Day-dreaming of warm waters and white sand? Winter is well and truly upon us, and all we can think about is our next tropical getaway.
Right now you're probably pretty busy.... but take a moment to cast your eyes over these gorgeous beaches we’ve found for you – just in case you fancy heading somewhere gloriously warm. We’ve tracked down some of the most stunning beaches and highlighted some of the attractions below.
Maybe you could take a couple of days off and head to one of the many Pacific Islands close by? Did you know that there are between 20,000 and 30,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean? So the chances are good that you’ll easily find a destination that meets all your needs and won’t break the bank.
Bora Bora, Society Islands
Bora Bora is a beloved tourist destination just one hour’s flight from the island of Tahiti or Moorea. Bora Bora is famed for luxurious resorts, stunning tropical scenery and turquoise waters that beg to be snorkelled. Ideal for those seeking a romantic getaway.
Aitutaki, Southern Cook Islands
The second most visited island in the Cook Islands, Aitutaki boasts an exquisitely beautiful central lagoon and offers many water-based activities, snorkelling being one of the most popular. The outer canyons of the Aitutaki barrier reef hold several hundred species of fish, while the inner lagoon is host to a giant clam reserve. If any of the scenery seems familiar, Aitutaki was used as the location for the tribal council in the US TV programme Survivor: Cook Islands.
Moorea, Society Islands
Mountains, waterfalls, gardens laden with hibiscus and surrounded by a stunning lagoon, Moorea is undoubtedly a jewel of the Pacific. Visitor must-sees include spectacular views from the Belvedere Lookout, a short hike to one of the island’s waterfalls and the pineapple juice factory and distillery, Jus De Fruits De Moorea.
Upolu Island, Samoa
One of the two main islands in Samoa, Upolu offers a mix of stunning white sand beaches, blue lagoons and, inland, lush rainforests with winding tracks leading to rivers and beautiful waterfalls. The most famous beach, Lalomanu Beach, regularly voted in the top 5 “best beaches” in the Pacific. Here you can enjoy traditional Samoan accommodation in a beach fale, designed to ensure coolness inside while remaining open to the beautiful views.
Yasawa Islands, Fiji
If it’s natural beauty you’re after without the tourist trappings then Fiji’s Yasawa Islands could be for you. There are no shops or banks (and also no medical services) just a remote, unspoilt piece of paradise. Visiting these islands was once limited to cruise ships and land based tourism was restricted until 1987. Recommended activities include snorkelling, fishing, sailing and hiking.
On average the South Pacific experiences 15 tropical cyclones each year and these storms can play havoc with travel schedules.
To be covered for your travel expenses when the unexpected happens, be sure to have travel insurance the moment you pay for your trip.