Get intimate with Fiji

Kate Webster takes you aboard the Fiji Princess for an intimate escape in Fiji. Fiji is known as a flop and drop destination. White sandy beaches, shading palm trees and clear blue waters enhanced more by a relaxed warm vibe. It really is paradise. But what if you could flop and drop knowing you will wake the next morning, or from your afternoon snooze, to look at a new magical destination? That is the appeal of a cruise around the islands of Fiji. One day you can be anchored in a small cove sheltered by a rocky mysterious island, the next tendering ashore to a remote local village and school.

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Sunsets at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort is much more than a place to rest your head. It is an entire experience in itself. Located in the heart of Kuta, Bali and overlooking the spectacular Indian Ocean is the five-star Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort. Its central location at Jalan Pantai Kuta makes it the perfect place from which to enjoy the many things to do in Kuta. It is just steps away from the Beachwalk shopping mall, the beach and the bustling nightlife of Kuta. Travellers to Bali can enjoy the many experiences on offer, from surfing, shopping and cultural activities, to everything in between. However this resort is so much more than just

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The greatest of ocean roads

Australia’s National Heritage listed Great Ocean Road stretches along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. Its 243 kilometres of road hugs the coastline affectionately known as the Surf Coast and is one of the greatest of ocean roads. The scenic route between Torquay and Cape Otway and the Shipwreck Coast further west of Cape Otway, provides stunning views of Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. The diversity of landscapes along this drive switches between rainforests, dune scrubland, endless beaches and cliffs composed of limestone and sandstone. Winding through varying terrain along the coast and providing access to several prominent landmarks, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations, the road is an important tourist attraction in the region. However other

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Cambodia temples. Captured in stone, engulfed by nature

Stepping over the rubble of blackened stone choked by a creeping vine, a magical sensation tingles up my spine.  I am surrounded by 100 years of Cambodian Khmer history, captured in stone and strangled by nature.  Reflective of this country’s violent and bloody battle, here in the temples of Angkor, a battle continues. Now, it is the battle of human verse nature  as trees and vines swallow the temples.   The winner is nature as it takes back its space. Built during Khmer civilisation at its  height of power are the temples of Angkor.   Just moments outside of Siem Reap in an area of about 400 km² are hidden nearly 100

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Samoan secret getaways

Heading to Samoa and want to get out of the main city of Apia? Here are some secret little gems which offer Samoan seclusion.    1. Sa’ Moana         Located on the stunning South Coast of Upolu, Samoa, the Sa’Moana is approximately a 35 minute drive away from Faleolo International Airport.  All the beach bungalows are absolute beach front with breathtaking views of the beach, reef and Pacific Ocean.  There is a fully licensed bar/restaurant and sports bar above the huge outdoor restaurant deck area. The bar/restaurant is open all day, from 7am till late.    2. Maninoa Surf Camp           Maninoa Surf

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Where to stay in Apia, Samoa

Visiting Apia in Samoa and not sure where to stay? There is a wide variety of hotels and resorts to suit any travellers taste and budget.  Some recommendations include the following:   1. Samoan Outrigger Hotel           Popular budget hotel the Samoan Outrigger Hotel has gained a reliable reputation for offering clean and affordable accommodation.  A place where you can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and have all the facilities needed by today’s discerning traveller.  The Samoan Outrigger Hotel offers a wide range of accommodation.  The standard rooms (single, double or triple) have high ceilings, fans and mosquito screening. Ensuite or shared facilities are available. These rooms are

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Immerse yourself in Sabah’s Mari Mari Village

Expecting a boring historical lesson delivered by a few slideshow presentations, I was amazed at what Mari Mari Cultural Village has achieved. Located deep in the countryside about 25 minutes from the modern and developing Kota Kinabalu city, the village operates as more than just a museum that preserves Borneo ethnic culture. In its aims to share the knowledge, history, culture, and tradition of Borneo so that it is not forgotten, it offers the chance to immerse yourself into a world so interesting and unique, you want to learn more. Acting like a true working village as it would be, the village gives you the opportunity to see and experience the

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Tawali Resort, Papua New Guinea’s place of rest

There is something mysteriously arousing about this place of rest. Rugged coastline blanketed in dense jungle reaches out to touch the calm lapping waters of the bay in a friendly greeting. The air is still yet filled with a chorus of birds singing unfamiliar tunes. The jungle stretches beyond the shoreline and beneath the ocean surface into a mosaic of reefs, scattered like an underwater garden. The water is so clear, it’s like looking through glass at the sea life that inhabit below. This is Tawali Resort, the place of rest. Tucked away in a remote and peaceful corner of Papua New Guinea, Tawali Resort is located on a volcanic

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Top 5 must do’s in Fiji

Travelling to the island paradise of Fiji and don’t know what to expect? The tiny island nation will win you over, from infectious local smiles to the pristine natural surroundings, this mere speck on the map packs a punch when it comes to things to do and see. It won’t take long to get accustomed to the local lingo.  Swap your “hello” for “bula”, your “thank you” for “vinaka” and your already talking like a local.  The Fijian way of life requires you to drop the pace back a few gears, but hey, you’re on holidays and that won’t be hard to achieve. Generally you will fly into the main

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It’s always happy hour on Radiance of the Seas

With the magnificent backdrop of Sydney Harbour on a summer day that couldn’t be more perfect, I found myself stepping onto the decks of Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas. Initial reactions of awe enveloped my body.  She is a big girl.  A total 220 square meters to be exact.  But she needs to be to house2100 passengers and over 850 crew to look after them. The last cruise I took was on PO Pacific Sky, and well let’s just say, it was an eventful cruise after we became shipwrecked on an island off the Isle of Pines.  So I was slightly hesitant as to what this cruise would deliver.

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