a tropical oasis of pure relaxation and indulgence awaits you. Nestled around one of the largest lagoonstyle swimming pools in the Pacific, the property is located within an integrated resort complex. Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island offers 270 contemporary and luxuriously appointed rooms and suites overlooking tropical gardens, nearby golf course or lagoon swimming pools. Choose from Classic Guest Rooms, One-bedroom or Two-bedroom Suites, all beautifully outfitted with island inspired interiors and unique black and white photography showcasing the Fijian culture. Rooms include private balconies, and LCD televisions with satellite cable. Suites additionally feature a separate

bedroom with a second television, a living room equipped with a pull-out sofa bed and a dining area. The suite’s kitchen has modern conveniences—stovetop, dishwasher and microwave—making it ideal for families or extended stays. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also available in all accommodations and throughout the entire resort.

as little or as much as you want. Choose from a variety of leisure and cultural activities including world-class golf, snorkelling, diving and fishing or perhaps visit a local village to experience another dimension of ‘Fijitime’.

The resort has four restaurants located either on the beachfront or in the lobby area and these include BLU, an all-day buffet restaurant, Water Court for fine Asian cuisine, Neptune’s for casual dining with the family and CROSS, the signature restaurant for fine dining.

You can experience skydiving or white water rafting if you like extreme sports. Alternatively just relax by one of the four lagoon swimming pools, including an exclusive adults-only pool and tunnel slide for all ages, explore the 10 acres of tropically landscaped gardens, try your hand at complimentary non-motorised watersports or enjoy yourself at the swimup pool bar.

Delight your senses With a range of activities at your fingertips to entice, entertain, relax and delight your senses, at Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island you are encouraged to do

Just a 20-minute drive from Nadi International Airport and minutes from Port Denarau retail centre, one thing you’ll discover about Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island is that it’s always about YOU!

Resort Drive, Denarau Island, FIJI Tel: +679 6756677 Fax:+679 675 6655  Email: reservations@radissonfiji.com  www.radissonblu.com/resort-fiji 46  www.paradisesonline.com


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NADI Nadi is the gateway to Fiji and sits on the western side of Viti Levu. It has a population of more than 10,000 and because of its proximity to the international airport, it essentially caters for tourists. Facilities include accommodation for any budget, restaurants, nightlife, duty free shopping, sightseeing tours and interisland cruises. The town itself is small in comparison to the capital, Suva, but is still a bustling centre of business with around 20 hotels dotted along its undulating coastal fringe, providing holidaymakers with everything they desire. It also acts as a gateway to other Fijian destinations. The starting point for many scenic tours and sporting activities, Nadi is close to Viseisei Village, regarded by most Fijians as the ‘foundation village’ of Fijian heritage

and culture. Also close by is Fiji’s largest privately owned gardens, the tropical Waqadra Botanical Gardens, open from Monday to Saturday. Driving north from Nadi past fields of sugarcane and the occasional glimpse of an offshore island, are the towns of Ba and Tavua. In Ba, you can visit the bazaar, pick up some handicrafts or go river rafting. At Tavua, don’t miss a visit to the nearby Vatukoula Gold Mines. If you haven’t time for a whole day of sightseeing, try a half day tour to Sabeto Valley with its mosque. Also worthwhile is a visit to the bustling marketplace, where all sorts of fresh produce is sold. Bartering is a way of life here, and is also a lot of fun! Twenty kilometres north of Nadi Airport is the city of Lautoka, which is a major commercial and administrative centre. It is an important seaport and home of Fiji’s

Sugar Corporation, the largest sugar mill and the South Pacific’s largest distilleries. From Nadi you can visit the Momi guns, bunkers and gun emplacements installed to repel a World War II invasion by the Japanese which never eventuated, or take a trip to Mt Victoria, Fiji’s highest peak with three native reserves and breathe the clean, still air which is found only above sea level. There are day cruises to both island and jungle locations and cruise boats will pick you up from Port Denarau Marina and take you down the Nadi River and on to the Mamanucas Islands. If scuba diving is one of your hobbies, why not join one of the schooners departing from the Denarau Marina at 9.30 am daily. You can choose between one or two-day dive programs. Non-divers are catered for with snorkelling equipment. Nadi has one of two international standard 18–hole golf courses in Fiji. It lies within easy reach of the town’s hotel belt. www.paradisesonline.com  47


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Sonaisali Island Resort Sonaisali Island Resort, gateway to the Mamanucas and Yasawas, is a true island escape just 20 minutes from Nadi Airport. Reached by a two-minute complimentary boat ride across a calm lagoon, the resort offers the best of both worlds–an island resort feel with easy access to the mainland. Stylish beachfront accommodation Spread over 42 hectares are Sonaisali’s 123 rooms available in a variety of accommodation choices including Fijian style bures and beachfront hotel rooms. All accommodations are stylishly furnished yet blend harmoniously with the lush tropical surrounds and boast private balconies or extensive verandas for enjoying balmy breezes and panoramic views. The air-conditioned rooms feature a ceiling fan, mini bar, tea/coffee facilities,

cable TV, DVD, in-room safe, iron and board and hairdryer. Bures feature high vaulted ceilings and ocean views from wide elevated verandas, and some boast a private spa set on the wide timber deck designed to capture spectacular sunsets and ocean views. Exciting attractions Simply unwind and relax or choose to explore the many varied and exciting attractions of the mainland or neighbouring Mamanuca Islands. There is no shortage of activities for all ages. Enjoy fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling, jet ski safaris, surf tours, horseriding and paintball. A large range of complimentary activities includes kayaks, windsurfing, sailing, tennis and swimming or learn to speak the native Fijian language. Indulge the senses at the Frangipani Spa, open daily for aromatherapy, therapeutic

massages and beauty treatments. Unique cultural experiences Experience Fijian culture first hand at the weekly ‘meke’ performed by the local villagers and at the firewalking performance. For a unique experience, take a guided tour of Korovuto Village and view local traditions and customs, including a kava ceremony welcoming you into the community. The Plantation fine dining restaurant offers an à la carte menu as well as a ninecourse degustation menu. The Sunset Terrace Restaurant offers à la carte dining and theme night buffets. Unwind with a refreshing cocktail at one of the four bars, including the popular swim-up bar. Corporate groups are well catered for with extensive business and meeting facilities that incorporate an entertainment area and large conference room.

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Club Fiji Resort Club Fiji is situated on 10 acres along a quiet secluded cove with 400 metres of sandy beach and lush tropical gardens.

designed to immerse you in the beauty of the resort and natural surroundings.

The resort is ideally situated, only eight kilometres from Nadi International Airport and only five kilometres from Nadi Town centre. It also offers a perfect base to explore the nearby Mamanuca Islands.

Sweeping sea views The traditional, all timber buildings are comfortable and meticulously cleaned every day. The high vaulted ceilings provide a feeling of a spaciousness and rustic elegance. All villas are air-conditioned and air-conditioned bures are also available.

There are 30 beach bures and eight Beachfront Bures, ideal for those seeking a smaller, more intimate quality resort in Fiji with very competitive prices. Bures are built in traditional Fijian style, carefully

The main bar and restaurant are situated in the large main bure, overlooking the beach and nearby mountains. A second bar and restaurant, JB’S, serves delicious pizza and pasta with both indoor and outdoor

dining areas and large verandas. Although located in a secluded area complete with a peaceful island feel, you are not isolated. There are numerous restaurants, nightclubs, excursions, trips, shopping and marinas nearby to be enjoyed and explored whilst staying at Club Fiji. Other facilities and services include a resort boutique, Japanese teppanyaki, beach massage service, internet facility, free snorkelling trips to nearby reefs, free sailing and watersports, tour desk, personal movie bures, laundry service, 24-hour taxis and more.

PO Box 9619, Nadi Airport, FIJI Tel: Int +679 6720 150 Fax: Int +679 6702 324  Email: reservations@clubfiji-resort.com  www.clubfiji-resort.com

Wananavu Wananavu is a truly idyllic four star resort offering an island paradise experience with mainland convenience. Discover the real Fiji Just over two hours from Nadi international Airport will have you being met by the biggest Bula in the real Fiji! Wananavu is perfect for singles and couples and is a family friendly resort that offers a relaxed ‘out of the way’ Fiji. Wananavu boast 34 deluxe bures amongst the lush, tropical gardens, dotted along the beachfront or perched on the

hillside overlooking the azure Sailstone Reef and the Nananui Islands. Enjoy ocean views and beachfront access from the romantic honeymoon bures or simply relax surrounded by tropical gardens. Peaceful slice of paradise Each bure and villa offers air conditioning and ceiling fans or can be naturally cooled by the tropical sea breezes. There are no phones, radios or TVs in the bures giving you the chance to experience a peaceful slice of paradise. From the north facing sunset deck you have unparalleled views from morning to night—

perfect for whiling away the hours over a cocktail from the bar or a meal from the restaurant that focuses on local produce. There’s always something for everyone, choose from diving, cultural activities, picnics at secluded beaches, village tours, snorkelling, fishing, kayaking or just relax by the pool with a book and a cocktail. The wonderful staff, bures, fresh local food, picturesque views, warm water, fantastic snorkelling and world renowned diving make Wananavu a unique Fijian getaway. Wananavu is just what you have been looking for.

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Mamanucas, Yasawa & Outer Islands The Mamanucas Islands lie in a majestic arc only a short distance from the mainland of Viti Levu, curving to the northwest, and almost touching the Yasawa chain. There are 13 islands in all, not counting those covered by the Pacific at high tide and they all share in common pristine white sandy beaches, waving palms, crystal blue waters and, at night, the cooling influence of the trade winds. The Mamanucas (pronounced Mah-mahnoo-tha) are essentially volcanic outcrops pushed up from the ocean floor in a gigantic earthquake thousands of years ago. Some are especially significant in Fijian folklore. From the air you can see that the Mamanucas group is two clusters known 50  www.paradisesonline.com

as Mamanuca-i-ra and Mamanucai-cake. Within the Mamanucas is the Malolo group, five kilometres inside the barrier reef, extending in a curve for 120 kilometres. A number of resort islands are scattered throughout the Malolo group, each offering bure accommodation, a relaxing holiday atmosphere and a range of water activities. There are boat excursions, fishing trips and watersports including waterskiing, windsurfing, snorkelling, diving, sailing, speed-boat rides and coral viewing. Malololailai is the centre for most tourism to and from the Mamanucas. It has safe anchorage, a cosmopolitan community and an airstrip serviced regularly from Nadi. Other resort islands within the group include Bounty Island, Amunuca Island Resort, Yaqeta Island, Beachcomber Island, Castaway Island, Malolo Island, Mana Island, Musket Cove, Nanuya Balavu,

Plantation Island, Tavarua Island, Namotu Island, Vomo Island, Lomani Island Resort, Treasure Island, Matamanoa Island Resort and Tokoriki, which is located the furthest from the mainland. The Yasawa Islands have a different ambience. They are a chain of 16 volcanic islands and dozens of tiny islets stretching 80 kilometres in a northnortheast direction off the west coast of Viti Levu. They are special because of their beautiful, isolated beaches, cliffs, bays and reefs, unspoilt by much tourist development. Because they sit in the lee of Viti Levu, the Yasawas are dry and sunny with crystal clear waters. It was from the north end of the Yasawas that two canoe-loads of cannibals appeared in 1789 and gave Captain William Bligh and his 18 companions a chase, less than a week after the famous mutiny. Two centuries later, cruise ships ply


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the island chain and its waters, while more and more luxury resorts dot the islands’ foreshores. The islands of the group include Waya Island, the highest in the Yasawas; Tavewa Island, a strikingly beautiful small island about two kilometres long; Turtle Island, which has the ultimate resort owned by Richard Evanson who bought the island in 1972; Yasawa Island; Sawa-i-Lau Island with its large limestone cave illuminated by a crevice at the top; Naviti Island which is the largest of the Yasawas; and Viwa, the most remote, squatting alone 25 kilometres northwest of Waya. The Outer Islands are Kadavu, 80 kilometres south of Suva, Ovalau with the former capital, Levuka and Vatulele Islands. There is a wide range of accommodation to suit all tastes. Levuka has retained much of its late Victorian charm and is well worth a tour. Kedavu has a number of resorts specialising in scuba diving on its world renowned Astrolabe Reef.

Plantation Island Resort Nestled in the very heart of Fiji’s beautiful Mamanuca Islands, Plantation Island Resort is an idyllic destination for the perfect escape to paradise.

large as eight people. The resort has just completed its biggest ever refurbishment which has seen every room category completely refreshed.

equipment. Kids love the resort’s complimentary Coconuts Kids Club open from 9.00am-9.00pm daily and there’s a very affordable babysitting service as well.

Spread over 23 acres of coconut palm studded tropical gardens, the resort sits on the shoulders of an azure lagoon and sun kissed white sand only a short 50-minute boat ride from the mainland with four regular transfers per day. There is a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets and group sizes from hotel rooms to beachfront bures with some categories catering for groups as

Plantation Island Resort offers a huge variety of activities. There are three swimming pools, a tennis court, a ninehole golf course, a five-star PADI dive centre, easy access to world renowned surf spots (Cloudbreak), fishing trips plus a huge range of complimentary watersports that have recently been enhanced with the addition of new kayaks, hobie cats, stand-up paddleboards and snorkelling

Breakfast, lunch and dinner options have recently been expanded with the opening of the new, à la carte Black Coral Restaurant that complements the resort’s existing food outlets and bars including the Old Copra Shed and Ananda’s Restaurant. For those looking for something special, perhaps try dinner at the Flame Tree Restaurant located just next door in the couples-only Lomani Island Resort.

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Yasawa Island Resort & Spa There are 15 words in the Fijian language for heaven and ‘yasawa’ is the first. Indulge in heavenly seclusion at Yasawa Island Resort & Spa, an exclusive retreat secluded on one of the most remote and unspoiled islands of Fiji. Situated in Fiji’s Yasawa Group of islands, famed for pristine white beaches, clear warm waters, colourful coral reefs, and sunny dry climate make this an ideal tourist destination. The resort has its own airstrip, and is just a 35-minute flight north of Nadi International Airport. Enjoy the sounds of the palm trees swaying and the ocean lapping mere steps from your private accommodation. Eighteen luxurious bungalows are nestled privately among shady palm trees along a pristine white beachfront. Each well-appointed bure is air-conditioned and superbly fitted in contemporary Fijian style and boasts separate spacious living areas, thatched roof and plantation shutters. Outdoors is an extension of your living space, fanned by tropical breezes. Each bure has its own sun deck with a pair of loungers, a private beach hut on the sand and a hammock strung between the palms. Amenities include a fully stocked mini bar, tea and coffee making facility, jar of fresh cookies, an electronic safe, ironing facility, hairdryer, IDD telephone and iPod 52  www.paradisesonline.com

docking station/stereo. Six Bure Suites set a luxurious benchmark with a modern open-plan layout and ocean views. Scattered in pairs among the palms, they share just one adjoining wall and are positioned for privacy—the only thing you’ll see from inside is the beach. Ten Deluxe Bures are vast and freestanding, offering ocean panoramas from inside and out. A split-level design creates separate living and sleeping areas inside while broad decks and shaded daybeds extend the living space outside. Perched on a rise overlooking the rest of the resort is a huge family bure, Drodrolagi, which is Fijian for rainbow. With two separate bedrooms either side of a central living area, this bure is perfect for an intimate family retreat. Its elevated outdoor deck provides magnificent views over the island and out to sea. Ultimate romantic getaway Hidden from the rest of the resort at the end of a deserted white beach, is the honeymoon bure, Lomalagi, boasting its own horizon pool overlooking the ocean. The ultimate amongst Yasawa’s accommodations, Lomalagi features a spacious bathroom equipped with modern amenities. This private retreat is ideal for an ultimate romantic getaway, offering absolute luxury and seclusion. The resort’s main complex features an


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alfresco restaurant with 180o views of the beach and ocean and a private airconditioned dining room for intimate dinners or small celebrations. Manasa’s Bar is located poolside and offers guests complimentary wireless internet access and Manasa’s signature cocktails. All meals, which are included in the tariff, promise contemporary cuisine with an emphasis on the succulent seafood caught daily in surrounding waters. Lobsters plucked from the nearby reefs are a speciality. This all-inclusive resort includes individual, à la carte dining. The international chef’s creations highlight the fresh seafood caught in the surrounding waters and delivered daily. Variety abounds and menus change daily accentuating the freshest, regional ingredients of the day. Dine at the restaurant, on the beach, in your bure, or beneath the stars. The choice is yours at Yasawa where every extraordinary meal is complemented by a memorable location. Discover your own private paradise Surrounded by 11 pristine private beaches considered among the best in the world, each is your own paradise waiting to be discovered. Order champagne and board a boat, armed with a picnic basket

prepared by the chef, and you’ll be delivered to a secluded beach. Like all meals at Yasawa, a private beach picnic is also included in the tariff. Yasawa is home to Fiji’s first beachfront spa, just metres from the ocean’s edge on a sweep of soft white sand. The Baravi Spa has been constructed with a blend of traditional and contemporary styles, with an oceanview massage deck perched over the sands in the open air, fanned by sea breezes. Try the Ultimate Spa Bonus where for $450FJD you get a 60-minute spa treatment every day of your stay. All activities at Yasawa are included in the tariff (except spa treatments, scuba diving and sportfishing). For those who love to keep active, land-based activities include tennis on the floodlit court and volleyball on the beach, or simply set out on the island’s hiking trails to explore the bays and headlands of this scenic isle. Visit nearby villages to meet the local children or listen to the church choir and during rugby season you are welcome to watch rugby matches. Swim in the crystal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon or snorkel among spectacular and vividly coloured corals and tropical fish—do as much or as little as you choose.

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Mana Island Resort & Spa Nestled on 300 acres of lush tropical gardens, Mana Island Resort & Spa is surrounded by white sandy beaches and crystal clear, rich coral waters. The resort is ideal for families who want a quality holiday in a pristine environment at an affordable price. The Mamanuca Islands are serviced by various air and sea carriers daily. To get to and from Mana Island, enjoy a swift yet comfortable first-rate catamaran ride that departs from Port Denarau, or chose a 15-minute intimate daily flight on a chartered seaplane or helicopter. Mana Island Resort & Spa offers an extensive range of accommodation, including Honeymoon Bures and Beach Front Bures with jacuzzi, private patios and sun decks, both offering absolute beach frontage. Private beachfront Guests staying in the Honeymoon Bures are treated like royalty with semi-butler services and include a large oceanfront daybed and a jetted jacuzzi tub. These bures are located in a secluded area with private beachfront for utmost privacy and conveniently come with a golf cart allowing couples to have easy access to the main resort area. The split-level Ocean Front Suites offer panoramic views of the seas and islands south of Mana. The suites are all elegantly furnished in 54  www.paradisesonline.com

a blend of modern and traditional styles. With a bedroom on the mezzanine level, and lounge on the ground floor, each with their own bathroom, they are a great choice for larger families. The uniquely located Deluxe Ocean View Bures feature an open deck offering magnificent views of the sea and nearby islands. Hotel-styled Ocean View Rooms are closer to the main resort area and are only steps away from a beautiful stretch of white beach. The spacious interior makes them ideal for larger families and friends travelling together. Plantation style Island Bures are surrounded by tropical gardens and have an outdoor shower and are equipped with modern amenities. Family holiday magic Whether you seek an enthralling adventure, such as encounters with sharks, or an unforgettable experience of Fijian culture, there is a wide range of land and water activities ensuring fun for everyone. Blessed with pristine waters, Mana is the ideal setting for aquatic activities including parasailing, snorkelling and fishing trips, jet-skiing and kayaking. Excursions are available to nearby islands for snorkelling and visits to traditional Fijian villages. There is also a 5-star PADI dive facility operated by Aqua Trek which accommodates all levels of divers wishing


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to explore world-class dive sites. Cultural activities include basket weaving, Fijian cooking lessons and kava drinking ceremonies. Children have an attractive play centre and video room to enjoy. The Tu Vonu Kids Club features outdoor play equipment and a range of fun activities from face painting to coconut husking. Two large freshwater swimming pools are located on the north side of the island, and the new 100% Pure New Zealand Ice Cream parlour, just a few steps away, is sure to refresh adults and children on a sunny day. There are also two all-weather tennis courts fitted with night lights and the games room has indoor activities such as a pool table, tennis table, television, video, board games and more. Delightful dining Dining at Mana Island is a delight with several venues to choose from. South Beach Restaurant is popular for à la carte lunches and romantic dinners. The restaurant’s fusion menu offers a novel culinary experience. Dinner here is a semi-formal affair, with several threecourse meals on offer. During the day, the eatery presents lighter fare such as burgers, coffee and sandwiches. The Mamanuca Restaurant offers a diverse range of buffet menus and is also the

venue for the daily 7-10am American breakfast buffet. Barbecue lunches and themed dinner buffets featuring European, Fijian, Indian and Asian cuisine are on offer daily. Evening entertainment includes a six piece band and the magnificent Fijian Meke and Polynesian Shows present the flair of Fijian and South Pacific culture. Enjoy a drink or two at one of Mana’s three conveniently located bars. The Lounge Bar, Pool Bar and South Beach Bar each serve a range of local and international beers, wines, spirits and refreshing tropical concoctions not to be missed. A complete range of gourmet coffee is also served at each bar. Weddings are Mana’s speciality and ensure that you will enjoy the romance and beauty of the Pacific. Choose from a beach wedding or a more formal ceremony held in the stunning Seaside Chapel. Rejuvenate and indulge The recently built Mana Spa offers renewal and indulgence and is nestled against the lush green slopes of the island, soothed by the palm tree breezes. Following a healthy holistic approach, The Spa utilises award-winning Pure Fiji products and rejuvenating treatments include relaxing massages, beauty treatments and steam baths.

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Lomani Island Resort Lomani Island Resort is an adultsonly boutique resort located on the beautiful Mamanuca Islands of Fiji.

The dedicated Fijian staff will cater to your every need allowing you to unwind and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

Hidden amongst the swaying palms and tropical gardens of Malolo Lailai Island, Lomani fronts a sprawling sevenkilometre white sand beach and sheltered, pristine lagoon.

The crystal blue waters that gently lap the shores of Lomani provide a haven for tropical marine life and vibrant corals. You will enjoy the complimentary snorkelling, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing in the turquoise waters of the lagoon.

Lomani is the Fijian word for love With only 26 rooms at the resort, all featuring spectacular views of the ocean and white sandy beach, you will feel like an honoured guest. Suites feature spacious separate bedroom and living areas and the 14 spacious beachfront bures are perfectly situated within mere steps of the white sandy beach. These spacious bures are 65 square metres and feature private courtyard-style outdoor showers and large sun decks that overlook Malolo Lailai Bay.

Relax into the tempo of island life Lomani Spa offers a wide range of beauty treatments to allow you to unwind and relax to the tempo of island life. Choose from a selection of natural treatments lovingly made with uniquely Fijian plant extracts. Most activities are free of charge, including guided village tours, dolphin safaris, and daily cultural lessons. You can take a cool dip in the beachside infinityedge swimming pool or If you’re feeling

energetic, grab a bicycle and explore the old copra plantation. Savour the flavours of the Pacific Enjoy a romantic dinner at The Flame Tree, Lomani’s beachside restaurant. Savour the delicious flavours of the Pacific Rim cuisine and Fijian influenced dinners that feature fresh seafood and locally sourced ingredients. The Lomani Cocktail Bar features a tantalising selection of drinks and also stocks an extensive range of New Zealand and Australian wines, French champagnes and a selection of local and imported beers and spirits. Lomani Island Resort is the ideal location for a romantic wedding, and you can even reserve the whole resort for your special day. Couples can be married on the beach or on the off-shore sand cay surrounded by the Pacific Ocean.

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Coral Coast & Pacific Harbour The Coral Coast is 80 kilometres of barrier reef beaches, on the sheltered southern side of Viti Levu about halfway between Nadi and Suva. The temperate climate and great variety of accommodation—from self-contained ‘bure’ cottages to international five-star resorts—make it a popular tourist retreat. The resorts offer great recreational facilities, restaurants, cultural performances and nightlife, while the pristine waters and reefs create an underwater paradise for snorkelling and diving. You can throw in a line with the locals or take out a charter vessel for game fishing. There are some spectacular surf beaches too, and for those wanting to take in some nature, history and culture visit the Sigatoka Sand Dunes where shifting sands and archaeological digs continue to reveal skeletons and pottery artefacts dating back to 15 BC, or the Kula EcoPark in Korotogo which displays rarely seen indigenous species. Head for the hills into the beautiful Sigatoka Valley,

aptly named The Salad Bowl of Fiji, a colourful patchwork of agricultural fields, Fijian villages, Indian settlements, temples and volcanic hills. It offers spectacular scenery and a fascinating history of the Tongan tribes who were the last to resist Christianity. At Tavuni Hill you can walk amongst the ruins of an ancient fort. The cave tour follows the Tongan trail to Naihehe Caves to see the spectacular rock formations and awesome reminders of the past. The same tour takes you for a river ride on traditional bamboo rafts. There is also a waterfall tour where you can learn about plant medicines on a rainforest trek, participate in authentic ceremonies with a village chief and swim in a beautiful tropical waterfall. For a little island fun, Robinson Crusoe Island is fringed with white sandy beaches, and offers great snorkelling and Pacific isle entertainment. To get there, take a jungle boat ride or a sea plane which is based on the river at Sigatoka Town. It is also possible to enjoy scenic flights over the coast and valley or charter a small plane for airport transfers. In the bustling town of Sigatoka, locals and tourists blend together when eating,

shopping and socialising. Farmers barter their wares in the central market– place and there are duty free shops, supermarkets, tailors, bars and cafés. There are quaint roadside markets right along the Coral Coast stretch, so even those just driving through will be able to enjoy this lovely area. Some 30 kilometres west of Suva is Pacific Harbour. The scenic two-hour drive from the International Airport in Nadi will bring you to this region which joins the easternmost fringe of the Coral Coast. A charming city and stunning beaches await visitors to the area, with plenty of sporting opportunities on offer as well. Pacific Harbour was originally established in the 1970s as a recreation oriented, residential community as well as a resort area. Here groups can arrange a visit to the Arts Village Cultural Centre and Marketplace for special performances, as well as demonstrations of handicraft making techniques. Not too far from Pacific Harbour is the legendary Beqa Island, home of the Fijian fire walkers who perform their ceremonies at several major Fijian hotels and resorts.

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Nanuku Resort and Spa This new luxury all-villa boutique resort with private guest Club House is located five minutes from Pacific Harbour, the ‘Adventure Capital’ on Fiji’s main island Viti Levu. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, a worldclass dive, surfing safari, fishing trip or an excursion into the lush rainforest interior, you’ll find all this and more on Nanuku’s doorstep. The best way to arrive at Nanuku is via a 20-minute scenic flight from Nadi to Nanuku’s private airstrip, or a chauffeured car transfer can be easily arranged. Beachfront luxury Nanuku Resort and Spa offers luxurious spacious beachfront villas and residences accommodating between two and 20 guests. Each contemporary residence boasts its own private pool, media room, two-four bedrooms all with en suite and

spa bath, yoga pavilion, golf buggy and personal butler. The Club House is located on the beachfront and includes a spa, fitness centre with personal trainer, a hair salon with manicure treatments and private dining rooms. There is also a guest library, games room, a horizon-edge pool with swim-up bar, lounge bar and more. Multi-generational holidays Children can enjoy a fun filled, educational holiday at Nanuku with a complimentary nanny service and kids club. The Lailai Children’s Club offers a range of daily activities including arts, crafts, water sports, games and cultural activities. With nannies for children five and under and buddies for older kids, you can relax assured your children will make new friends and have so much fun they may not want to go home.

A range of non-motorised watersports is available. Play a game of beach table tennis, snorkel on the reef or set sail on the resort’s catamaran. Nature lovers will enjoy the informative medicine and food walk, rainforest hikes and daily cultural activities in the Creative Workshop. Alternatively take a speedboat trip to the resort’s own private island. A range of Fiji’s premier adventure activities is also available right on Nanuku’s doorstep. Experience shark diving on the Beqa Passage, surf the famous Frigates Passage or zipline through the tropical rainforest. Inclusive dining experiences are a part of your stay as well as non-alcoholic beverages. The chef will tempt you with a three-course, fine dining menu. This secluded Fiji hideaway is ideal for multi-generational holidays, weddings and couples celebrating special events.

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InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa provides guests with an outer Island experience on the mainland. Located 45 minutes from Nadi International Airport and nestled amongst 35 acres of lush tropical grounds, the resort is on one of the world’s best beaches, Natadola Bay. Featuring five restaurants and bars, a serene spa, 18-hole championship golf course, three swimming pools, dive pools, a kids club, wedding chapel and conference facilities, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa has a range of facilities welcoming guests of all ages. Offering 271 superbly appointed spacious rooms and contemporary suites, the resort’s design is inspired by traditional Fijian outer island villages. Signature to the resort and available in every room are the Cleopatra-style bathtubs for two

and daybeds are located on your private balcony or terrace. Club InterContinental Poised high on a plateau overlooking one of Fiji’s best beaches, Club InterContinental is a world of personal luxury and Fiji’s first and only ‘club’ experience offering discerning travellers the exclusivity of a resort within a resort. The 55 hilltop Club InterContinental suites boast spacious interiors that blend seamlessly with outdoor living areas featuring Cleopatra baths, relaxing daybeds and private plunge pools in select suites. Guests of Club InterContinental enjoy exclusive access to the Club InterContinental Lounge, with a private infinity pool, complimentary sunset cocktails and canapes, and sunset cultural entertainment.

Club InterContinental guests also have the luxury of a private check-in and checkout, 24-hour Itokani (butler) service, daily turndown service, complimentary wireless internet access throughout the resort and complimentary Planet Trekkers (kids club) sessions for younger guests. Breakfast is available in three venues: à la carte in Club InterContinental Lounge, full buffet breakfast at Sanasana Restaurant, or continental breakfast at Toba Bar & Grill. Club InterContinental guests are invited to visit the Club Lounge for all-day nonalcholic drinks, afternoon tea, and sunset canapés and cocktails in the evenings (adults only). Whether you need a little extra attention or are seeking to retreat within your own space, surrender yourself to the Itokani butlers and the exclusive luxury of Club InterContinental.

Maro Road, Natadola Bay, Viti Levu Fiji Tel: +679 673 3300 Fax: +679 673 3499  Email: enquiries.fiji@ihg.com  www.fiji.intercontinental.com www.paradisesonline.com  59


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Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji Located less than an hour from Nadi International Airport, Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji is a deluxe, five–star beachfront property reminiscent of a traditional Fijian village. A true Fijian experience Set on a white sand beach amongst 40 acres of tall palms and landscaped gardens, the resort features 207 deluxe air-conditioned guestrooms, most with ocean views and private balconies. There are also 47 air-conditioned, traditionally thatched bures (bungalows) featuring high-vaulted, tapa-lined ceilings that offer a true Fijian experience. Standard with every room and bure is a fridge, satellite TV, pay-per-view movies, in-room safe, coffee maker, direct dial telephone, Wi-Fi internet, hairdryer, free parking and daily maid service. Additionally, guests staying in a Bure, Suite or Deluxe Oceanview Room will experience the talai (butler) VIP service. This includes welcome drinks, unpacking, ironing, and the personal delivery of complimentary champagne and canapés every afternoon. Choose from two swimming pools (one is an adults-only pool) and take full advantage of the beautiful beach with activities including paddleboards, kayaks,

snorkelling equipment and horseriding. The resort also boasts a complimentary 24-hour fitness centre, two championship floodlit tennis courts, world-class Golf Training Facility, conference facilities as well as two Kids Clubs. Fiji’s finest spa facility The resort’s spa, Bebe Sanctuary, features eight treatment rooms, a health bar and a dedicated beauty centre. Located on the mountain ridge behind the resort, the spa offers breathtaking views of the Pacific. Also within the complex is the amazing Bure Ni Loloma wedding chapel. The award-winning, beachfront Sundowner Restaurant is ideal for casual get-togethers and serves wood fired gourmet pizzas, char grilled steaks, fresh salads and icy cold beers. Nightly entertainment Evening entertainment brings Fijian traditions alive with graceful meke dances and firewalks ensuring that guests take away a taste of the real Fiji. There is also a convenient travel desk for exciting offsite activities such as whitewater rafting, cruises and sightseeing. At Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji a friendly ‘bula’ and a welcoming smile will greet you wherever you go.

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Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa Ideally located beachfront on the Coral Coast, the Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa offers an ideal setting to relax in a tropical paradise famous for the fun and friendliness of the Fijian locals.

4 to12 years stay, play and eat for FREE! The Hermit Crab Kids Club is full of fun activities including an indoor and outdoor play centre, treasure hunts and other resort based activities

The resort offers variety of accommodation from Frangipani Bures, Ocean View Bures to premium Beachfront Villas and Deluxe Beachfront Bures—all only a few steps to the pure white sandy beach. The bures are air-conditioned and boast separate en suite bathrooms with modern amenities.

Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa is also a perfect destination for surfers, offering a break at the front of the resort and for the non-surfer, a variety of water activities such as snorkelling, diving, fishing and a glass bottom boat.

The resort has free activities daily and an entertainment program. Children between

Dining at the Hideaway is a treat with a number of options from local cuisine to traditional favourites. Enjoy à la carte dining

and a full buffet breakfast daily at Chief’s Restaurant, Hideaway Point Café and the poolside ‘quick bite’ café. For a traditional Fijian cultural and dining experience the resort has opened the exclusive Fijian Village next to the famous Sekoula Bar. The new on-site Day Spa village provides the ultimate pampering experience with a tranquil reflection pool and spa and offers a variety of herbal tea and fruits. For a wedding in paradise, the resort offers the opportunity to exchange vows under a stunning Fijian sunset in an intimate setting on land or while cruising the lagoon.

PO Box 233, Sigatoka FIJI Tel: +679 650 0177 Fax: +679 652 0025  Email: reservations@hideaway.com.fj  www.hideawayfiji.com

The Crow’s Nest Resort This intimate resort is located in the heart of the Coral Coast on Fiji’s Sunset Strip, 50 minutes from Nadi International Airport. The new Crow’s Nest Resort has been extensively refurbished yet maintains its nautical origins. Situated metres from the beach, the resort offers Executive Ocean View and Deluxe self-contained villas with modern amenities and magnificent views. Sweeping sea views The resort has spacious villas named and decorated in tribute to the ships that shaped Fiji’s history. Available in Executive

Ocean View and Deluxe self-contained catergories, all villas are air-conditioned with tea and coffee maker, fridge, ceiling fan, IDD phone, hairdryer and TV. Your private balcony looks out to the blue ocean and coral reef. The seagoing theme extends to the poolside restaurant, a binnacle and brassbedecked museum of bluewater relics from Fiji’s old whalers and sailors. The resort’s restaurants serve high quality food at affordable prices, including local dishes and fresh seafood as well as good old-fashioned roasts.

Relax around the pool, and at Happy Hour enjoy songs by the Crow’s Nest Serenaders with a cool drink or tropical cocktail from the Quarterdeck Bar. A wide range of watersports and activities can be organised by the staff—from snorkelling, kayaking, golf, horseriding, reef walks, scuba diving, visits to the local village and sugar train rides. The cultural theme night includes a meke—traditional Fijian dancing—a pottery demonstration and a kava ceremony. The new Crow’s Nest Resort—a holiday you will treasure at a price you can afford.

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The Naviti Resort Amidst lush green gardens and golden sandy beaches and coconut palms, The Naviti has long been one of Fiji’s treasured holiday destinations. Cocooned in 38 acres of lush, vibrant, tropical gardens and alongside golden sand beaches and coconut palms, The Naviti Resort is home to a luxurious range of accommdations and facilities. Elegant and stylish design The 220 spacious guestrooms, including suites and villas, offer a haven of stylish design and sophisticated comforts in true Fijian style. All rooms are elegantly decorated in cool pastel shades and have quality rattan furniture. The rooms are air-conditioned and have tea and coffee making facilities, telephone, in-room safe and mini fridge. Each room has a separate bath and shower and a balcony or patio to enjoy the views of the lagoon or the bush covered hills that are home to hundreds of birds. Interconnecting rooms and bedding configurations are available on request. Accommodation options range from charming garden view hotel rooms to exclusive oceanfront villas. Hotel rooms comfortably accommodate a family of two adults and two children and overlook tropical landscaped gardens or picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean. Tastefully designed with a separate 62  www.paradisesonline.com

lounge area, the resort’s suites have partial ocean views and are available for couples only. Indulge in the comforts of the Studio Villa. These luxury Fiji villas feature a king bed, VIP bath amenities, bathrobes and slippers, mini bar fridge, TV, spacious furnished balcony or patio, fruit basket and sparkling wine in the room upon arrival. The One Bedroom Oceanfront Villa offers luxury as well as privacy. The separate lounge area is ideal for couples who wish to entertain in the privacy of their own villa. Tropical paradise A convenient Coral Coast location on Fiji’s largest island offers the perfect base for exploring the many pleasures of this tropical paradise. From shopping and cultural tours to bamboo rafting and Sigatoka River safaris, The Naviti Resort is the ideal spot to see and do it all. There are plenty of activities for even the most energetic holidaymaker including tennis, volleyball in the pool or on the beach, basketball, golf, windsurfing, canoeing, snorkelling, scuba diving and reef fishing trips. For an intimate picnic, the Naviti even has its own offshore island. The Naviti Resort is a paradise for families. The resort’s kids club allows parents to relax on the beach or around the pool while kids (aged 5-12) play and interact


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under supervision. Children under five are welcome to join in when accompanied by a parent or babysitter. Babysitting services are also available.

pizzas. The Fiji Pool Bar is the ideal location for enjoying your favourite beverage or try one of the bar staff’s selection of tropical cocktails.

Additional facilities include a fullyequipped, air-conditioned gym located on the beachfront, a boutique shop and a beauty centre where guests can relax and indulge in a variety of beauty products and services.

Fiji is a wedding destination like no other. Nothing is more memorable than a wedding or honeymoon in the tropical paradise of the Fiji Islands and the Naviti Resort boasts some of the most idyllic, romantic spots for your special day. Wedding packages are available and include a personal wedding co-ordinator available to plan your dream wedding. With 38 acres of lush tropical gardens fringed by an endless golden sandy beach, couples are sure to find the perfect setting in this slice of heaven.

Escape to bliss and restore your sense of natural calm at the Naviti Joy Spa. Here guests can experience an unparalleled spa experience with a variety of blissful treatments that revolve around relaxation and vitality, from tropical massages to deep cleanse facials as well as hairdressing and waxing services. Culinary delights The resort provides a range of culinary delights and caters to absolutely every taste and desire from a drink or snack by the pool to the privacy of room service. The Bamboo Terrace specialises in mouthwatering Cantonese and Mandarin cuisine. This semi-fine dining restaurant offers an à la carte menu with a tasty range of Asian specialities. The Grill Restaurant offers grilled specialities, spit roasts and wood fired

Couples are urged to relax and concentrate totally on each other while their personal wedding co-ordinator organises everything for them. From the ceremony itself, to flowers, photography and catering, the Naviti Resort’s dedicated wedding co-ordinator will fashion a heavenly and stress-free wedding for all couples. Whether it is a white wedding, a fun tropical wedding with colourful sulus (sarongs) or a traditional Fijian wedding, complete with masi, Fijian costumes, weddings at the Naviti Resort are truly romantic and utterly unforgettable.

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Warwick Fiji Beachfront on the Coral Coast, amidst 28 acres of tropical garden and foliage, Warwick Fiji Resort & Spa offers a superb combination of luxurious accommodation, premium facilities, genuine warmth and exotic island pleasures. The resort is a 90-minute scenic drive from Nadi International Airport and located within convenient reach of many of the island’s most popular attractions. Transfers can be easily arranged. Set on a brilliant natural white sandy beach with crystal clear lagoons and a perfect view of the sunset, the resort provides the perfect place to escape from the stresses of everyday life with 248 well-appointed rooms and deluxe suites nestled in exotic gardens with panoramic views. Modern luxuries With four room categories to choose from there is something for all travellers. Garden View and Ocean View rooms are wellappointed with modern conveniences including air-conditioning, flat screen television, tea and coffee making facilities, telephone, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, mini bar and refrigerator. Additional luxuries and comfort are available in the Executive Warwick Deluxe Rooms. These adult-only rooms were designed with the business traveller in 64  www.paradisesonline.com

mind and are ideal for those seeking quieter lodging. Spacious suites offer the luxurious comfort of a separate bedroom and living area. Both the Executive Deluxe Rooms and Suites offer a host of added extras, including exclusive access to the Executive Warwick Lounge, breakfast, complimentary afternoon tea and predinner cocktails. Unique dining options The delicious range of dining experiences is complemented by a choice of seven bars, including one swim-up pool bar. Enjoy a full buffet breakfast, à la carte lunch and sumptuous themed buffet dinners every day of the week Bula Brasserie. The Lagoon Bar & Grill is the perfect spot to soak up the sunshine and enjoy a selection of lunch snacks, assorted char grills, garden salads and island burgers. For a unique dining experience, the Wicked Walu, located on its own private island, offers a tempting selection of ocean seafood grills, char-grilled steaks and delectable desserts. For the finest sushi and Japanese cuisine, Sazanami Japanese Restaurant features two teppanyaki grills and a sushi bar, or head to Pappagallo for a wide range of Italian specialities and mouthwatering desserts. The Warwick Fiji Resort & Spa offers the


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ultimate in both relaxation and recreation for guests during their stay. Watersports include kayaking and canoeing, snorkelling and paddle boating and for those who enjoy keeping active there are flood-lit tennis courts, squash courts, fully equipped gym and bicycle tours are also available. Enjoy a game of pool volleyball or swim up to the pool bar for a refreshing drink at the Nadi Wing pool, while kids splash around in their own, specially designed kiddie pool. For a quieter day of relaxation in the sun, the Suva Wing pool is the perfect choice.

beauty of the Kula Eco Park and Biausevu Waterfall. Explore Fiji’s magical underwater world at one of the best known Fiji dive spots, Beqa Lagoon, which can easily be accessed from the resort. The Kids’ Club is open daily for children between the ages of three and 12 years. Here children can partake in fun filled activities like handicrafts, fish feeding, sandcastle building, crab hunting, seashell collecting, face painting, treasure hunting and much more. A babysitting service can also be arranged.

For a incomparable spa experience in paradise, the luxurious Warwick Fiji Spa offers a range of splendid massages and treatments inspired by Polynesian wellness rituals to help rejuvenate and restore mind, body and soul. Located on the ocean’s edge, the Polynesian architecture of the Warwick Fiji Spa, together with its open-concept design, creates a relaxing experience that’s totally at one with nature.

With a central location, picturesque garden setting, breathtaking ocean views and friendly atmosphere, the Warwick Fiji Resort & Spa is one of Fiji’s most popular meeting, conference and event destinations. The resort boasts a variety of function spaces to accommodate every occasion, from private celebrations and elegant weddings, to elaborate gala dinners and business functions.

Rich cultural experiences For an unforgettable adventure, uncover the island’s most popular attractions from rich cultural experiences at a Fijian traditional village to discovering the natural splendour and spectacular

A place of unrivalled beauty, with prime beach access, the award-winning Warwick Fiji Resort & Spa provides a host of luxury accommodations, amenities and first-class facilities that are perfect for an unforgettable, incomparable tropical holiday in Fiji.

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Suva Suva is the capital of Fiji and is a beautiful harbour city built on a peninsula reaching out into the sea.

small, quaint wooden bungalows in the old section which sit in juxtaposition to the modern offices and shopping plazas. Suva is the only place in Fiji where you’ll see buildings taller than palm trees.

Suva’s tall modern buildings are balanced by the rich traditional colonial architecture. The city is perched on a hilly peninsula between Laucala Bay and Suva Harbour in the southeast corner of Viti Levu. The mountains north and west catch the southeast trade winds, producing moist conditions year round.

On Sundays it’s well worth attending church to hear the choral singing which is magnificent. Most churches have services in English, but none compare with the 1000 strong Fijian service at Centenary Methodist Church on Stewart Street. A vital centre, Suva offers a great selection of restaurants including Chinese, Indian, traditional Fijian and European cuisine.

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There are tours to landmarks such as the Thurston Gardens next to

Government House, the official residence of the president of the Republic of Fiji. The museum is recognised as one of the best of its type in the South Pacific. Not to be missed is the sprawling complex of municipal markets near the waterfront which comes to life on Fridays and Saturdays. Here you’ll find an assortment of artefacts and handicrafts for sale, made by Fijians throughout the Island group. There is Fiji’s oldest cultural centre located at Orchid Island near Suva, where visitors can see Fiji’s unique fauna and flora. For those who like history, there’s Albert Park where Charles Kingsford-Smith landed his plane Southern Cross on his trans-Pacific flight in 1928.


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Holiday Inn Suva Ideally located on Suva Harbour, Holiday Inn Suva is within easy walking distance of the CBD and entertainment district. The hotel is in a perfect location for business travellers, government and diplomatic officials and tourists. The lush tropical gardens and generous pool deck combine with the scenic ocean outlook to provide a resort-style oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle of city life. The hotel has 130 spacious, air-conditioned guestrooms as well as banquet and seminar facilities, 24-hour

security and CCTV. All rooms include 32” LCD TVs, satellite TV, digital in-house movies, mini bar, in-room safe, 24-hour room service, broadband internet and wireless access, a 24-hour gym, transfer service desk and hotel tour desk. The modern Vikatoria’s Restaurant offers an extensive à la carte menu, a children’s menu and buffet meals. Bati Ni Wai Pizzeria on the water’s edge overlooking Suva Harbour, serves traditional Italian wood fired pizzas and offers the perfect setting to view the sunset. Tapa Lounge Bar is an ideal place to mingle with friends

or watch the latest movies and sports on the big screen. Relax by the pool or arrange a tour through the hotel’s tour desk. Nearby attractions include the Fiji Museum with markets, shopping malls, clubs, pubs and bars just a short distance away. Additional services include babysitting, foreign currency exchange, laundry and dry cleaning and there is a business centre. With a relaxed harbour setting, Holiday Inn Suva is a tranquil haven in the centre of a bustling and vibrant city.

501 Victoria Parade, GPO Box 1357, Suva FIJI Tel: +679 330 1600 Fax: +679 330 0251  Email: reservations.holidayinnsuva@ihg.com  www.holidayinn.com

Tropic Towers Apartments For families, business people, tour groups or holidaymakers wishing to experience the cosmopolitan culture, shopping and tropical nightlife that Suva has to offer, Tropic Towers Apartments has a range of reasonably priced accommodation to suit all needs. Located in a quiet, peaceful area in Suva, high on a hill overlooking the beautiful harbour and environs, the apartments are only a relaxing three-minute walk from the thriving city centre. Discover

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Suva, known as the hub of the Pacific, that offers visitors a range of things to do and see. Visit the colonial buildings, museums, botanical gardens, shopping and bustling nightlife.

is ideal for backpackers and provides serviced separate rooms with telephones and air-conditioning. However, the bathroom and kitchen facilities in the new wing are shared.

At Tropic Towers there are 47 spacious and fully serviced single, double and three–bedroom apartments. All units are self-contained with full kitchen facilities including stove, refrigerator, kitchen utensils, radio, telephone and air-conditioning.

Ideally located Additional facilities available to guests at Tropic Towers Apartments range from a freshwater swimming pool, bar and Sky TV to a guest laundry complete with irons in addition to a seven-day laundry service.

The complex has recently been expanded with new budget accommodation which

Guests at Tropic Towers Apartments enjoy comfort and convenience in the lively area of Suva.

PO Box 1347, Suva FIJI Tel: +679 330 4470 / 331 3855 Fax: +679 330 4169  Email: tropictowers@connect.com.fj  www.tropictowers.com

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Poipu Beach Sunset Beach Laie Haleiwa O’AHU Kaneohe Pearl Harbor Kahala Honolulu Waikiki Beach

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Perfect holiday destination Located more than 5178 kilometres off the west coast of America, this tropical paradise of turquoise bays, white sandy beaches, lush tropical vegetation and balmy sunshine all year round, is renowned as one of the world’s most famous vacation playgrounds. Most of the 132 islands in this beautiful archipelago are no more than tiny atolls, the summits of a chain of submarine volcanoes that stretches almost to Japan. Hawaii is full of contrasts and extremes and it has 11 of the world’s 13 climatic zones. History The first inhabitants of Hawaii were Polynesians who arrived between the fourth and fifth century with plants and animals. Captain James Cook was the first European. He landed in 1778 to find a structured society with chiefs ruling each island. In 1920, Hawaii became a major tourist destination with the first non-stop flight from the US mainland. In 1959 it became 68  www.paradisesonline.com

an American state and Honolulu is now the 11th largest city in the USA. Capital and major centres Tourism is restricted to six of the eight most southerly islands. These are Oahu, with the city of Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii; Maui, the second largest island with the world’s largest dormant volcano; Kauai which is known for its magnificent scenery and vegetation; Hawaii or the Big Island where Captain Cook is buried, and the ancestral home of Hawaiian royalty; and Molokai and Lanai, located off the coast of Maui. The people There are 1.3 million people of mixed races living in the Hawaiian archipelago. Hawaii’s religions are as diverse as its cultural heritage. The official languages are Hawaiian and English. Nature Home to more than 10,000 plant and animal species found nowhere else on earth, the islands are famous for palms, coconut palms, cactus, kamani, ohia,


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kukui and hau trees, glorious tropical flowers (5000 types of hibiscus), along with vari-coloured fruits, coffee and macadamia nuts. The humpback whale is an annual visitor and there is an exotic collection of birdlife. The sights On Oahu, see Pearl Harbor and visit famous Waikiki Beach. Hire a car or jump on the local bus to explore the beautiful beaches on the famous North Shore. On Maui the main attraction is Haleakala, a dormant volcano reaching approximately 3000 metres. The best time to visit Haleakala is at sunrise. A drive along the stunning Hana highway is also a must while on Maui. On Hawaii’s Big Island, there is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Parker Ranch, which is the third largest working 70  www.paradisesonline.com

cattle ranch in the US. There’s also a space centre named after Hawaii’s first astronaut, Ellison S. Onizuka. Kauai has Waimea Canyon and a number of magnificent botanical gardens. A sailing trip or helicopter ride along the breathtaking Napali coast is also highly recommended. Ride a mule down Molokais cliff trail to Kalaupapa. Lanais best dive spot, Cathedrals, has dramatic coral formations creating pinnacles and caverns rising from a depth of 21 metres to the surface. Where to stay Hawaii has accommodation to suit all budgets and travellers can expect to find hundreds of hotels and condos in every category from luxury to budget. Camping is available in National, State, City, and County Parks.

Getting around If you are considering visiting all of the islands, it’s recommended that you allow a minimum of three weeks. The domestic airlines, Hawaiian, Go Hawaii and Island Air help to maximise sightseeing time. Helicopter sightseeing tours are popular and give you a chance to see places that may otherwise be inaccessible. On the ground there are limousines, taxis and coaches available. Oahu is the only island with a bus service with an extensive route that covers the entire island. In addition, there is a ferry from Lanai to Maui, from Molokai to Maui and from Oahu to Maui. Renting a car or jeep is extremely popular in Hawaii, although it’s not necessary in Honolulu as it has a good public transport network. Driving is on the right hand side and, as most islands have only one main road, it’s


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Hawai‘i starts the moment you step on board. And with our generous luggage allowance of 2 x 32kg per person, you’ll be able to pack more to and from your next holiday. Fly non-stop daily from Sydney and 3 times a week from Brisbane to Hawai‘i and onward to 11 U.S. Cities, including New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles & San Francisco. Or transfer to your favourite Hawaiian Island on one of 170 flights daily. For more information or to make a booking, visit us at www.HawaiianAirlines.com.au, call us toll free on 1300 669 106, or contact your preferred travel agent.

2 x 32kg baggage allowance per passenger

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difficult to get lost. Night driving is not quite as enjoyable, as roads between towns are not lit and can be narrow. Hiring a bike is a great option for visitors as it allows you to get off the beaten track and visit smaller towns. Food and entertainment Experience a traditional Hawaiian feast or luau, which usually includes dishes like poi, ground from the taro plant, kalua pork, an entire pig wrapped in ti leaves and baked in an underground oven or imu, poke, marinated raw fish, shellfish, or octopus, along with Polynesian-style entertainment and a hula performance. Aside from the Pacific Rim or Hawaii regional cuisine, which is a fusion of food and techniques from all of the countries and ethnic groups that have historically had an influence on Hawaii, Hawaii boasts 72  www.paradisesonline.com

many international restaurants serving various Asian and continental cuisines. There are also fast foods of every kind, and do-it-yourself is popular as most condominiums have cooking facilities. Activities There is a wide range of activities for all ages including snorkelling, fishing, tennis, golf, windsurfing, sailing, and many other water based activities including magnificent surfing. Hawaii offers sightseeing tours, bushwalks, downhill cycling adventures, trail rides, and a range of indoor activities. Shopping guide Artisans make copies of their ancient instruments made from gourds, stones, seeds, feathers, shells, lumber and bamboo. Also for sale are woven leaf hats, feather work in colourful hatbands, capes

and bags, handwoven cloth, Lauhala leaves made into sandals, bags and wall ornaments. Beautiful Hawaiian applique quilts in island designs make the perfect gift. Climate Expect balmy and mild temperatures ranging from 18°C to 30°C year round. Clothing Summer clothes, few restaurants require jacket and tie. Warmer clothes for mountain hikes. Electricity 20 Volts, AC/60 cycles. Currency The currency is the US dollar. Tips are expected. Budget for around 15 percent in restaurants and 10 percent in taxis while a few dollars per person for tour guides.


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Oahu Capital of all the islands, Oahu suits beachcombers, honeymooners and adventurers of all ages. With its perfect weather, tropical flowers, pristine valleys, rainbows and waterfalls, quiet beaches and fiery sunsets, it’s truly a jewel. Honolulu, the capital, is surrounded by beautiful white sandy beaches and attracts some seven million visitors each year. It offers plazas, five-star restaurants, nightclubs, world-class shopping, great art and architecture, exquisite hotels and friendly people with old fashioned Aloha spirit. Enjoy all the convenience of city living with the ambience of the tropics. A great way to get an overview of Honolulu is to take the Historic Waikiki Trolley Tour, a two-hour narrated tour on a turn-of-the-century designed trolley

which stops every 15 minutes at 20 locations allowing you to spend time at as many stops as you like before rejoining the route. Stops include Honolulu Zoo, Chinatown, Aloha Tower Marketplace and the Hawaii Maritime Centre, King Kamehameha Statue, Restaurant Row and several shopping locations. There are more than a dozen specialised walking tours in Honolulu and many focus on historical sites such as the Kawaiaha`o Church, Hawaii’s oldest. Chinatown has many buildings with architecture reminiscent of a bygone era. Stroll through the arcades past the exotic herb shops and see the famous open market. More than one million visitors a year experience a taste of old Polynesia and the charm and beauty of the seven South Pacific villages at the Polynesian Cultural Centre. While there, visit the

Imax theatre, experience a luau and see the spectacular Polynesian show. Take a nostalgic trip to Pearl Harbour where you can visit the USS Arizona Memorial or step aboard the USS Bowfin, a real WWII submarine. You can learn more about this compelling wartime attack by visiting the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Centre displaying WWII naval history and see a film about the attack. Outdoor attractions include Sea Life Park on Oahu’s South East Shore which has the world’s only ‘wholpin’, offspring of a false killer whale and an Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin. Waikiki Aquarium houses several endangered and rare species, interactive exhibits and a world famous collection of tropical fish. At Waimea Valley Audubon Centre on the North Shore experience Hawaiian cultural and ecological treasures in a natural park.

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Numerous cruises offer the opportunity to see the spectacular Waikiki/Honolulu coastline and whale watching cruises are a highlight in season. Another way to sightsee is in a glassbottom catamaran in Kaneohe Bay on Oahu’s East Coast, where you can enjoy the sail and make viewing stops along the coral reefs. A safe and interesting way to see the natural wonders of the reef is to take a trip in a high tech Atlantis Sub to a depth of 30 metres and see a visual feast of reef fish and mysterious ocean predators. Other Oahu ‘musts’ include a visit to Diamond Head crater which has a one mile hiking trail leading to the 231 metres summit where there are spectacular views of Waikiki and Honolulu. No visit to Hawaii would be complete without a swim or at least a walk along the promenade at famous Waikiki

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beach. Surfboards and boogie boards are available for rent with the option of lessons for the novice ‘guaranteed to get you up’. Other activities on Oahu include wind-surfing, sailing on catamarans, kayaking, waterskiing and jetskiing. Parasailing under the direction of an experienced captain is a great way to view Honolulu and Waikiki from a new perspective, nine to 91 metres above the ocean flying tandem or by yourself. The Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve, Hawaii’s most famous snorkelling spot,aims to preserve nature and educate visitors about the fragile ecosystem. As well as having unlimited activities, Honolulu is a gourmet’s paradise with cuisine that is a blend of the spices of Asia and the Pacific with European styles and sauces. It is also a shopper’s paradise with everything from the International

Marketplace ‘souvenir heaven’—built around a 100-year-old banyan tree—to famous Ala Moana, one of the largest open-air shopping centres in the USA. With nearly 50 new retailers, the Waikiki Beach Walk is the largest development in Waikiki’s history. Nearly three hectares along well traversed Lewers Street is a colourful show-case and gathering place. This outdoor entertainment plaza includes several dining establishments and hotels, and benefits from the island’s cooling trade winds and year-round excellent weather. Where else in the world can you snorkel a crystal lagoon, climb a dormant volcano, surf huge waves, kayak along a pristine coastline, picnic on a sandbar, soar in a glider over tide pools, scuba dive over sunken aeroplanes, play golf at a championship course and sail into the sunset?


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Turtle Bay Resort There’s one North Shore on Oahu. And there’s one resort on it. With almost five miles of beachfront, Turtle Bay is the perfect place to take in the azure beauty and natural tranquility of Oahu’s fabled North Shore, less than an hour from the energetic pulse of Honolulu and Waikiki. A luxury beach resort, Turtle Bay focuses on creating authentic, once-in-a-lifetime experiences found only on the North Shore. The resort has more activities to offer guests than ever before, led by a team of renowned guides who provide an insider’s look at one of the world’s most storied surf destinations. Of course it’s all served up with Hawaii’s legendary aloha spirit. Be one of the first to experience extensive upgrades as part of the resort’s multimillion-dollar renovation, complete with

epic new accommodations and worldclass amenities for the entire family. This includes two new restaurants featuring the best in locally sourced cuisine; exclusive new coastal retail outlets and an intimate look at surf culture at the new Surfer, The Bar. Whether you’re a waterman, wave watcher or wader, Turtle Bay is at the epicentre of set after set of ocean activities, events and adventures. There’s no better place to surf, stand-up paddleboard, kayak, and snorkel—or try innovative new experiences like stand-up paddle yoga, offered by the resort’s first-of-its-kind new Nalu Kinetic Spa and wellness centre. Turtle Bay is unrivalled on Oahu when it comes to accommodations where spectacular ocean views are on display from all three luxurious options. The resort’s epic new main building rooms

and suites are all newly renovated with a contemporary, beach house feel that is authentic to the North Shore, featuring all-new fixtures, furnishings, bedding and décor, as well as completely remodelled bathrooms. Also recently renovated, the resort’s 42 Beach Cottages provide Four-Diamond quality in a tranquil escape offering 740850 square feet of space, vaulted ceilings, deep soaking tubs and private lanais, as well as a dedicated cottage concierge. Turtle Bay’s Villas overlook the stunning Kuilima Cove from a coveted beachfront location, each featuring a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, as well as an entertainment system, flat-screen TVs and high speed Internet. Guests enjoy a private pool, jacuzzi, courtyard and barbecue area and each villa features a private lanai.

57-091 Kamehameha Highway Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii 96731 USA Tel: +808 293 6000 Fax: +808 293 9147  Email: TBRreservations@benchmarkmanagement.com  www.turtlebayresort.com www.paradisesonline.com  75


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The Kahala Hotel & Resort This renowned resort is set on a secluded stretch of sand just 10 minutes from Waikiki by complimentary shuttle. A favourite of celebrities, presidents and international royalty, The Kahala Hotel & Resort provides unparalleled luxury and privacy. The resort celebrates its 50th anniversary in January 2014 and is the perfect resort for Kahala ‘passionistas’ to re-visit or for first time visitors. The Kahala Hotel & Resort is a luxury destination resort unto itself, yet just minutes from the shopping and nightlife beyond the Kahala area. This is a legendary resort well known for the sheer beauty and grace of its rooms and suites, for the innovation of its restaurants and for the grandeur of its banquet rooms. Contemporary luxuries The spacious, chic guest accommodations ensure all who stay here are truly comfortable and treated to every indulgence. There are 338 stylish rooms and suites in a range of configurations. Each oversized room is furnished in light tropical colours, complemented by luxury amenities. All have super comfortable beds with European linens and the option of panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Ko’olau Mountain Range, Diamond Head and Koko Head Craters or the resort’s 76  www.paradisesonline.com

own Dolphin Lagoon. Modern amenities include wireless high speed internet connectivity, LCD flat screen TVs, and new style coffee makers. For even more luxury and space, suites offer a separate living room with lanai, and a bedroom with a king bed featuring goose down duvets and fine luxury linens. One- or two-bedroom suites are available. Or choose from one of the sumptuous Ocean Front or Signature Collection Suites, with a generous suite amenity program. Unique dining ambience The award-winning cuisine at The Kahala Hotel & Resort embraces a diverse blend of trends and cultural influences. The Plumeria Beach House, the resort’s openair, all-day dining restaurant is an ideal choice for casual dining, quiet meetings and cocktails at sunset. The Seaside Grill menu includes fresh bounty from local waters, sandwiches and salads, hamburgers and delectable desserts. Hoku’s is heralded for its innovative fusion fare that melds Hawaiian, Asian and European flavours. Arancino showcases Italian dishes that are both classic and innovative at the same time. For a casual alternative, The Veranda is a sleek and sophisticated lounge that serves afternoon tea, with a selection of teas, sandwiches, light pastries and


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refreshing tropical beverages. Relax and enjoy light jazz presented by Honolulu’s top musicians who entertain nightly. There is also 24-hour room service. A tropical escape The Kahala Spa boasts 10 treatment rooms designed to exude a sense of calm and serenity–each with its own relaxation area, glass-enclosed shower, deep soak tub, personal changing area and wardrobe closet–to give you the ultimate in privacy during your spa encounter. An extensive spa menu will tempt all visitors with rejuvenating treatments that embody Hawaiian healing therapies. Manicures, pedicures, teeth whitening and a gentleman’s shave are also on the menu. The CHI Fitness Center features a gym with state-of-the-art cardiovascular and resistance equipment. The Kahala Hotel & Resort is ideally located for many of Oahu’s most popular attractions including whale watching, parasailing, snorkelling and a wide range of golf courses are available nearby such as renowned Ko Olina Golf Club, Ko’olau and Royal Hawaiian Country Club. The resort can easily arrange tee times, transportation and equipment. There are endless options for watersports including kayaking, snorkelling, stand-

up paddleboards and boogie boards or simply relax on the stretch of ivory sand or take a cooling dip in the pool. The popular kids club is the perfect place for 5 to 12 year olds to make friends and to learn about the beautiful islands and rich Hawaiian culture in a safe and fun environment. Interact with dolphins The Kahala Hotel & Resort’s 26,000 square foot natural lagoon is home to a family of playful Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. The Dolphin Quest trainers offer daily education programs where guests can experience these animals up-close and understand what makes them unique. At The Kahala you have the chance to have face-to-face, in-water contact with these intelligent and fascinating creatures. From a lavish and romantic wedding, to a large or intimate gathering, the secluded waterfront location of the resort makes for an unforgettable experience. There is a range of locations to choose from that are managed by a professional convention service team. Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is the ideal location for your next Hawaiian sojourn.

5000 Kahala Avenue, Honolulu Hawaii 96816-5498 USA Tel: +1 808 7398 888 Fax: + 1 808 7398 800  The Leading Hotels of the World: AU Tel: +61 2 9377 8444  www.kahalaresort.com www.paradisesonline.com  77


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Waikiki Parc Hotel In the heart of paradise and just steps from the sands of Waikiki Beach is the Waikiki Parc Hotel–an urban oasis where contemporary flair, bold guest experiences and warm hospitality celebrates a Honoluluchic lifestyle–all within the cosmopolitan magic of Waikiki. Accommodations Contemporary accommodations in an intimate, urban boutique setting comprise of 297 guestrooms with outdoor lanais or balconies overlooking the ocean, mountain or city. Each room features an accent wall of richly hued ebony wood headboard with built-in direct lighting. Ceramic tile flooring complements plush textured inlaid carpeting and inviting European styled bed linens on either a king-size or two double beds. Plantation shutters

give rooms ethereal light with an airy residential appeal. For the comfort of guests, each room is appointed with a 32” LCD HD-TV, high speed internet access, bedside phone/ alarm clock/radio unit with smart phone connection and charging, electronic in-room safe, mini-refrigerator and coffee maker. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, the world’s leader in Peruvian-inspired Japanese cuisine, embraces Hawaii’s matchless sense of place and extraordinary indigenous delicacies. The dazzling 7500 squarefoot restaurant is located in the lobby and features a full-service sushi bar, VIP sake table, a special event facility and a seductive bar lounge. Other dining options include PARC a.m. serving a daily buffet breakfast, 24-hour in-room dining and inroom wine bar stocked with an exclusive collection of Parc Chic Wines.

Recreation Seasonal guest programs include a DIVEIN THEATER, inviting guests to enjoy movies under a starry Hawaiian night sky; MINGLE, weekly wine mixer on Fridays; and a summer promotion at QUENCH poolside bar. Steps from Waikiki Beach, guests have access to the best of Waikiki. Unlimited opportunities for shopping, dining, spa and entertainment are best experienced with the hotel’s PARC ACCESS program that allows complimentary VIP access to Oahu’s hottest arts, cultural and entertainment destinations including Bishop Museum and The Honolulu Museum of Arts. With its warm hospitality, vibrant interiors, and premier location, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture, international cuisine, entertainment, recreation and relaxation of the Waikiki Parc Hotel.

2233 Helumoa Road, Honolulu Hawaii 96815 USA Tel: +1 808 921 7272 Fax: +1 808 923 1336  Email: reservation@waikikiparc.com  www.waikikiparc.com 78  www.paradisesonline.com


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Halekulani Halekulani, which means ‘house befitting heaven’ in Hawaiian, certainly lives up to its name. The legendary hotel on the beach at Waikiki has been offering visitors an oasis of tranquility for over a century. Today, the hotel’s reputation for gracious hospitality, impeccable service and magnificent cuisine is unparalleled on Oahu. Understated elegance Emphasising the seaside setting, tropical Hawaiian elements, and the spirit evocative of Halekulani, each of the hotel’s 453 rooms and suites feature Halekulani’s signature ‘seven shades of white.’ Spacious and tastefully furnished, all guestrooms offer contemporary conveniences such as state-of-the-art technology and sophisticated lighting. The signature pool, with an orchid design comprised of more than a million individual

glass tiles imported from South Africa, has become globally recognised as an icon since its unveiling at the hotel’s reopening in 1983.

music nightly at House Without A Key, Halekulani’s popular gathering spot for informal breakfast, lunch, cocktails, appetisers and entertainment.

Three award-winning restaurants feature stunning views framed by the iconic Diamond Head and the deep blue Pacific, but it’s the unforgettable cuisine using Hawaii’s freshest local ingredients that will take your breath away. Halekulani proudly notes that its neoclassic French restaurant, La Mer, has been awarded the highly respected AAA Five Diamond Award consecutively since 1990. It is the only restaurant in the State to receive this honour for so many years. La Mer offers a fine dining experience with French inspired cuisine in an elegant and romantic setting, while Orchids serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a more casual, oceanside setting. Drink in memorable sunsets to the sound of distinctive Hawaiian

Enjoy the traditional afternoon tea on the Verandah and retire to Lewers Lounge for evening drinks and entertainment. Water activities abound from outrigger canoeing, snorkelling and surfing. The concierge can arrange any activity or tour on request. Guests can relax at SpaHalekulani, the first spa to fully explore the healing traditions of the Pacific Islands with a full menu of rejuvenating massages, facials, body wraps or salon services. At Oahu’s most prestigious resort, you’ll find a refined atmosphere, gracious hospitality and energising environs—the perfect setting for discerning travellers to enjoy a total renewal at Halekulani.

2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815 USA Tel: +808 923-2311 Fax: +808 926-8004  Email: info@halekulani.com  www.halekulani.com www.paradisesonline.com  79


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Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa Surround yourself in the magnificent beauty of Hawaii and Oahu at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa. Experience a premier Oahu resort experience at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa. Offering the ideal location, personalised service and worldclass amenities including a 24-hour fitness centre, freshwater swimming pool overlooking Waikiki Beach and more than 60 on-site boutiques, this Waikiki vacation resort has something for everyone. Enjoy a romantic getaway or family retreat featuring magnificent, unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and access to worldfamous Waikiki Beach. Aloha spirit The Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa perfectly embodies the aloha spirit with Hawaiian-style décor and superior amenities. Each guestroom features one king or two double beds, fitted with plush pillowtop mattresses. Other superb features include a private balcony, in-room safe and generous work area with wireless high speed internet access. The deluxe bathroom features exclusive Na Ho‘ola Spa amenities. Respire by Hyatt rooms undergo an additional six-step process to reduce airborne particles and minimise the presence of potential irritants. This process 80  www.paradisesonline.com

includes installation of a state-of-the-art air purification system and treatment of all fabrics and surfaces in the guestrooms. All Respire by Hyatt rooms are installed and maintained on an ongoing basis by PURE Solutions NA. Regency Club rooms offer the ultimate in Honolulu accommodations, featuring VIP extras. Award-winning spa Indulge and unwind at the resort’s awardwinning spa, Na Ho’ola. Named one of the top ten spas in Hawaii by Travel + Leisure Magazine and one of the top 100 in the world, the spa features two levels, 16 treatment rooms, luxurious amenities, top-notch therapists and an impressive array of therapies. Choose from a variety of massages, facials and treatments designed to soothe and rejuvenate. From the relaxation room to the couple’s suites, facilities are fully equipped with all the latest spa amenities and provide a comfortable atmosphere for your treatment of choice. Additionally, the dry sauna provides the perfect place for some quiet time where you can relax with your thoughts. StayFit™, the premier health club is located on the third floor next to the spa’s elevator. Take advantage of the state-of-the-art exercise equipment when you stay at this luxury Hyatt hotel. The resort offers the ultimate dining


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options. SHOR, a contemporary American seafood and steak grill, brings sustainable fish, fresh meats and produce to Waikiki Beach with its talented chefs offering an innovative menu sure to please every palate. Highlights include a “Shuck ‘Em” menu featuring fresh oysters, jumbo poached prawns, mussels and ceviche. Open for breakfast and dinner, the expansive open-air seating and ocean vistas create an unparalleled dining experience. The new Regency Club Lounge includes a private lanai and the stylish space includes terrace fire pits, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Waikiki Beach, hardwood floors as well as a bar and television viewing area. The lounge includes complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon beverages and snacks, evening cocktails (for a fee) and hors d’oeuvres. Swim, an exciting new poolside bar and lounge, features exotic cocktails, creative cuisine and amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and Waikiki Beach. Stay for the sunset and enjoy live entertainment under beautiful Hawaiian skies. Japengo serves innovative cocktails, expertly rolled sushi and a menu of exotic flavours from the Pacific Rim. A variety of seating options make it perfect for any occasion. Choose

from communal tables with an interactive sushi bar, private dining rooms or intimate tables-for-two. Sightseeing and adventure Visit exciting attractions, such as the Hanauma Bay, Pearl Harbour, Honolulu Zoo, Diamond Head Crater, art museums and galleries—all just moments from this luxury resort. Let the friendly concierge help you plan the perfect combination of local sightseeing and adventure to ensure you have the Hawaiian vacation you’ve always imagined. Plan a celebration that reflects your personal style. From the moment you select one of the stunning Waikiki wedding sites or event venues, an experienced Hyatt Regency Waikiki consultant will assist you with planning every aspect of your special day. Whether you dream of a Honolulu sunlit garden wedding ceremony with a casual cocktail reception or an elegant soiree with a formal banquet, the resort’s beautiful indoor and outdoor venues, creative cuisine and impeccable service make this the premier choice for your next celebration. For an outstanding luxury vacation with exceptional guest services, the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa is the ultimate choice.

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The Modern Honolulu A Cosmopolitan Lifestyle Hotel, The Modern Honolulu introduces cosmopolitan chic for leisure and business pursuits in Hawaii. Sleek and sophisticated The hotel deftly combines contemporary minimalism and sophistication in every element. From the sculpture of brokenin-action surfboards behind the lobby desk, to the bar hidden behind a revolving bookcase, to the blue glass tiles embellishing the Sunset Pool, the vibe of the hotel is modern and sophisticated. The Modern Honolulu’s progressive luxury is as refined as it is relaxed. The Spa’s exhilarating treatments are developed around the purest and most exclusive products in the world—natural, organic, handcrafted and sustainable. Two stylish pools overlook the Pacific for daytime fun while for a great evening rendezvous, the vibrant Addiction nightclub and The Study lobby bar are great The hotel is home to Morimoto Waikiki, which serves guests daily the culinary delights of Chef Masaharu Morimoto, known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. Inside Morimoto Waikiki dining is theatre. Chef Morimoto’s vision translates to the plate in the open kitchen or at the full sushi bar.

Redefining the standard for Honolulu luxury hotels, the 353 rooms and suites offer sleek minimalism with a signature white palette forming the décor and most feature a private, furnished terrace. Natural light filters in through gauzy fabric and teak louvres that slide over large-scale windows. Varied woods and terrazzo marble spa bathrooms complement the palette of whites that washes over everything from lounge-like settees and upholstered headboards on beds that are blanketed in imported Frette linens. The strikingly stylish hotel is also a stunning backdrop for weddings, bridal luncheons and rehearsal dinners. Fully equipped with sprawling indoor and picturesque outdoor spaces, a large and transformative ballroom, custom catering services and modish amenities, The Modern Honolulu has the ability to cater for an elaborate affair with up to 350 guests or an intimate ceremony for 100 or less. The hotel’s ability to plan unique and one-of-a-kind events has allowed them to create some of Oahu’s most inspiring weddings. Guests can indulge in all that Oahu has to offer with a convenient location at the gateway to Waikiki Beach, just two minutes from world-class shopping and within walking distance of the silky, white sands of Waikiki Beach.

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Embassy Suites - Waikiki Beach Walk Steps away from Waikiki beach, Oahu’s only all-suite resort is located in the heart of the shopping, dining, and entertainment centre of Waikiki Beach Walk®, and offers a number of complimentary services and amenities that allow guests to focus on fun, adventure, relaxation and rejuvenation. Spacious suites Embassy Suites – Waikiki Beach Walk features 369 spacious suites in oneand two-bedroom configurations. Each upscale suite is appointed with design elements that capture Hawaii’s sense of place, a wet bar and separate living room. Modern amenities include flat panel LCD televisions, in-room safe, mini refrigerator, microwave, and an MP3/CD player clock radio. Each morning, guests can look forward

to a complimentary full, cooked-to-order breakfast, including fresh local fruits, yogurt and island favourites. Guests can stick to their staple fare or enjoy a savoury, new creation every day at the chooseyour-own-ingredients omelette station.

A 24-hour business centre allows guests to keep in touch with friends and family back home. Travellers can also take advantage of complimentary Wi-Fi as well as free local and domestic long distance phone calls.

Embassy Suites – Waikiki Beach Walk also hosts a nightly evening poolside reception on the hotel’s Grand Lanai, featuring an assortment of complimentary refreshments and snacks, as well as live entertainment weekly—a relaxing way to unwind after a day of adventure in paradise.

Only steps to the golden sands of Waikiki Beach, guests won’t have to stray far from the hotel to enjoy one of Hawaii’s best collections of shopping, dining and entertainment options. Waikiki Beach Walk®, Hawaii’s most exciting entertainment complex, offers guests an array of world-class restaurants and shops, free Hawaiian cultural activities, live island entertainment, torch lit evenings and a vibrant nightlife.

The resort provides a 24-hour fitness centre for guests who want to maintain their exercise routine and adding to the wellness platform at the resort, guests can now begin the day with free yoga classes held three times a week on the resort’s Grand Lanai.

For travellers who want a convenient and unforgettable vacation, look no further than Embassy Suites for excellent value, incredible service and a great location.

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Aqua Hotels & Resorts® Any time. Any island. Any reason. Aqua Hotels and Resorts represents a group of stylish, mid-priced hotels with plenty of lifestyle services throughout the Hawaiian Islands and Guam. The savvy traveller will appreciate the wellthought out additional services that make an Aqua stay fun, convenient and positively practical.

Within a short walking distance to the beach, Aqua Pacific Monarch is an ideal beach retreat that offers studios with kitchenettes and one-bedroom suites featuring fully equipped kitchens. On-site amenities include a restaurant and rooftop pool and sun deck.

Affordably elegant, Aqua Palms Waikiki is a calming oasis with touches of aloha, conveniently located just one block to Waikiki Beach and an array of dining options. Each of the 262 comfortable guestrooms features contemporary tropical décor with free Wi-Fi internet access for your convenience.

Set in a serene park setting, Luana Waikiki is conveniently located near shopping, dining and entertainment. This elegant boutique hotel features studios and one-bedroom suites with kitchenettes/kitchens, restaurant, day spa, fitness centre, swimming pool and sun deck.

Aqua Bamboo Waikiki is the ideal urban escape. Each of the sleek 92 studios and suites features Asian inspired décor, designed to sooth the mind and contemporary furnishings appointed in soft tones that invite you to repose. Relax by the saltwater pool and rock waterfall, or discover the myriad of shops and activities right outside.

Updated and fresh, Aqua Waikiki Pearl features 135 spacious rooms, one-, two- and three-bedroom suites with kitchens. Centrally located, near the shops and restaurants of the International Marketplace, this hotel is a great place to be near the excitement of Waikiki.

Hawaii’s surfing heritage comes alive at Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki, an affordably hip Waikiki boutique hotel. Step through the lobby, and you’re greeted with a display of surfboards and non-stop surfing footage. This vibrant and playful hotel invites guests 84  www.paradisesonline.com

to relax while honouring one of Hawaii’s greatest sports.

Named after the beloved wife of Hawaii’s last reigning king, the upgraded Aqua Queen Kapiolani is conveniently situated close to many attractions such as the Honolulu Zoo, Kapiolani Park and Waikiki Aquarium. Amenities include meeting and banquet facilities, pool with sun deck and restaurant with spectacular panoramic views of Diamond Head and


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the Pacific Ocean. The brand new Park Shore Waikiki fronts Waikiki Beach. Freshly renovated and upgraded, most of the 226 rooms have spectacular ocean and/or Diamond Head views. To the right is the excitement of Waikiki’s shops and restaurants. To the left, the natural beauty of Kapiolani Park and Diamond Head. Straight ahead is the famous Waikiki Beach. Wake up to views of the Pacific Ocean and majestic Koolau Mountains at Aqua Skyline at Island Colony. This highrise hotel is the tallest in Waikiki with 44 storeys and features sophisticated décor in all its renovated studios and one-bedroom suites. The iconic oceanfront Aqua Ilikai Hotel & Suites offers 203 spacious accommodations with simply amazing views from your private lanai. Other features include a fitness centre, pool with sun deck, lively restaurant and bar off the courtyard area as well as a rooftop restaurant with breathtaking views of the Honolulu skyline. Aqua Waikiki Joy is a tranquil getaway in the centre of Waikiki’s stylish shopping district. Spacious rooms and suites boast private balconies and the hotel

features include a swimming pool, sauna, karaoke lounge and the popular Japanese restaurant, Kimukatsu. Aqua Kauai Beach Resort is a deluxe oceanfront resort situated on 10 lush hectares with four refreshing pools, lava tube waterslide, restaurants, meeting and ballroom facilities and spa. Rooms and suites feature private balconies offering soothing vistas of the ocean and mountains. This beautiful Hawaiian plantation-style resort also offers a complimentary airport shuttle service. An intimate Hawaiian style country inn retreat, Aqua Hotel Lanai offers modernday comfort with old-world charm and a quaint dining experience to explore island flavours. For nature lovers, Aqua Hotel Molokai, an oceanfront hotel styled after a Polynesian village, is the perfect choice for an authentic Hawaiian experience offering guests outdoor adventures. Discover elegance and value at Aqua Suites Guam, conveniently located near Ypao Beach, shopping, dining and the airport. Surrounded by the excitement of Tumon Bay, each guestroom features free Wi-Fi internet access, microwave, mini refrigerator and elegant furnishings.

Office: 1850 Ala Moana Blvd, Waikiki Beach HAWAII 96815 USA Tel: +1 808 924 6543 Fax: +1 808 941 3770  Email: reservations@aquaresorts.com  www.aquaresorts.com www.paradisesonline.com  85


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Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki At the gateway to Waikiki, Hawaii Prince Hotel offers the perfect location with spectacular oceanfront accommodation and world-class service at one of the most desirable and convenient locations in Waikiki. The 28 floors of oceanfront accommodation sit atop a five-storey base containing restaurants, open-air lounge, meeting rooms, banquet facilities, lobby, shops, guest services and ample parking. Relax in luxury and sophistication Luxurious accommodation reflects an island sense of place with island inspired weaves, textures and motifs with a contemporary twist. All rooms are oceanfront with floor-to-ceiling windows that feature breathtaking views. Amenities include mini-refrigerator, Wi-Fi internet access, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, coffee maker, flat screen

television and entertainment system. Sophisticated suites offer spacious living areas and separate bedrooms plus the customary room amenities and features of standard guestrooms. Business and leisure travellers alike will appreciate the convenient location to Honolulu’s commercial districts, entertainment opportunities and proximity to dining options. The hotel is just steps away from both Waikiki Beach and Ala Moana Beach Park with an abundance of water activities. You’ll also find Hawaii’s largest and most luxurious shopping centre is just a fiveminute walk over the Ala Wai Bridge. The only hotel in Waikiki with its own golf course, enjoy an unparalleled golf experience at Hawaii Prince Golf Club with 27 dramatic holes amidst 270 acres of sheer beauty and stunning views of the rain-carved Waianae Mountains.

Gracious island hospitality At Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, guests have a choice of several award-winning restaurants. Contemporary island and authentic Japanese dishes are prepared using fresh island produce. Savour your favourite cocktail or the perfect glass of wine at the modern lounge, or relax poolside with refreshing smoothies, tropical cocktails and casual dining at its best. Overlooking the picturesque Ala Wai Yacht Harbor, Hawaii Prince offers the perfect location for your event with excellent meeting and conference facilities and services, or let the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki assist you in creating a storybook wedding. Whether it be an intimate gathering or large and lavish indoor celebration, staff are dedicated to providing exceptional service and hospitality to make your event in Hawaii a remarkable success!

100 Holomoana St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815 USA Tel: +808 956 1111 Fax: +808 946 0811  Email: reservations@princehawaii.com  www.princeresortshawaii.com 86  www.paradisesonline.com


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Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach With a dramatic setting on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki, a short walk to the golden sands of Waikiki Beach, Hyatt Place combines style and innovation to create a completely new hotel experience, offering an array of services and features designed to meet the evolving needs of today’s travellers. Style and innovation All accommodation at Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach features plush Hyatt Grand bedding and state-of-the-art media and work centres. Each of the 426 guestrooms features contemporary décor and stylish furnishings with a cosy corner sofa sleeper. Amenities include complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi and inroom high speed DSL internet access, a 42” flat-panel HDTV and furnished outdoor balconies with stunning ocean, city or mountain views.

Enjoy the complimentary a.m. Kitchen Skillet™ and guest kitchen featuring freshly prepared breakfast sandwiches, waffles, French toast, pancakes, oatmeal and Asian specialties. Order freshly prepared meals from the Gallery Menu, or select from ready-to-eat sandwiches, salads and bakery items from the Grab ‘n Go case; both are available 24-hours a day. The hotel also offers Starbucks® specialty coffees, wines, beers, tropical cocktails and a full service bar featuring specialty cocktails. Bringing people together With outstanding facilities and services, Hyatt Place Waikiki brings people together for meetings and events in new and innovative ways. Whether a small corporate meeting, group gathering, wedding, birthday or reunion, the hotel is dedicated to managing every last detail and ensuring that your meeting or event

is a success. There is over 4200 square feet of function space, including the Pua Melia Ballroom offering banquet seating for up to 100 guests, a 400-square-foot pre-function area, plus three elegant meeting and banquet rooms. Additional hotel facilities include a 24/7 e-room, with complimentary public computers and remote printing, fitness centre and an outdoor pool. An ideal setting overlooking the dazzling Diamond Head, just steps away from the white sands of Waikiki Beach, puts you close to everything this dynamic city has to offer. The Honolulu Zoo, Kapiolani Park, shopping, dining, activities and attractions are all nearby. If you’re travelling for business, you’ll also find easy access to Hawaii Convention Center, the Foreign Trade Zone, Central Pacific Bank, Topa Financial Center, the State Capitol, U.S. District Court and University of Hawaii.

175 Paoakalani Avenue, Honolulu, HAWAII 96815 USA Tel: +808 922 3861 Fax: +808 922 3773  waikiki.place.hyatt.com  sales@hyattplacewaikikibeach.com www.paradisesonline.com  87


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Aston Waikiki Beach Tower One of Waikiki’s most luxurious condominium resorts, Aston Waikiki Beach Tower provides the perfect combination of condominium living and exclusive hotel-quality service. And with Waikiki Beach virtually outside your door, you’ll have easy access to all the beach activities, restaurants and nightlife that make this area so popular. You can experience the pinnacle of privacy and be pampered at the Aston Waikiki Beach Tower. A trellised garden walkway invites you in from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki to this quiet oasis. Located at the exclusive Diamond Head end of Waikiki, the Aston Waikiki Beach Tower is just steps from the world’s most celebrated beach. Each tower section has only two spacious, oceanfront suites per floor with private balconies that overlook the spectacular blue Pacific.

Each suite offers thoughtful touches and modern amenities including a fully equipped kitchen giving you the option of making your own meals or preparing quick snacks between beach visits. The suites offer a washer/dryer for extra convenience and there is a twice-daily maid service, nightly turndown service, complimentary valet parking and a personal concierge. It’s a great choice for families or for anyone who seeks a little home-away-from-home. The spacious One-Bedroom One-Bath Deluxe Oceanfront Suites can easily accommodate up to four guests. They offer a king bed in the bedroom and a sofa bed in the living/dining area. Private lanais and panoramic views There are several options for larger groups including the Two-Bedroom Two-Bath Premium Oceanfront Suites or the TwoBedroom Two-Bath Deluxe Oceanfront

Suites each with a private lanai that enjoys the panoramic sweep of the ocean and Waikiki Beach. Also available are the Two-Bedroom TwoBath Partial Ocean View Suites. All of these suites offer one king bed, two twin beds and a sofa bed in the living/dining area. You can also watch the sailboats and surfers skimming the waves, or catch a spectacular Waikiki sunset from the lanai of The Penthouse or Presidential Direct Oceanfront Suites. On the recreation deck at the resort, you can enjoy the heated swimming pool, jet spa and sauna, or simply relax on a chaise lounge. Within close proximity to Diamond Head, the Honolulu Zoo and other attractions and only 16 kilometres from the Honolulu International Airport, the Aston Waikiki Beach Tower boasts a prime location.

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Aston Hotels & Resorts Oahu One of Waikiki’s most popular hotels, the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel (pictured above) is directly across from the most scenic section of Waikiki Beach. Most rooms showcase full or partial ocean views and include daily ‘Breakfast on the Beach’. A one-of-a-kind property offering 72 freshly designed rooms, Hotel Renew by Aston is Oahu’s only true designer boutique hotel. Situated at the centre of Waikiki’s vibrant shopping and dining area, the hotel is a retreat that promotes wellness and rejuvenation with an emphasis on personalised service. The luxurious condominium resort, Aston Waikiki Beach Tower (pictured bottom left) offers magnificent oceanfront views and exquisitely furnished suites with gourmet kitchens that surround guests with elegance and comfort.

Only two blocks from Waikiki Beach, Aston at the Waikiki Banyan is ideal for families with its comfortable one-bedroom suites. Each spacious suite has a separate bedroom, a fully equipped kitchen and Wi-Fi internet access. The resort features the largest recreation deck in Waikiki with a pool, jet spas, tennis court, barbecue grills and children’s playground. A great family choice is the Aston Waikiki Sunset (pictured bottom right) that boasts dramatic Diamond Head and ocean views and features spacious one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens. This property is conveniently situated near the beach, zoo and other tourist attractions and on-site facilities include a pool, tennis court, barbecue area and hospitality lounge. For excellent value, Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel (pictured bottom centre) is the

ideal choice. Rooms are styled in bright colours and décor with modern tropical accents. Situated directly across from Waikiki Beach, this landmark hotel offers panoramic ocean views, great rates and is surrounded by shopping, dining and ocean activities. Aston Waikiki Beachside Hotel offers convenient accommodations, thoughtful service and great value. With attentive staff and a prime location overlooking Waikiki Beach, this boutique hotel is sure to make your visit more than just a trip to the beach. The only all-suite hotel located in downtown Honolulu’s financial district is the Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel. Located near government offices, business and dining areas, there is free inroom high speed internet access and free Wi-Fi service.

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Waikiki Resort Hotel Waikiki Resort hotel is located in the heart of Waikiki, just half a block away from the world famous white sands of Waikiki Beach and across from Kuhio Beach. The hotel is so centrally located it is only an “elevator ride” when you decide to hit Waikiki’s exciting nightlife and diverse entertainment. The more adventurous might choose to take surfing lessons, canoe rides or catch a catamaran. Only a 10–minute walk away is the Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium, Kapiolani Park Bandstand, Waikiki Shell and hundreds of shopping and dining options. Comfort, convenience and great value All 275 rooms offer the convenience of many modern amenities including flat panel 32” colour cable TV and internet access. Rooms and suites are also available with kitchenettes and in-room safe and cots are complimentary. The great location and child friendly beach mean that families of all ages will find the Waikiki Resort Hotel offers great value. Special needs rooms that support disabled guests are available and the hotel is happy to help arrange babysitting services. Other services include an on-site coin laundry and a lobby business centre.

While Waikiki Beach is seconds away, you may choose to relax on the sun deck by the freshwater outdoor pool or rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit at Waikiki Resort Spa. The diverse treatment options include a range of body therapies, facials and massages. The spacious open-air lobby welcomes the outdoors in and is surrounded by a beautiful, stained glass mural artistically depicting scenes from Hawaii’s past. A variety of gift and sundry shops can be found at the lobby level for comfort and convenience. The hotel Concierge and Activities Tour Desk is open daily, and you’ll find advice on excursions, rental cars and friendly, knowledgeable local information. Consider the restaurant Seoul Jung which serves BBQ Korean delicacies or visit the Ilima restaurant serving a daily breakfast buffet, sandwiches, soups and salads. From corporate meetings, parties and weddings, the Waikiki Resort can plan, cater and host functions for up to 250 people in its spacious ballrooms. A wide variety of menu items is available with American and Asian favourites. The Waikiki Resort Hotel offers comfort, convenience, a perfect location, great value and genuine aloha hospitality.

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‘Ilima Hotel From the moment you enter the lobby of the ‘Ilima with its gleaming koa wood and paintings by the famous Hawaiian artist, Ralph Kagehiro, you will feel the warmth of Hawai’i’s finest, small, condominiumstyle hotel. You will immediately be one of the ohana, or family. The hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Waikiki Beach, close to shops and restaurants and a short walk to the Ala Wai Canal. The hotel offers the largest rooms in Waikiki and offers a choice of studios, one- and two-bedroom suites and the penthouse suite. With just 98 units, the hotel is proud of its authentic Hawaiian ambience and friendly, helpful staff. Enjoy the largest hotel rooms in Waikiki All accommodations come complete with a fully equipped kitchen, 32” high definition TV and complimentary high speed internet. The studios have two beds and can accommodate two or three adults while the one-bedroom suites are suitable for four adults with a king sized bed and queen sofa sleeper. The spacious two-bedroom suites can cater for a maximum of six persons with the kitchen boasting a coffee maker and microwave oven.

The three–bedroom penthouse suite, rarely available in Waikiki, is ideal for a family group or group of friends. With two king beds, a double, two twins and a queen sofa sleeper, it is ready for a crowd! The penthouse suite really is a home-away-from-home with full kitchen, two bathrooms and the added luxury of a washing machine and dryer. The hotel facilities include a heated swimming pool and two rooftop sun decks. When it is time to get fit, there is an exercise room with dry sauna. There is also a convenient coin-operated guest laundry, daily maid service and the front desk operates 24-hours a day. The ‘Ilima Hotel believes in the importance of connecting staff, guests and place in order to create a true appreciation for the Hawaiian culture and its primary role in the visitor’s experience on the islands. On Wednesdays, guests are invited to make their own kukui nut lei and every Friday morning at 11.30 am the staff gathers in the lobby to sing traditional Hawaiian songs. Truly a place to rest and refresh the spirit, let the ‘Ilima, a small but largely accommodating hotel, be your choice when visiting Waikiki. Its spacious rooms and competitive rates will make it hard to resist.

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Maui This beautiful isle was born in a fiery explosion of two volcanoes. To one side of Maui is the 1764 metre Kukui and on the other Haleakala, a 3055 metre dormant volcano with a Manhattan size crater that houses a vast desert of unusual flora including the rare Silversword. Add to this 190 kilometres of dazzling coastline, both dramatic and diverse for surfing, snorkelling and canoeing plus waterfalls plunging 300 metres, rainforests bursting with exotic vegetation and a stark lunar landscape so barren that the astronauts practised their 92  www.paradisesonline.com

moon landing here, and you have the extraordinary island of Maui. The dramatic variations in climate and land formations are a large part of what makes Maui so exciting. The West Maui Mountains are rugged and verdant, with jagged peaks and deeply grooved valleys hiding waterfalls. Central Maui and the slopes of Haleakala are agricultural areas where the rich volcanic soil supports sugar, pineapple and ranchlands. The south shore, except where irrigated, is desert and scrub because Haleakala snags the rain clouds and empties them before they cross her peak. The second largest of the Hawaiian

Islands, Maui was settled by Polynesians and had its own ruling family. King Kamehameha’s warriors overthrew the kingdom of Maui to unite it with the other Hawaiian Islands. He made Lahaina in Maui his capital in 1802. Today Maui has evolved into a peaceful agricultural island of charm and rustic beauty, particularly Lahaina which has been restored to its previous colonial splendour. The non-profit Lahaina Restoration Foundation which began over 36 years ago has preserved and restored a rich collection of historical sites in Lahaina. The Maui Historical Society Museum in Wailuku is a delightful structure built


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between 1833 and 1850 and was the home of missionary Edward Bailey. Baldwin Home, built in 1838, is the oldest standing building in Lahaina and is made of thick walls of coral, stone and handhewn timbers. The banyan tree came to Lahaina from India when only eight feet tall. William O. Smith, the Maui sheriff, planted it in 1873 to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of Lahaina’s first Christian mission. Today the banyan has 12 major trunks, varying girths and reaches upward to a height of 15 metres stretching outward over a 61 metre area. The Carthaginian, a replica of a 19th

century brig which now houses a whaling exhibit, graces the harbour, which is also the departure point for a multitude of cruises and whale watching tours (in season). However, if it is off season, Whaler’s Village in Ka’anapali houses an excellent whale museum. Lahaina Jodo Mission Cultural Park, on a point of land known as Puunoa, was once a small village fronting the royal grove of coconut trees. Now the best known landmark in the area, the largest Buddha outside of Japan sits in the small park commemorating the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in 1868. Don’t miss a journey on the famous Sugar Cane Train, modelled after the turn of the century railroads that transported Valley

Isle sugar to Lahaina mills. The steam driven locomotive runs between Lahaina and Ka‘anapali and visitors can hop aboard at Puukolii and Ka‘anapali as well. While on Maui, you can explore the Maui Tropical Plantation which consists of 45 hectares of crops. Learn how to husk a coconut, create a delicious tropical fruit boat and string a fragrant lei. Then catch the Tropical Tram on a 40–minute circuit to see fruit cutting demonstrations, visit the marketplace and learn how to start your own tropical garden. At the Sugar Museum you will see the production of sugar, once one of Hawaii`’s biggest cash crops, from beginning to end. www.paradisesonline.com  93


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Andaz Maui at Wailea This luxurious 15-acre oceanfront resort offers the perfect escape to the breathtaking, sun-kissed shores of Maui for the sophisticated island traveller. Where luxury and sophistication meet personalised services and style, experience a world-class beach resort in one of the most sought-after resort destinations in the world. Andaz Maui at Wailea is nestled in one Maui’s major beach complexes, and is steps from the sun and surf of Mokapu Beach. Just minutes from Wailea’s most acclaimed golf courses, restaurants and shops, resort guests will experience their own slice of island life.

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stunning views of multiple infinity-edge swimming pools with the picturesque beaches of Wailea serving as a dramatic backdrop. Indulge in splendour and upscale comfort with a choice of well-appointed accommodations. The resort’s 297 thoughtfully appointed spacious guestrooms and suites, which include seven luxurious villas with two to four bedrooms blend signature Andaz style with the unique feel of a luxury resort community.

Awe-inspiring design Andaz Maui at Wailea reflects the pure simplicity and beauty of its lush surroundings with a palette of natural materials that reflect the warmth of Hawaiian hospitality. Guests are welcomed by an awe-inspiring entryway bridge of glowing Ambrato stone, framed in mahogany over an infinity-edge pool.

Each room consists of custom designed furniture that includes platform beds with side tables in a walnut finish and teak wood slat vanities. The bathrooms feature shuttered wooden screens in a white-washed oak finish that open to the bedroom, maintaining the light and airy quality found throughout the room, with floors made of lava stone. In all guestrooms, guests will enjoy complimentary internet access, local phone calls, non-alcoholic beverages, and locally sourced snacks that are replenished daily.

Once inside, guests find themselves in the airy Andaz Lounge that features a pitched roof with natural sunlight, accented by a central sandpit where guests can sink their toes into the sand during a hasslefree check-in process with an Andaz host. Just beyond the Andaz Lounge are

Rich island flavours Tempt your palate with the rich, fresh flavours of the Hawaiian islands at Andaz Maui at Wailea. Serving breakfast and lunch, Ka’ana Kitchen’s unique, residential-style setting offers views of the infinity-edge pool, lagoon and ocean and


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provides a culinary experience that reflects the rich heritage of Hawaii. The resort’s second full-service restaurant, Morimoto Maui, by acclaimed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, focuses on the seamless integration of Japanese, Western and Hawaiian traditions to create a memorable island dining experience. Two poolside cocktail lounges, Bumbye Beach Bar and Lehua Lounge, offer handcrafted cocktails made with premium spirits and fresh juices. A 24-hour market is fully stocked with local snacks and beverages from the Hawaiian Islands. Explore paradise Maui is an exciting destination. Teeming with seductive beaches, breathtaking scenic landscapes and world-class shopping, dining, golf and outdoor adventure, there is never a shortage of of unforgettable attractions and things to do. Explore paradise with the most exclusive excursions on Maui. Start your day on top of the world with a tour of Haleakala, explore the magnificent seascape of the Hana Highway, or snorkel the pristine waters of Molokini crater. Practice your golf swing on the well-manicured greens of the Gold, Emerald or Old Blue Course at Wailea, or the beautiful Makena Gold Course. The resort’s dedicated hosts can

assist in planning a number of offsite and beachside experiential excursions that will immerse guests in the local culture. Unique spa experience Featuring a unique apothecary experience, the ‘Awili Spa and Salon incorporates indigenous herbs into customised treatments with ten treatment rooms to create a cosy atmosphere for facials, waxing, massages, body scrubs and wraps. Adorned with tall, custom cabinets to store herbs and organic products, the spa lounge features a large walnut table where apothecary consultants mix freshly picked herbs and other organic items to create teas, lotions and oils for treatments. Complimentary spa facilities for resort guests include access to the spa pool, sauna, steam, mist wall and plunge pool. For weddings and group events, the resort features more than 15,000 square feet of elegant indoor and outdoor event space, including five indoor Andaz Studios and three outdoor beachfront event lawns with unparalleled views of the ocean and Wailea’s pristine Mokapu Beach. Each of the Andaz Studios offers incomparable functionality and stateof-the-art technology, all designed in a residential seaside style.

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Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria™ Resort With over 16 hectares fronting spectacular Wailea Beach, Grand Wailea is a pleasant 35–minute drive from Kahului Airport and a short 20– minute flight from Honolulu. The resort is proud of its commitment to portray the richness and uniqueness of Hawaii’s nature, culture and people. Spacious and luxuriously appointed The 780 guestrooms include 52 suites, with the Napua Tower offering 100 rooms in a private club area situated at the centre of the hotel. With standard guestrooms averaging 640 square feet, Grand Wailea offers spacious accommodations with an elegant, tropically themed décor. The luxuriously appointed Maui hotel rooms contain either one king or two queen beds and each features its own private lanai— perfect for admiring the views. Located in the exclusive Napua Tower, a private retreat within the resort, the Napua Rooms offer a selection of additional amenities and services. Witness a perfect sunset from your private lanai, sip cocktails in one of two lounges and allow the dedicated concierge to cater to your every need. For those seeking a true island escape, Grand Wailea offers the most opulent and well-designed suites ever, created to ensure a restful stay in a striking setting. Redefining relaxation and luxury, the 96  www.paradisesonline.com

award-winning Spa Grande offers guests an oasis of serenity. Magnificently designed and featuring inlaid Italian marble, original artwork, mahogany woodwork and venetian chandeliers, it is the largest spa in Hawaii. With its international approach to healing and rejuvenation, the spa uses a variety of techniques to simultaneously enhance wellness and beauty. The spa offers a variety of programs that range from three hours up to a full day of pampering. For teens (13-19 years), the spa offers various massages, facials, body therapies and salon services while children (6-12 years) are not forgotten with henna tattoos, manicures, pedicures and hair braiding. The resort is a special haven for children aged 5-12 years with qualified personnel available to keep them entertained during the day. Night time supervision is also offered giving parents the opportunity to enjoy a quiet evening together. Camp Grande has a children’s restaurant, craft room, theatre, games room and outdoor play area. Activities for young guests include hiking and nature walks and special workshops such as T-shirt dyeing and lei making. The business centre at the Grand Wailea offers the best in modern equipment and technology for the communication needs of guests. Combined with high speed internet access are copying, faxing,


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packing and shipping services as well as a rental service for mobile phones and pagers. There are 22 richly appointed banquet rooms, meeting spaces, boardrooms, function space and ballroom as well as eight outdoor function facilities. An abundance of dining options Dining options abound at the Grand Wailea. Named after Hawaii’s official state fish, Humuhumunkunukuapua, the oceanside restaurant floats on a saltwater lagoon brimming with tropical fish. Select your lobster from the lagoon or savour delicious fish and meat dishes with Polynesian or Hawaiian influences. Buffet breakfasts are served in the Grand Dining Room Maui with its massive ceilings and stunning views. During the day, coffee, sandwiches, cocktails and snacks are available from the various bistros and bars scattered throughout the resort. The recently opened Amasia is tucked inside Grand Wailea’s Japanese garden. Reminiscent of a teahouse in Kyoto, the restaurant features a menu inspired by street food and cuisines from all over the globe. The Grand Wailea’s activity pool, the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool has nine separate pools including a sandy beach, waterfalls, caves, whitewater rapids, grottos, whirlpool, sauna and the world’s first water elevator.

The activity pool also contains a scuba diving pool especially designed for scuba lessons. The adults-only Hibiscus Pool has a huge mosaic hibiscus flower inlaid on its floor. Windsurfing and snorkelling lessons are available. Tennis enthusiasts will enjoy the 11–court complex with night lighting available on three courts. Shopaholics are not forgotten with a selection of quality shops including Spa Grande Bath & Body for a range of spa products while for women’s resort wear and accessories, Tradewinds Boutique should not be missed. For the finest in estate and contemporary jewellery, Richters of Hawaii offers an excellent selection while Wailea Breezes has a choice of women’s shoes, handbags and accessories. The resort is proud of its distinctive artwork collection with emphasis on art from the Hawaiian and Pacific region. Exquisite original paintings, sculptures, murals and artefacts that are the work of artists of international stature feature throughout the resort. Guests are offered the rich opportunity of complimentary tours and given a detailed history of the works of art and the artists’ lives. For pure indulgence, visit the Grand Wailea on beautiful Maui. You will not be disappointed.

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Ho’olei at Grand Wailea Set in the exclusive Wailea Resort area on Maui’s southern shore, Ho’olei at Grand Wailea is a gated community offering 120 sophisticated and luxurious villas that blend the outstanding amenities of the oceanfront resort with the charm of tropical residences. It is just a 23-minute fight from Honolulu and minutes from championship golf courses and tennis courts. The resort’s large, lavish, two-storey, three-bedroom and threeand-a-half-bathroom villas are offered in three different layouts to accommodate longer stays and multi-generational families. Custom cabinetry, stone floors, vaulted ceilings and spacious lanais with magnificent sunset views are just some of the world-class facilities designed for the comfort and enjoyment of guests. Each unit offers a state-of-the-art kitchen with an eating area, a spacious living area with luxurious furnishings and amazing private lanai areas adjoining two of the bedrooms. The master bathroom boasts a deep soaking tub and separate shower while the other two bedrooms have their own full bath. There is a private elevator, laundry room, central air-conditioning and attached garage. The lavish pool area with its sandy beach entry and the modern, well-equipped

gym with cardiovascular and weight training equipment as well as men’s and women’s saunas, showcase the resort’s close attention to detail with the pavilion contributing to the community feel. Ho’olei guests have full charging privileges at the Grand Wailea Resort’s restaurants, shops and spa. Choose between Polynesian/Island infused cuisine, classic favourites or a gourmet sandwich and coffee from the wide choice of venues at the resort. When it’s time to play, the resort’s nine pools with slides, swings and river canyons offer unlimited entertainment for all. Camp Grande offers organised fun activities for teens and children and is also a great place for kids to meet others their own age. The on-site Maui Ocean Activities Centre or concierge can arrange a range of exciting activities from snorkelling to biking down a volcano. Hawaii’s largest spa, Spa Grande, is also located at the resort with treatments infused with Hawaiian ingredients and healing wisdom—perfect for a rejuvenating indulgence. Enjoy the good life at Ho’olei at Grand Wailea. A sunny, temperate climate, luxurious five-star villas, fine food, fun and pampering at the Grand Wailea Resort with super-convenient charging privileges ensure a fun-filled, relaxing holiday.

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Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Nestled on a golden sand beach, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea offers paradise seekers an unrivalled experience. Infused with the spirit of aloha, the island’s first and only AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star resort provides a Hawaiian holiday unlike any other. The 380-room oceanfront property includes 75 plush suites and is world renowned for its comfortable opulence, impeccable service and luxurious amenities. Each room has an airy lanai with sweeping views of the Pacific, the mountains, or the gardens. Several complimentary services include twice daily housekeeping service and 24-hour room service. Facilities include three gorgeous saline pools (the main Fountain Pool, children’s Keiki Pool, and the adults-only infinity-edge Serenity Pool), whirlpools and bubble

loungers, 24-hour fitness centre, tennis courts, putting green, steam room, Kids for All Seasons children’s camp and family games room. Wailea Beach is serviced by the resort’s staff and beckons swimmers, snorkellers, divers, outrigger canoeists, whale watchers and sunbathers alike.

DUO Steak & Seafood, and Wolfgang Puck’s Spago—offer award-winning cuisine featuring the freshest, local, exotic ingredients. The lobby lounge welcomes each evening with a sunset ceremony, Hawaiian musician, hula dancers and a tiki torch lighter.

The resort is home to one of the nation’s top rated spas. The Spa features innovative state-of-the-art treatments, many of which are unique to the resort, such as the four-handed Lomi Aumoa Hawaiian massage and aquacranial energy work performed in the tropical waters of the Pacific. The Spa also hosts a Wellness Series where experts in their field visit and offer complimentary discussions, as well as private consultations, on subjects from anti-ageing to greening your life.

Guests will find themselves perfectly situated to explore the beauty of the island of Maui. Within range of the resort’s house cars are world-class recreational facilities including the Wailea Golf Club and Wailea Tennis Center with luxury shops nearby.

Three of Hawaii’s most acclaimed restaurants—Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante,

Concierge staff are happy to create customised itineraries, such as planning adventures to Haleakala National Park, the famous Road to Hana, or the underwater wonderland, Molokini Crater. The day, of course, will always end sweetly, back home, wrapped in the comforts of Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

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Destination Resorts Hawaii Destination Resorts Hawaii presents a premium collection of condos and villas in seven distinct resorts in Maui. The destinations of Wailea and Makena on Maui’s sunny south shore are famed for picturesque sandy beaches, turquoise waters, worldclass spas, championship golf courses, designer boutiques, Maui celebrity chef restaurants and famed hotels. Enjoy one-, two- or three-bedroom holiday rentals along stunning beachfront locations or rolling golf fairways. Each resort has its own pool and barbecue picnic areas. Other amenities include jet spas, tennis courts, shuffleboard, putting green or fitness centre. Accommodations feature living/dining area, full kitchen, private bedroom(s), personal washer and dryer and private outdoor lanai. Deluxe housekeeping, parking and Wi-Fi are included and the ho’okipa (hospitality)

desk can arrange activities, golf tee times, spa treatments or restaurant reservations. These spectacular accommodations are available for rental exclusively through Destination Resorts Hawaii.

The beachfront Wailea Elua Village is the only resort on Ulua Beach amid 24 acres of manicured gardens. This tranquil haven with its oceanside pool is at the start of the scenic Wailea Beach Walk.

Indulge in Maui’s most exclusive beachfront villa resort, the Wailea Beach Villas. Located on Wailea Beach, villas are exquisitely designed and furnished and a personal chef, nanny or butler can be arranged.

Wailea Ekahi Village, located on Keawakapu Beach, is a family friendly resort with four swimming pools, paddle tennis and shuffleboard and equipped with personal barbecue grills on each lanai.

Enjoy a secluded beachfront sanctuary at Makena Surf where cobbled paths and lush tropical gardens lead to pristine Pai’pu Beach and bungalow style buildings with fabulous ocean views.

With its country club amenities, Wailea Grand Champions Villas is on the fairways of the Wailea “Old Blue” Golf Course, bordering the Wailea Tennis Center, where guests can opt to play with a tennis pro.

Polo Beach Club has a prime beachfront location on Polo Beach, where guests can watch and hear the sound of ocean waves from their holiday rental and enjoy exclusive beachfront access.

Wailea Ekolu Village offers panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean and the neighbouring islands of Lana’i, Kaho’olawe and Molokini Crater, overlooking the plush Wailea hotels and resorts.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua This breathtaking resort offers guests an authentic Hawaiian sense of place, with direct access to the secluded, award-winning D.T. Fleming Beach. Guests can relax in the sun, or connect with the natural, tropical environment through hiking, snorkelling and a variety of outdoor experiences.

offers the freshest sushi and Japanese cuisine while The Terrace serves a renowned plantation-style breakfast buffet. The Alaloa Lounge features speciality cocktails and light fare best enjoyed on the open-air lanai. Fun and casual waterfront dining can be found at The Beach House or Pool Bar & Café.

From the moment guests arrive at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, they are enveloped in captivating surroundings and a warm Aloha reception. Guests can retreat to the relaxed sophistication of stylish furnishings, dark wood floors, Hawaiian artwork, wireless internet, Egyptian cotton linens and marble bathrooms with fine bath essentials. The resort also features a sumptuous Club Level® with access to an exclusive lounge offering complimentary food and beverage presentations throughout the day and the services of a dedicated Club Concierge. The 107 residential suites offer spacious living rooms and kitchen areas with refrigerators, microwaves, dishwashers and calabash gathering tables ideal for families.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa®, Kapalua has a design based on the concept of Waihua, which the ancient Hawaiians believed was the most pure form of water captured by the leaves of the taro plant. The spa features Hawaiianinspired treatments and massages. The 24-hour fitness centre boasts dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and stateof-the-art equipment. Guests can also enjoy the expansive 10,000 square-foot, three-tiered pool, with separate children’s pool and spacious luxury cabanas. Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment offers outdoor excursions led by trained naturalists, including underwater photography, snorkelling, seasonal whale watching, outrigger canoeing, stand-up paddling, kayaking, hiking and more.

The resort is home to a variety of signature restaurants interpreting aspects of Maui’s spectacular geography and history. The Terrace Chef-Crafted boasts ocean views and a distinctive dinner menu using seasonal, local ingredients. Kai Sushi

For guests looking to experience Hawaii beyond the surf, sand and sun, the resort offers cultural programs providing a forum to gain a greater understanding of the rich Hawaiian culture and heritage.

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Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa Discover the ultimate Ka’anapali Beach hotel, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. Surrounded by 40 lush, beachfront acres, this breathtaking Maui hotel presents an astonishing number of delightful ways to spend your days and nights. Distinct Hawaiian ambience Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa’s vibrant, luxurious design and décor accentuate the natural beauty of this unique Hawaiian experience. The lobby area offers a dramatic arrival experience for guests while maintaining a distinctly Hawaiian ambience with a combination of natural colours and modern touches— water-jet cut aluminium panels and cast glass figures—to create a stunning impact. Three elegant chandeliers accentuate high ceilings above the main entry and reception area, while stone-clad columns, three-dimensional wall panels, colourful murals and teak and African mahogany walls frame the space. All rooms and suites showcase the quality and excellence that is synonymous worldwide with Hyatt hotels and resorts and offer views either over the Pacific Ocean, the beautifully landscaped grounds or the resort’s pools and ponds. The facilities and amenities are first-class and meet the high standards demanded by discerning travellers. 102  www.paradisesonline.com

Whether you prefer an action packed getaway, fun, family oriented programs or restful days spent relaxing at the on-site spa or by the pool, you’ll find the exquisite Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa offers everything you need for a perfect and memorable stay filled with exciting Maui activities. Catering for children, Camp Hyatt Ka’anapali provides games and activities that are both educational and fun. Children are encouraged to absorb the culture and geography of the islands through storytelling and interesting projects including lei making, creating Hawaiian petroglyphs on tapa cloth, hula lessons and much more. Enjoy the water playground featuring a half-acre freeform pool, complete with a rope bridge, waterfalls, and a 150-foot lava tube slide. Guests also have access to trained professionals who conduct scuba diving and tennis lessons while hula demonstrations, and lei making classes are also available. Within a 15-minute walk are the shops of Whalers Village, the town of Lahaina, and the long boardwalk along Ka’anapali Beach. Good snorkelling, and the easiest for kids, can be found at nearby Black Rock. For over 25 years, Hyatt Regency Maui has offered guests a Tour of the Stars atop the roof, led by the in-house Director


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of Astronomy. Guests can learn how objects in the sky were used by Hawaiians for navigation while viewing stars and planets through hi-definition telescopes and binoculars. Free wildlife tours are also available at the resort which is home to 50 animals, including African black footed penguins, African crowned cranes, flamingos, white and black swans and a variety of parrots and ducks. Be pampered at Spa Moana When it is time to slip away and be pampered, Spa Moana offers authentic practices and the natural botanicals of Hawaii to energise, enrich, and enhance your good health and wellbeing. With a comprehensive spa menu and packages available, Spa Moana invites you to enjoy a rich experience inspired by the ocean, the islands, and the people. For Hawaiians, ho’ola or healing, is an essential part of being, and Spa Moana shares this understanding and believes that caring for one’s body nurtures harmony. Spa Moana offers 15 treatment rooms, a full-service beauty salon, a relaxation lounge, sauna and steam rooms. Create memories that will last a lifetime with a spectacular wedding with the exchanging of vows at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. Celebrate surrounded

by the splendour of the ocean, the beauty of gracious swans and the bright colours of the lush gardens. Whether it’s an intimate affair, or a more elaborate gathering of friends and family, your celebration will be simply unforgettable. The experienced planning team will work with you to ensure everything is exactly as you wish, from beautifully arranged rooms to delicious cuisine served by the professional staff. Each wedding at the romantic resort is treated as special and unique. Food connoisseurs are not forgotten, and with several dining options there is something guaranteed to suit everyone. From steak and seafood, a traditional lu’au and tempting breakfasts, the resort proudly offers food options that are good for guests, the community and the planet. The menus feature food from natural, local and sustainable sources and guests have the option of ordering from the exciting room service menu. When you are ready to venture out, the friendly staff will assist in planning activities and visiting local attractions. A convenient in-house activities and restaurant reservation service provides one-stop shopping for information, discounts, and reservations on all tours, activities, golf, and restaurants around the island.

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Condominium Rentals Hawaii For the perfect vacation rental, Condominium Rentals Hawaii offers a range of properties with unique amenities, and individualised décor. The properties on Maui are both located on the south and west end of Maui at Lahaina and Kaanapali, as well as in Kapaa on Kauai. At Sugar Beach Resort, one of Maui’s best beaches is right at your door. With ocean or garden views, one- or twobedroom condos, all accommodations are perfectly designed for your home-awayfrom-home vacation. All condos feature a private lanai, fully equipped kitchen, airconditioning, cable TV, high speed internet and washer/dryer. The full resort amenities include a heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, putting green, shops and activity desk that will help you plan and book fun activities tours or be pampered by a massage at Massage Maui.

The Mana Kai Maui Resort offers all the advantages of a condo vacation, with the amenities of a resort hotel. The resort offers one- and two-bedroom suites complete with fully equipped kitchens, as well as hotel-type rooms. Free high speed wireless internet access is available as well as an inroom safe. Barbecues and laundry facilities are provided and there is free parking, pool, open-air dining with lounge, activities centre, gift shop, general store, conference and meeting facilities. Everything you need for a perfect location is right at your fingertips! Luxury and privacy meet seamlessly at Maui Kamaole. This modern condominium complex features topical gardens, pools, tennis courts, jacuzzis and barbecue areas. Comfortably and elegantly furnished, the one- and twobedroom accommodations offer two bathrooms, air-conditioning, cable TV,

DVD and high speed internet while the spacious lanai offers spectacular views. Just a short walk from great shopping and restaurants, the resort is situated across from Kamaole Beach Park III where you can enjoy snorkelling, boogie boarding and swimming. Condos at Wailua Bay View on the island of Kauai are oceanfront, overlooking beautiful Wailua Bay. These affordable onebedroom condos are located centrally in Kapa’a and offer easy access to the beach. Complete with a swimming pool and barbecue area for outdoor relaxation, the condominiums are located on the Coconut Coast and are conveniently close to golf courses, shopping and restaurants. With a queen or king bed and one queen sofa bed, the condominiums will accommodate up to four persons and each is equipped with a full kitchen as well as a washer/dryer for your convenience.

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Ka’anapali Beach Hotel Located on 11 acres fronting Ka’anapali Beach, five kilometres from historic Lahaina town, Ka’anapali Beach hotel was awarded the honoured title of Hawaii’s Most Hawaiian Hotel by the Waiaha Foundation.

Resort. Whaler’s Village has restaurants and more than 70 shops, with further outlets at Lahaina’s Front Street and Cannery Mall. The property has a boutique, a sundry store and a salon day spa offering beauty treatments and massage services.

The hotel has won numerous awards for Project Po’okela, a Hawaiian cultural program that educates employees about honouring traditions and integrating the values of Hawaiian culture into their daily life. One tradition which has become a source of pride is that of the ‘Ohana Singers, a choir consisting of hotel employees. There is a host of free Hawaiian activities daily from `ukulele lessons to hula classes, complimentary sunset hula shows and craft fairs. Accommodations enjoy spacious, airconditioned rooms featuring a refrigerator, in-room safe, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, TV, in-room movies and private lanai. On their departure day, all guests are given their very own kukui (candlenut) lei as a memento of their visit.

The hotel offers a variety of affordable dining options. For stays of three nights or longer, orient yourself to fun with the complimentary ‘Ohana Welcome Breakfast. Tiki Terrace Restaurant offers daily breakfast, Hawaii regional cuisine dinner specialities, and an award-winning Sunday champagne brunch. You will find the Tiki Bar and Grill poolside, open daily for light fare and refreshing beverages. Kupanaha Magic Dinner Theater offers a mesmerising Hawaiian evening. The complimentary Aloha Passport for Kids program teaches about the rich island heritage in a fun and interactive way. Kids participating in this free program receive gifts valued at up to $50. Children five years and under eat free at Tiki Terrace Restaurant when accompanied by a paying adult, and children 6–12 years can order from a special discounted menu.

Relax by the whale-shaped swimming pool. The beach activities centre has boogie boards, snorkelling and stand-up paddleboards with daily lessons available. Tennis, hiking and horseriding are nearby while ping pong and a giant chequerboard are offered on the property. Golfers will be captivated by the adjacent Ka’anapali Golf

Just 40 kilometres from Kahului Airport and six kilometres from Kapalua West Maui Airport, this outstanding location offers excellent value and the cultural delights of Ka’anapali Beach.

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Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach is a renowned resort within the Kaanapali Beach Resort area offering beachfront beauty, gracious service and the convenience of condominium living. You’ll have immediate access to Kaanapali, one of Maui’s very best beaches, where you can swim, surf and snorkel. In fact, most units look right out over the shimmering blue Pacific Ocean. Kick off your sandals and relax! All units in this luxury beachfront condominium resort are spacious with plenty of room to kick off your holiday sandals, relax and view the spectacular Pacific Ocean and tropical gardens from your private lanai. Some of the amenities include central air-conditioning, fully equipped kitchen and high speed internet access. Accommodating up to three guests, studios feature one king bed, one queen bed or a wall bed and a sofa and offer either garden or ocean views. For larger groups, there is a choice of one-bedroom suites with various bedding options, either one or two bathrooms, and a choice of ocean or garden panoramas. Up to six guests can be comfortably accommodated in the spacious two-

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Location, location, location Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach is situated across from two championship golf courses and offers private access to dozens of shops and restaurants at Whalers Village. It is minutes from Lahaina, a bustling community where you can enjoy five-star cuisine and exciting cultural events and nightlife seven days a week. Beautiful stretch of sandy beach Other amenities at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach include a beachfront swimming pool area and fitness centre. There is a day spa and salon with a wide range of rejuvenating and relaxing treatments and massages. Or while away the time watching the gentle movement of the koi in the resort’s landscaped garden courtyard after a leisurely stroll along the beautiful stretch of sandy beach. To keep the children occupied, Aston’s Camp Kaanapali, a year-round children’s program with Hawaiian crafts, cultural activities and beach fun is located nearby. For all the comforts of a home-awayfrom-home set within a stunning, prime beachfront location, Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach is unbeatable.

Island of Maui 2481 Kaanapali Parkway Lahaina, HAWAII 96761 USA Tel: +1 808 924 2924  Property Direct: +808 661 6000 Fax: +808 661 8315  Email: res.wha@astonreservations.com  www.astonhotels.com 106  www.paradisesonline.com


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Aston Hotels & Resorts Maui Choose from one of Aston Hotels & Resorts’ Maui hotels or condominium resorts for your next holiday. Beachfront on Kaanapali Beach, amidst 11 acres of exotic tropical gardens, Aston Kaanapali Shores (pictured centre right) offers guests private lanais, fully equipped kitchens, Wi-Fi, spa facilities, restaurants, an activity desk and year-round Camp Kaanapali for the kids.

and is perfectly situated beachfront in the heart of Kaanapali resort. The resort features an oceanfront restaurant, beach rental facility, Wi-Fi and free shuttle to nearby shopping and activities. Aston Paki Maui offers the best oceanfront value on the Kaanapali Coast with its spacious suites, breathtaking views and ideal location between the Kaanapali and the Kapalua resort area.

Also on Kaanapali Beach is Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach adjacent to the many shops and restaurants of Whalers Village. This premium luxury resort is just across from two championship golf courses and just minutes from Lahaina.

Aston Maui Hill is a quiet hideaway with ocean views and friendly service. Just minutes from Wailea, the extra spacious one- to three-bedroom suites are comfortable and conveniently located near golf, shopping and dining.

For an oceanfront escape, Aston at Papakea Resort (pictured bottom right) is a garden paradise on ‘the Magic Isle’. This resort is nestled within 13 acres of freshwater ponds, picturesque bridges, expansive lawns and tropical gardens.

Enjoy the spacious suites of Aston at the Maui Banyan, an affordable condominium resort on Maui’s south coast. Across from the beach, it is also within easy walking distance of Kihei’s shops and restaurants.

Enjoy the seclusion of Aston Mahana at Kaanapali (pictured top right). Each luxurious oceanfront suite features floorto-ceiling windows and a private lanai facing the ocean and boasting panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Maui’s magical sunsets. Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas (pictured main) boasts 11 acres of beautiful gardens

Located on a 28-acre coconut grove, Aston Maui Lu offers beautiful views and great beachfront value in Kihei. Enjoy a large swimming pool, two tennis courts, outdoor barbecues and free parking as well as access to two private beach coves. Travellers to Maui will enjoy staying at any one of Aston’s amazing hotel and condominium resorts.

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Kauai The fourth largest and the oldest of the Hawaii islands, Kauai is about 888 kilometres square in area, formed from one massive volcano of which Mt Waialeale forms the eastern rim. The main road circles the coastline with the exception of a 24-kilometre stretch at the north shore cliffs which is inaccessible. When Captain Cook came ashore in January 1778 he was received as a god. Today, visitors to this beautiful island of gardens and rainbows are greeted in much the same friendly way. Lihue, the capital of Kauai, still has few buildings taller than a coconut tree. Yet 108  www.paradisesonline.com

the island offers visitors all the ingredients for a perfect holiday including luxury accommodation, gourmet cuisine, a host of watersports and activities including world-class golf. Po`ipu, a leisurely 30 minutes by car south of Lihue, has been called Kauai’s playground, with its pristine beaches protected by a necklace of offshore reefs. Just one kilometre from the resort area is sailing, diving, deep-sea fishing and daily boat tours from Kukuiula Harbour. At nearby Spouting Horn, a turbulent wave action causes surf to shoot through a lava tube and out a hole in the coastal rock. This geyser sometimes reaches heights of 18 metres and more. On the west side of Kauai you’ll find

what Mark Twain called the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’—Waimea Canyon, 1097 metres deep in parts, with red and green vistas punctuated by waterfalls. North from Lihue you can stop off to take a ride on one of the flat-bottom river boats that takes you to the Fern Grotto. Further north past the Coconut Coast you pass by the turnoff to The Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge which shelters thousands of seabirds. Near Princeville and Hanalei, made famous by the song Puff the Magic Dragon, is Ke`e Beach. Close by are the wet and dry caves, prominent in ancient Hawaiian myth and the start of the 17 kilometres Kalalau hiking trail. Further south is Lumahai Beach the


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famous nurse’s beach in the movie South Pacific. On the island’s north shore the scenery runs riot—grey mists hang over the sheer Napali cliffs, waterfalls tumble into deep valleys. Much of this region and the island’s interior cannot be reached by road, so a helicopter or fixed wing plane tour can give you a perspective otherwise unobtainable. Kauai is called the Garden Island with good reason. The National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Lawai Valley and the Allerton Estate Gardens, as well as the Limahuli Gardens in the north, are among the major attractions that showcase nature at her best. Kauai’s diverse scenery has lured filmmakers to her shores for decades and such classics as Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark and of course, South Pacific mean visitors can occasionally experience déjà vu. Also Kauai is popular with practitioners of the healing arts giving it the reputation of being a special place for those seeking rejuvenation and relaxation combined with a taste of traditional local culture.

Aston Hotels & Resorts Kauai Aston Islander on the Beach (pictured far right) is a low-rise resort set amongst lush gardens and a stunning beachfront pool for relaxation and recreation. All rooms offer charming island inspired furnishings with a coffee maker and mini refrigerator. Nearby are public tennis courts and a golf course. The Coconut Marketplace with more than 40 specialty shops and restaurants is a short stroll away. Aston Waimea Plantation Cottages offers a romantic getaway set amid a peaceful coconut grove on Kauai’s western coast. This cluster of authentic

plantation-era homes has been carefully restored with period inspired furniture and modern conveniences. Spacious individual cottages offer fully equipped kitchens and front porches overlooking the landscaped gardens. Enjoy on-site recreational activities such as beachfront yoga. Aston Aloha Beach Hotel (pictured far left) has a magnificent beachfront location on the east coast of Kauai and offers spectacular views of the lush mountains and surrounding sparkling blue waters. The hotel also features two swimming pools, jet spa and fitness room. Centrally

located, the hotel provides easy access to the Lihue Airport, shopping and other activities. Aston at Poipu Kai (pictured middle) is a condominium resort in sunny Poipu near world-class beaches, Brennecke’s and Shipwreck Beach. Each one-, two-, or three-bedroom condominium within the five upscale communities boasts its own distinctive style with a fully equipped kitchen and private lanai. Recreational facilities include swimming pools, jet spas and tennis courts and located nearby are many fine restaurants, shops and tourist attractions.

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Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa Along a white sand beach in Poipu, on Kauai’s sunny South Shore, this luxury resort complete with five restaurants, a water playground with a river pool, waterfalls and a 150-foot waterslide, as well as a saltwater lagoon, tennis courts and the award-winning Anara Spa is sprawled across 50 acres of lush gardens and manicured lawns. Classic Hawaiian style Relax in elegantly designed guestrooms reflective of the resort’s renowned classic Hawaiian style of graceful elegance. The 602 guestrooms are available in a range of categories, each complete with private lanai and luxurious pillowtop beds. Modern amenities include high speed, wireless internet access, three direct dial phones, including one cordless phone, flat screen television with cable and inroom movies, in-room safety deposit

box, turndown available on request, full bath amenities as well as a hairdryer, bathrobes, coffee service with Hawaiianblend coffee, a refrigerator and iron and ironing board. The resort also features 20 new hypo-allergenic rooms. The Respire by Hyatt Hypo-Allergenic Rooms are a healthy option for every guest while specially suited to address the needs of guests with asthma, allergies and other respiratory sensitivities. Blissful relaxation Amidst lush gardens, waterfalls, and peaceful pools, discover blissful relaxation at the sumptuous spa where an abundance of treatments based on traditional Hawaiian healing are available. A myriad of recreational options and firstclass facilities are available. Choose an action packed adventure—scuba diving or mountain biking with the whole family.

Spend your day filled with sunshine, swimming in sparkling pools or opt for a round of golf on the Robert Trent Jones Jr. Golf Course while the kids take advantage of Camp Hyatt. And later, spend your evenings dancing under the stars at a traditional luau. Choose from extensive dining options— from fine cuisine to poolside fare. Create an evening to remember in the romantic Italian restaurant, experience a classic luau with family and friends or simply sit back and enjoy the view of the famous golf course. From an elegant celebration to the most casual gathering in one the many restaurants, you’ll discover why these popular eateries have attracted so many awards and accolades. An extraordinary experience awaits, where impeccable service and lavish amenities greet you at every turn at this luxury resort.

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Big Island Hawaii’s Big Island is the youngest, the most diverse and the grandest of all the Hawaiian islands. Larger than all the other islands put together, it’s a land of amazing contrasts with lush rainforests, monolithic cliffs, spectacular ocean vistas, white, black and even green sand beaches, plunging waterfalls, deserts, plains and active volcanoes. First discovered more than a millennium ago, the Big Island is where Polynesian mythology says Madame Pele, goddess of fire, dwells. She is said to live in the firepot of Halemaumau in Kilauea crater on the slopes of Mauna Loa, from where she actively pours new lava almost daily. Hilo is the seat of government and near it are rainforests and black lava rocks hugging a serrated shoreline that is

expanding thanks to Kilauea Volcano, the world’s most active volcano. Volcanoes National Park is best accessed from Hilo. You can safely explore lava tubes and hiking trails around this amazing site. Nearby is Punaluu Beach Park with picturesque black sand beaches. North of Hilo the highway snakes between mountains and sea to Waipi`o Valley and Waimea through kilometres of fields where sugarcane once grew. Hidden amongst the mountains are a multitude of waterfalls including the impressive Akaka Falls. A must is a visit to the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden where you can see more than 2000 species of tropical plants. Across the island, near Kawaihae, is Heiau, built by King Kamehameha, which is now an historical site. In Waimea, the Parker Ranch’s historic homes house a magnificent collection

of Italian and French period pieces and more than a hundred original paintings by masters such as Renoir and Degas. In this region you can learn about a different side of Hawaii that is also home to paniolos, or Hawaiian cowboys. Lapakahi State Historical Park, north of Kawaihae, was once an ancient Hawaiian fishing village. A short drive from the park is King Kamehameha’s birthplace and Mookini Luakini Heiau believed to have been constructed about 480 AD. The Kohala Coast is home to magnificent resorts with breathtaking views of lava flows. Anaehoomalu Bay, with its picture postcard beach, curves between the shallow bay and an ancient Hawaiian fishpond once used by royalty. Once home to Hawaiian royalty, KailuaKona is now a vibrant resort and shopping precinct with a rich cultural heritage. It is also a great base from which to explore www.paradisesonline.com  111


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Kona coffee country and the unique Painted Church where columns form the trunks of painted palm trees. The Big Island produces 39 percent of the world’s macadamia nuts and Kona is the only place in the US where gourmet coffee is grown commercially. It also has the world’s largest anthurium and orchid flower industries. There are 20 golf courses on the Big Island, many with green fairways carved from ancient lava fields. Activities include fishing for marlin, a helicopter or small plane ride over red flowing lava and diving at night with giant manta rays. Getting around the Big Island is convenient and easy. The most popular mode of transport for international visitors is to hire a car and explore the island at leisure. There are also bus tours, shuttles and taxis. There are plenty of options when it comes to accommodation on the Big Island. From charming bed and breakfasts to hotels, condominiums, lodges and fivestar resorts, there’s something to suit every traveller and budget.

Aston Hotels & Resorts Big Island At Aston Shores at Waikoloa (pictured top left), choose from one- and twobedroom suites, as well as two-bedroom golf villas. Accommodations offer a fully equipped kitchen, television, in-room washer/dryer and private balcony or patio. Amenities include a swimming pool, jet spa, free tennis courts, barbecue area and fitness centre. Nearby Kings’ Shops and Queens’ Marketplace offer dozens of oneof-a kind boutiques and restaurants. The Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas (pictured top centre) are set within the exclusive sunlit Waikoloa Resort. Spacious

and luxuriously furnished one-, two- and three-bedroom villas allow guests the freedom to relax in style or enjoy the property’s recreational facilities including a pool, fitness centre and tennis court. Relax in spacious living areas and private lanai offering stunning views. Each villa is equipped with a gourmet kitchen with microwave and in-room washer/dryer. Aston Kona by the Sea (pictured top right) is an intimate condominium resort. All the one- and two-bedroom deluxe suites at Aston Kona by the Sea are spacious with fully equipped kitchens, in-

room washer/dryer and your own private furnished balcony or lanai where you can admire spectacular sunsets. The large oceanfront swimming pool and jet spa are ideal for relaxing with a cool drink. There is easy access to a wide range of nearby attractions such as championship golf courses, public tennis courts, and the many charming boutiques and restaurants of historic Kailua-Kona town. Meeting facilities are available at the Beach Club offering two separate meeting spaces that can accommodate groups up to 52 with theatre-style seating.

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SunQuest Vacations SunQuest Vacations is a tried and true business with a reputation that comes from 25 years of experience. SunQuest Vacations provides the ideal holiday location for thousands of satisfied guests.

condo to a five-bedroom villa complete with private pool and hot tub. Offering guests relaxed comfort in the near perfect weather of Hawaii, most properties feature fully equipped kitchens, washers, dryers and dishwashers.

Located in Kailua-Kona on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii, SunQuest Vacations offers the seasoned traveller the finest selection of private homes and resort condominiums on the Kona Gold Coast. Spanning the coast from Kohala to Kona and Kealakekua Bay, SunQuest does its utmost to match a client’s wishes and budget with the perfect vacation home or condominium.

Choose from oceanfront properties with whitewater views to locations on one of Kona or Waikoloa’s championship golf courses, some of which offer guests reduced rates. SunQuest has the inventory to provide your every wish including swimming with the dolphins in Kealakekua Bay.

Quality selection of properties With a quality selection of vacation properties designed for all tastes, the ‘savvy’ SunQuest staff provide you with choices ranging from a small studio

For a ‘complete’ vacation This sun-kissed area is world famous for the giant Pacific blue marlin sport fishing, wintertime whale watching and is home to the iron man triathlon. The King’s Shops and its partner the Queen’s Shops are located twenty minutes north of Kona International

Airport along the Kohala Coast. The centre boasts a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Sun drenched island Watersports such as snorkelling, surfing and diving abound on this sun drenched island. Land-based leisure activities include golf, horseriding, cycling, hiking and tours of ancient sites. SunQuest Vacations will also arrange car rental, activities and help you plan your trip. Special seasonal packages are available at sharply reduced rates for longer stays during April to December. They also offer complete leisure packages and can arrange for visits to other destinations throughout the Hawaiian Islands. SunQuest offers specials depending on the season. Contact them for more details. SunQuest Vacations is your ideal choice for a fantastic vacation!

77-6435 Kuakini Highway, Kailua-Kona HAWAII 96740 USA Tel: +1 808 329 6438  Toll Free USA 1800 367 5168 CAN 1800 800 KONA  Fax: +1 808 3295480  Email: sqvac@sunquest-hawaii.com  www.sunquest-hawaii.com

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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel On the sunny Kohala Coast, Mauna Kea stands as a landmark of luxury with a timeless tradition of Aloha. Situated on a beautiful crescent beach, the luxury resort offers guests the ideal setting for a relaxing getaway in paradise. Jewel of the Big Island Enjoy a variety of guestrooms from oneof-a-kind Presidential Suites to Deluxe Oceanview rooms with extra large soaking tubs and separate rain showers, or choose from the recently refreshed Beachfront wing just steps from Kaunaoa Bay. The 254 luxury guestrooms and suites are elegantly furnished, featuring crisp, clean lines, cloud white and bold sunset colours along with wonderful views from the wide lanai. Amenities include large flat screen TVs, media hubs, bedside iPod dock with clock radios, and luxury L’Occitane bath products. The hotel’s restaurants incorporate a creative combination of international cuisine with fresh, local Kohala Coast ingredients. The hotel also offers an unforgettable Sunday brunch buffet, a Mauna Kea tradition, with all your breakfast and lunch favourites enhanced with selections of savoury brunch specialties, including a “temptation table” with irresistible desserts. Indulge your appetite at the weekly

Clambake, a longstanding tradition that’s still the Big Island’s most remarkable seafood buffet. The Mauna Kea Hawaiian Lu‘au completes the experience with a taste of culture shared through music, food and family tradition. The hotel provides almost endless recreation options for guests including tennis courts, and the legendary Mauna Kea Golf Course offers a rewarding Big Island golf experience for golfers of every level. Children will enjoy the Keiki Club and scheduled programs including building sandcastles on the beach, shoreline explorations of the Kohala Coast and Hawaiian arts and crafts. There is a variety of beach and watersports, or relax and soak up the absolute luxury of unscheduled time in a plush poolside cabana. The Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara offers a combination of Balinese and Hawaiianinspired therapies, or elevate your energies in the sleek new fitness centre. A collection of boutiques and galleries can be found along the meandering koi ponds, where you can discover delightful surprises in designer resort fashions and swimwear, fine jewelry and island art. Indoor and outdoor group function spaces and meeting rooms are available, as well as picture-perfect wedding sites for a Big Island wedding.

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii 96743 USA Tel: 808 882 7222 Fax: 808 882 5700  Email: reservations@princehawaii.com  www.princeresortshawaii.com 114  www.paradisesonline.com


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Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Situated on 32 oceanfront acres on the sunny Kohala Coast, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel presents a flowing, contemporary Hawaiian style getaway where guests can experience the true essence of rejuvenation.

views, revealing the long, inviting expanse of Hapuna Beach from each private lanai. Guestroom amenities include internet access, mini-refridgerator and coffee maker while bathrooms feature a double vanity, a full-sized tub and separate shower stall.

Oceanfront paradise Perched on the hillside overlooking beautiful Hapuna Beach, the hotel offers guests the perfect setting for a relaxing vacation getaway in paradise. Enjoy the beauty of the island with sweeping views of the white sands and the sparkling blues of the Pacific Ocean from the privacy of a refreshed oceanfront room.

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel offers an exceptional range of dining venues for a memorable culinary experience. Passionate in the pursuit of the freshest island ingredients, the hotel’s kitchens source sustainable, organic ingredients to present to you. Enjoy a refreshing range of beverages or light meal at the poolside bar, or head to the open-air Reef Lounge, a great spot to watch the sunset and enjoy tropical drinks to the rhythm of the island with live Hawaiian guitar and hula dancing.

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel features 350 recently refreshed guestrooms, including 36 Oceanfront Suites. Providing guests with modern day comforts amid a serene Hawaiian ambience, each of these luxury Hawaiian accommodations offers ocean

When you choose to stay at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, you are also a guest of Mauna Kea Resort, offering double the

options in beaches, dining, spa and resort activities. The Pacific Ocean serves as the picture-perfect backdrop at the resort’s two world-class golf courses—Hapuna Golf Course and Mauna Kea Golf Course. Natural beauty and diversity Guests will enjoy the many attractions provided by the Big Island’s surrounding areas and natural diversity from cascading waterfalls, volcanoes and pristine beaches. The white sand of Hapuna Beach, frequently ranked among America’s best beaches, is the perfect place for swimmers and snorkellers to explore at their leisure. A shopping oasis is just a short shuttle ride away at Kings Shops. Hawaii Island’s premier shopping destination features a stylish mix of luxury stores, upscale boutiques, art galleries and exquisite dining.

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Lagoon Beach Blackburn Island Blinky Beach

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Perfect paradise With official admission to the register in 1982, Lord Howe is one of only four island groups to have World Heritage listing. This island delivers a unique experience for the discerning traveller looking for a destination that’s not swamped with tourists. Part of New South Wales (Australia), Lord Howe lies 700 kilometres northeast of Sydney and the same distance southeast of Brisbane. The island is all that remains of a volcanic eruption that occurred around seven million years ago. Just 11 kilometres long and less than three kilometres at its widest point, two thirds of Lord Howe’s land mass is covered in rainforest and bush land. the island is also surrounded by the southernmost coral reef in the world which is fed by warm currents from the Great Barrier Reef. The people Lord Howe is home to just 350 residents and, due to the island’s World Heritage status, visitor numbers are restricted to no more than 400 at any time. The main 116  www.paradisesonline.com

industries are tourism and the propagation of Kentia Palms and seeds. The protection of Lord Howe’s unique environment is a source of pride for both the community and the visitor. History The Island was discovered in 1788 by the First Fleet ship HMS Supply under the command of Lieutenant Henry Lidgbird Ball. The ship was on a journey to Norfolk Island looking for sources of food and water for the new Sydney colony. He claimed it as a British possession, giving it the name of the then Lord of the Admiralty, Lord Howe. Settlement began in 1834 with the island supplying passing ships with food and water. Nature The island’s forests include banyan trees, pandanus and the indigenous Kentia palms. The surrounding waters are now a Marine Park and home to 94 species of coral and 490 different fish. Visitors can explore the spectacular flora and fauna easily on foot and for bird


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lovers, there are 130 species of permanent and migratory birds, including the once endangered Lord Howe Island woodhen. The sights Lord Howe Island offers visitors a relaxed holiday in a pristine, unspoilt environment. The Information Centre on Lagoon Road provides a ‘Discovery Kit of Walks’ and its museum gives a fascinating insight into the island’s days of early settlement and natural history. Where to stay There are a range of properties on the island to suit all tastes and budgets. Pinetrees is an all-inclusive resort hotel which has been run by the same family for over a hundred years. No camping is allowed anywhere on the island. Getting around A network of walking tracks criss-cross the island providing access to scenic lookouts and various points of interest. The tracks vary from easy to quite difficult and all have well marked signposts. Hiring a bicycle is the easiest way to get around the island but there are a limited number of hire cars available too. All accommodation properties provide free airport transfers for guests. Food and entertainment The Anchorage Restaurant offers meals seven days a week as well as an on-site bakery. There is also a general store for self-catering visitors. The local Golf Club and Bowls Club serve 118  www.paradisesonline.com

dinner most nights. There are also a number of fine restaurants on the island with Pinetrees being the most popular. Bookings are advisable. Activities For the adventurous, there are charter boats for deep-sea fishing for kingfish and yellowfin tuna, or make the trip out to Blackburn Island by kayak. The highlight of any trip to the island though is the eight-hour, rope-assisted guided walk up Mt. Gower, the highest vertical climb in Australia. Alternatively, there are guided nature walks, fish feeding at Ned’s Beach, reef walks, scuba diving, snorkelling, barefoot lawn bowls or just swimming in the crystal clear waters. North Bay is a great spot for picnics, bush walking and bird watching and Lord Howe Environmental Tours offers the chance to view the vast array of underwater life in comfort in their glass-bottom boat cruise on the lagoon. Shopping guide There is a general store and local produce and bulk groceries are available at the Co-Op. Souvenirs are available at Thompson’s General Store and the Visitor Centre. Alcohol is available from the Liquor Store, located on Bowker Avenue. Check the Visitors Centre for opening hours. Clothing Casual. A jacket for cooler evenings as it can be windy in winter. Comfortable shoes are essential and good quality walking shoes


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are advisable for reef walking or bush walking (especially for the Mt Gower climb). Climate Lord Howe Island is a year-round destination. Temperatures rarely fall below 16ºC in winter, or rise above 27ºC in summer. Electricity Diesel generated, 240 volts. Bring a torch to assist in finding your way home at night, as the island has no street lights. Time zone Summer—same as Sydney (Eastern Daylight/Summer Time). Winter, 30 minutes ahead of AEST. GMT plus 11 hours. Currency Australian dollars. Travellers’ cheques can be cashed at the bank agencies or post office. Credit cards are widely accepted and there is an ATM at the bowls club. Tipping is not customary. Visas and health There are no entry requirements and Australian citizens don’t need passports. Yachts need to make arrangements for pilotage and moorings. Getting there Qantaslink has direct flights from Sydney, Brisbane and Port Macquarie, using De Havilland Dash 8 planes with a travel time of two hours. Details are available through the Qantas website. www.paradisesonline.com  119


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Pinetrees Lodge Pinetrees Lodge on World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island is one of the oldest family businesses in Australia. The family has lived in the same place since 1842 and the business in now run by the sixth generation of the original family. Many of Pinetrees’ guests came to stay as children and now bring their own families. Pinetrees is the perfect place to relax and escape the stress of everyday life. It offers exceptional meals, personalised service and access to the only waterfront property on the island. The boatshed is on the beachfront and is a great place for a hot shower after your early morning swim, or a cold beer or champagne while watching the sunset. Beautiful Lord Howe Island Pinetrees is an ideal gateway to the beauty and adventure of Lord Howe Island. Pinetrees’ staff are experienced fishermen,

surfers, walkers, photographers, golfers, sailors and divers. They’ll recommend where to go and what to do, depending on the weather and your level of enthusiasm. Some guests are happy to relax under one of the boatshed umbrellas, swim in the lagoon and absorb the panorama of two of Australia’s most dramatic mountains. Other guests like to keep themselves busy. On any given day, they might catch a 15kg kingfish, walk through ancient subtropical rainforest, surf perfect waves or dive on the southernmost coral reef in the Pacific Ocean. Guests can also challenge themselves on the island’s spectacular golf course. Pinetrees may be remote, but it provides world-class meals. The chefs have worked in famous Australian restaurants and use fresh local seafood, organic produce and other quality ingredients to create

memorable buffets and three-course dinners. Guests are consistently amazed by their dining experiences. But it’s not just dinner, they will gladly pack fresh kingfish, lamb chops, sausages, salads, cheese and homemade bread into an esky and local pandanus basket, and deliver them to one of the many idyllic barbecue spots on the island for your own private lunch. There’s no additional charge, it’s just part of the Pinetrees experience. Accommodations include simple en suite rooms, one-bedroom Garden Cottages and three- and four-bedroom family cottages that are perfect for families. All of the rooms are single storey and have flat access to the dining room, lounge, bar, tennis court and boatshed. Stay with Pinetrees once and you’ll understand why so many guests come back to visit every year!

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Ocean View Holiday Apartments Ideally situated, Ocean View Holiday Apartments are close to restaurants, cafés and general stores. The only jetty on the island is nearby, as are some excellent beaches great for swimming and snorkelling. The apartments are an original island business and have been operating for more than 100 years. The property is now managed by fifth and sixth generation descendants of T. B. and Mary Wilson who settled here in 1876. Island charm Ocean View Holiday Apartments have a charming blend of old and new aspects.

The large refurbished lounge and recreation area, once the original homestead, now houses pool and table tennis facilities, a small library and plenty of room to relax.

There are covered barbecues for guests’ use and free transport is provided for guests to go to restaurants each evening, as well as free airport transfers.

A supergrass tennis court is available for guests only, with tennis balls and racquets provided, as well as a large saltwater swimming pool.

The resort’s new purpose built Carina is a 38ft Stebercraft powered by twin diesel engines, ideal for fishing charters and sightseeing cruises. A covered deck area, ample seating and private toilet ensure onboard comfort for all.

Set amidst subtropical foliage, the comfortable modern studio units have fully equipped kitchenettes, en suites, TVs, fans for summer, and electric blankets and heaters for winter. Wi-Fi internet access is also available.

Ocean View Holiday Apartments is a family run business that promises personal and friendly service in comfortable surroundings.

Lagoon Road LORD HOWE ISLAND NSW 2898 AUSTRALIA Tel: +612 6563 2041 Fax: +612 6563 2122  Email: oceanviewapartments@clearmail.com.au

Leanda Lei Apartments Relax in Leanda Lei’s peaceful surroundings, amid five acres of beautiful gardens and Kentia forest on Lord Howe Island. The apartments are ideally located in the centre of the island, situated at the lower end of Middle Beach Road, with no steep hills to climb and only a 300-metre stroll to Lagoon Beach. The Visitor Information Centre, general store and several cafés and restaurants are all conveniently located within easy walking distance. The fully self contained superior studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments have all

recently been renovated and refurbished, offering guests a higher level of comfort. On-site facilities include a laundry with washing machine and dryer. Barbecues are located throughout the grounds and there is a large lounge/transit room with library, wireless internet, free phone for local calls and pay phone for other calls. Cars and push bikes are also available for hire on the premises. Lord Howe Island has plenty to offer both the energetic and those just wanting to relax. The island is a paradise for bird watchers, fishermen, divers and walkers.

Luxuriant rainforests, sandy beaches, rugged cliffs and the world’s southern most coral reef all add to its exotic appeal. A range of tours can be easily be arranged for those wishing to explore the natural beauty of the island. Enjoy the hospitality of a family run business who will ensure that your stay at Leanda Lei is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible as you enjoy this World Heritage listed paradise. Escape, relax and enjoy Leanda Lei Apartments for a magical holiday on Lord Howe Island.

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GUAM FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA POHNPEI PALAU

YAP CHUUK WESTERN CAROLINE ISLANDS

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PHOENIX GROUP

Pearls of the Pacific The islands of Micronesia are spread over a great distance, yet each has its own culture and topographical personality. Set in sparkling waters which change shades of colour from deep blue through to sea green, each one is ringed by coral reefs. Your first glimpse of these ‘pearls’ of the Pacific are of specks of land surrounded by necklaces of white waves. Each island is covered in lush tropical vegetation, but the real action is underwater where there is some of the richest and most varied of marine life to be found anywhere in the world. Capital and major centres The islands vary in size and political status. The most well known is Guam, which is an American territory and serves as a gateway to the other island groups. The islands of Pohnpei, Chuuk (Truk), Kosrae and Yap elected to join a federal government known as the Federated States of Micronesia with headquarters in Pohnpei. Palau and the Marshall Islands voted to remain independent and have established autonomous governments. Saipan, Rota and Tinian became the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (commonly referred to as the Marianas or Northern Marianas) with Saipan the capital. The people The whole of Micronesia has fewer 122  www.paradisesonline.com

than 500,000 people. The region was settled about 2000 to 3000 years ago by an ancient seafaring race from areas in South-East Asia who migrated into, and successively colonised, the islands. English is widely spoken in addition to a number of indigenous languages, including Chamorro, Palauan, Yapese, Chuukese, Pohnpeian, Kosraean and Marshallese. Nature The islands of Micronesia are naturally diverse and include high volcanic islands, such as Pohnpei and Kosrae, raised coral islands such as Guam and Saipan, and coral atolls such as the Marshall Islands. The inhabited areas vary from villages with out cars or electricity, to the sophisticated resort areas of Guam and Saipan. The underwater wildlife is particularly diverse, with the islands of Micronesia offering some of the most pristine and biodiverse underwater environments, which make scuba diving here excellent. Birds and plants abound on all of Micronesia’s islands. The sights Geologically, culturally and naturally diverse, the islands of Micronesia offer a wide range of natural and man-made attractions to suit every taste. These differ from pristine underwater environments and lush island landscapes to sprawling resort areas with shopping


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and nightlife. Where to stay Each island differs in accommodation. The more developed islands such as Guam, Saipan and Palau have international hotels. Rota also has several new hotels and a resort with an 18–hole golf course. In the Marshall Islands guest accommodation on some of the outer islands is in traditional thatched huts with few amenities. Food and entertainment The islands that are best equipped for tourism offer world-class seafood restaurants. In Guam, Palau and Saipan enjoy a variety of cuisine including American, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, 124  www.paradisesonline.com

Filipino, Mexican and Chamorro. In Pohnpei try the local drink, sakau. In Chuuk sample Japanese and local cooking while in Rota indulge in the best of the traditional Chamorro cooking. In the Marshall Islands, American, Western-style cooking and Chinese cuisine go hand in hand with Marshallese specialties.

teeming with fish life, a unique blue hole and caverns.

Activities Comprising approximately 2000 islands and atolls, Micronesia caters for all levels of diving. Here’s a taste of what you can expect to find at the various destinations.

There are several wrecks of historical importance here including a Japanese Zero. Also, the remains of a Spanish galleon, the world’s largest side paddlewheeler, and a 230–metre passenger liner can be found layered on top of each other. You can also trace the remains of both world wars at the double wreck of the Cormoran, a WWI German Gunboat, and the Toka’s Maru, a Japanese freighter from WWII.

Guam has an exceptional underwater world. The water is crystal clear, with 60 metres visibility commonplace, and you can expect to see coral gardens

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Japanese ships and many others as yet undiscovered. The majority of the wreck diving here is in Tanapag Harbour in depths of 12–18 metres with visibility up to 18 metres. The harbour has a ship believed to be the Shoan Maru, a B-29 Bomber, a Japanese seaplane, sub chaser, landing craft and a Zero fighter. An interesting snorkelling site is provided by two American tanks in two-and-a-half metres of water off Saipan World Resort. The most adventurous site is the Grotto which starts at the base of 200 stairs. After submerging 18 metres down the cavern, you then swim through the tunnel to the outside wall of the island where visibility averages 30 metres. Palau is known as one of the seven underwater wonders of the world—not surprising when you can stand atop a reef edge in knee-deep water and see it drop away to 320 metres vertically! It is believed that there are more than 50 WWII shipwrecks sunk in the lagoon. For a truly unique experience, how about diving in a land locked lagoon with 100,000 nonstinging jellyfish! Dive sites offer stalactitefilled caves, giant undersea tunnels and gorgonia fans that stand up to three metres tall. Chuuk is renowned as having the best 126  www.paradisesonline.com

shipwreck diving in the world because of what is today known as the Ghost Fleet of Truk Lagoon. It consists of 50–60 ships and Japanese planes that were sent to the bottom after two days and a night of continuous strafing and bombing. The water temperature has served as a great incubator and the ships are now excellent artificial reefs, home to a variety of spectacular marine life. Underwater photography is a must here with the prolific coral growths that line the wrecks. The diving is year-round with visibility on the wrecks varying from 15– 30 metres, and average depths between 12–40 metres. Pohnpei is a maze of coral passes or channels leading from the outside sea into the inner lagoon offering great diving and superb coral formations, including deep gorgonia fans that can grow up to six metres in height. The shallow water is also the place to see barracuda, mantas and several varieties of curious reef sharks. Yap is known as the island of manta rays because you can see mantas here consistently. A new find is the manta ray cleaning station where the mantas queue up to have parasites removed from them by small wrasses. These rays have a wing span of three to six

metres and weigh in at approximately 460 kilograms. Popular dives in Yap are Mill Channel, Manta Ray Pass and Goofnuw Channel. Mandarin fish are also becoming a diving attraction. When the sun goes down, these colourful little fish come out and stare at you! Kosrae has consistently good diving conditions due to the triangular shape of the island. The great attraction here is the clear, clean water and live coral that encircles the island. August is usually the best month when visibility is up to 65 metres. Kosrae has a large population of turtles and during the mating season in December, their numbers escalate. Another great attraction is provided by the 150 dolphins that reside outside the reef. Marshall Islands are Micronesia’s atoll diving destination. Made up of 29 coral atolls, diving in the Marshalls can be enjoyed either within the lagoons or in the open ocean. Dive sites include lagoon pinnacles, walls, channels, reef points, and vast areas of virgin, unexplored reef. The Marshalls are also home to an abundance of WWII ship and plane wrecks concentrated in


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the lagoons of Bikini, Kwajalein, Jaluit, Mili, Wotje, Maloelap and Majuro Atolls. Dive excursions to seldom visited outer atolls can easily be arranged with local operators and shark sightings are guaranteed. Shopping guide Jade, coral, ivory, gold and handmade silks, plus handicrafts such as trays, baskets, hats, headbands and purses are popular purchases. The islanders are known for their weaving of pandanus leaves and for their traditional stick charts which fishermen have used for centuries for navigation. Climate Tropical with little seasonal change. Average temperature on all the islands is 30˚C. Clothing Casual clothing is recommended. Swim wear is acceptable near beaches and pools, but not usually permitted in public areas. Currency US currency is used throughout Micronesia. Outside of Guam and Saipan, the use of credit cards is very limited, although major hotels on all islands take them. Tips are accepted. www.paradisesonline.com  127


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Guam Like an emerald glistening in a velvet blue jewel case, the green peaks of Guam emerge from the surrounding waters of the Western Pacific. Guam is the largest and most southern island in the Mariana Islands archipelago in the northern area of the Pacific Ocean, covering 34159 square kilometres and with a population of approximately 167,000 people. Situated approximately 2494 kilometres south of Japan and 6115 kms west of Hawaii, Guam has pristine beaches, championship golf courses, world128  www.paradisesonline.com

class diving and snorkelling. Visitors can experience a variety of cultural and historical sites, outdoor activities as well as recreational events. As the largest and most developed island in Micronesia, Guam serves as a transportation and communications hub and is the gateway to Micronesia, a region of 2000 islands and atolls spread over five million square kilometres of the Pacific. Guam is also America’s airline link to Asia with an average flight time of around three hours to most Asian cities. The terrain of Guam is a startling contrast of limestone plateaus. The steep cliffs and narrow coastal shelves in the central and

northern parts of the island are wonderful to observe. Volcanic hills range up to 204 metres which is the height of Mount Lamlam that is the tallest mountain in the world from below sea level as a result of to Guam’s proximity to the Mariana Trench. Southern Guam features lush jungles and quiet seaside villages. The central area of the island has all the modern conveniences of suburban living, with restaurants, bars, shopping centres and international class resort hotels fronting Tumon and Agana Bays. Guam’s earliest settlers were the Chamorros who make up about 37 percent of the island population


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windsurfing, parasailing, scuba diving, snorkelling, jet-skiing, dolphin watching and cultural tours to name but a few.

today. They are thought to have travelled by canoe from South-East Asia to the Mariana Islands, where they lived isolated from the rest of the world for centuries.

became a US Territory in 1898 after the Spanish-American War. The Japanese briefly occupied the island until 1944 when it was liberated by American forces.

The Chamorros flourished as an advanced fishing, horticultural, and hunting society and were skilled craftsmen who built unique houses and canoes well suited to this region of the world. They are also skilled in intricate weaving and detailed pottery making.

Today, even with modern suburban living, Guam still offers abundant natural beauty. The island is blessed by year round balmy tropical weather and cooling trade winds. Stunning coral reefs and clear crystalline blue lagoons, teeming with colourful aquatic life ring Guam’s white sand coastline. Its verdant interior is lush jungle with hidden waterfalls, rivers and volcanic ridges.

History and geography have given Guam a vibrant cosmopolitan population. The charm and warmth of the people originates from the eclectic blend of Spanish, indigenous Chamorro, Asian and Western cultures. The mix of East, West and Pacific traditions and cultures is evident and is infused in the arts and crafts, language, and especially the food of this island nation.

Guam’s natural offerings have something for everyone above and below water. There is fishing, hiking, golf, kite and

Guam is truly an undiscovered Pacific gem and deserves to be shortlisted as one of your next holiday destinations.

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Lower Sigua Falls in Central Guam

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Pacific Islands Club Guam Pacific Islands Club is Guam’s largest and only all-inclusive resort stretching along 82,000 square metres of beautiful beachfront property in the heart of Tumon Bay. Only five minutes from the A.B. Won Pat International Airport and minutes from Guam’s premier shopping destinations, PIC hosts 777 guestrooms all with private balconies in the Royal Tower and two Oceana Towers. All rooms in the Royal Tower have breathtaking ocean views. Royal Club guests will enjoy premier treatment with upgraded amenities that include access to the Royal Club Lounge where complimentary continental breakfast and happy hour, serving draft beer, house wine and appetisers, are offered daily. All guests will enjoy unlimited access to the PIC Waterpark where all activities, lessons and rental equipment are available at no extra cost. Waterslides, water basketball and volleyball, a rolling log, the famous water walk, windsurfing lessons, and scuba are only a few of PIC’s water activities. PIC’s Swim-Thru Aquarium is one of only eight in the world. Land activities include beach volleyball, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, basketball, a trampoline, putter golf, table tennis and much more. PIC Clubmates, the ambassadors of fun, will

be sure you make the most of your stay. At the Kids’ Club, children can enjoy activities with PIC Clubmates while parents venture on a shopping trip or sightseeing tour. PIC offers seven food outlets. Skylight, the largest international buffet in Guam, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rock & Roll Noodle offers an array of ramen, karaage, and assorted Asian side dishes. Bistro, PIC’s fine dining restaurant, serves a wide variety of contemporary American cuisine with Asian and Mediterranean influences. Hanagi features authentic Japanese cuisine. Café Espress serves gourmet coffee, fresh sandwiches and pastries. Sunset BBQ is a cook-yourown style barbecue dinner on PIC’s beachfront. The Pacific Fantasies Dinner Show showcases a local buffet followed by the best cultural show in all of Guam and Micronesia. The show’s live fire segment will keep guests on the edge of their seats. Jiivana Spa, is located on the beachfront with open-air treatment rooms. Massages, face treatments and complimentary yoga sessions are a few of the services available for guests. PIC is perfect for families, couples, friends, schools and incentive groups. Come and experience the most unique resort in all of Micronesia. At PIC the fun never ends.

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Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort Sitting atop Oka Point and enjoying picturesque views, Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort is one of Guam’s finest resorts nestled in a quaint and exclusive area of the island. A sense of easygoing calm pervades the resort. Among the many inclusions in the 318 superbly appointed guestrooms and suites are large plasma or flat screen TVs with cable channels, DVD player, in-room movies and high speed internet access. Choose from a wide range of cuisines The resort boasts a variety of dining options. Enjoy breakfast, internationally themed lunch and dinner buffets at La Cascata Restaurant. In an elegant atmosphere, The President Nippon Restaurant offers a fine dining experience serving Japanese cuisine. Watch the sunset over Hagatna Bay while enjoying Guam’s best cultural show and cultural performers at Bayside Fiesta BBQ. The Point, an all-day dining lobby lounge and restaurant, offers a sophisticated and relaxed ambience overlooking the infitinity pool and ocean with a range of gourmet sandwiches, Starbucks Coffee, cocktails, Sheraton’s Wines of the World collection and other premium beverages. Venues include a spa, two swimming pools with a slide, three tennis courts, and a 24-hour Sheraton Fitness Room. You can

also enjoy Sheraton’s very own exclusive Alupat Island. Whether your stay is for business or leisure, stay connected with Link@Sheraton, powered by Microsoft, or simply enjoy the complimentary high speed internet access in your room. The resort’s ballroom is the perfect place to host a birthday, cocktail party or wedding. For the ceremony, the uniquely designed White Arrow Chapel offers breathtaking views guaranteeing a memorable day. Fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the resort’s function and conference rooms meet the requirements of business guests. The professional catering team will complement your event with professional service and a diverse menu. The island boasts an unspoiled beach and clear blue waters so you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the island sun or satisfy your sense of adventure by exploring breathtaking reefs and snorkelling amongst exotic tropical fish, starfish, and dolphins. Or join in the excitement of world-class fishing, parasailing, jet-ski rentals, wakeboarding, and kayaking. The resort offers a superior level of comfort and service, ensuring a relaxed and memorable holiday experience. With its personalised and dedicated management, Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort is sure to become your preferred Guam resort.

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Inarajan Garden House A lush garden getaway right on the beach in southern Guam, Inarajan Garden House specialises in both short and long-term vacation rentals, whether it be a weekend, a week, a month, or longer. A 45-minute drive from the airport and Tumon tourist area, this gated property contains 18 units on four acres of garden and private beach. Gef Pa’go Chamorro Cultural Village is just two miles away in historic Inalahan Village. Don’t miss the San Jose Street Painted History Walk and the village Sunday Morning Street Market.

Air-conditioned studios are tastefully decorated with a tropical theme, and offer one or two full sized beds, living suite, fully equipped kitchenette and a balcony overlooking the sparkling lagoon and pristine white sand. Cookware, linens, TV, telephone, and Wi-Fi internet access are all included. Swim in the tropical ocean waters or in the newly refurbished swimming pool. Laundry facilities are on the second floor and a convenience store, gift shop and snack bar are located in the internet café. The on-site deli-bakery and juice bar specialises in locally

grown produce prepared from heritage recipes gathered from Guam’s indigenous Chamorro, Spanish, Asian and American influences.Inarajan Garden House is also available for weddings and other events. Rent beach, garden, pavilion or breezeway spaces and bring in your own catering and entertainment or the management can prepare an event package for you. Perfect for getting away from the bustle of everyday life, Inarajan Garden House offers an idyllic retreat to enjoy the quiet surroundings and contemporary Chamorro culture and hospitality.

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Hotel Santa Fe Guam This locally owned and operated beachfront hotel reflects the island’s warm, inviting Spanish heritage and offers stunning views of tropical sunsets over the Philippine Sea. It is a peaceful retreat off the main strip, yet close to everything Guam has to offer. Beautiful beaches, duty free shopping, seven golf courses, some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving spots, wonderful festivals, eye-catching cultural attractions, fabulous restaurants and exhilarating nightlife combine to make this a truly exciting destination.

The 110-room hotel features unique American Southwest architecture throughout its rooms and suites that offer garden, mountain and ocean views. All are fully air-conditioned and boast a private balcony, cable television, mini refrigerator, safe, hairdryer, microwave oven, telephone, iron and ironing board, coffee maker and high speed internet access. Facilities include an infinity swimming pool with panoramic views over Agana Bay, whirlpool, and a well-equipped fitness centre. High speed internet access is available throughout the resort while the

meeting rooms and business centre cater for those travelling on business. The Grille at Santa Fe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features a fusion of American and Asian cuisines. The beach bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a cool drink during the day or watch an amazing sunset. Convenient and idyllic, this property, situated on a pristine beach, is the perfect choice for everyone—families, business executives, and independent travellers alike. For anyone seeking a holiday in a truly tropical environment look no further than the charming Hotel Santa Fe.

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Mandara Spa Guam The Mandara experience began on the spiritual island of Bali, inspired by the tradition of healing touches which are so deeply entwined within the culture. Time-honored therapies, combined with European methods and natural elements indigenous to Bali, meld together to provide the most unique and pampering spa treatments. Today, Mandara Spas can be found in diverse locations around the world. Every Mandara Spa experience is completely unique, and honours the diversity of the

culture they are immersed in while also retaining authentic Balinese traditions. Mandara Spa at The Outrigger Guam Resort is located at centre of popular Tumon Bay and offers a beautiful 8000 square foot facility with 11 treatment villas and deluxe spa suites with oversized specialty baths offering stunning views of the Philippine Sea. A full line of spa treatments is offered including a hair and nail salon, spa boutique, world-renown Elemis treatments and a fitness centre with member’s lounge. Situated poolside at the Westin Guam

Resort, located directly on Tumon Bay, this 5000 square foot Mandara Spa features a series of deluxe spa villas and spa pavilions. The full range of services offered includes Balinese massage, deep tissue massage, world-renown Elemis treatments, local island traditional healing techniques and herbal body wraps. The name Mandara is Sanskrit and comes from an ancient legend about the gods’ quest to find the secret to eternal youth and beauty. In a Mandara moment, you may just discover it yourself. Transcend. Transform. Trust the moment.

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Fiesta Resort Guam In the tropical islands of Micronesia, as in many countries around the world, the word “fiesta” represents fun, celebration and a warm, cultural tradition. There is one place where these all come to life: Fiesta Resort Guam—a beautiful, boutique-style resort. This beachfront property has been carefully designed to offer a memorable vacation where guests can discover the warm hospitality and culture of the islands. Fresh contemporary surrounds The rooms invite guests to relax in fresh contemporary surroundings unlike any other Micronesian resort. Here, there is plenty of entertainment, delicious food and beverage options as well as activities for the whole family’s enjoyment. Fiesta

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Polynesia and the Micronesian islands. Teppan steak dinners, prime beef and fresh seafood dishes are served at Samurai Seaport Steak and Wine Company. End a perfect day with evening cocktails at the poolside bar, Cho’Cho. There is a Haagen Dazs Café in the main lobby and the resort’s nightclub, Club Lush, where you can dance the night away, is equipped with exciting sounds and lighting from the US and Italy. Fiesta offers a range of water activities and island-style cultural competitions that are fun and challenging. Guests can also hire watersports equipment from on-site vendors. Traditional scuba diving facilities are offered so you can explore the deep crystal waters for which Guam is famous. Throughout the property, guests can enjoy the convenience of internet access with wireless all the way to the pool deck.

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Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan Fiesta Resort and Spa Saipan invites you to experience warm Micronesian hospitality, comfortable accommodations, and a variety of recreational activities, all in the comfort of the finest tropical resort haven in Saipan. Located in the heart of Saipan’s downtown district, the resort is surrounded by popular attractions, including the pristine white sand Micro Beach, American Memorial Park, Managaha Island, duty free shops, Paseo de Marianas and a wide variety of dining and nightlife options. Fiesta’s accommodations are thoughtfully designed for the ultimate experience in indulgence, rest, and relaxation. Mountain View Rooms are comfortably furnished, providing you with a modern tropical setting and the beautifully appointed Oceanview Rooms have

sweeping panoramic views of the Saipan lagoon. Executive Rooms are perfect for both relaxation and work. The Executive Suite offers unparalleled elegance— down comforters and pillows, signature bath and spa amenities and a spacious living space that allows for a unique island vacation beyond compare. An extra perk to these rooms is special access to the beautiful Executive Lounge, where guests are treated to a complimentary daily continental breakfast, afternoon tea, and cocktail hour every evening. The luxurious Royal Suite is richly decorated with a separate living room, private dining room with attached kitchenette, as well as a huge guestroom with a king sized four poster bed and walk-in closet. Head down to World Café, with dining facilities boasting the very best in

international foods. From authentic cuisine hailing from all corners of the world to the favourite Sunday Brunch Buffet, the World Café is guaranteed to satisfy. If you’re in the mood for a special treat, the teppanyaki restaurant will delight and amaze, or experience the local Micronesian culture at the barbecue and dinner show. Guests are invited to participate in a variety of activities. Explore the lagoon through snorkelling and jet-skiing, or walk about the historic American Memorial Park, taking in historic sites. Play a rousing game of tennis at the private courts, simply relax in a poolside cabana, indulge at Ni’Lala Spa, or relax and rejuvenate with a variety of yoga classes. Children will especially love the Kid’s Pool, with slides and water toys for their entertainment. There’s something for everyone at Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan.

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Pacific Development Inc. PDi Saipan provides an ideal way to discover the natural beauty, relaxing atmosphere, and warm island style hospitality of Saipan, Tinian and Rota. Rota is renown for its rich flora and fauna, Tinian for its historical sites and Saipan for its beautiful beaches and blue skies. Excellent services A pionner company in the CNMI’s tourism industry for over 30 years, PDI Saipan provides excellent services to guests and visitors and offers an authentic

and personal experience where you are invited to discover the nature, history, culture and welcoming people of these spectacular islands.

air transfer arrangements. PDI can also accommodate special requests such as a local-style wedding, live band and local dance performances.

Discover paradise You can choose or develop a personal tour designed around your interests and level of adventure. Choose from overnight or day tour packages to Tinian and Rota, diving the grotto, snorkelling around the coral gardens or visiting the WWII sites.

Unique local culture PDI Saipan works closely with the local community to promote the unique local culture in CNMI, and also caters for cultural and school exchanges, homestay programs and WWII veterans.

PDI Saipan can reserve hotel rooms for various hotels in Saipan, Tinian, and Rota and can conveniently handle

For an authentic island experience learning about the Chamorro and Carolinian culture, look no further than PDI Saipan.

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Pacific Islands Club Saipan Pacific Islands Club Saipan is located on 58,000 square metres of prime beachfront property in the southern village of San Antonio. The moment you enter the resort, your senses are awakened with the sound of laughter, the tropical scent of plumeria, and the sight of the blue waters of the Philippine Sea. All 303 guestrooms offer modern luxuries, including 100 percent cotton robes and slippers, comfy full sized beds, an additional futon sofa, air-conditioning, room safe and refrigerator. Guests may select from a range of categories in the Rota, Tinian and Tasi wings. Embark on a journey Boasting chic sophistication, the Tasi Ocean Front Spa Rooms offer honeymoon bliss for couples or for those planning a special celebration. Infused with romance,

the Hibiscus or Flametree Suites are ideal for pampering with separate living spaces on the top floor, overlooking the sea. Whether you seek to enjoy serene hospitality, or you are on a quest for excitement, there are over 60 different types of sports and recreation activities available free of charge at the Waterpark. Snorkel or kayak to a nearby reef, take a windsurfing lesson, or challenge your friends to archery, tennis, or mini-golf. Take pleasure in the laser tag game, body boarding, rock climbing, sailing, stand-up boarding, or just put your feet up on the crowd-free beach. Kids can join the Kids’ Club which hosts an array of entertaining activities and beach games, run by a staff of well-trained and dedicated Clubmates. The Lazy River beckons you to slide along for leisure in the sun, or head to the

Boutiki gift shop and fulfill all your shopping desires. Pamper yourself with a soothing massage or yoga and then prepare to dine in one of the resort’s four unique restaurants. The PIC Saipan Magellan is the first choice for family-friendly dining, featuring a fabulous buffet for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. The Galley signature dishes include the local favourite Tinian beef steak and a superb cajun chicken wrap sandwich. At the Beach BBQ, you are invited to grill fresh seafood and ribs while viewing a sensational sunset on the beach. Seaside Grill tempts the most demanding palate with savoury Pacific Rim cuisine such as lobster and freshly caught fish. Banquet facilities are also available for company parties and events, incentive tours, seminars and conferences.

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Mariana Resort & Spa Mariana Resort & Spa is an impressive retreat with glorious ocean and mountain views. Conveniently located, the resort is close to great local food, shopping and entertainment. Generous living space Mariana Resort & Spa offers a variety of well-appointed accommodations to cater for all types of travellers. The 74 Reefside Rooms are available in three categories, all with ocean views and with the soothing sound of waves crashing against the reef. There are 50 separate villas in four different categories. The Maisonette Villas provide a romantic setting with their loft design. The Ocean Villas provide an intimate yet spacious setting with an outdoor jacuzzi overlooking the ocean while the Mandi Suite Villas with two bedrooms, a spacious

living area, bathroom and outdoor jacuzzi, are excellent for families. The exquisite Pool Villas, each boasting a private pool, are the perfect setting for either a romantic or a family getaway. The Mariana Country Club is located on the mountain side of the property. The 18-hole golf course is surrounded by spectacular mountainside views on one side—available only on the most northern side of Saipan—and ocean views on the other side. Nature, health and relaxation Mandi Asian Spa is the most spectacular and largest outdoor spa in the area. Here guests can indulge in a range of therapeutic massages and tantalising body treatments in a calm ambience indoors or in a tranquil outdoor setting. The spa also offers five different pools, a mist sauna, a dry sauna, a gym

and a café. Enjoy other great activities including the Mariana Seaside Circuit that gives speed enthusiasts a venue to enjoy go-kart racing. For beginners, or for those who want to improve their short game, enjoy the par-3 short course or driving range. Marianas Trekking provides various activities that include ATV and buggy tours, hiking, grotto tours, and watersports such as kayaking and paddleboarding. Or simply relax by the poolside or beach. The restaurant was the recipient of first honours in the 2012 Taste of the Marianas cooking competition and the 2012 Saipan’s Next Top Chef competition. Enjoy the breakfast and lunch buffets, the award-winning à la carte dinner menu or the “I am Chef” barbecue while you enjoy the spectacular views that only Mariana Resort & Spa can offer.

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Palau Best described as the jewel of the Pacific, this spectacular 643 kilometres long paradise is a dream destination. Made of limestone coral reefs that from the air look like giant green mushrooms, the Republic of Palau is truly nature at her most majestic. Palau is a country rich in tradition and culture. Today, many sites of cultural or historical importance remain intact, reminding modern Palauans of a past long ago while reinforcing the culture and tradition for future generations. The tightly clustered archipelago consists of the high islands of Babeldaob, Koror, Peleliu and Angaur in the south. It also

includes the low coral atolls of Kayangel to the northeast, Ngeruangel and over 500 limestone Rock Islands. Apart from Kayangel, Ngeruangel and Angaur, all the islands are inside a single barrier reef and only eight islands are inhabited. The population is over 20,000 with the majority living in the provisional capital of Koror. The Palauan capital was relocated to Ngerulmud, Melekeok State in the island of Babeldaob in 2006. The Spaniards named the group Los Palos (the native name is Belau), laid claim in 1898 and sold out to Germany a year later. In 1946 Palau became a Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands under the governance of the USA. In 1994 it gained its independence and was admitted to the United Nations.

The island group is divided into 16 states each maintaining the traditional clan system with English and Palauan the official languages. The people are hospitable and generous and continue to observe their ancient matrilineal culture. A village tour of Babeldaob reveals some impressive historic and cultural sites. Trekking in the lush tropical forest of Babeldaob uncovers picturesque waterfalls where exotic flora and fauna flourish. Overnight accommodations in Babeldaob are available in the form of homestay programs and guest lodges that provide meals on request. It is the custom to remove your shoes before entering a home. Koror has breathtaking views of the islands and the only Shinto Shrine outside www.paradisesonline.com  145


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MICRONESIA of Japan—a reminder of Japanese occupation during the war. There are two museums on the island, the Etpison Museum and the National Museum that was founded in 1955, and the oldest museum in the Mirconesian region. These museums display many island treasures and on special occasions you can see Palauan women dressed in grass skirts perform ancient native dances on the museums’ grass. Overnight accommodation in Koror ranges from budget to luxury hotels and resorts with private beachfront views. Koror also has a range of restaurants that cater for all tastes. Getting around in Koror is easy. Taxis are readily available, however they are not metered so it is worth checking the rate card before starting your journey. For independent travel, cars are available to rent. From Koror you can take a tour boat to one of the many islands in the Southern Lagoon for an all-day picnic or a scenic drive. Three ocean currents span Palau waters, bringing with them marine life that is four times as rich as that in the Caribbean.

Dolphins Pacific Palau is known for its undersea wonders and Dolphin Bay is nestled amongst beautiful rock islands just minutes via boat from the main town of Koror. Dolphins Pacific’s philosophy has three major aims–environmental education, a facility where everyone can have fun and to develop tourism in Palau. The centre believes in the importance of environmental education and the facility provides world-class educational lectures for the children of Palau that are incorporated in school programs.

With tourism the main industry in Palau, new ventures are vital to its economy and the dolphin centre hopes to attract even more tourists through its wide-ranging programs. There are several opportunities to learn about and interact with the dolphins including diving with them in their natural habitat. The Close Encounter is approximately a one-hour program that includes an educational tour of Dolphin Bay with a lecture about the ecology of dolphins and the importance of preserving the environment. Guests will be directed to a

platform where they will begin interacting with the dolphins. Dolphin dives allow you to enjoy the magnificent underwater wonders of Palau with dolphins, using a scuba tank. Dolphin lovers can even be married at a one-of-a-kind ceremony at Emerald Lagoon. The staff will arrange various dolphin performances for you and your friends to celebrate your special day. Dolphins Pacific invites you into their world—a world of wonder and learning with these playful mammals.

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one side of the lake to the other while catching the sun’s rays and farming their own food supply of algae. Snorkelling surrounded by them is fascinating and surreal. Fourteen kilometres southwest of Koror is Ulong Island with its ancient rock paintings. Travel by boat further south and you reach Peleliu. The well developed road system on Peleliu allows for extensive exploration by land to beautiful sandy beaches and the many remnants of WWII including the monuments and shrines on the island. Venture further south to Angaur which is a quiet relaxing retreat with spouting

blowholes and stunning sunsets that should not be missed. Most inhabitants of the island concentrated on the west coast in the villages of Rois and Mgaramasch. Palau enjoys a pleasantly warm climate all year round with an annual mean temperature of 27°C. Rainfall occurs throughout the year although it is more frequent between July and October. Typhoons are rare as Palau is located outside the typhoon zone. The official currency of the Republic is the US dollar and major credit cards are widely accepted at stores and visitor facilities and major hotels offer limited foreign currency exchange. Tipping is optional, but appreciated.


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Palau Adventure Park The Palau Adventure Park recently opened its gates in Palau, offering visitors to this bio-diverse destination exciting adventures and attractions. Located in a beautiful lush forest, surrounded by the Rock Islands, the Palau Adventure Park sits alongside a mangrove jungle river and the vast Pacific Ocean. Eco-friendly leisure The Palau Adventure Park features four exciting zipline courses from beginner to advanced levels ranging from 80-200 metres. Experience true nature

as you glide from course to course, overlooking amazing views of the Rock Islands and Jungle River. Exciting tours At the end of the zipline course, visitors can opt to participate in the three-kilometre Mangrove Jungle River Boat Tour, which winds through mangrove trees to view local wildlife including mangrove crabs, fruit bats, wild birds, and crocodiles. Palau Adventure Park also offers other tour options including the Ocean Historic Site Tour, a boat tour that takes passengers out to the Guinness Book of World Records’

“Largest Yapese Stone Money” as well as the Stalactite Bat Cave (an ancient burial grave). The Land Historic Site Tour takes guests on a drive to the oldest original traditional chief’s meeting house, aka the traditional Palauan “bai,” and other numerous WWII monuments. Palau Adventure Park is located near the Palau International Airport and the company conveniently provides a hotel pick-up service. The Palau Adventure Park guarantees guests amazing scenery and an adrenaline rush!

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Sea Passion Hotel This eco-friendly hotel is located on the east coast of Malakal Island, only 20-minutes drive from Palau International Airport and is ideally situated to explore the natural beauty of Palau. Surrounded by Palau’s famous Rock Islands, Sea Passion Hotel is conveniently located within five minutes to the city centre of Koror where numerous shopping and dining options await. Surrounded by nature Wake up surrounded by nature each morning at Sea Passion Hotel. Spacious rooms offer modern conveniences including television, telephone, en suite bathrooms, spacious balconies and large windows boasting spectacular views of the impressive Rock Islands. There are 77 well-appointed rooms in a range of configurations available to suit all

travellers from families to honeymooners. Internet access and Wi-Fi are available in the hotel lobby. Unwind and relax The hotel’s Sea View Restaurant serves fresh meals inspired by local and international cuisines. Unwind, relax and enjoy a drink at the beach bar with family and friends. Forget the stresses of everyday life and enjoy the tropical natural surroundings, swim in the crystal clear waters, relax on the white sandy beach or laze by the hotel’s pool. The on-site watersports centre allows guests to enjoy all kinds of water activities. Discover the beautiful underwater world of colourful corals and tropical fish, enjoy an exhilarating ride on a jet ski or opt for a leisurely kayak and immerse yourself in the lush peaceful surroundings.

Guests are perfectly situated to explore the tropical island of Palau and its many attractions including impressive historic and cultural sites, picturesque waterfalls and exotic fauna and flora. The reception staff at Sea Passion Hotel can help arrange a variety of activities and tours. There are endless options for adventurous travellers, choose from village tours, trekking and sport fishing while dive enthusiasts will enjoy impressive dive sites, magnificent dropoffs, underwater caves and exotic marine life. Dive and snorkel the azure waters with thousands of species of fish in pristine coral lagoons, or float in a lake of harmless jellyfish. If you are seeking an unforgettable and peaceful getaway, Sea Passion Hotel offers comfort, convenience and warm hospitality in a pristine environment.

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Palau Pacific Resort The Palau Pacific Resort is the Eden’s nest of Palau, sitting on 64 acres of lush tropical gardens with the great Pacific Ocean caressing its pristine white sand beach.

Diving enthusiasts will love the resort that has been awarded Best Diving Resort consecutively by Dive & Travel Awards, and Republic of Palau’s Leading Hotels by World Travel Awards.

This luxury resort features 160 rooms and suites in a range of categories. Accommodations are decorated in an island motif style and each is equipped with modern amenities such as IDD telephone, in-room safe, TV, bathrobes and slippers, a bathroom with tub and shower, plus a private balcony or patio.

Elilai Spa by Mandara, specialising in beauty and body treatments to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul, is also located on the property.

Explore the beauty of Palau Splash Dive and Photo Centre is the resort’s five-star PADI dive centre. Explore the beautiful Rock Islands, Jellyfish Lake, sheer dropoffs, wreck dives, World War II relics, Chandelier Cave’s vibrant coral walls and diving with dolphins, sharks, turtles and manta rays.

Three deluxe restaurants serve the finest local and international cuisine. Coconut Terrace offers alfresco dining facing the sea with a delightful à la carte or buffet breakfast, à la carte lunch, Sunday buffet lunch, or theme night buffet dinner with live entertainment most nights. Enjoy fine dining in air-conditioned comfort at Meduu Ribtal. With its island motif atmosphere, it serves fresh local seafood, US prime rib, and other island specialities. Enjoy freshly barbecued meat, seafood and vegetables

at the Beach BBQ Restaurant situated right on the beach. The scenic view of the sunset and the cool island breeze combine for a memorable experience. Enjoy live daily entertainment right on the beach. Tropical ambience Mesekiu Waterhole Bar serving tropical drinks and offering an all-day snack menu is an oasis by the beach under palm trees. Akoi Koi Bar located by the hotel lobby is a cosy place to get together with friends. Enjoy a refreshing chilled drink or select from the espresso menu. The resort offers a range of leisure activities and facilities conveniently available on the property for guests to enjoy. The Palau Pacific Resort is an island haven for both divers and non-divers alike. It’s truly like no other island dream!

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West Plaza Hotels West Plaza By the Sea Featuring 36 rooms overlooking the ocean lagoon and nearby islands, West Plaza By the Sea offers a range of accommodations including standard and deluxe rooms with kitchenettes. The Red Rooster Café offers a wide selection of American cuisine and provides Palau’s only locally brewed beer, Red Rooster Draft on tap. A rental car service is located in the lobby and car reservations can be made through the central reservations system. West Plaza Downtown Located in the heart of Koror, West Plaza Downtown provides easy access to the main shopping district and numerous restaurants. West Plaza Downtown features 20 rooms ranging from standard to deluxe with a spacious, communal veranda located at the rear of the hotel, a cosy reading area for hotel guests to enjoy international books and magazines, as well as a spa located on the premises. WCTC Shopping Center provides onestop shopping while the Ben Franklin Department Store showcases local talents and products. West Plaza Malakal Conveniently located on the island of Malakal, the main dive shop and tour departure point in Koror, West Plaza

Malakal features 34 rooms ranging from standard to two-bedroom suites. The standard rooms offer a private balcony and in-room safety boxes. The suites boast two bedrooms with a full-size kitchen, dining area, and a spacious living room with a large, bayview window. West Plaza Malakal is close to Red Rooster Brewery and Palm Bay Bistro and walking distance to bars, discos, and dive centres. West Plaza Desekel Conveniently located near museums, restaurants and banks. West Plaza Desekel offers 30 rooms ranging from deluxe to standard categories. Located on the hotel’s ground floor is the Deskel Market, a full-service grocery store complete with ice-cold beverages, fresh local and imported produce and a large range of Western and Asian foods. West Plaza Coral Reef If you are looking for a quiet oceanfront getaway, the newly built West Plaza Coral Reef is the place to stay. Offering 14 spacious rooms ranging from deluxe to suites, it is located on the water’s edge and each room features a private balcony overlooking the lagoon and nearby islands of Meyuns, and Babeldaob. The hotel is a great spot to relax and enjoy Palau’s famous sunsets.

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Coco Beach Resort Immerse yourself in a truly relaxing holiday experience in a natural and eco environment. Coco Beach Resort is perfectly situated along a one-kilometre stretch of pristine beachfront lined with coconut trees and crystal clear water. Located in Imekang, in the State of Ngiwal, on the eastern coast of Babeldaob, Palau, it is a mere 30 minutes from Koror and 20 minutes from the airport. Differentiating itself from other accommodation options in Palau, Coco Beach Resort offers the only full-service

beachfront resort in Babeldaob, taking advantage of its location in Ngiwal State, a state renown for its unique legends and cultural history. Charming beachfront bungalows Travellers can choose from individual spacious bungalows located on the beachfront, or first-class rooms located across the street. This full-service beach resort offers great service at an affordable price, and a range of packages are offered for honeymooners as well as packages and discounted corporate rates for company retreats,

inter-island conferences, and company incentive programs. A variety of resort amenities such as a swimming pool, bar, spa and massage facilities and conference room are available for the convenience of guests. The restaurant, and open dining areas consist of thatched roof cottages with tables along the shoreline for a romantic outdoor dining option. Endless recreation activities include diving, snorkelling, sport fishing, bird watching, crocodile spotting as well as rainforest and village walks.

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Rose Garden Resort Rose Garden Resort is situated on the hills of Ketund-Ngerkebesang and offers spectacular scenic views of the mountains of Babeldaob and endless views of the Pacific Ocean. Conveniently situated, Rose Garden Resort is a 20-minute drive from the Palau International Airport and only 10 minutes from downtown Koror. Island-style experience This nature-friendly hotel was built with natural materials native to the region, enhancing the island style experience. Gently settled on the high hills sit

20 custom built, air-conditioned cottages that enjoy stunning views of Malakal Lagoon and the surrounding islands. Accommodations feature a peaceful and private balcony, as well as a range of modern amenities such as flat screen TV, DVD player, in-room security, telephone, hot shower and access to Wi-Fi internet. Guests are also offered room service any time, day and night. There is a variety of activities to keep the adventurous traveller occupied. Koror, the heart of Palau is just around the corner, and the public park is a mere 10-minute

walk from the hotel allowing you an opportunity to experience and enjoy the nature of the island and the culture of the friendly Islanders. Take a refreshing swim in the pristine waters of the famous Rock Island lagoons or dive with some of Palau’s best diving companies. Kayak around the famed rock islands of Koror and explore the sights at Babeldaob Island. Enjoy dining at the Rose Garden Bar & Grill that offers a variety of cuisines. Feast on the chef’s specialities as you look out at the magnificent sea views.

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Yap Part of the Federated States of Micronesia, Yap is situated in the Western Caroline Islands, between Guam and Palau. It is made up of four main islands—Yap South, Gagil-Tomil, Maap and Rumung. The landscape consists of rolling hills with lowlands covered in thick jungle-like vegetation. Most of the coastal areas are mangrove with occasional coral beaches. Like other FSM islands, there is a coral reef, so snorkelling is popular as is diving in the clear lagoon with the giant manta rays which appear throughout the year. The town of Colonia on Yap Main Island is the capital and is more urbanised than the village areas. Yap also has about 130 outer islands stretching nearly 1000 kilometres east of Yap Main Island. Most of the outer islands are coral atolls and are sparsely populated by a people that differ from those from the Yap Main Island both in culture and language. Four indigenous languages are spoken. These are Yapese Main Islander, Ulithian, Woleaian and Satawalese. 160  www.paradisesonline.com

English is the official language spoken every day, though some local government organisations still conduct business in their own vernacular. Because of its position, Yap was minimally affected when the Spanish colonised Micronesia in the 1500s, and again during German occupation from the end of the 1800s to the beginning of the First World War. The same thing occurred during the Japanese occupation, so by Micronesian standards, Yap remains relatively unaffected by modern society and influence. Most of the lands outside of Colonia downtown are privately owned properties so visitors are asked not to litter or to take any pictures of people without securing their permissions first. The stone money of Yap (largest in the world), though not legal tender in the international currency marketplace, is still used as legal tender on the island. The value of these limestone, disk shaped coins varies, though not according to size but to the stories behind them. Today, the money is still owned but not moved, even though ownership may change. Visitors can still see some of the traditional houses in the villages.

The villages of Yap Main Island still retain the foundations of meeting houses and platforms used by the elder male residents to discuss community matters. Only a limited number of tourists visit Yap each year, and the locals, who are naturally warm and friendly, are more responsive to those who respect their culture and customs. All land and beaches on Yap Main Island and the outer islands are privately owned by the traditional leaders and chiefs. If you want to get off the beaten track, request to explore further by asking permission from the village/island elders. You may also have to pay a small fee for the privilege. Yap remains a distinctive destination because of the way the people value their culture, custom and history. The traditional dress is brightly coloured loin cloths for men and colourful grass or woven hibiscus skirts for women. The official currency is the US dollar and credit cards are not widely accepted. Therefore traveller’s cheques and cash are recommended for hotels, restaurants, shopping, diving and all other purchases.


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Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers Dive year-round with sharks, manta rays and exotic sea life at Manta Ray Bay Resort, the island’s only luxury dedicated dive facility. Yap offers clear, warm water outer reef diving in small groups on exclusive dive sites and is the world’s first manta ray sanctuary. Its protected waters ensure consistent big animal encounters and a frontier diving experience. There are 35 rooms, including garden view double occupancy, ocean view or luxury suites with a private jacuzzi or plunge pool. Relax at the infinity pool, get a massage or body treatment with local organic oils at the Taro Leaf Spa, located on-site. Dive up to five times per day, including night dives and daily excursions to see mating manderinfish. Expect wall, cavern swim throughs and drift diving over some of the South Pacific’s healthiest reefs.

Adrenaline raising shark speciality dives are available every day for the closest encounters with grey and black tip reef sharks. Nitrox, Mares rentals, dive training, photo/video pro services are all available. Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers is the original and most knowledgeable operator with almost 30 years in a business renowned for friendly personal service. Family owned and operated, Bill and Patricia Acker routinely take guests out for personally guided dive days on Yap’s pristine outer reefs. Family dive packages and adventures are available as well as an annual kids sea camp week. Kayaking, snorkelling and blue water fishing excursions are available daily. For photographers, Manta Ray Bay hosts an annual two-week long photography contest where contestants get one-onone shooting tips from the world’s top

professionals and compete for $25,000 in prizes. Each boat is equipped for safely transporting DLSR cameras— and the dive shop features large rinse tanks with individual photo/ video recharging workstations. Breakfast is included as well as a complimentary wake-up service with hot tea or coffee delivered. Enjoy traditional flavour and fusion cuisine with microbrew beer made on-site at the Nautical bar or Crow’s Nest lounge aboard a 100-year-old Indonesian schooner named Mnuw (Seahawk). Yap boasts Micronesia’s most intact ancient culture with tours, demonstrations and excursions available from the hotel. Explore WWII relics on land and on the reef. Visit plane wrecks, an air strip and see weapon installations on personally guided historic land tours.

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Chuuk Chuuk Atoll, located in the Caroline Islands has one of the largest lagoons in the world. Beneath the blue waters of the lagoon encrusted with coral, are more than 60 sunken ships from the Japanese WWII fleet. Lashed to the decks of freighters are the rusty remains of fighter planes and trucks. The lagoon has been declared a monument, with the salvage and taking of 162  www.paradisesonline.com

relics prohibited by law. Divers must obtain a permit before diving around the ships. One of the two top scuba diving locations in the world. Chuuk’s water temperatures are 29ºC and incredibly calm between December and May. Average temperature above water is 30ºC. The main island of Weno is the capital and commercial centre and Chuuk’s State Centre is where visitors can experience a taste of island life by visiting the local stores jammed with everything from kerosene stoves to ladies wear and handicrafts.

For an outstanding view of Weno and the lagoon, climb into the old lighthouse built during Japanese occupation and visit the Blue Lagoon Resort for a stroll in the coconut palm grounds with splendid views across the water to Dublon Island, formerly the Japanese military headquarters. American dollars are used while travellers cheques and currency can be changed at banks and at some hotels. When visiting traditional areas, respect local customs and note that the locals frown upon mini skirts and short shorts.


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Truk Stop Hotel Only a short walk from town and less than a mile from the international airport, the resort sits on the edge of the world famous Truk Lagoon and offers guests a range of spacious accommodation, an excellent restaurant and a first-class, full service dive centre. World renowned diving Chuuk’s lagoon is home to the greatest concentration of sunken ships anywhere in the world. Renowned as one of the world’s greatest wreck diving sites, Chuuk offers a rich and colourful history, dynamic culture and warm hospitality. Designed and built with both the diver and business traveller in mind, Truk Stop Hotel features 23 spacious rooms including 13 standard rooms, six oceanview rooms, two executive suites and two presidential suites. Modern in design with Micronesian

touches, each room has a private balcony overlooking the tranquil turquoise lagoon, Wi-Fi internet access, cable television, airconditioning, refrigerator, phone and en suite bathroom. The Truk Lagoon Dive Center offers a professional and well-equipped dive shop that caters for all divers and is the only centre on the island with certified instructors and is affiliated with DAN, TDI and PADI. Quality rental gear is available as well as spacious private lockers, large rinse tanks and shower. Discover the cargo holds of sunken warships that are still filled with aeroplane parts, vehicles, tanks, and ammunition. Divers can enjoy up to four guided dives a day, consisting of wreck, shark, night and reef dives. Tailor made hotel and dive packages are available to meet divers’ specific needs.

Delightful dining Dine in air-conditioned comfort and enjoy delicious meals from the large menu prepared by the skilled chefs of the Truk Stop Restaurant. Choose from freshly caught seafood, juicy burgers, homemade pizza, steaks or a range of Micronesian and Asian delights. The Hard Wreck Café & Bar is the ideal spot to sip your favourite beverage while shooting pool or singing karaoke. The ManGroove Bar, sitting over the lagoon, is perfect for a pre-dinner drink. Truk Stop also boasts the best available conference facilities in Chuuk. Conference rooms can accommodate for both large and small parties and private meetings. Whether you are visiting for a holiday, diving expedition or business trip, Truk Stop Hotel & Dive Center has everything you need for a memorable visit.

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Pohnpei This is the largest island in the Eastern Caroline Group and the capital of the FSM. It fits the typical South Sea island image with lush vegetation, abundant rainfall and tumbling waterfalls. Unlike other Micronesian islands it has tropical jungles, mist-covered mountains, one of the healthiest mangrove swamps and exotic flora in the Pacific. Situated in the northwestern Pacific, it is 880 metres high, 21 kilometres wide and shaped somewhat like a circular tent. Also known as the garden island of Micronesia, its boldest landmarks are Sokehs Rock and Nan Madol. Nan Madol is an ancient stone city built 164  www.paradisesonline.com

on the tidal flats of the eastern part of Pohnpei. There are approximately 100 artificial islets constructed of basalt logs of various sizes up to 70 tons each – making Nan Madol the largest and one of the most mysterious archaeological sites in the Pacific. The first European to visit the island group was Spaniard Diego de Rocha in 1526. The islands were originally called the New Philippines until 1696 when they were renamed the Caroline Islands. Occupied by Spain, Germany, Japan and the USA, Pohnpei experienced 100 years of foreign rule because it proved to be an ideal supply stop for the Pacific expeditions. Pohnpeian is the native language, however; both English and Pohnpeian are used in business.

Archaeologists and engineers are attempting to discover more about the race which constructed the island city of Nan Madol. The stone fortress was built on a reef south-east of Temwen Island by the rulers of Pohnpei around 500 AD until it was taken over by Isokelekel, the warrior who installed the present traditional system in the 1520s. Nan Madol is reached by boat from the main town of Kolonia about 45 minutes away. It’s a full day boat tour which includes a visit to the spectacular Keprohi Waterfall and snorkelling in the lagoon. A 20–minute ride out of Kolonia takes you to the Nanpil River where further along are the spectacular Liduduhniap Twin Waterfalls, complete with thatched huts where you can picnic in a jungle setting.


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A day trip to privately owned Black Coral Island in the lagoon is the perfect way to safely snorkel the reef and, for a family day, visit Langer island with its simple cottages where visitors can stay overnight. In Kolonia you can see the Spanish Wall, built in 1889 as a boundary for Fort Alphonso XII. Nearby is the Catholic Mission Bell Tower, all that remains of the old German church torn down by the Japanese during WWII. Also take a stroll into the Polynesian village and watch the craftsmen whittle ornaments from locally grown ivory seed. Most tours operate from Kolonia, and many of the waterfalls and areas of historical and ecological importance can only be reached by guided tour. Accommodation is in both traditional

Pohnpeian thatched roofed bungalows with garden showers, and Western-style hotels. There is no public transport, only taxis and rental cars, but most hotels offer shuttle services. Tourist facilities are clean and the service is friendly. A visit to the Pohnpeian cultural centres is a must for anyone wishing to experience traditional Pohnpeian life. Each centre has a distinctive program and performances include traditional dancing, singing, music, ceremonial sakau making, handicraft arts, and food preparation. The village shops specialise in handicrafts and popular items include carvings of sharks, fish, dolphins and canoes. When it comes to relaxing, try sakau, the numbing local drink which is used in ceremonies and also sold in bars. www.paradisesonline.com  165


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Visit Pohnpei, the Garden Island of Micronesia, where . . . • rainforests and misty mountains merge with mangrove forests along the coast • you can venture into the rainforests and refresh your senses in cool waterfalls and streams. • you will find birdlife and fauna that are only indigenous to this island — truly, en eco-delight for nature enthusiasts. • you will find, to your pleasant surprise, an undiscovered and unique surfing niche. • life, just waiting to be discovered. • the local people, over the centuries and test of times and foreign powers, have retained their customs and culture for centuries. • the Nan Madol Ruins, the largest in Micronesia and the Pacific, is an icon for archeological puffs around the world—remains a mystery.

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PO Box 1949 Kolonia, Pohnpei FSM 96941 (691) 320 4851/4823 pohnpeivisitorsbureau@gmail.com www.visitpohnpei.com


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Cliff Rainbow Hotel Discover Pohnpei’s wonders and natural beauty at the Cliff Rainbow Hotel. Close to it all, but safe and private, Cliff Rainbow Hotel is an excellent choice for a hotel in the middle of Kolonia, near government and business centres and only 10 minutes from the airport. Convenient location Overlooking the picturesque bay and cliffs, Cliff Rainbow Hotel is conveniently and centrally situated, providing an excellent base to explore the beautiful Island of Pohnpei. Comfortable accommodation Cliff Rainbow Hotel offers clean, comfortable rooms with balconies. Modern amenities including air-conditioning, refrigerator, telephone, television with cable and daily housekeeping service. Arrival and departure transfers are included in the rate and vehicle rental can be arranged through the hotel. Guests can keep in contact easily with free Wi-Fi internet access and conference and function facilities are available for business travellers, along with the essential equipment for conferences and meetings. Discover Pohnpei’s natural beauty Located in the heart of Kolonia, shopping and entertainment options are close by.

Nearby attractions include a Polynesian handicraft shop and Kapingamarangi village, or take a cultural or historical inland tour to experience Pohnpei and discover one of the most varied environments in Micronesia. Tours and excursions can easily be arranged around the island. Visit the mysterious ancient stone village of Nan Mandol, or explore the tropical jungles, magrove swamps and nearby islands. Nature enthusiasts will delight in the indigenous fauna and flora, lush rainforests and cascading waterfalls. A Pohnpeian cultural centre visit is a must for anyone wishing to experience the traditional village life of a people who have retained their customs and culture for centuries. Enjoy performances incorporating traditional music, singing and dancing. Diverse marine life A variety of water activities are also readily available including sport fishing and surfing. Snorkel or dive the pristine coral reefs and discover untouched dive sites that abound with diverse marine life. The on-site restaurant and garden provide perfect places to relax after a busy day of sightseeing. Room service is also available for those wishing to enjoy a meal in the comfort of their own room.

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Marshall Islands Located between North America and Asia, these 1225 islands and islets are grouped into 29 coral atolls that together make up more than one-tenth of all the world’s atolls. They lie in two parallel chains known as Sunrise and Sunset (Ratak and Ralik) Chains. All the islands have white sandy beaches and are lapped by crystal clear waters. Twenty-seven atolls are accessible by small plane with Majuro, the country’s capital, being serviced by Air Marshall Islands, Continental Micronesia. The first two also service the second most populated atoll, Kwajalein. The Republic of the Marshall Islands was first settled in about 1000 BC by people 168  www.paradisesonline.com

of Mayo/Polynesian stock. Spanish navigators visited these islands in the 16th century, and in 1788 British sea captain John William Marshall proclaimed them the Marshall Islands. In the 1800s German traders, missionaries from Boston, Massachusetts and Hawaii, and British and American whalers visited the islands. Japan governed the islands from WWI to WWII. During World War II, the Marshall Islands served as the eastern defensive perimeter for the Japanese military forces in the Central Pacific. After taking control of the Marshalls from Germany in 1914, the Japanese steadily increased their military presence in the late 1930s. With the anticipation of war, they began to heavily fortify the atolls of Kwajalein, Wotje, Maloelap, Jaluit and later Mili and

Enewetak. These heavy fortifications were intended to help launch air attacks on certain targets (such as Hawaii, Wake Island, Kiribati and Johnston Atoll) and to serve as defense posts for Japan’s more westerly strongholds. Following WWII, the United States served as an administrator under United Nations Trust Territory created for all Micronesia. The Republic of the Marshall Islands came into being and declared its independence in 1979. Marshallese is the official language, but English is taught in schools and is widely spoken. The people have a rich oral tradition of chants, songs and legends. Copra (dried coconuts) and a fisheries industry are the foundation of the island’s economy. However the government, which is a unique blend of the American


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and British systems, has given strong support for tourism development and is seeking other economic bases. Majuro Atoll is the most developed atoll with a population of nearly 30,000. It is the perfect home base while visiting the outer islands. The Marshall’s climate is tropical with the average temperature 27˚C and there is less than a 12–degree daily variation with high temperatures cooled by trade winds and frequent rainfalls. Primary leisure activities include worldclass scuba diving on wrecks, walls and reefs, snorkelling, sports fishing, and WWII relic sightseeing. There are several intact land-based relics in the Marshall Islands. These include air raid shelters, barracks, hospitals, storage tanks, power plants, tanks, trucks, trains, towers, anti-aircraft guns, coastal defense

guns, multi-purpose guns, pillboxes, walls, trenches, air control centers, various bombers and fighters, runways, hangars and much more. Over the last 2,000 or so years, Marshallese have developed, refined and perfected a number of unique skills and technologies, all of which illustrated their keen adaptation to the atoll and oceanic environment.

the asymmetric hull, the lee platform, and the pivoting midship mast. Visitors also enjoy shopping for local handicrafts with an array of beautiful baskets, jewellery and decorations. The islanders are known for their weaving using pandanus leaves, coconut fronds and shells.

Marshallese canoes, or wa, which range from small rowing canoes to massive high-speed voyaging canoes have amazed Westerners from Otto Von Kotzebue, who visited the Marshalls in the early 1800s, to modern day world-class sailing enthusiasts.

Throughout the Marshall Islands there are many choices for hotel or bed and breakfast accommodations. On Majuro you will discover a range of hotels with a variety of services and rooms.There are also many exciting opportunities to experience the outer islands and distant atolls and to meet the people of the Marshall Islands.

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urround by turquoise waters that caress its white sandy beaches, divers, fishermen and sun seekers alike are enchanted with the Marshall Islands pristine environment and vibrant array of marine life. Like leis floating upon the ocean, the Marshall Islands with its 29 coral atolls and five single islands, is truly an ocean lover’s paradise. ‘Iakwe,’ the official greeting of the Marshallese people, embodies our unique culture its meaning runs deep from a simple hello or farewell to ‘I love you’ or ‘you are a rainbow’. So to you we say: Iakwe!

Learn more at www.visitmarshallislands.com Marshall Islands Visitors Authority PO Box 5, Majuro, Marshall Islands 96960 Phone: (692) 625 6482(MIVA) Fax: (692) 625 6771 Email: tourism@ntamar.net or info@visitmarshallislands.com


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Marshall Islands Resort The Marshall Islands Resort, formerly known as the Outrigger Marshall Islands Resort, offers the best in convenience and comfort during your stay on Majuro. Centrally located on a beautiful tropical lagoon, the resort features complete hotel accommodations and guest services. A stunning lagoon view greets you in one of the 150 guestrooms in the morning and offers a tranquil outlook at night. Enjoy a spectacular Marshalls Islands sunset from your balcony or from the sunset deck at the restaurant. Guestrooms feature air-conditioning, cable TV, Wi-Fi direct dial telephone, data port, iron and board, refrigerator, daily maid service, crib on request and more. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Enra Restaurant features Marshallese, Western, and Pacific cuisine. Menu items include

fresh tender steaks, lobster specials, sushi, pizza and pastas. The Jakaro bar features beers and wines from America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and China in addition to the wide selection of spirits and liqueurs.

are highly popular activities throughout the islands. Ray Crew is a full service dive shop and ocean activities centre located on the hotel premises that provides ocean lagoon dives and deep-sea fishing and all the rental equipment required.

The Marshall Islands Resort has hosted many conferences and catering services are available. The Melele room features a full range of audiovisual equipment and high speed internet capabilities. For a more private meeting with up to 20 guests the Jakaro or Jakamai meeting areas are available with services from Enra Restaurant. Guestrooms and meeting areas were renovated in September 2013 for the Pacific Islands Forum.

Sail on a traditional Marshallese canoe and learn about the navigational stick charts from Waan Aelon en Majel, a training and building facility adjacent to the hotel. Enjoy a short ride across the tranquil lagoon for an afternoon of snorkelling, searching for shells or just relaxing under a coconut tree at Enemanit, a small island in Majuro lagoon.

Adventure awaits Pristine coral reefs teaming with marine life are a way of life for the Marshallese people. Scuba diving, boating and fishing

Take the time to explore the Alele Museum and the handicraft shops that feature baskets, handbags and contemporary styled jewellery known for the intricate patterns, artistry and some of the finest weaving in the Pacific.

PO Box 3279, Mieco Beach Front, Amata Kabua Blvd, Majuro 96960 MARSHALL ISLANDS Tel: +692 625 2525 Fax: +692 625 2500  Email: reservations@marshallislandsresort.com  www.marshallislandsresort.com www.paradisesonline.com  171


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Kosrae The State of Kosrae is one of four states in the Federated States of Micronesia and, as well as the island of Kosrae, consists of several islands and islets, the most significant being Lelu Island. Roughly triangular in shape, Kosrae covers an area of approximately 110 square kilometres. The most eastern of the Caroline Islands, Kosrae has a population of approximately 7000 people and is located north of the equator between Guam and the islands of Hawaii. The coral reefs that surround the island are kept in a pristine condition through an extensive mooring buoy system and the area is becoming a favourite destination for scuba divers from all around the world. The island’s interior is covered with deep vegetation and steep mountains that keep it largely undeveloped. European contact with Kosrae in 1824 reported a highly stratified society that 172  www.paradisesonline.com

was typical of the surrounding islands at that time. Its cultural features included matrilineal lineage and clans with a feudal structure of nobles who controlled the land that was worked by commoners. The settlements consisted of small groups of relatives who shared a single cookhouse, usually with at least one earth oven. The first missionary post was established in 1852 after American missionaries felt the need to protect the people of Kosrae from the large numbers of whalers and beachcombers who had made the island, which they considered a paradise, their home. Even today religion plays an integral role in the culture of Kosrae. Sunday is considered a day of rest and most stores and shops are closed on that day. In 1874, the pirate Bully Hayes was shipwrecked on Kosrae when his ship the Leonara was stuck in Lelu harbour during a storm. During his stay of several months on the island, Nully terrorised the local people. He was finally arrested by Captain Dupuis aboard the HMS Rosario but managed to escape on a boat built of timber from the wrecked Leonara.

Traditional foods on the island include breadfruit, coconut, banana, taro, yam and sugarcane. Woodcarving, traditional canoe and cottage construction, fishing, farming and fine weaving using hibiscus, pandanus and coconut palms continue to be an integral way of life on the island. The weather in Kosrae is warm and humid throughout the year with an average temperature of 25oC and rarely exceeding 32oC. It has two distinct seasons, dry and rainy and during the rainy season, November to April, be prepared for showers everyday. Casual and summer clothing is worn throughout the year although swimsuits and shorts are not acceptable in the villages. Be respectful—cover your shoulders and knees, and don’t forget a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Kosrae is a wonderful gem, yet to be discovered by most modern travellers. A visit guarantees the experience of a lifetime—from the unhurried, friendly lifestyle and warm, island hospitality that are as unforgettable as the magical Micronesian sunsets.


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Diverse cultural blend New Caledonia is only two hours from Brisbane and less than three hours from Sydney. The Loyalty Islands, comprising Lifou, Maré, Ouvéa, are then just a short flight from the cosmopolitan capital of Nouméa. Here you will enjoy a wonderful international experience, with a unique combination of French finesse and Melanesian culture. Capital and major centres Nouméa, New Caledonia’s only city, offers a touch of the French Riviera in the South Pacific. The colourful waterfronts are lined with a variety bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs. Tontouta International airport is around 45 minutes north and Magenta Domestic airport is just a few minutes drive from the city centre. The mainland, known as ‘Grande Terre’, is the main island of New Caledonia and offers a diverse range of scenery, sights and activities. South and east of the mainland lie the Isle of Pines and the Loyalty Islands. Nature The animal life consists of many species, some of which are not found elsewhere. 174  www.paradisesonline.com

The cagou (a flightless bird which is New Caledonia’s symbol), the green pigeon, the crested parrot and the flying fox are in abundance. New Caledonia boasts the world’s largest lagoon and second largest coral reef, which is now on the World Heritage List. It is the third largest archipelago in the South Pacific, and offers a choice of 74 beautiful islands, mostly uninhabited. On the eastern coast are coconut palms and luxuriant vegetation, abundant flowers and waterfalls.


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The people The population is approximately 231,000 and the official language is French. There are about 30 different Melanesian languages, but English is widely spoken, particularly in the tourist industry. History In 1774 Captain James Cook arrived in New Caledonia and eighteen years later Frenchman Bruny d’Entrecasteaux, while searching for the missing navigator La Perouse, stopped at Balade and the Isle of Pines. In 1957 New Caledonia became a French Overseas Territory. 176  www.paradisesonline.com

Food Whilst there are many superb French restaurants in New Caledonia, one of the true delights is to discover the gourmet specialty shops where the locals frequent. You can join a ‘Taste of France’ tour or if you like to discover at your own pace— why not start your day at the market, where you will discover fresh produce or perhaps experience a great breakfast. Every Saturday morning there is a mini market at Maison Balland where you can taste New Caledonia oysters and other local and French provincial fare. In the

Latin Quarter, discover Le Traiteur Hirzel, which offers a selection of enticing precooked French dishes. The sights At the centre of the city in Nouméa is the Place des Cocotiers, an attractive gardened square surrounded by numerous streets with interesting shops. One of the highlights of any visit is the Tjibaou Cultural Centre. There is also the Parc Forestier (botanical and zoological garden) and the Nouméa Aquarium— world renowned for its fluorescent corals and nautilus.


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The long beaches at Baie des Citrons or Anse Vata are great places to relax, and go windsurfing, snorkelling or diving. New Caledonia has a good road network with the mainland divided by the central mountain range creating a tropical east and dry west. This is a surprising province with the Farino market, treks in Mount Koghi, Bourail with its museum, Turtle Bay and the Pierced Rock, the beach of Poe and excursions on horseback organised at La Foa, Boulouparis, Koné and Koumac.

There are fascinating diving tours from Nouméa, Boulouparis, Bourail, Népoui, Mont-Dore, Yaté, Hienghène and Poindimié. The east coast is a tropical adventure with its abundant vegetation, spectacular waterfalls, coconut groves and coffee plantations. Activities Sailing is the perfect way to experience all that New Caledonia has to offer. The journey to the Isle of Pines is a fantastic sailing experience, as you are able to navigate close to the shore. It is surrounded by a marine reserve scattered with small islands such as the remote

Nokan Hui, with stunning scenery and beautiful anchorages. Climate The tropical climate is tempered by ocean and south-east trade winds. Wet season is December to March. Clothing Light casual warm climate.

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Endless discovery The infrastructure for travel throughout PNG is firmly in place however travel as an industry is still in its infancy. As such, every visitor to PNG has the opportunity to be part of the endless discovery. PNG occupies the eastern portion of New Guinea, the second largest island in the world. Precariously situated on the Pacific Rim of fire, it is the cumulative result of two of the world’s largest geological upheavals. The ensuing terrain is a rich, rugged collage of towering mountain peaks, dense rainforests, mangrove jungles, fertile valleys, white sands and glistening coral islands. The underwater topography is a reflection of the dramatic landscape. Hills and valleys translate into majestic pinnacles, fish-filled passes, lush colourful gardens and coral-draped walls. Capital and major centres Port Moresby, PNG’s capital and gateway is situated on the western coast of the mainland peninsula. Other popular coastal regions on the mainland include Alotau, Lae, Wewak, Vanimo and Madang. Alotau, at the eastern tip of the Owen Stanley Range, is an upcoming seaside resort town with rich culture and gorgeous

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scenery. Lae is the second largest city, situated on the eastern coast, at the mouth of the Markham River. Wewak and Vanimo are in the Sepik Basin famous for their art, custom and culture. The Sepik River runs 1126 kilometres from source to sea and is one of the world’s largest waterways. Further north is Madang, which has one of the South Pacific’s most beautiful harbours with lush tropical vegetation. It was the centre of heavy fighting during World War II and has 34 sunken ships and coral gardens to explore with superb visibility. Many of the most rewarding cultural opportunities can be found in the Highlands. Goroka is the capital of the Eastern Highlands; Mt. Hagen is the capital of the Western Highlands. Papua New Guinea’s outer islands cover an enormous area, offering access to both the Solomon and Bismarck Seas. In this region opportunities for exploration and adventure are enormous. New Britain, the largest island, has two tourism centres: Rabaul on the eastern tip, and Kimbe in the west. Other popular spots include Kavieng on New Ireland and Manus Island further north.


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The people Nationals are predominantly Melanesian, though in appearance they are varied. More than 800 indigenous languages are spoken throughout PNG. Melanesian Pidgin (Tok Pisin) and Police Motu are the two most widely used, but English is the official language in education, business and government circles.

forest wallabies, slow-moving cuscuses and tree kangaroos. Birds are one of PNG’s biggest natural attractions. There are 762 different species, 85 endemic, including 38 of the world’s 48 species of the spectacular Bird of Paradise. The world’s only known poisonous bird called Hooded Pito-Hui is found in Papua New Guinea.

Nature Papua New Guinea’s enormously rich diversity of animal and plant life has earned the esteemed designation of being a ‘mega diversity’ country. Scientists believe that PNG, along with the 16 other countries bearing this unique distinction, account for more than two-thirds of the earth’s total biodiversity. The fact that so many of PNG’s natural ecosystems and human cultures are intact makes it fascinating and scientifically important.

Activities The most popular activities in Papua New Guinea are trekking, canoeing, bird watching, fishing, surfing and diving, all of which get travellers ‘up close and personal’ with nature and the people—the essence of PNG’s special attraction. Throughout the country there are tours organised for all ages, skill levels and budgets. You can canoe down the Sepik and sleep in local villages, or visit exotic cultures during the day and at night sleep on a luxury cruise ship, or an eco lodge in a tributary.

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Port Moresby is home to several popular

trekking spots, the infamous Kokoda trail—a favourite with war historians, and Variarata National Park—a spectacular mountain region renowned for its striking scenery and panoramic views of Port Moresby and the coastline. In the Oro province, Mt Lamington, an active volcano, is a favourite climb for visiting bushwalkers. Scuba diving has become one of PNG’s most sought-after attractions and there are facilities, both land based and live-aboard, all around the country. Fishing charters, bird watching walks and whitewater rafting tours are also available. Surfing is also growing in popularity. PNG is a relatively new surfing destination on the international surfing scene that guarantees clean and uncrowded beaches, point breaks and challenging waves for all levels of surfers. Getting around Rugged mountainous terrain covers much of the country, so the easiest and


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fastest way to get around Papua New Guinea is by air. There is a good network of roads connecting the northern zone and the highlands region. However, there is no road link between the northern zone and the capital, Port Moresby. Hire cars are usually available and local boats, ferries, buses and taxis can be found in the larger towns. Food and entertainment Western cuisine is available in hotels, restaurants, guesthouses, lodges and resorts. Port Moresby has many Asian and European restaurants. For something different try a traditional ‘mumu’ of pork, sweet potatoes, rice and greens. Major hotels usually provide their own entertainment. Shopping guide Modern department complexes rub shoulders with quaint little stores and artefact shops where you may try your hand at gentle bargaining. Arts and crafts

are as diverse as they are distinctive, produced by different artisans according to their individual skills and unique talents.

accessories are made from pigs teeth, shell, orchid stems, dogs teeth, seed, snake spine, and pigs tusks.

Pottery, weapons, carvings, musical instruments and basketwork are just a few of the handicrafts sold throughout PNG— the world’s largest producer of tribal arts and crafts.

The village of Aibom, near the Chambri Lakes, specialises in a unique form of pottery. The two greatest regions for art are the Sepik River Basin and the Papuan Gulf while the two major craft producing areas are the Huon Peninsula and Milne Bay.

There is a fascinating selection of masks, including ancestral and spirit masks. Decorated boards and boat prows are popular objects in Papuan Gulf culture and are thought to be protective spirits to ward off sickness and evil. Shields come in all shapes and sizes and are made of hide stretched over a framework. Stools, tables and headrests are ornate and carry intricate carvings, while fishing hooks were suspended in the men’s house and represented spirits which helped in fighting, hunting and warding off disease. Jewellery,

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Surfing Papua New Guinea continues to grow in popularity as a surfing destination guaranteeing clean, uncrowded beaches and challenging waves for all levels complemented by friendly local people and a diverse, traditional culture.

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There are currently 10 Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea affiliated Surf Clubs in Papua New Guinea including Kavieng, Vanimo, Sunset, Waromo, Yako, Tupira, Sero, Central New Ireland, Dolf and Taurama.

Bougainville Island and the Gazelle Peninsula in East New Britain Provinces provide out-of-the-way surfing for the adventurous surfer during the northwest surfing season while Vanimo and Kavieng offer bigger and more powerful waves.

There is also the potential for kite surfing all year round especially from April to November along the southern seaboard coastline from Port Moresby to Milne Bay Province.

Surfers are blessed with offshore conditions 24-hours a day at Kido Village with both left and right hand point breaks ranging form 4-10ft faces. This is an ideal surfing destination offering both the novice and hardcore surfer the choice of conditions with 150-metre rides on both sides of the point.

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A popular spot is just 10 minutes from Port Moresby at one of the Surfing Association of PNG’s affiliated surf clubs that promotes a safe environment for surfers to use their skills on the reef breaks and a safe and secure environment for the family while more ambitious surfers and kite surfers will enjoy the challenge and thrill of the waves five kilometres out to sea on the main reef.

At Vanimo, the seasoned local surfers

and the friendly villagers contribute to the amazing surfing culture and spirit that abounds. There are seven different surf breaks with a five-kilometre radius and a choice of waves depending of the surfer’s skills. There are around seven breaks in Kavieng that are accessible by dinghy that have been described as truly awe-inspiring. The pristine reefs and uncrowded waves are protected by the local surf area management plan. Tour guides will escort surfers out to ensure they find the best waves of the day subject to wind and swell conditions. In Kavieng, surfers also have access to adventure further afield by chartering a surf charter boat they offers the opportunity to sail the outer islands and experience untouched surfing breaks off the many reefs and atolls. The Surfing Association Papua New Guinea is working towards protecting the environment to maintain a sustainable future for the surf tourism industry with the support of the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority.


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Port Moresby Port Moresby is home to 200,000 people, with 700 diverse languages and cultures. The town consists of a complex traditional society formed by historical bonds between the traditional land owners, the coastal Motuans and the inland Koitabu. Port Moresby fluctuates from the hustle of commercialisation to the serenity of a country town. Downtown at the waterside is the nostalgic Port Moresby. At the entrance of Fairfax Harbour are Lolorua and Daugo (Fishermen’s) Islands, favourite picnic areas for sailors. Beautiful views from Paga Point overlook Ela Beach and Koki Point. Juxtaposed to the metropolis is the partly stilt-based Hanuabada Village. Burnt after WWII, the big village was

rebuilt by the Australian Administration. Despite cosmetic changes, the character of the village is still there and is renowned for elaborate ceremonies. Koki market on the waterfront is a favourite for trade in fresh seafood and has a colourful fruit and vegetable market. Be sure to visit PNG Arts and Beyond Art, to see PNG’s largest collection of tribal artefacts. The National Parliament, a symbol of modern architecture, contrasts with the dignity of traditional design at The National Museum and Art Gallery. The first permanent display of local artefacts was established here in 1978 and is well worth a visit. Located on the slopes of Independence Hill at Waigani, it’s open weekdays and Sunday afternoons. In September join in the celebrations of the Hiri Moale Festival to commemorate

the historical trade between villagers around the Gulf Province and the Motuans and Koitabuans of Central Province. The festival features canoe races, processions, choirs, string bands, sing-sings and the Hiri Queen contest. The Sogeri Plateau (46 kilometres from Port Moresby) is where the Kokoda Trail became the centre of war between Japanese and Allied Troops during WWII. Variarata National Park is a spectacular mountain region, with views over Port Moresby and the coastline. If you get up early enough, you can catch the mist blanketing the ranges. Westbound from Port Moresby is the Hiritano Highway, connecting the city with Bereina, home of the Kairuku and Mekeo people. The Mekeos are renowned for their strong chieftain system and grand traditional costumes. www.paradisesonline.com  185


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Loloata Island Resort Located a mere 15 minutes from the international airport, just offshore from Port Moresby, Loloata Island Resort is a peaceful alternative to the contemporary hotels of Port Moresby. There are 23 colonial-style elevated units each equipped with an en suite bathroom and wide verandas for viewing the ocean or simply relaxing. Loloata Island, traditionally used as a feasting ground by the local people living in the surrounding coastal area, is today well-known for its unique cooking style. The resort blends the Pacific custom of “ample sufficiency” with its renowned friendly service and no-one leaves disappointed with the cuisine.

kayak, surf ski, snorkel or scuba dive. Bushwalking or strolling along the beaches is a relaxing pastime and it’s possible to make it around the whole island in about an hour. A diver’s paradise An aquatic wonderland awaits snorkelling and scuba diving enthusiasts. For avid snorkellers, trips to nearby Lion Island, famous for its range of hard and soft corals and fish diversity, depart as, and when, guests require. Scuba trips to Horseshoe Reef Marine Park with its wrecks, and journeys further along the coastal lagoon operate daily aboard the two purpose built nine–metre Dive Loloata boats.

A bonus is the freshly roasted Highland coffee which is available for guests anytime of the day or night with the compliments of the management.

Guests determined to relax as much, and to move as little as possible, may prefer to merely observe the aquatic activities from an easy chair under a coconut tree with one of the resort’s well known Bootless Bay Thirst Quenchers in hand.

Evenings at the resort commence with hors d’oeuvres on the patio and bar at 6 pm. After enjoying the spectacle of the sunset, guests can dine at a barbecue out by the seawall, or sample one of Loloata’s renowned smorgasboards or buffets.

As well as catering to holidaymakers and diving and water enthusiasts, Loloata Island Resort also offers facilities for conference groups. In addition, the resort provides 4WD tours to the National Park and the famous Kokoda Track.

Peaceful alternative Watersports abound at Loloata Island Resort and there are facilities to swim,

There are also city tours to the museum, National Parliament, botanical gardens and PNG Arts.

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Madang and Lae Morobe Province is the gateway to the Highlands and the Islands in the Huon Gulf. A beautiful region, it contains centuryold rainforests, pine trees, the remnants of WWII artillery, volcanoes, fertile valleys and cattle farms. The capital city of the province is Lae which has an international airport, good harbour facilities and the longest road system in the country. A town from the gold rush era, Lae was the last stop for the American aviator Amelia Earhart and there are relics preserved in many sites from the occupation of the Japanese during the Second World War. The Morobe people in this area maintain their agricultural lifestyle despite the

growth of industry and a large annual rainfall makes the Botanical Gardens thrive. The bustling gold rush town of Wau in the 1930s is now an echo of the past, but visitors eager to safari around the dirt roads will enjoy the trip to Bulolo with its breathtaking scenery. Naturalists will enjoy exploring the McAdam National Park, founded in 1962 with its sanctuary of flora and fauna, preserving hundreds of rare native species. The people of Madang can be broken into four distinct groups—islanders, coastal people, river people and mountain people. These groups are similar in appearance except for the smaller Simbai mountain tribesmen from the foothills. The last contacted people in Papua New Guinea were the ‘Hagahai’, located on the Madang side of the border between Madang and the Enga Province.

Madang township is one of the prettiest towns in the South Pacific. Set on a peninsula, it is a showplace of parks, waterways, luxuriant shady trees and sparkling tropical islands. Although small, the town has modern urban facilities, a museum and cultural centre, and harbour tours can be arranged to nearby islands. The area is world famous for its coral reefs and superb underwater visibility. Big game fishing is also a popular activity. Yabob and Bilbil villages, located near Madang, are the centres of traditional clay pot production. Two volcanic islands offshore from Bogia have impressive volcanic cones rising 1800 metres above sea level which provide a spectacular sight for visitors, and the South East Coast road which leads to Balek Wildlife Sanctuary has strange fish filled sulphurous caves, hot springs and jungle walks. www.paradisesonline.com  187


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THE IslandS The Islands of Papua New Guinea are divided into four groups. East and West New Britain, the largest of PNG’s outer islands, has two main centres: Rabaul in the east and Kimbe in the west. Rabaul is the site of some of PNG’s most active volcanoes, Tavurvur and Vulcan. The last big eruption in 1994 completely covered the peaceful town and harbour in ash and forced the residents who remained to move the town to nearby Kokopo. The town has recovered and visitors are assured of a range of quality accommodations and services. Diving is still a big attraction here, even though the eruption hit many dive sites in the harbour quite hard. Ironically, the source of the town’s demise has now become one of its biggest attractions. Trips to the volcanic observatory and helicopter tours of the crater are not to be missed.

There are a number of hotels operational in Rabaul Township and at Kokopo, a number of lodges, guesthouses and hotels are now open and provide excellent accommodation. A highlight of a visit to Rabaul is a visit to Palmalmal in the Pomio District, the Duke of York Islands and the Bainings. Like its neighbour in the east, West New Britain is surrounded by a turquoise sea, dotted with reef-fringed atolls and adorned with magnificent rainforests, which plunge into white sandy beaches. The fertile volcanic soil in this region is suitable for growing just about anything and lush plantations stretch from the mountains to the sea. The major attraction here is the diving in Kimbe Bay, accessible from land or via live-aboards. A chain of dormant volcanoes shields the bay from open ocean conditions, creating a pocket of calm on the north coast of the island. The landscape of extinct volcanoes creates a dramatic backdrop and steaming thermal springs, waterfalls, boiling volcanic pools and mud holes can be found within.

New Ireland is an island paradise of sandy white beaches, towering mountains and clear springs and rivers that run the entire length of the island. A road made from crushed coral links north to south, but travel is easier by sea. The Malangan culture in the northern and central part of the island is unique within the Pacific and its people are particularly well known for their sorcery and shark calling. Diving in this region is fantastic and there are several resorts offering accommodation and diving services. The abundance of local seafood translates into gourmet feasts for visitors featuring coconut crabs, crayfish and a variety of reef fish. There are a number of hotels and guesthouses in Kavieng and small guest lodges are located on the islands in the harbour. Manus Island is a distant island group to the northwest of the mainland which can be reached by air or by coastal cargo ship and there are two main hotel lodges in Lorengau. Manus Island has vast tracts of www.paradisesonline.com  189


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forests in the central range and a magical coastline. The dancing by the locals is erotic and majestic, depicting a life of openness and joy. This island group is hailed as having exceptional diving and is occasionally visited by some of PNG’s live-aboards. The North Solomons as a province includes Buka and Bouganville Island, as well as hundreds of smaller islets, cays and atolls. Boating enthusiasts find this a marine wonderland with untouched reefs to explore with an everlasting supply of reef fish and shellfish. Buka Island is accessible by boat and plane from Rabaul and has a variety of accommodation varying in price and quality. Walking through village tracks and plantation roads is the best way to discover the magnificent flora and fauna. Whilst there are few hotels on mainland Bougainville, there are numerous guesthouses in Buka.

Nusa Island Retreat Nusa Island Retreat has a style and charm that is a fresh and welcome change from your conventional holiday destination. This low impact and eco-sensitive facility is located just off the coast of Kavieng on the northern end of New Ireland Province. Set on a white sandy point that overlooks Kavieng Harbour, it exudes a slow and relaxed pace with an easygoing feel. The traditionally styled bungalows are set both over and on the water’s edge—the outlook is simply magic. The spacious restaurant and fully licensed

bar is a focal point, offering creative and delicious meal options using fresh seafood and other local produce. From action and adventure to island cruising, the Retreat is the perfect location from which to take advantage of many options. These include activities such as diving and snorkelling, where visitors can have encounters with big pelagics, to drifting along coral walls, exploring WWII wrecks or diving freshwater caves. There are fish galore. Fishing enthusiasts can go trolling for pelagics, bottom fishing or casting for sports fish—all types of

fishing can be arranged to suit. Explore the surrounding islands by kayak—both single or double are available for guests. Surfing is seasonal and the waves are typically 2-4 feet over reef with varying levels of difficulty. Other activities include traditional canoeing, nature walks, mainland and island tours, bike riding, sailing, cultural events and interacting with locals and enjoying their customs. Nusa Island Retreat is the perfect place to relax and experience the best of the PNG Islands.

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Walindi Plantation Resort & MV FeBrina Papua New Guinea is located within a coral triangle—the global centre of marine biodiversity with the highest number and most diverse corals, tropical fish and other marine life in the world. Fringing dormant volcanoes create a dramatic backdrop to the waters of Kimbe Bay. Countless submerged reefs and sea mounts play host to over 900 species of fish and 400 species of coral. The pristine corals grow to amazing sizes in a rainbow of colours, a photographer’s paradise. Walindi Plantation Resort, established in 1983, is an intimate dive resort situated on the shores of Kimbe Bay on the island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Celebrating over 25 years of operation, the resort is world famous for its quality of diving, international award-winning photography and warm hospitality. Bird watching and nature tours are also featured activities of the resort. Accommodation is in secluded bures or plantation house rooms nestled along the beachfront and surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Delicious meals featuring fresh seafood and beef, fruits and vegetables are included in the tariff. Dive sites in Kimbe Bay are a five- to 45-minute ride from the resort on covered, specially designed day boats. Boom netting with resident pods of

dolphins is a highlight, and keep an eye out for passing orcas and migrating whales. Walindi is home to the world renowned live-aboard dive vessel MV FeBrina, offering various itineraries around New Britain. In addition to Kimbe Bay, visit the remote Witu Islands or the offshore reef system, Fathers Reefs, for a varied and diverse dive experience. At certain times of the year, Rabaul is also incorporated. and for a special treat, join one of the trips to the south coast of New Britain and discover rare and unusual critters on the pristine and rarely dived reefs in the Gasmata and Lindenhaven areas. MV FeBrina is 73 feet of live-aboard comfort and convenience. She is a stable and extremely seaworthy, well set-out motor vessel and caters for serious divers and photographers who want a total PNG dive experience. Accommodation is for a maximum of 12 guests in five comfortable and roomy twin share or double cabins and two single cabins, all with en suite bathroom facilities. FeBrina’s crew is locally trained as divers, and with the inimitable Alan Raabe at the helm, they specialise in combining excellent service and meals with the ultimate diving experience. One giant stride and you are immediately enveloped in yet another extraordinary diving experience!

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Milne Bay Situated on the southeastern tip of PNG is Milne Bay, named in 1873 after Lord Milne of the British Navy. This maritime province boasts many spectacular reefs, islands and cultures. Most of the local population are seafarers who depend on the sea for their livelihoods. Ceremonial gift exchanges and trade between the locals are among the richest cultural heritages in the Pacific. Milne Bay came to prominence in World War II when an allied base was established here to safeguard the vital sea lanes from PNG to Australia as well as the eastern approach to Port Moresby. Today relics of warplanes, trucks, tanks and pontoons can all be found above and below the sea. War memorials are located on the periphery of Alotau.

The Milne Bay Province consists of four districts: Alotau, Esa’ala, Kiriwina/ Goodenough and Samarai/Murua. Alotau is the main administrative and business centre and is a 15–minute drive on sealed roads from Gurney Airport. In and around Alotau there are several main supermarkets and other smaller outlets for essentials. Souvenir shops sell local products such as carvings, herbal products and jewellery. There are about 50 local dialects, though English is widely spoken throughout the province. The local economy is largely dependent on primary produce such as palm oil, cocoa, coffee, minerals and marine products. A local eco-friendly tourist industry is also being pursued and encouraged as a potential source of revenue. The weather can be unpredictable at times with sudden and heavy torrential downpours. October to December

generally enjoys the best and most consistent weather while January to March usually experiences strong southeasterly winds. Milne Bay is a popular fishing destination. Game fishing tours can be arranged through a number of charter operators. Diving is excellent thanks to the diverse marine life as well as WWII relics. One easily accessible shipwreck is Mascoota at Wagawaga. Island hopping tours can be organised from Alotau to the neighbouring islands of Samarai and the Engineer Group, or to Goodenough, Ferguson and Normanby. Regular small boats and cruises service these destinations. Air Niugini runs several flights a week from Port Moresby to Gurney Airport. Rural Alotau is serviced by Airlines PNG twice weekly from Gurney to Misima, Kiriwina; and weekly services north to Rabaraba and the islands of Salamo and Vivigani.

Tawali Resort Papua New Guinea’s premier resort, accessible only by boat is tucked away in a pristine rainforest. Enjoy the unspoiled wonders of this magnificent part of the world. Enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, fishing and bird watching. Immerse yourself in the culture of Papua New Guinea and experience the local culture on guided bushwalks to remote villages, visit schools, skull caves, waterfalls or just relax by the pool. Rooms are spacious and comfortable

with private balconies overlooking the sea. Every bungalow is air-conditioned with a ceiling fan, TV, bar fridge, two queen size beds and large en suite. The Ocean Villa additionally provides a kitchen, living room and two bedrooms, both with double en suites. A three-bedroom beach house offers basic accommodation for a family or a small group. Tawali has spectacular dive sites that have been acclaimed as some of the best in the world, right at its doorstep. Packages for divers are available and include accommodation, meals including

coffee, tea, fruit juices, lunch and snacks on dive boats, daily boat dives and shore diving on the house reef, tanks, weights, air fills and round trip transfers. Papua New Guinea enjoys a diverse cuisine and the resort’s unique menus use locally grown fruits and vegetables. Besides the beautiful main dining room, guests are able to dine outside on the veranda overlooking the rainforest. Fresh bread is baked daily and delicious desserts are served with evening meals. Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are also available at the well-stocked bar.

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The Highlands and The SepiK The Sepik is an immense, lush, grassland reserve, surrounded by one of the world’s greatest river systems, running 1126 kilometres from its origins high in the mountains to the sea. The people along the river depend heavily on it for transportation, water and food. Their cultural links with the Sepik River are symbolised in many of their ancient and spiritual rituals, such as the manhood initiation. This requires painful carving of flesh on the backs of young men with razor blades. Patterns are that of a crocodile lying on the banks of the river. The history of the Sepik region reflects the influence over the years of the missionaries, traders, labour recruiters and administrators. Here river and crocodiles, man and nature have learned to live in mutual respect. Parts of the Highlands remain untouched just as they were when first ‘discovered’ in 1933. The people are hardy and village life depends on subsistence farming. Visitors will be fascinated by the bright ochre colours and two–metre high head-dresses

swathed in plumes of the Bird of Paradise worn by the tribal elders. Dancing is proud and fierce at traditional sing-sings, with drums beating long into the night. The Eastern Highlands Province is a one hour flight north from Port Moresby or half an hour from Lae or Mt Hagen. Once there, you are surrounded by steep, rugged mountains covered in dense rainforest graduating to sub-alpine vegetation. The valleys are blanketed in grass and the panoramic views contain every imaginable shade of green. Altitude varies from 600 metres in the south to Mt Michael’s 2750 metre summit. Goroka, the largest town and capital, lies at 1600 metres above sea level. The Sepik River has no actual river delta and stains the sea brown for up to 50 kilometres. It is said that islanders off the coast can draw fresh water straight from the sea. The Sepik River is navigable for almost its entire length and winding its way through the land it resembles a huge, brown, coiling serpent. The force of the river tears great chunks of mud and vegetation out of the river banks and at times these drift downstream and appear as floating islands. You can cruise the middle Sepik aboard the quaint Sepik Spirit, a slow

house-boat. In addition, Kilibobo Spirit is available primarily for charter, though it doesn’t have a schedule. On special occasions the ship operates expeditionary cruises to the Sepik and the PNG Islands. West Sepik or Sandaun Province is near the West Papua (Irian Jaya) border and is inhospitable terrain. It is home to the Upper Sepik people who move around in long, narrow dugout canoes. Travel is always difficult as there are no roads and the rivers are narrow. The centres are Vanimo and Amanab and villages around here have strong religious beliefs centred on deities that are believed to hold supernatural powers that are vital for survival in this remote and dense countryside. East Sepik is the middle and lower region from Angoram to Wewak town. There are a number of large rubber and cocoa plantations along the river flats. Wewak is an attractive palm-fringed town, which felt the might of Japanese troops who ‘discovered’ its isolation and its hidden ports around Kairiuru Island. Many war memories remain around the plantations and a Japanese gun still points from the eastern end of the island. www.paradisesonline.com  193


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Trans Niugini Tours With over 30 years of expertise in cultural tours, trekking, ecological tours, sea kayaking, wilderness adventures and special cultural events, Trans Niugini Tours offers a number of options for accessing Papua New Guinea’s unspoilt environments and traditional cultures. Rondon Ridge Situated at 2150 metres above sea level, Rondon Ridge offers sweeping views of the incredible Wahgi Valley, the Hagen Range and Sepik Divide. With continuous spring-like weather, this outstanding accommodation is unlike any other. Just 30 minutes from the centre of Mt Hagen, each of the 12 units offers 180 degree views, modern bathrooms and electric blankets. The Lodge features a main building with a lounge, bar, dining room, conference centre and a cosy fireplace for the cooler highland evenings. Business and conference visitors have access to the fully equipped conference room complete with a digital projector for presentations. Rondon Ridge is situated on the edge of an untouched vast region, home to 10 species of bird of paradise. To continue this ecological serenity, the heating and all power is supplied by the lodge’s own hydro system, providing environmentally friendly electricity. There are numerous activities that give an insight into the special cultural traditions of the area. A 194  www.paradisesonline.com

comprehensive touring program takes guests on a journey through the traditions and customs of the Melpa people. First contact with the Melpa people was made as recently as the mid-1930s. With daily flights from Port Moresby to Mt Hagen, Rondon Ridge is also the perfect “jumping off” point for access to Ambua Lodge, Karawari Lodge and Sepik Spirit. Ambua Lodge - Southern Highlands Located at 2100 metres in the Tari Gap area, Ambua Lodge showcases local architecture, spectacular views and modest luxury. The 36 individual units feature picture windows and a modern bathroom inside the Lodge. With its beautiful Highland architecture, the main building houses a lounge, bar, dining room and a beautiful, cosy central fireplace. An additional 18 luxury rooms were recently constructed to meet the increased demand for accommodation. The Tari Gap is an excellent place to practice some bird watching with the chance to observe up to 13 species of birds of paradise. When you venture along the nature trails that are complete with traditional vine bridges, you may be lucky enough to discover a secluded waterfall or spot these beautiful birds. In keeping with its back-to-nature feel, Ambua Lodge generates 24-hour clean electricity from its mini hydroelectric power plant. A culturally vibrant place, this is the home to the


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Huli Wigmen with their human hair wigs adorned with colourful flowers. The Tari Valley is one of the few places left where men and women can be seen wearing traditional dress as part of daily living and men’s wealth is still counted by the number of pigs and wives they possess. Bensbach Wildlife Lodge On the Bensbach River, in Southern PNG, stands Bensbach Wildlife Lodge. This Lodge is easily accessible by charter aircraft from Mt Hagen, Port Moresby, or via Daru from Cairns. The sweeping plains that are teeming with wildlife make this lodge truly perfect for nature lovers. This is also barramundi country, and the barramundi of Bensbach are second-to-none. Bensbach Wildlife Lodge caters for the serious angler as well as those who just want to drop a line into the water for fun. Included in the tariff is accommodation, all meals, transfers and fishing. Lake Murray Lodge Trans Niugini Tours is in the process of building a new lodge at Lake Murray. Situated on a small island in the lake, the lodge comprise 12 individual units overlooking the beautiful Lake Murray. A comfortable main lodge building will serve as a lounge, bar and dining area, with a spectacular wrap around veranda

for pleasant views of the lake. The lodge will be powered by a solar system and will feature birding, cultural and Black Bass fishing around the lake and on the small island. This area has its own unique culture, tropical climate and rainforest. Karawari Lodge - East Sepik Province Overlooking the Karawari River in the Sepik region, Karawari Lodge is set in dense tropical lowland rainforest in one of the most remote and culturally rich areas of PNG. Often described as comfort amidst miles of jungle, the guest cottages are made from local materials with modern luxuries. The main building of the lodge is built in the form of a haus tambaran, or spirit house, that contains the dining area, bar, lounge and an incredible collection of Sepik artefacts. With no roads in the area, the Karawari River provides the only access. For a truly old-world experience, guests can try jungle, river and village exploration. Cruising the jungle fringed waterways is particularly memorable. The lodge is accessible via air transfer from Karawari’s private airstrip. Sepik Spirit The ultimate ‘floating lodge’, this is an amazing way to see the middle reaches of the Sepik while still experiencing all the comforts of civilization. The Sepik Spirit

accommodates 18 passengers in nine deluxe twin bedrooms each with a private bathroom. Day trips are on an 18–seater, custom designed riverboat. Guests can experience unique cultural encounters such as the Iatmul people, whose prolific wood carvings are seen throughout the Middle Sepik. With nine twin rooms, guests will also appreciate the very comfortable accommodation. Venture everyday into a culture that annually encounters very few outsiders. Malolo Plantation Lodge Malolo Plantation Lodge is set in a truly magical landscape with jungle birds, thatched roof huts and steaming volcanic mountains. Snorkellers and divers will love the marine ecology whilst thrill seekers can try a canoe ride over crystal clear waters to an uninhabited island for a nature walk. Malolo Plantation features 14 airconditioned rooms, a restaurant, bar and lounge, freshwater swimming pool and lawns and gardens that lead to the ocean. Here, guests can expect personalised service and the smaller touches that really add to a holiday experience. Malolo Plantation Lodge is a 45–minute drive on a sealed road from Madang, and Air Niugini has daily services to Madang from Port Moresby and some main centres.

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Secluded beaches Samoa is located halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. Its natural wonders include waterfalls, mountains, volcanoes and miles of secluded beaches. Capital and major centres Samoa is made up of ten islands, of which Savaii is the largest. Its neighbour, Upolu is the most populated and the location of the capital, Apia, along with the international airport, the seat of government and the centre of commerce. Savaii is dotted with secluded beaches and crowned at the centre by the 1858 metre Mt Silisili. The main entry point into Samoa is Falelolo International Airport, 35 km from Apia. Currency exchanges are open for all international flight arrivals and departures. Airport shuttles are provided to the major hotels which can be booked prior to arrival or organised after clearing Customs. Taxis are also available but it’s recommended to confirm the price to your destination with the driver before you depart. The people Samoans are the largest group of fullblooded Polynesians in the world and have retained much of their ancient culture. Their practice of fa’a Samoa, (the Samoan Way), is a living culture that centres around the family unit and love and respect for all. Their tradition of tattooing is an intricate art and has been a cultural right of passage for generations. Many Samoans proudly display complex symbolic designs from 196  www.paradisesonline.com

the lower chest to the knees. History These islands were first settled about 1000 BC and are accepted as the heart of the Polynesian culture. In 1768, Louis de Bougainville sighted Samoa and named them ‘The Navigator Islands’ because of the many Samoans sailing small canoes far from the sight of land. During the 18th century, vast plantations producing copra and cotton were developed for export and Apia became a major commercial centre in the South Pacific. Samoa was annexed by Germany from 1899 to 1914 and then by New Zealand from 1914 until 1962, when Western Samoa finally gained self government. The ‘Western’ was dropped from its official name in 1997. Although Samoan is the native language, English is widely spoken. Nature Both islands are rich in fauna and flora. Savaii has lush tropical rainforests, housing many exotic bird species. Conservation organisations provide funding to ensure the rainforests at Tafua and Falealupo on Savaii are protected and maintained. Samoa’s climate is tropical all year round, with two distinct seasons—the dry season running from May to October and the wet season from November to April. The average daily temperature is 29º C and the ocean is warm enough to swim


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all year round. The sights The Scottish writer, Robert Louis Stevenson brought his family to live at Upolu in 1890 and built a large home in the foothills above Apia, where he spent his last years. Stevenson was known as ‘Tusitala’ (the storyteller) and he is buried on the crest of Mt Vaea. His home is now a magnificent museum and offers tours rich in detail of Stevenson’s life by local guides.Other places to visit include the Tiavi Falls, the O Le Pupu Pu’e National Park and Papaseea with its smooth rocks which are fun to slide down and swim in the pools beneath. Also worth seeing is Piula Cave pool in the grounds of the Methodist Theological College. No matter which direction you go, you will regularly pass through nu’u or villages with their distinctive and lovingly decorated churches, large meeting houses and open fale or homes encircling the malae or village green. Where to stay Accommodation ranges from international 198  www.paradisesonline.com

standard to traditional fales. Villagers will negotiate private rates as well as home accommodation for budget travellers. Getting around The two islands have more than 1800 kilometres of road between them. In Apia, there are taxis and rental cars available. Discovery Rentals has a wide range of vehicles and offers a free pick up and delivery service to most hotels. For those who want to go island hopping, flights between Apia and Savaii leave daily with Samoa Air and take just 20 minutes. To go by ferry takes around two hours. Food and entertainment The main hotels have restaurants and Samoan feasts or ‘Fiafia’ nights are held at the larger resorts on a weekly basis. Entertainment includes traditional Polynesian singing and dancing. There are also several clubs and cocktail bars in Apia. Activities Samoa has long been a favourite destination for surfers. Local sporting

facilities include golf, tennis, squash, lawn bowls, rugby, soccer and Samoan cricket. There are also numerous marine activities including swimming, snorkeling and diving. Shopping guide A variety of goods made by Samoan families for their personal use are also sold to visitors. Siapo (tapa) cloth is made from mulberry bark, painted with native dyes and is made into mats, hats and baskets. Fugalei Street in Apia, is home to the local fruit markets and just nearby is the flea market—which sells a variety of souvenirs such as kava bowls, are hand carved from native hardwood and lava lavas (the Samoan sarong). Shell jewellery and Samoan music are also available. ANZ and Westpac are the international banks in Samoa. Both have branches at the international airport, in Apia and at Salelologa on Savaii. Shopping hours are from 8am to noon and 1.30pm to 4.30pm weekdays and 8am to 12.30pm on Saturday.


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Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa Come and discover the true essence of Samoa at this untouched paradise where the irresistible beauty of nature surrounds you. Arriving at Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa, you are welcomed by abundant landscaping of lush tropical gardens. Just 30 minutes from Apia, and 45 minutes from the airport, the resort is located on the South Coast of Upolu. Its coastline location is famous for its picture-postcard scenery—clear, turquoise water, with shady coconut palms fringing stretches of white sand. Stunning tropical surrounds Sinalei’s 29 villas offer a range of hideaways with garden, ocean view or beachfront settings, large patio or deck area, all of which are situated in stunning tropical surrounds. For romantics, a stay in the Beachfront Villas will have you not

wanting to leave. For an adult family group, the magnificent Presidential Villa, situated right on the beach, is totally inspiring. Beachfront relaxation For those wishing for a more relaxing time, the Sinalei Spa on the beachfront offers three treatment fales. This uniquely simple open-air spa has every facility for an ultimate relaxing break with exclusive treatments for your mind, body and soul in totally tranquil and private surrounds. Sinalei offers two dining options, the Laumosooi Fale Restaurant and the magnificent over-water Ava I Toga Restaurant for romantic dining under the stars and sumptuous farm- and oceanto-plate Pacific Rim cuisine. Wednesday is the famed Fiafia Night featuring Sinalei’s own staff and the famous fire knife dancing show with a traditional buffet dinner is part of the experience.

Perhaps more than any other Polynesian culture, the Samoan people try to observe traditional ways in their everyday lives. A visit to the local village or to some of the places of interest on Upolu will give a real insight into this nation’s rich culture and natural beauty. Overlooking the vast blue Pacific Ocean with crimson sunsets over the horizon, the resort offers a romantic setting to celebrate your wedding, honeymoon or special anniversary. Romance is intrinsic to the spirit of the resort and couples celebrating their special day will have memories that will be treasured forever. A true paradise for honeymooners and couples, Sinalei does not accept children under the age of 12 years. Embrace nature’s beauty and be absorbed in the peace and tranquility that is the real magic of Sinalei.

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Orator Hotel Surrounded by lush vegetation, Orator Hotel blends the natural environment with rich Samoan culture offering guests the luxury of comfortable accommodation, friendly staff, and exquisite food. Orator Hotel is located on the heights behind Apia, only ten minutes from the city centre. For the convenience of guests, the hotel provides a shuttle service that goes to and from town, several times a day. Relaxing haven The hotel provides a relaxing haven with its well-appointed and comfortable villas,

that are available in either standard or poolside categories. Each standard villa is equipped with two queen size beds, and can accommodate a maximum of four people. Located right by the swimming pool, each of the five Poolside Villas include one california king bed and one king single bed, for a maximum of three people. The luxurious villas offer everything you need for a comfortable holiday. Each villa has a private toilet and shower, coffee and tea making facilities, mini bar fridge, and flat screen television.

Exquisite meals Le Taupou Restaurant serves fresh and delicious meals. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served each morning in the restaurant between 7:30am-10am. A beach bar offers refreshing drinks and cocktails. The casual and comfortable atmosphere provides a fun and entertaining place, perfect to host a range of events from weddings for up to 200 people, to intimate private dinners. There are also meeting/conference facilities and technology support staff.

Tanumapua Village, Alafaalava Road, Aleisa SAMOA Tel: +685 29136  Email: info@oratorhotel.com  www.oratorhotel.com

Amanaki Hotel Situated on the peninsula in Apia Harbour, Amanaki Hotel is the capital’s newest hotel.

decorated in chocolate, cream and seablue hues and features artwork by Pacific artist, P. Rasmussen-Dover.

Amanaki, meaning ‘hope’ or ‘good expectations’ in Tokelauan, is a famiily owned hotel that pays tribute to the Tokelaun heritage. The hotel comprises 21 spacious ocean-view rooms, a stunning pool, a bar and a great restaurant, perfect for a relaxing holiday.

Deluxe Rooms feature two double beds and can incorporate a cot or extra bedding if required. First-floor rooms open out onto the garden area of the pool while views from second- and third-floor balconies encompass the pool, restaurant and most of Apia Harbour. Bathrooms, which are completely tiled, are large and private with a walk-in shower.

Spacious affordable rooms Boasting sweeping ocean views from every room, the Amanaki Hotel offers 21 spacious and comfortable rooms

Each room is equipped with an LCD TV, phone and desk and tea and coffee

making facilities as well as a small fridge. Fresh and inspired cuisine Amanaki Hotel provides guests and visiting diners with great meals at reasonable prices without compromising on flavour. Owning their own fishing boats means that the Amanaki owners can bring you the freshest fish possible. Take in refreshing harbour views while sipping on a cold Vailima or tropical cocktail at the Amanaki Bar & Restaurant. The bar is located in the restaurant and provides a range of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails.

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Amau Apartments Samoa Centrally located in the heart of Apia Township, Amau Apartments offer business travellers spacious, air-conditioned units that are conveniently close to all CBD locations. Elegantly and traditionally appointed On the second floor of the new Amau Mall, the apartments feature high ceilings and polished tile flooring and are elegantly and traditionally appointed to reflect both Samoan hospitality and Chinese décor. The fully furnished apartments offer a comfortable lounge, flat screen television

fully equipped kitchen and en suite bathroom. They have ample desk space and plenty of storage space. Robes are provided as well as an in-room safe, wireless internet and telephone. All apartments can accommodate up to a maximum of four persons. All the services you would require are available including daily cleaning and laundry, 24-hour reception and security to ensure that your stay in Samoa is safe, convenient and enjoyable. The newly built Amau Mall is home to a number of eateries, local banks, chemists

and shopping areas. Take a pleasant stroll along the seawall and enjoy the variety of nightspots and waterfront restaurants. Apia’s bustling marketplaces are five minutes away. View the large range of colourful and tropical produce, purchase local delilcacies, fruit and vegetables, and peruse the local craft wares. A short taxi ride away is the famous Robert Louis Stevenson’s Museum, or visit the Papaseea Sliding Rocks, a series of natural pools where fresh water tumbles over smooth rock faces. Slide down if you are game, or simply enjoy a refreshing dip.

Beach Road, Matafele PO Box 343, Apia Samoa Tel: +685 33210  Email: chanmow@ipasifika.net  www.amauapartments.ws

Le Manumea Resort Enjoy the delights of North Coast Samoa while staying at the luxury Le Manumea Resort, located in the heart of Apia, Upolu’s capital. Each of the 12 fully air-conditioned Executive Suites opens to panoramic views of the peaceful Pacific horizon and constant sea breeze. Stylish and modern, the suites complement the surrounding pristine garden landscapes. Suites also include a kitchenette with coffee and tea amenities, fridge and microwave, 32” flat screen TV with a DVD/CD player, desk and lounge.

The on-site pool provides a refreshing break from the balmy weather. The fully licensed bar also offers a range of refreshing beverages to sip poolside or in the privacy of your individual patio. Additional facilities include a restaurant and gift shop, and Le Manumea Resort’s Conference Suite is the perfect location for your next meeting. It offers a comprehensive audio/visual system, 40-persons set-up for business and formal gatherings with specialised menus available upon request. Le Manumea Resort provides two weekly events, a rich cultural experience with a

Samoan kava ceremony and traditional Samoan dinner giving a genuine and authentic experience and an “Island Night” with buffet dinner and show with Polynesian dancing, fire knife dancing and lavalava demonstration. Apia town is a five minute drive away where the variety of attractions include Palolo Deep Marine Reserve that offers snorkelling and fishing off the rocks at Vainamo Bay, markets and much more. Rich in history, the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum is home to some of Samoa’s greatest artefacts and is only a short walk from the resort.

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Unspoiled islands Virtually untouched by commercial development, the Solomon Islands are a natural paradise located south-east of Papua New Guinea and only three hours by air from Brisbane, Australia. The people of the Solomons still practise a traditional way of life, preferring to respect the old customs and traditions. They believe in maintaining and preserving their beautiful unspoiled environment. The islands are covered in tropical rainforest and their steep hilly slopes are interspersed with swift flowing creeks, waterfalls and peaceful lagoons. Capital and major centres The Solomon Islands are geographically fragmented with six main islands and hundreds of smaller islands, including man-made atolls. The main islands are Choiseul, Guadalcanal, Santa Isabel, San Cristobal, Malaita and New Georgia. Volcanoes with varying degrees of activity are situated on some of the larger islands, while many of the smaller islands are simply tiny atolls covered in sand and palm trees. The people The islanders are smiling, warm, friendly people, mostly Melanesian (90 percent), 204  www.paradisesonline.com

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English is the official language, though there are more than 120 indigenous languages, including pidgin English, spoken throughout the island group history. History It is believed that the Austronesians discovered the Solomon Islands about five thousand years ago and Melanesian hunter and gatherer voyagers first settled in the larger islands. Polynesians known as the seafarers later arrived and settled in the smaller islands and atolls that border Solomon Islands’ northern and eastern boundaries. The Spanish were the first Europeans to visit the islands, Alvaro de Mendana naming them the Solomons. He also named the islands of Santa Isabel, Guadalcanal and San Cristobal. Some of the fiercest fighting of World War 2 took place in and around Honiara and names such as Bloody Ridge, Red Beach, Skyline Ridge and Henderson Field will live long in the memories of both sides of the conflict.

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many battle sites and relics of the war to be found not only here, but throughout the islands.

reptiles. A variety of trees and shrubs have been introduced along with fruits and vegetables.

The Solomons became a fully independent nation in 1978 and today the country operates under a provincial government system of nine provinces. The national parliament adopted a Westminster system and has a democracy-style government.

The sights With more than 300 days of perfect weather each year, this is plenty to do in this tropical paradise.

Nature The Solomon Islands’ archipelago offers one of the richest underwater worlds on the earth and boasts kilometres of deserted sandy beaches and an unparalleled sense of calm. Lush tropical rainforests cover most of the island group. Exotic orchids, ferns and palms are found everywhere and butterflies and exotic birds are abundant. There are more than 70 species of 206  www.paradisesonline.com

In Honiara visit the bustling Chinatown area with, curiously, an adjacent Old and New China Town. Take time to visit the intact WWII relics of fighter planes, tanks and machine guns slowly rusting in peace as well as Japanese and American WWII memorials. Learn a little about the history of the Solomon Islands and visit the old hanging site—a relic from the British colonial past.The National Museum is located in Honiara and the Honiara Main Market is a good place to find local bargains. The

Western Province offers traditional villages, secluded beaches, superb snorkelling and scuba diving where you can explore the watery graves of undisturbed WW2 relics. Where to stay Wherever you choose to stay, be sure to learn from your hosts a little of the islanders’ culture and religion. Depending on your budget you can stay in a premier hotel, in apartments, rest houses, village resorts or in cabins or lodges. You can unwind in a locally built cabin perched over a pristine lagoon or relax in a self-contained bungalow on the edge of a sandy beach. Or be mesmerised by the views over the archipelago’s crystal clear waters from one of the resorts. Those truly wishing to immerse themselves in the local culture may choose a village


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stay where they can live in a local community and experience the local life first hand. Camping is not encouraged and permission from the village chief or owner of the land must be sought. Getting around There are public buses, hire cars, taxis (negotiate the fare before making a journey), and you can see a lot simply by walking. Inter-island travel is available by either by aircraft or boat. Solomon Airlines flies to about 20 destinations throughout the country. They are also available for charter. Helicopter Support runs a helicopter service. For those with more leisure time, an interesting option is to travel by cargo vessel. Activities There are plenty of activities to keep visitors active and most are aquatic based including swimming, sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, game fishing and snorkelling. The islands are renowned as a scuba divers’ paradise with coral, shipwrecks, giant clams, tropical fish and game fish. 208  www.paradisesonline.com

Golf, tennis and bushwalking are also offered or trek to Savo, the active volcano just 45 minutes from Honiara. Enjoy a visit to the ingenious man-made islands of the Lau and Langalanga people. There is plenty to do! Food and entertainment Major hotels have restaurants and there are international restaurants in Honiara. Hotels have beer gardens and bars and several private clubs welcome visitors. Regular island night barbecues are very popular. Shopping guide High quality craftwork is available and includes ebony and ‘kerosene’ wood carvings, bowls with mother-of-pearl inlays, shell jewellery, baskets, bags, hats and mats woven from pandanus or coconut palm. Although the only craft shops are in Honiara, you can buy work direct from craftsmen and women in the other islands. Daily markets are held throughout the islands. The largest and most colourful market is the bustling

Central Market in the capital, Honiara. Currency The local currency is Solomon Island dollars. (SBD) Tipping is not encouraged and visitors are usually asked to refrain from the temptation to do so due to Islanders’ pride and custom. Climate The climate is tropical with an average temperature of 29°C. November to April is wetter. Clothing Casual wear is widely acceptable though brief swimwear should be limited to beaches. Electricity 240 volts AC/50 cycles (where available). Getting there International airlines flying to the Solomon Islands include Solomon Airlines, Sky Air World, Pacific Blue, Our Airline, Air Niugini, Air Pacific. The domestic carrier is Solomon Airlines.


So Solomons, So Different! Experience a culture, rich with traditional customs, art, dance and the iconic sound of the panpipe music of ‘Are Are’.

Be mesmerized by the natural beauty of our many wildlife and marine parks including Marovo lagoon in the Western Province, the largest saltwater lagoon in the world and home to an array of teeming marine life.

Catch a glimpse of the fierceness of World War II battles and be touched by the bravery of soldiers by visiting historic war sites in and outside Honiara, on land and underwater.

Feel the spirit of adventure and enjoy a special piece of paradise or simply relax and discover a culture with a welcoming smile welcoming smile.

Explore the hidden paradise of the South Pacific archipelago, comprising of a vast group of 922 breathtaking tropical islands.

Explore Honiara’s cosmopolitan and colourful food market in downtown Honiara, a vibrant and lively melting pot of the Solomons!

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Honiara Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, which is situated on Guadalcanal, has a population of more than 30,000 and is located on a coastal stretch overlooking Iron Bottom Sound. The town centre has a shopping plaza, cafés, restaurants and souvenir shops. There’s a Chinatown and of course the Central Markets. Major meeting places can be found in private clubs that welcome visitors. One of the most spectacular waterfalls in the South Pacific is Mataniko Falls, a twohour walk from Honiara. It has many large 210  www.paradisesonline.com

pools for swimming and an impressive stalagmite-covered cave which is home to vast numbers of swallows. Climb Mount Austin, passing Solomon Peace Memorial Park, for sweeping views of the northern coastal plains. Other historic sites include the Red Beach on the coastal plain. East of Tenaru is the Tenaru Falls, an impressive 60–metre waterfall. And situated in a westerly direction from Honiara town is Bonigi Beach, five kilometres west of Poha. At the eastern end of Guadalcanal is Marau Sound, a coral paradise. Here there are huge reefs of coral in unique and beautiful shapes which are home to a teeming array of tropical fish and fascinating sea life. There are also giant clams and some of the world’s rarest sea shells.

About 250 kilometres south of Guadalcanal is Rennell Island. On the south side of the island, the large Lake Te’Nggano contains some 200 tiny coral atolls and is home to a prolific bird population. Access to the lake is by tractor, canoe and jungle walk. The Florida Islands are the closest island group to Guadalcanal and was the prewar Solomon capital of Tulagi. It was turned into a navy shipbuilding and repair facility during the war. Savo Island is a cloud-shrouded place, and its waters house the graves of at least four ships that were sunk during the Battle of Savo. Today it is an ideal picnic spot and a divers’ paradise with its sunken ships, sleepy villages and magnificent crystal clear waters.


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Honiara Hotel With smiling faces and modern facilities with a traditional atmosphere, Honiara Hotel is an intimate, boutique hotel nestled in tranquil, tropical surroundings. Picturesque ocean views Honiara Hotel has been established in the Solomon Islands for over 45 years and offers a variety of rooms. It features ocean view, new deluxe, executive and self-contained rooms with large private balconies boasting picturesque views overlooking the main harbour. All accommodation features modern amenities including air-conditioning, wireless internet access, satellite television, coffee and tea making facilities, IDD telephones, private bathroom, in room safe and refrigerator. Honiara Hotel offers guests three excellent on-site international restaurants that will cater to all tastes. Mandarin Restaurant features an authentic Asian menu. The Club Havanah restaurant, most popular with the locals, has an outdoor atmosphere with tropical and Island décor offering an à la carte menu of Pacific, Italian and French cuisines. Located on the hilltop, overlooking the ocean is the Oasis Restaurant with its magnificent views and beautiful surroundings. There are weekly

Sunday buffet nights accompanied by entertainment from traditional dancers. The Margaritas Bar and lounge, is up on the hilltop surrounded by a landscaped waterfall, tropical gardens and a 30-metre swimming pool with a kids’ pool. Warm island hospitality Honiara Hotel ensures all travellers’ needs are met, the friendly receptionists are happy to help with any enquiries about local tours and the particularly special WWII Guadalcanal Battlefield Tours. For shopping enthusiasts, the hotel is conveniently located only a few minutes’ walk away from town centre. For diving enthusiasts some of the best diving in the world can be found off the beaches around Honiara and nearby islands in the historic Iron Bottom Sound. If you are travelling on business, the Flamingo conference centre and the Compass conference room are available to host events. The hotel is experienced in catering for conferences, cocktails, banquets and wedding receptions. Honiara Hotel offers an ideal tropical getaway and the friendly staff, pools, facilities and restaurants allow guests to enjoy relaxation during their stay in the Solomon Islands.

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Pacific Casino Hotel Ideal for business and leisure travellers alike, the Pacific Casino Hotel is conveniently located approximately five kilometres from Honiara’s International Airport and the Honiara CBD.

Keeping with total comfort, convenience and ease of access in mind for the international traveller, modern amenities include IDD telephone, satellite TV with 24-hour movie channels, refrigerator and coffee/tea service.

Total comfort and convenience Situated next to the largest and most famous casino in the Solomon Islands, Club Supreme, the Pacific Casino Hotel offers 170 spacious, comfortable and fully air-conditioned rooms with suites boasting a separate lounge area and private balconies.

There are six Indulgent dining options on offer including the famous Ocean View Restaurant serving fine Western cuisine with a spectacular ocean view backdrop. For authentic Asian Cuisine, Jina’s Restaurant offers the best in Chinese cuisine and Pacific Paradise, the Korean restaurant and Fun Café all

host an extensive range of international and Asian favourites. There is also a grill, bar and nightclub with a wide selection of cocktails, vintage wines, spirits and appetisers. As a guest at Pacific Casino Hotel the presentation of your room key allows you free entry to the members only Club Supreme—The biggest and best Casino in Solomon Islands. Internet hotspots are available around the hotel and a wide range of services and facilities include a swimming pool, billiard room, fitness centre, laundry, internet cafe, car rental and conference room facilities.

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Heritage Park Hotel Situated in Honiara’s central business district, Heritage Park Hotel is set over five acres of prime, central waterfront property and tranquil landscaped gardens on the site of the former Governor’s residence. Combined with its cultural heritage, the hotel’s accommodations offer state-ofthe-art architecture and luxury. There are 48 Executive Rooms with private balconies that overlook the ocean and beautifully landscaped gardens as well as 27 one-, two- and three-bedroom suites that gaze over the ocean and pool. All

rooms are tastefully furnished with modern conveniences including a well-appointed en suite bathroom with separate shower. The Presidential Suites are perfect for families or groups and have large, private balconies, a lounge, master bedroom with en suite, an additional bedroom with a queen size bed and a study with bathroom that can be converted into a third bedroom. They boast a fully equipped kitchen as well as laundry facilities. The hotel offers meeting and conferencing facilities with a well-equipped conference room. By the pool is the perfect venue for

seminars, weddings and cocktail parties. There are four fully equipped conference halls with the capacity to accommodate between ten to 100 guests. There is also a completely outdoor venue overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Diners are spoiled for choice at the Heritage Park. Renaissance offers formal dining à la carte with a menu featuring a range of cuisines, or for casual dining, The Terrace is the perfect place to relax or grab a bite by the pool. Dance the night away at Club Xtreme and enjoy a variety of exotic cocktails and canapés.

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Western Province Western Province is perhaps the most visited region of the Solomon Islands with its tall volcanic islands, vast mangroves, expansive lagoons, white sand beaches, tropical islets and soaring mountains. It is by far the largest region covering 8573 square kilometres and is home to approximately 20 percent of the population. The three destinations not to be missed in the Western Province are Gizo, Munda and Marovo Lagoon. With reliable inter-island boat and plane services, they can easily be combined and toured at a comfortable, leisurely pace. Gizo, the provincial capital with a population of around 3000 is located

on the island of Chizo. It is a quiet picturesque town at the head of the VonaVona Lagoon and offers all the facilities visitors could wish for including luxury hotels, guesthouses, bars and restaurants. Munda, the largest town on New Georgia island, has a landing strip built during WWII by the United States of America and is used as an emergency landing runway, capable of handling even jumbo jets. The province has as its centrepiece the largest double barrier lagoon in the world, Marovo Lagoon, nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Inside the lagoon, the islands are surrounded by coral formations and white sand beach with the lagoon waters shimmering in every shade of blue, turquoise and jade green. Reputedly the longest lagoon in the southern hemisphere, it was described by author James A Michener as “the eighth

wonder of the world”. Literally thousands of islands scatter the lagoon, from tiny coral islets on the fringing reef to massive 1600 metres high volcanic islands. Some are still active and can be visited including Simbo. There are also undersea volcanoes near Ngattokae. The region is a world renowned scuba diving location, with not only the natural wonders including spectacular underwater cliffs to marvel at, but also sunken WWII ships and aircraft relics. Without huge numbers diving the waters, the experience is simply spectacular. There are internationally accredited dive companies and schools in several centres including Gizo, Munda and Uepi Island Resort. Fishing in the Western Province is something to be experienced with the size and quantity of fish making it an angler’s paradise. www.paradisesonline.com  213


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Tranquil waters Officially known as French Polynesia, Tahiti is made up of 118 islands spread over four million square kilometres of ocean in the eastern South Pacific. The islands are further grouped into five archipelagos: the Society Islands, Austral Islands, Marquesas Islands, Tuamotu Islands and Gambier Islands. Capital and major centres Papeete is the capital of Tahiti, the largest island within French Polynesia, dubbed ‘the island of love’. The country’s only international airport, Tahiti-Faa’a, is located on the island, making it the first stop in every itinerary. Moorea is Tahiti’s closest neighbouring island, some 17 kilometres north-west of Papeete. Heart-shaped Moorea is home to soaring volcanic peaks and magnificent views overlooking the tranquil waters of Cooks Bay and Opunohu Bay. The Society Islands also include legendary Bora Bora, 240 kilometres northwest of Tahiti, as well as Huahine, comprised of two islands joined by a narrow isthmus and enclosed by a protective necklace of coral. Rangiroa and Tikehau are the best known islands in

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the Tuamotu archipelago. Rangiroa is the largest atoll in the Tuamotus, encircling a 67–kilometre turquoise lagoon famed for its rich diversity of marine life. Tikehau has an almost perfectly circular shape, with its many atolls surrounding a lagoon that extends 26 kilometres across. The people Tahiti’s population is a multicultural mix of Polynesians of Maohi (Maori) extraction, Europeans and Asians. They are noted for their hospitality, friendliness and easygoing nature. French and Tahitian are the two official languages on the islands, however English is widely spoken in hotels and shops. History Hundreds of years after the ancient Polynesians made the Tahitian islands their home, explorers like Mendana, Quiros, Le Maire, Schouten, Roggeveen and Byron made brief and unplanned visits to the Tuamotu Islands and the Marquesas islands in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Later in the 18th century explorers such as Bougainville, Wallis, Vancouver and Cook ‘discovered’ Tahiti and called it ‘La Nouvelle Cythère’.


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Captain Cook returned three times to study the transition of Venus, Captain Bligh came to collect seedlings from the wondrous ‘Uru’ or breadfruit tree, and the insubordinate Fletcher Christian returned to the islands following the infamous mutiny on the Bounty. Before the arrival of the Europeans, the islands were divided into districts, each governed by a chief. When Pomare V abdicated in 1880, Tahiti and her islands, previously a protectorate of France, became a French colony, and in 1957 French Polynesia became a French Overseas Territory. Nature Lush vegetation grows high above the lagoons and bays and floral scents permeate the tropical air. A myriad of tropical flowers grow throughout the Tahitian islands. The national flower is the tiare, a heavily scented gardenia which forms the basis of the traditional lei necklaces. 216  www.paradisesonline.com

The sights You can visit Point Venus where Captain Cook camped to observe the transit of the planet Venus in 1769, visit the Faaruma waterfalls, and at Taravao on the strategic isthmus joining Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Iti, wander through an old fort built by the French in 1844. Don’t miss the Gauguin in the Papeari district, set botanical gardens, and the fruit, vegetable and flower central Papeete.

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Where to stay International luxury resorts and hotels nestle alongside motels, lodges and small pensions in the islands. For an authentic Tahitian experience, many families also offer rooms for rent within their homes. There are also youth hostels and campsites with cooking facilities for those on a tight budget.

Getting around Le Truck is Tahiti’s public bus service. The destination is posted on top of each Le Truck, which always begins and ends its round trips at the public market in the centre of Papeete. It is also possible to travel between islands by ferry, with the Aremiti ferry taking just 40 minutes from Papeete to Moorea. Food and entertainment Tahitian tamara’a’ or feasts can be arranged through local tour operators. The major international hotels often host evening programs with lavish buffets and dance shows featuring the performances of some of Tahiti’s most talented dancers and musicians. Outside the hotels, French, Italian and Chinese cuisine is widely available. There are a host of bars, cafes and nightclubs scattered around Papeete giving travellers a wide choice and


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a chance to mix with the locals. Les Roulottes are a Papeete institution—a collection of mobile diners operating from early evening until late at night on the waterfront at Vaiete Square offering mouthwatering savoury meals as well as delicious desserts. Activities Tahiti is renowned for its range of water sports, from diving and snorkelling, to windsurfing and sailing, to deep-sea fishing, surfing and jet-skiing. Speedboats are available for waterskiing and there are glass-bottom boats for viewing the coral reefs. Tennis and squash are on offer at many resorts and at the country club and Tahiti and Moorea offer championship golf courses. For the more adventurous, there’s a range of bushwalking and hiking available on the volcanic islands of the Society

Islands, as well as horseriding. Shopping guide Bright pareus or T-shirts are popular souvenirs, as is Tahitian shell jewellery, the famous black pearls, French perfume and local handicrafts. Climate The French Polynesian islands enjoy a tropical climate. The average temperature is 27ºC, and the waters of the lagoons are a fairly constant 26ºC. Clothing Casual. Pareus are popular worn over swimming costumes to the beach or around the pool. Papeete is more cosmopolitan. Electricity Most hotels use 110 or 220 volts, AC 60 cycles. Time zone GMT10 hours. AEST-20 hours. Two hours

behind US Pacific Standard time and 19 hours behind Australia’s east coast. The Marquesas Islands are 30 minutes ahead of the rest of French Polynesia. Currency French Pacific francs (CFP). Tipping is discretionary. Visas and health All passengers entering French Polynesia must have an outbound ticket. Check with airline as entry formalities may change. There is no departure tax and Australians do not require visas. Other visitors, check with the French Consulate. Getting there Air France, Hawaiian Airlines, Air New Zealand, QANTAS, LanChile (via Easter Island), Air Caledonie International and Air Tahiti Nui. The domestic carrier is Air Tahiti. www.paradisesonline.com  217


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Aranui Cruises Experience one of the most unusual travel experiences anywhere in the world, welcome aboard Aranui 3 where you will be spellbound by the beauty and mysterious customs of the traditional Marquesan people.

the tamure. Famous writers and artists, including Robert Louis Stevenson and Paul Gauguin fell in love with these islands, and as you drift through the crystal clear waters, you too will be captivated by the charm and beauty just as they were.

The latest and most modern, state-of-theart vessel will be your home-away-fromhome, and you will be provided with all the comforts of similar cruise ships. The gracious and hospitable staff will introduce you to this Polynesian paradise and the centuries-old customs that fascinated many early explorers.

Intimate and personal adventure Aranui 3 caters for 200 guests and offers an intimate and personalised soft adventure cruise. Dining onboard is an epicurean’s delight. You’ll be served fresh local produce, fish and seafood along with a complementary bottle of wine for you to share. After-dinner entertainment of impromptu singing and dancing to the accompaniment of ukuleles and guitars will have you enjoying the time of your life or, if you prefer something quieter, the library, video room and lounge are perfect places to sit and relax.

On board, time passes quickly. There are two charming bars, two lounges and a full program of activities. You’ll learn about Marquesan history, culture and art from the guest lecturers. The spirited crew will teach you how to weave hats, wear the national dress, the pareo, and dance

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witness the richness of Polynesian culture with the Marquesan culture. Textiles, jewellery, wood and stone carvings, paintings and tattooing are all being revived mostly as a result of the interest and appreciation of visitors. Pearls, including black pearls, are farmed on the Tuamotu Islands and a stop also includes Fakarava and Rangiroa where some of the world’s best Tahitian pearls are farmed. The Aranui 3’s normal itinerary is dictated by tidal conditions and freight requirements for individual ports and because of this, the order of ports can change at short notice. You will be notified by the cruise director of any changes to the itinerary with an updated daily schedule. For a unique opportunity to go where time stands still, and the fast pace of today’s world is left behind, book a berth on Aranui 3. Discover paradise, the Aranui way.

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Papeete Papeete is the bustling capital of Tahiti and her islands, and contains the government offices, gendarmerie, hospitals, clinics, banks, telecommunications centres, airline, travel agencies, boutiques and black pearl shops. With a distinct colonial feel, Papeete’s CBD is designed for walking despite the city’s rapid growth in recent years. The city curves along the Boulevard Pomare waterfront and sprawls several blocks inland. The sleepy ‘Papeete town’ of years gone by has been replaced with a modern municipality, which hums with business and trade activity, with a healthy dose of camaraderie. Cargo freighters, copra ships, luxury liners and sailing yachts share the harbour where ‘people-watching’ for travellers and residents alike from the many outdoor

cafés and bars is still one of the most popular pastimes. The social set like to linger at lunch, share the latest gossip and watch as gaily painted pareu and tifaifai bed covers are sold at sidewalk tables, amidst the laughing atmosphere of the Tahitian artisans. Papeete comes alive at night when nightclubs swing into action and the sounds of disco and jazz compete with the pulsating rhythm of the tamure, Tahiti’s tantalising national dance. Renowned for their natural grace, innate pride, gentle beauty and warm hospitality, the Tahitians know how to live. Music, flowers, dance and song make up an important part of their lives and dominate the annual Heiva I Tahiti festival. This very popular celebration is also called the Tahiti Festival and is held each July. Traditional Polynesian competitions are held alongside European sports and Asiatic arts so that a festive carnival atmosphere pervades Papeete for the

entire month. Papeete Public Market or Le Marché is the heart of the city, providing a central marketplace for local Tahitian families. It is also a photographer’s delight, with colourful displays of ripe fruit, together with chinese vegetables, strings of brightly coloured fish, farm fresh meats, squealing pigs and noisy ducks. A stunning selection of tropical flowers is on sale year-round, including orchids, anthuriums, marigolds and daisies, red ginger and jasmine, as well as locally made shell necklaces, woven hats and baskets. Upstairs is reserved for artisans selling pareus, tifaifai quilts, cushion covers and other handicrafts. Papeete offers a wide range of activities for the traveller, spanning the larger island of Tahiti Nui as well as Tahiti Iti, joined to the main island by the isthmus of Taravao. Helicopter and plane tours offer a great way of seeing the two islands. The 4WD tours around the island provide a more www.paradisesonline.com  219


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complete view of the islands. Explore the breathtaking Papenoo Valley and enjoy a swim in one of its many waterfalls, visit the Vaihiria Lake and the many maraes (Polynesian temples). Take a leisurely bushwalk into tropical jungle featuring giant ferns at an altitude of 1400 metres or climb Mount Marau for a spectacular view of Tahiti’s neighbouring islands. Tahiti also has a wide range of activities to keep the most active traveller entertained, with hang gliding, bowling and tennis, deep-sea fishing, sailing, surfing, and scuba diving, windsurfing, jet-skiing, waterskiing and snorkelling. Plus, the island’s mountainous interior provides challenging and unusual trekking tours into valleys and up mountains, as well as discovering lava tubes, burial caves and hidden grottoes. The islands of Moorea, Bora Bora and Tetiaroa are also all close enough for a day trip from Tahiti.

Hotel Tiare Tahiti Hotel Tiare Tahiti is located right on the waterfront in Papeete’s most elegant neighbourhood.

and today the hotel combines its historical heritage with Polynesian charm and modern facilities.

exchange. A tour desk assists guests with activities such as snorkelling, diving and cruises.

From the hotel it is only several minutes walk to many excellent restaurants, shops and points of interest including Papeete’s local market, Bougainville Park, the Yacht Harbour and the waterfront promenade.

A Polynesian touch of elegance There are 38 air-conditioned guestrooms, each with a bathroom, telephone and television. The rooms are elegant, spacious and adorned with Polynesian artefacts. Most feature a private lanai with magnificent harbour views across to the nearby island of Moorea.

For a casual dinner, stroll to nearby Les Roulottes at the town square on the waterfront. These “restaurants on wheels” sell everything from Italian to Chinese cuisine as well as a local favourite, Poisson Cru. Also nearby is the Vaima Centre with a variety of upmarket shops and interesting nightlife.

The hotel also boasts a coffee shop, breakfast room, 24-hour reception, safe deposit box and provides currency

Hotel Tiare Tahiti offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel and is a convenient 10– minute drive to the airport.

Centrally located Built on part of Pomare’s Royal Estate, the hotel’s site is close to the heart of the small village of Papeete founded in 1818. For more than a century until the 1960s the American Consulate occupied the site

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Hotel Tahiti Nui Located in the heart of downtown Papeete, Hotel Tahiti Nui offers immediate access to all the tourist sites of the capital including easy access to the seafront, business district, the open-air market and evening activities. With tall palms and abundant flowers, Papeete lies on the northwest coast of Tahiti and is one of the largest urban centres in the South Pacific. The Hotel Tahiti Nui is one of the newest editions to the downtown scene. Modern accommodation Hotel Tahiti Nui offers three types of accommodation including standard rooms, junior suites and executive suites, all equipped with the finest and most modern facilities. Rooms come complete with international television channels, soundproof windows, air-conditioning,

tea/coffee facilities, internet connection and a private balcony. Visitors looking for authenticity, need look no further. The hotel strives to offer you all the services you expect from an international hotel, combined with competitive rates. Tahiti is French Polynesia’s largest and most glamorous tropical island and home to its unique capital city, Papeete. The capital is built along a recently renovated waterfront that welcomes luxury ships and boasts many shops. This unique tropical city offers everything you need from markets, jewellers, bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Hotel Tahiti Nui is conveniently located close to the large market, shops and movie theatres and just a short walk from the shorefront and the pier making the hotel the ideal stop between islands. Exquisite French cuisine Spend your time dining in Le Velvet

Restaurant. It boasts a quiet and cool atmosphere. Discover delicious French cuisine, combining the best local products and the innovative chef’s local and international knowledge of food. Sip on delicious cocktails in Chocco Latte Lounge Bar. Chocco Latte offers a choice of classic cocktails and unique beverages that are a great way to start a perfect meal. The bar offers an exceptionally friendly service in a casual atmosphere that makes Hotel Tahiti Nui an enviable place to stay in Papeete. Hotel Tahiti Nui conveniently offers two conference rooms and a business centre so you are never completely out of touch. If it is pure relaxation you are seeking, enjoy the open-sky pool, visit the fitness centre, or let your senses be delighted with a massage at The Spa.

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Moorea Like all Polynesian islands, Moorea is enveloped in folklore. Legend has it that a golden-skinned lizard abandoned by its human parents became stranded on the reef of Emeho as it swam after them. The merciful gods turned it into the island of Moorea (which means ‘golden lizard’), one of the true jewels of French Polynesia. Only 17 kilometres from Tahiti or an eight minute flight and regarded as her sister island, Moorea is renowned for its natural beauty and tranquillity and often thought to be the inspiration for James Michener’s mythical island of Bali Hai. The island’s steep volcanic peaks rise sharply from the 222  www.paradisesonline.com

island’s basalt base and are best viewed from Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay. Moorea’s laid-back atmosphere provides the perfect backdrop for relaxation but the island also has a wide variety of recreational activities to suit the most active traveller. The island is home to a third of French Polynesia’s total hotel capacity, with accommodation ranging from luxury resort over-water or beach bungalows to hotel rooms and small local-style thatched roof ‘fares’. One of the best ways to get to know this magnificent island is hire a car or scooter and tour the single road around the island, visiting secluded beaches, pineapple and vanilla plantations and small picturesque villages. The trip should take about four

hours depending on how many stops are made along the way. Inland, lush forests cover Moorea’s mountains, which offer spectacular views of the island’s valleys as well as its lagoons and bays. The beautiful large garden and old colonial home in Opunohu Bay at the Kellum is worth a visit, built last century and well preserved. Opunohu valley is also home to stone marae temples and archery platforms used by Polynesian royalty in pre-Christian days. Le Belvedere Lookout Point offers an unequalled panorama of Cooks and Opunohu bays, divided by the sacred Rotui mountain. Moorea has many talented artisans whose creations are sold in boutiques around the island. Ideal for the tropical


TAHITI climate, handpainted pareus, sundresses, bikinis, shirts and beachwear add instant beach chic to any wardrobe or make perfect gifts. Tahiti’s prized black pearls are available loose or set in designer jewellery from jewellers and boutiques on Moorea, while the public market in Pao Pao beside Cook’s Bay has locally made shell jewellery as well as hats, tote bags, baskets and mats woven from palm fronds, pandanus and banana plants. Moorea plays host to a number of special events each year that are well worth attending, including the Tahitian Tamara’a Show. Visitors arrive by outrigger canoe at sunset, try foods cooked in a traditional underground oven, enjoy a spectacular Polynesian dance performance and stay for the bringue or party that follows. The Tiki Theatre Village offers a taste of authentic Tahitian life, with its performances and displays of art and culture. Regular shows include the spectacular re-enactment of the coronation of a prince and his marriage, the Tahitian Legends evening which gives travellers the chance to enjoy tasty local

specialties alongside an international buffet, and the open-air Great Polynesian dance show. Romantics can also organise their own Polynesian wedding at the Tiki Theatre Village. The ceremony takes place on a marae stone altar and is sure to be a highlight of any Tahitian holiday. Moorea is blessed with calm waters protected by a reef that provides an ideal environment for sailing, snorkelling and swimming. Sunset cruises offer a perfect way to soak up the vibrant tropical colours at dusk, champagne in hand, while there’s nothing more exhilarating than a gallop on horseback along the endless beaches. The island’s warm lagoon is a diver’s dream and even the novice snorkeller will eagerly join the colourful schools of fish that frolic through the crystal-clear water and multi-hued coral. Other nautical activities on offer on the island include outer island charters, deep-sea fishing, motorboat cruising and sailing in glass-bottomed boats. Tours in glass-bottomed boats leave Hotel Bali Hai dock most days.

Hotel Les Tipaniers Combining enchantment, and unspoiled beauty, Hotel Les Tipaniers is located in an idyllic corner of Moorea, just an eight–minute flight from the island of Tahiti, and 30 minutes by scenic catamaran. Amidst coconut palms and tropical flowers, 22 Polynesian style fares have their own bathrooms, telephone, safety box, free Wi-Fi and a private terrace overlooking the ccean. The 13 bungalows are equipped with kitchens providing guests with the freedom to self cater. A second property, Les Tipaniers Iti, provides an

additional five, four-person fares equipped with kitchenettes, five kilometres from the hotel. Three romantic motus (islets), are located just offshore next to the protected coral reef and can easily be reached by individual outrigger canoe or motorboat. They are perfect sites for picnics, snorkelling, sunbathing or fishing. The on-site Nautical activity centre provides lagoon tours with shark and ray discovery, kayaks and paddleboard rental, and there is a scuba diving centre on-site. Dolphin watching tours with migrating whales in season and

deep sea fishing can be arranged, horse riding is nearby as well as mountain biking, 4x4 tours, ATV tours, petanque, beach volleyball and hiking through the tropical rainforest. There is a small shopping centre located only 15-minutes walk from the hotel featuring a supermarket and a variety of clothing and gift shops. Cars and scooters are available to rent. The Beach Restaurant and Bar offers local, French and Italian favourites and The Garden Restaurant is open for dinner every night. There is also a weekly traditional and delicious Polynesian feast.

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Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort Moorea is one of French Polynesia’s most romantic and inspiring destinations, a picture perfect paradise with a crystal clear lagoon, abundant marine life and exquisite coral gardens to explore. Here, you’ll find a casual, barefoot life amongst white sand beaches and multihued lagoons surrounded by jagged mountains and volcanic spires. Just a few minutes by air from Tahiti, and 30 minutes by ferry, Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort enjoys a prestigious, unspoilt beach location. The breathtaking natural habitat totally surrounds the hotel and guarantees an idyllic stay. A selection of 114 magnificent beach, garden and stunning over-water bungalow retreats inspire peace, seclusion and of course, romance. Every bungalow has been inspired by Polynesian architecture for a truly authentic experience, reflecting the traditional design and sensibilities of ancestral islander homes. Take a dive from your over-water bungalow and savour the beauty of the coral garden below and enjoy breakfast, delivered by Polynesian canoe, right onto the terrace of your bungalow. Elegantly combining exceptional scenery with the art of outstanding cuisine, the Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora offers two distinct

restaurants and one bar that convey the essence of Tahitian life. The Pure serves international cuisine with a focus on fresh seasonable products, the K is tailormade for romantic gourmet dining while the tranquil Vue cocktail bar, with spectacular sunset panoramas, offers a large range of fresh fruit cocktails. The white sand beach facing Tahiti Island offers the perfect setting for an unforgettable romantic night. Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort offers the chance to enjoy a gourmet dinner barefoot on the lagoon with the only lights the flames of the torches and the twinkling stars. Wellbeing and relaxation are also an integral part of every stay. Le Spa provides seven tranquil treatment and massage rooms, two jacuzzis including one outdoor jacuzzi with refreshing waterfalls, plus a peaceful panoramic view. For the ultimate in body beautiful, Le Spa offers a warm and cold shell massage or a traditional warm stone Polynesian massage. Guests are invited to snorkel in lush coral gardens or try watersports such as windsurfing or diving. As well as the resort’s superb infinity pool, guests can explore the turquoise waters with a lagoon or sunset cruise or deep-sea fishing. Sofitel guests can also choose to swim with dolphins or watch whales during the season.

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Bora Bora The warm shallow water of Bora Bora’s majestic lagoon is world famous for its unspoilt beauty. Pristine white sand beaches line the main island and its motus (islets), providing the perfect backdrop for sun-loving travellers. Easily French Polynesia’s most photographed island, Bora Bora lies 240 kilometres northwest of Tahiti in the Leeward Society Islands. Home to more than 4000 people, the main island and its imposing peak of Mount Otemanu dominates a multi-hued blue lagoon nestled inside a protective necklace of coral. Bora Bora impresses from the moment it comes into view on the short 50–minute flight from Tahiti. An exhilarating landing on

a nearby motu emphasises the height of the island’s towering peak as well as the stunning array of greens and blues that make up Bora Bora’s famed lagoon. A short ride in a boat launch is all it takes from the airport on Motu Mute to Vaitape Village on the main island. Local transport options include a local bus, known as Le Truck, or minivans to the numerous accommodation options available on Tahiti’s most developed island. Resorts, hotels, pensions and camping grounds offer a host of tours and activities to keep visitors entertained, from outrigger speed canoe excursions and scuba diving, to picnics on motus, catamaran cruising and barbecue parties. Bora Bora is easily explored by motor canoe, mountain bike or 4wd, with multiple tour operators happy to showcase their home to visitors.

Travellers can opt to browse local boutiques or discover the island’s secrets independently on foot. Alternatively you can choose to picnic French-style with baguettes, cheese and wine on Mt Pahia or one of the several gorgeous beaches. A boat trip around the lagoon provides endless opportunities to snorkel and explore small motus on the way, and arrive in time to watch the feeding of the sharks. This regular spectacle allows visitors to stand or float in about four feet of water and watch through a mask as several dozen hungry sharks are hand fed, only a few metres away. Deep-sea fishing off the sheltered waters of Bora Bora offers the chance to catch marlin, yellowfin, tuna, sailfish, wahoo and mahi mahi. When travellers tire of gazing at the www.paradisesonline.com  225


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vibrantly coloured coral, searching for graceful manta rays or diving for the giant mussels buried in the white sandy lagoon bottom, it might be time to retire to a local bar and soak up the spectacular tropical sunset, cocktail in hand.

While Bora Bora’s breathtaking beauty can best be enjoyed and photographed from a helicopter, a more exhilarating way to appreciate the island’s beauty is soaring 91 metres above the lagoon for 12 breathtaking minutes of parasailing.

Bora Bora is dotted with several maraes, temples of the ancient Polynesian religion. The most important marae is Marae Marotetini on the point west of Farepiti wharf, beyond a huge banyan tree. The great stone ahu, 50 metres long and up to three metres high was restored by Professor Sinoto in 1968 and is visible to approaching ships. There is only one navigable pass on Bora Bora. It faces the principal village of Vaitape. A partially paved road circles the island passing colourful villages, archaeological sites, army bunkers and cannons remaining from World War II when 5000 American GIs arrived to defend the island.

Movie buffs may recognise a large white mansion on the north side of Pofai Bay, as the residence of the governor of American Samoa in the Dino de Laurentis film, Hurricane, starring Mia Farrow.

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Local eatery, Bloody Mary’s Restaurant also provides a Hollywood fix with its massive board listing the many celebrities that have enjoyed meals there. The restaurant also offers a spectacular view across Potai Bay of Bora Bora’s soaring peaks. Meanwhile, the boutiques in many of the hotels are well stocked with suntan lotion, film, T-shirts, pareus, souvenirs and black pearls for that retail fix.


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Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort & Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort is located on a private white sand beach on the edge of one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world, only 20 minutes from Bora Bora airport. Elegantly blending rough hewn wood with contemporary style, there are 55 luxury bungalows located either over the water, on the beach, or amidst the lush gardens. The restaurant Latitude 16° combines local, French and international cuisine with theme buffets and the Hurricane bar is the perfect place to enjoy the sunset with a fresh fruit cocktail. Relax at the swimming pool or enjoy a large range of nautical activities at the resort including kayaking, stand-up paddling, diving, boat excursions and snorkelling. Beyond the hotel there are

island tours, sunset lagoon cruises and jet skis available. Several times a week, experience authentic local culture during the Polynesian show next to the swimming pool and lagoon. Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island is located on a preserved islet, just two minutes by private shuttle from Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort. Overlooking the most beautiful coral garden of Bora Bora in the heart of a unique botanical garden, 31 luxury bungalows, including one luxury villa with private beach and jacuzzi, all offer fantastic views of the lagoon.

a large choice of soft drinks, cocktails, wines and cigars. The holistic spa lulled by the music of the reef offers a large menu of Polynesian treatments and massages. Fired by the sunset, your senses will be awakened on the Sunset Champagne Tour on the top of Mount Piti Uuta that promises an unforgettable experience. You can continue to live the dream with a romantic dinner on the beach and under the stars.

The 30 bungalows are located either over the water, in the treetops or directly facing the turquoise waters.

A traditional Polynesian wedding ceremony is the ultimate expression of true romance on the island. Say ‘Yes’ to each other or renew your vows to the sound of ukuleles and the scent of tiare flowers.

Manu Tuki restaurant offers refined cuisine and a sumptuous 180° view of the lagoon and Mount Otemanu. Mako Bar is situated on a panoramic outdoor terrace and offers

Discover the delight of being at home on your private island and living a “magnifique” experience at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island!

BP 6 Bora Bora 98730 Nuenue Vaitape, FRENCH POLYNESIA Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort Tel: +689 605500 Fax: +689 677403  Email: H0564@sofitel.com  www.sofitel.com Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island Tel: +689 60 56 00 Fax: +689 60 56 66  Email: H2755@sofitel.com  www.sofitel.com www.paradisesonline.com  227


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Lush tropical landscapes Tonga is comprised of 176 coral and volcanic islands, 36 of which are inhabited. The country is divided into four distinct parts, each scenically diverse. The main island in the south, Tongatapu is Tonga’s cultural centre and the home of the Kingdom’s capital, Nuku’alofa. To the north of Tongatapu lies the Ha’apai group, a chain of low lying atolls surrounded by clear turquoise waters. Ha’apai Island is a favourite with visitors who have the option to stay in the local village and participate in everything from kava ceremonies, feasting and dancing, to hunting feke (octopus) with village fishermen in outrigger canoes. 228  www.paradisesonline.com

Beyond Ha’apai is the Vava’u group of islands. This is a paradise of lush tropical landscapes, a deep water harbour, rock islands and limestone caves. Vava’u Island has beautiful beaches and a scenic drive around the west coast with stunning views of Port of Refuge Harbour and the numerous outer islands. Further north still are the Niuas, an isolated trio of volcanic islands where traditional Tongan culture still thrives. Capital and major centres Nuku’alofa is the home of the Royal Palace. Tonga is ruled by King Tupou VI who reigns as a constitutional monarch.


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Other destinations in the vicinity are Eua Island, an ideal retreat for hikers, adventurers and naturalists, and Pangaimotu Island which is just a 10-minute boat trip from Nuku’alofa wharf.

blue crowned lorikeet. Tonga was the first Pacific island country to create marine parks or sanctuaries. Four such parks now exist which are rich in fish, coral and marine life.

the main forms of transport are bus, taxi, rental cars, passenger ferries and domestic aeroplanes. Taxi cabs do not have meters, so it is advisable to negotiate your fare in advance.

The people Polynesians by race, the local population speaks Tongan and English. The majority of Tonga’s more than 104, 000 people live on Tongatapu.

The sights There are miles of white, sandy beaches fronting clear lagoons which hold some of the most beautiful and varied reefs in the world. The rocky, terraced coastline at Houma features the Blow Holes, one of the South Pacific’s most impressive natural spectacles. Huge waves crash into the honeycomb of coral rock, sending water spouts 20 metres into the air.

Food and entertainment A visit to the Tongan National Centre is recommended for their feasts and entertainment. Most of the major hotels and resorts also provide traditional feasts and dancing at least once a week. Nuku’alofa has several ethnic restaurants including French, German, Indian, Chinese, Korean and Italian.

History Archaeologists claim that Tonga has been inhabited since the 5th century BC. It was first discovered by Dutch navigators in 1616. They were followed by Tasman, Wallis, Captain Cook, Bligh of the Bounty (whose sailors mutineered in Tongan waters) and the missionaries. Formerly a British protectorate, Tonga gained its independence in 1970 and is now part of the British Commonwealth. Nature Vegetation includes hibiscus, frangipani, coconut groves, pandanus palms and banana plantations. Not far from Nuku’alofa, thousands of flying foxes make their home at Kolovai. Frigate birds are common, as are the Pacific golden plover, the Pacific black duck, swiftlets (Pacific swallows) and the 230  www.paradisesonline.com

At the lagoon edge are the villages of Mu’a and Lapaha with several fascinating historical sites such as the Langi tombs. Where to stay Accommodation varies from five star luxury to very basic. On Tongatapu, there are hotels, self contained apartments and guesthouses as well as off-shore resorts. Vava’u has resorts, motels and guesthouses in various categories, while Ha’apai has eight guesthouses, plus resorts on Foa Island, Uoleva Island and Uiha Island. ‘Eua Island has five guesthouses. Getting around On Tongatapu, Vava’u, Ha’apai and Eua,

Activities Tongans play a range of sports including rugby, soccer, netball, volleyball, basketball, golf, tennis as well as indigenous games. There are also many water-based activities such as diving, fishing, snorkelling, yachting, kayaking and whale watching. Shopping guide Tongan handicrafts are known as some of the best in the South Pacific. Recommended retail outlets include the Langa Fonua, the Friendly Islands Marketing Co-operative, the Fehoko Art and Creations, the Talamahu Market and the Tongan National Centre.


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Royal Sunset Island Resort Enjoy a relaxing tropical island holiday at the Royal Sunset Island Resort, a small boutique island resort set across eight acres on ‘Atata Island, Tonga. Getting to the resort is easy, only 30-minutes ride from the airport to Nuku’alofa, then a pleasant boat transfer from the wharf to ‘Atata Island. Surrounded by acres of tropical gardens, the resort is located on the southern tip of the island and features beachfront fales, a swimming pool, beach volleyball, an island tennis court and more. Surrounded

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and a shimmering lagoon, the fales accommodate up to four guests. Each is equipped with fridge, tea and coffee facilities, hot shower and overhead fans. Wireless internet access is also available at the resort.

There is a range of fun adventure activities for those looking for a little action. Explore local villages and enjoy windsurfing, sailing, snorkelling, island cruising and town safaris.

Watch a tropical sunset and enjoy dining at the Polynesian-style restaurant, or a cocktail at the Ata Bar and listen to local entertainment from the villagers.

Scuba divers will enjoy the rich marine diversity of the Pacific Ocean. Try cave diving or drift diving at the Ha’atafu Cave and the Duff Reef wall with big fish and sharks.

The friendly villagers welcome guests to enjoy the local entertainment, kava parties, and many aspects of the relaxed fakatonga, the Tongan way.

Witness the humpback whale migration from July to October during which the singing males can be clearly heard under the water.

Aatata Island, Tongatapu TONGA Tel: +676 21254/24923  Fax: +676 21254   Email: royalsun@kalianet.to  www.royalsunset.biz

Waterfront Lodge The Waterfront Lodge offers the best private accommodation in Nuku’alofa. The Lodge boasts beautiful sea views, excellent services and luxurious guestrooms. Located on the waterfront, this charming property is under Italian management. The atmosphere is intimate and home-like and the staff are warm and friendly. Each guestroom features a private veranda with an outdoor table and deck chairs, allowing guests to relax and enjoy a cool drink and the wonderful

views in private. All rooms are equipped with airconditioning, a king size bed and a private bathroom. Additional amenities include IDD phone, internet Wi-Fi access, satellite TV, mini fridge and tea/coffee making facilities. All room rates are inclusive of a daily continental breakfast. Delectable delights The Waterfront Restaurant, offers guests breakfasts lunch and dinner. Arguably the most popular restaurant in town, the Waterfront Restaurant features a large

selection of seafood, homemade pasta and delicious desserts. The restaurant is the venue of choice throughout the year for community functions. The Lodge can also supply IDD prepaid phone cards, safety deposit facilities, foreign exchange, car rental, tour and island activities as well as a return airport transfer service for guests convenience. For those seeking intimate accommodation in a luxurious seaside setting, with exceptional service, look no further than the Waterfront Lodge.

Vuna Road, Ma’ufanga - PO Box 1001, Nuku’alofa TONGA Tel: Lodge +676 25260 Restaurant +676 24692 Fax: +676 28059  Email: info@waterfront-lodge.com  www.waterfront-lodge.com www.paradisesonline.com  231


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Haven of diversity The waters surrounding these beautiful islands provide some of the most spectacular and varied underwater exploration in the South Pacific and experienced divers come from all over the world to swim amongst the WWII wrecks which lie scattered over the seabed. A tropical paradise, only three and a half hours from Sydney, Vanuatu means ‘the land that has always existed’. It is made up of 83 islands formed in a Y-shaped archipelago which stretches over some 1,176 kilometres of the Pacific Ocean, half way between Australia and Hawaii. Capital and major centres Although Captain James Cook explored and chartered the Vanuatu archipelago in 1774, which he named the New Hebrides, he ignored the island of Efate and thus missed discovering one of the world’s most beautiful deep water harbours. Today Efate offers safe anchorage to those who visit the capital, Port Vila, by boat, and there is Bauerfield, the international 232  www.paradisesonline.com

plane terminal, which is 10 minutes from the capital. Thus Port Vila is the gateway to Vanuatu and offers visitors a wealth of tourist activities. Free of skyscrapers, the town is set within a magnificent natural harbour, hibiscus dot the surrounding hills and the air is redolent with the scent of frangipani. A boat trip around Efate and the other island retreats reveals a place untouched by modern civilisation. Tanna Island has almost 28,200 people who inhabit 92 villages in a 565-square kilometre area. The islanders have remained relatively unchanged by a century-and-a-half of explorers, missionaries and traders. Pentecost Island is a beautiful unspoilt place, home to a spectacular ritual, the Pentecost Jump. Espiritu Santo is the largest and oldest island with the largest population and the greatest number of natural sights. The movie South Pacific was inspired by this island and Bali Hai is named after Ambae, located to the east of Espiritu Santo.


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The people Predominantly Melanesian, the people speak English, French and Bislama, a form of pidgin. The Ni Vanuatu have populated these islands for centuries and with more than 115 distinctly different cultures and languages still thriving, Vanuatu is recognised as one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. History The first European to visit these shores was Spanish navigator Fernandes de Quiros who landed at Big Bay on Espiritu Santo in 1606. The French explorer, Bougainville, arrived almost 160 years later and in 1774 Captain James Cook charted all the islands and named the archipelago the New Hebrides. In 1839 missionary John Williams attempted to impose Western ways and Christianity on the Ni Vanuatu and was clubbed to death and eaten. However, the locals had no defences against the slave traders, known as black-birders, who shanghaied more than 40,000 people to work on the sugar plantations in Australia. In the 1860s, British and French interests purchased huge tracts of land for cotton plantations and the Ni Vanuatu retaliated by killing a number of Europeans, only to suffer extensive naval bombardment of their villages. The French and British jointly colonised the islands in 1906. During WWII the 250,000 Americans stationed in Vanuatu brought in enormous amounts of cargo which led the Ni Vanuatu to believe that such vast wealth could only have come from the gods. The New Hebrides gained its independence in July 1980 and was renamed Vanuatu. Nature Vanuatu has rich lush tropical rainforests, volcanoes, sparkling blue 234  www.paradisesonline.com

lagoons, cascading waterfalls and beaches that range from silky white to volcanic black. Surrounding the land is a magic sea of aqua and dark blues with a fascinating underwater world of colourful tropical fish that live amongst magnificent coral reef formations. The sights Port Vila offers a range of resorts and scenic bus tours, island cruises and flights around the archipelago. Away from the capital you have the opportunity to visit villages, bathe in hot mineral springs and shower beneath sparkling waterfalls. To familiarise yourself with the town, take a half day bus tour, or if you are feeling adventurous catch a local bus. Visit the Vanuatu Cultural Centre and Museum where you’ll see a wonderful display of artefacts and photographs. Outside the town, hire a car or four-wheel drive and explore the old manganese mine, the magnificent tropical rainforest and friendly villages like Erakor Village. Siviri village’s famous cave is where the children magically beat the earth to light the inside, and Havannah Harbour once played host to the US 7th Fleet during WWII. Eton beach is a favourite, and so too are the Cascades Waterfalls, a series of small waterfalls and pools, some of which you can swim in. Mount Erskine, 25 kilometres from Port Vila is accessible only by 4WD. From the summit, on a clear day, it is possible to see other islands of the archipelago. On Espiritu Santo, visit major plantations growing cocoa, coffee and coconuts and explore the world’s most accessible passenger liner, the President Coolidge, wrecked in Santo Harbour. On Tanna island, the active Yasur volcano provides spectacular displays and it is possible to venture to the crater edge.


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Pentecost Island is renowned for the antics of its young men who hurl themselves off 30–metre high towers with forest vines attached to their ankles in a celebration of the yam harvest. Where to stay Vanuatu has a wide variety of hotels, popular resorts, guesthouses and thatched bungalows on offer for the budget conscious traveller. Getting around Organised tours are easily joined in Port Vila. Car rental is an option, and as the roads are rough outside the city, four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended. In Port Vila, a minibus service covers three routes from sunrise to sunset and taxis operate 24–hours. Food and entertainment Port Vila offers outdoor cafés, a casino, discos and bars. A favourite is a barbecue at some of the resorts on week days where succulent local steaks, fresh fish, kebabs and a wide selection of fresh vegetables, salads and pastries are served. All major hotels have regular entertainment. International cuisine features strongly with French, Polynesian, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, English and Japanese to choose from, as well as delicious local specialties like coconut crab, wild pigeon and flying fox cooked island-style in ground ovens. The men of Vanuatu drink kava at local kava bars and there are regular Melanesian cultural shows. There is an abundance of water sports with excellent reef and wreck diving in Efate and Santo (living aboard the dive boats). Other activities include golf in Port Vila, tennis, big game fishing, river and ocean kayaking, horseriding and cycling. www.paradisesonline.com  235


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Warwick Le Lagon Resort & Spa Discover South Pacific charm at Warwick Le Lagon Resort & Spa, situated on 75 acres of tropical gardens on the edge of the pristine Erakor Lagoon. The resort is a fiveminute drive to Port Vila township, and 15 minutes from the airport.

restaurants that offer delectable South Pacific, Asian and fusion cuisine including the renowned Santo beef of Vanuatu. Enjoy the BBQ Pool Grill at lunch, the renowned Wild Ginger for tempting Asian fusion dishes or visit Lagoon Terrace for themed buffets or the à la carte menu.

The resort has an established reputation for appealing to families and couples with 143 guestrooms in a range of configurations as well as bungalows, overwater villas and Erakor Residence.

Impressive facilities The resort offers a host of impressive facilities that are designed to make your stay in Vanuatu relaxing and memorable. Complimentary activities include nonmotorised watersports, day tennis and green fees on the 12-hole resort course.

Designed to incorporate Melanesian style furnishings and local art, the accommodation boasts furnished balconies and patios leading out to the lagoon and tranquil gardens. The amenities include refrigerator, satellite TV, safe and mini bar. New levels of luxury Discover a new level of luxury where guests are spoilt with individual attention in the elegant surroundings within the new villa range including private villas with individual plunge pools. Pacific Pool, Shefa Pool and Efate Pool Villas each promise seclusion, cocooned behind high walls. They boast luxurious interiors with spacious living areas and bedrooms, private deck and plunge pool. Guests are spoilt for choice with three

For relaxation, visit the Oasis Spa which has five therapy rooms providing individual treatments and special couples’ packages. A fun Kids Club boasts a comprehensive activity program to keep the little ones busy. Surrounded by fragrant gardens, and the clear blue waters of Erakor Lagoon, the spectacular resort offers an idyllic setting and gorgeous indoor and outdoor event spaces for corporate meetings, conferences, special events, banquets and wedding celebrations. For your relaxing holiday, overseas wedding, vow renewal, or corporate incentive trip, experience the Warwick Le Lagon on your next Vanuatu holiday.

Erakor Lagoon, Port Vila VANUATU Phone: +678 22313  Fax: +678 22665  Email: info.lelagon@warwickhotels.com  www.lelagonvanuatu.vu www.paradisesonline.com  237


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Eratap Beach Resort Eratap Beach Resort is a small, exclusive luxury resort situated on Efate Island. Encompassing an entire peninsula with three separate beaches and eight acres of tropical gardens, it is a complete, natural sanctuary only 20 minutes from Port Vila. Eratap Beach Resort has 12 private waterfront villas laced around the peninsula, each with its own unique and uninterrupted view of the ocean. Villas are tastefully decorated using modern Melanesian and Asian furnishings that provide a comfortable, tropical ambience. All are extremely spacious, featuring separate pavilions for both the bedroom and lounge room. Bedrooms are airconditioned and all pavilions have ceiling fans for natural air flow. With louvered windows, high pitched ceilings and large front opening glass doors, the villas are cool, bright and airy. Outdoor, lounge areas are set out on the water’s edge, providing the perfect setting for quiet reading, a sunset drink or romantic meal. Set on Eratap Beach with views out to Castaway Island sits the resort’s restaurant. With lounge areas, bar, open veranda and terrace, it is a great place to watch the day unfold. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink, dine under the stars on the terrace or kick off your shoes and have a meal

on the beach. The chef will create a daily selection of local and international cuisine prepared using the freshest locally grown produce. Sample Vanuatu’s famous organic beef, fresh lobster or the superb flesh of the deep sea “poulet” fish. Enjoy organic fruit and vegetables grown in the red volcanic soil of Vanuatu. Select from a wide range of fine Australian, New Zealand and French wines or sample the island’s cocktails. For a more intimate occasion, have dinner by candlelight on your villa’s deck, or enjoy the sunset on one of the lounge areas surrounding the property. The Spa experience at Eratap Beach Resort is guaranteed to complete your dream vacation. Indulge in traditional massages and range of spa treatments provided in the beautiful spa villa set on the edge of tranquil Etlau Lagoon. The resort is surrounded by lush coastal forests, pristine reefs, lagoons and beaches, providing a perfect, natural environment and immediate access to an abundance of marine activities. With no other development for miles, restricted guest numbers and luxurious facilities, the resort provides an idyllic escape. With its pristine reefs, uninhabited islands, azure lagoons and great surf, it is a haven for those who seek adventure or complete relaxation.

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Villa 25 Internationally recognised as one of the best island destinations in the South Pacific, Villa 25 is an absolute waterfront boutique retreat in an exclusive gated location, only five minutes from colourful Port Vila. Award-winning luxury Recently the winner of the Vanuatu Leading Boutique Resort category 2013, Villa 25 is set on its own pristine private beach, offering the ultimate setting for a luxury villa in Vanuatu. Winning this prestigious award is the ultimate acknowledgement from the World Travel Awards brand that is recognised globally as the supreme hallmark of quality. Villa 25 comprises three gracious villas with each comfortably sleeping two couples or a family of four. Designed by award-winning architect Pierre du Toit to maximise both privacy and views, each villa is furnished and decorated to the highest standard. Their steep pitched shingle roofs, solid block construction and attractive louvered joinery encourage restful living. Each villa features two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and private covered patio with table and four chairs. A poolside lowana (gathering place), just a few metres from the water’s edge, provides a heavenly location for Pacific-style entertaining and relaxation overlooking

a sheltered beach. Modern amenities include air-conditioning, a DVD player and screen, safety deposit box, and iPod docking station. Cooking facilities in the villas give guests the option to purchase the abundant local produce—be it French cheeses, organic beef, fresh fish or juicy mangoes from the market—adding the convenience of inexpensive entertaining to your stay. Or, if you prefer, they can arrange to have a chef prepare gourmet cuisine for you. The residential manager will look after your every need and provide local knowledge on everything from supermarkets to scenic flights, car hire, shopping and the glorious sunsets. Idyllic oasis Villa 25 guests can snorkel amongst abundant coral and tropical fish directly in front of their accommodation. There is a wide range of idyllic reef and wreck dive sites—many only minutes from Port Vila and a few hundred metres off Villa 25’s beach—with kayaks and paddleboards also available. The privacy, spectacular location and understated luxury make Villa 25 perfect for a group of friends, a family get-together, a romantic wedding or honeymoon, an executive retreat or a secluded, inspirational getaway.

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Breakas Beach Resort Nestled amidst swaying palms fringed on a private beach, Breakas Beach Resort provides a magical holiday experience for those seeking “feet in the sand” relaxation in an adults-only (child free) environment. Enjoy all that Vanuatu has to offer and the natural beauty of Pango Peninsula, where a private cove makes swimming, snorkelling, diving, surfing, hiking, kite-surfing, windsurfing and relaxing on the beach possible all year round. The wonderful staff is a mine of information when it comes to where to go and what to see during your stay.

Celebrate the art of indulgence Offering an unrivalled backdrop in Port Vila, Breakas Beach Resort offers perfect accommodation options for romance and escapism. Choose from Garden Fares nestled amongst lush tropical foliage or positioned directly on the beach. The Beachfront Fares boast perfect views of the turquoise waters only steps away from you. Awarded for their distinctive tropical design, the fares (bungalows) feature traditional Pacifica and Melanesian design elements including thatched roofs, open-air coral bathrooms and local timber shutters.

Step into a world of exquisite relaxation and discover the time-tested benefits of traditional massages and treatments at the resort’s spa. With spectacular views and immediate access to Port Vila’s best surfing beach, the resort’s restaurant and bars present extraordinary settings for a fine gourmet experience or that very special celebration with its famous beachside dining. Enjoy the innovative menus created to showcase the seasonal flavours of the South Pacific. Salt Bar features a fabulously long cocktail and wine list and a selection of tapas.

PO Box 1101, Port Vila VANUATU Tel: +678 25844 Fax: +678 24710  Email: res@breakas.com  www.breakas.com

The Havannah If your idea of paradise is an idyllic tropical setting combining enchantment, romance, elegance and unspoiled beauty, then The Havannah awaits. Nestled amongst tropical gardens it is in an unrivalled location, just 25 kilometres from Port Vila. The 16 luxurious, air-conditioned villas offer an enticing combination of styles. Admire the sparkling azure blue waters and distant neighbouring islands from the Waterfront Villas. These modern stand-alone villas are furnished to impress the most discerning guest. Lagoon Pool Villas are set atop the

magnificent split-level infinity edge pool and offer their own private beach and swimming pool entrance while the Garden Sunset Villas are nestled in the tropical gardens. All villas feature a king size bed, fully equipped mini-bar, flat screen and internet connection, iPod docking stations and outside daybeds. Some offer an infinity plunge pool, open-air bath and Bose® sound system. From total relaxation to adventure sports, there is something for everyone at The Havannah. Sunbathe on the white sand beach, lounge on a daybed suspended

over the lagoon pool or experience the exhilarating rush of game fishing. Enjoy kayaking, sailing, snorkelling or diving in the crystal clear water and explore the coral and abundant fish species. When it’s time to indulge, the day spa, Arôm’Essence, is the perfect place to relax and be pampered. The Point Restaurant, with its commanding views over Havannah Harbour, offers gourmet cuisine with an international flavour while the European trained chef devises menus to excite not only when dining in the restaurant, but also in the privacy of your villa or on the resort’s private jetty.

PO Box 4 Samoa Point Port Vila Vanuatu Tel: +678 551 8060  Email: reservations@thehavannah.com  www.thehavannah.com 240  www.paradisesonline.com


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