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The beaches along Tumon Bay make up Guam’s main resort district, so you’ll find... more
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Tumon
The beaches along Tumon Bay make up Guam’s main resort district, so you’ll find all manner of hotels, oceanview restaurants and beach bars. Try Ypao Beach Park for great snorkeling (some in very shallow water) and outdoor concerts. Want more privacy? It’ll take a bit of effort (a walk along a cliffside trail) but if you’re up for the challenge, Faifa'i Beach is a romantic, secluded spot.
Noumea, on the island of Grand Terre, is the capital of the French territory of... more
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Noumea
Noumea, on the island of Grand Terre, is the capital of the French territory of New Caledonia. The peaceful port city has a diverse population and colourful European architecture, reflecting its colonial history. Having served as the headquarters of the US Army during WWII, the tropical shrubbery of Ouen Toro Mount is now under the protection of abandoned Naval guns. The Michel Corbasson Zoological and Forest Park offers visitors shaded walks amongst rare birds and views out over the lagoon.
One of the largest towns and most visitors’ first stop on Fiji, Nadi is a... more
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Nadi
One of the largest towns and most visitors’ first stop on Fiji, Nadi is a culturally diverse city of 30,000. Nadi Beach is a wide strand, perfect for lazing in the sun and watching sunsets. Nearby Natadola Beach is Fiji’s most spectacular and is popular for swimming and body surfing. Other paces to visit in Nadi include Sri Siva Subramaniya, the largest Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere, the Sleeping Giant orchid gardens and Waqadra Botanical Gardens.
Perched on the banks of the wide Swan River, between the Indian Ocean and the... more
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Perth
Perched on the banks of the wide Swan River, between the Indian Ocean and the sands of the Nullarbour Desert, Perth is one of the world's most isolated cities, yet still boasts an active beach scene and smokin’ nightlife. Family-friendly Cottesloe is brimming with swimmers, surfers and snorkelers. Head north to Scarbourough for a spirited beachside club scene. Coo at cute marsupials on ferry-accessible Rottnest Island, and don’t miss the views from King's Park and Botanic Gardens.
Darwin has a sophisticated arts scene… and an annual Beer Can Regatta, featuring... more
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Darwin
Darwin has a sophisticated arts scene… and an annual Beer Can Regatta, featuring tiny boats built from booze vessels. It’s also a great sports town—you’ll find rugby, cricket, basketball and Aussie rules football at the Marrara Sports Complex and V8 Supercars action at the Hidden Valley Raceway. Hit the surf and sand at beautiful Casaurina Beach (consider yourself warned: there’s a designated nudist section) or Mindil Beach.
Cairns is the perfect city for merry revelers, passionate divers and adrenaline... more
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Cairns
Cairns is the perfect city for merry revelers, passionate divers and adrenaline junkies, offering booming nightlife and heart-pounding adventure amid a vibrant, tropical setting.  This friendly Queensland city of 130,000 is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation, Cooktown and the rest of Cape York Peninsula. Embark on an eco-adventure or take a dip in a lagoon pool before hitting the town to unwind and shake what you’ve got Down Under.  
Old world and new collide in Apia, Samoa's harborside capital. Traditional... more
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Apia
Old world and new collide in Apia, Samoa's harborside capital. Traditional Samoan houses and buildings stand side by side with 19th century colonial churches and official buildings as well as late 20th century multistory structures. The central clock tower is surrounded by shops and markets, as well as nightlife in various bars and nightclubs. Vaiala beach offers snorkeling opportunities. The final resting place of writer Robert Louis Stevenson, Apia still houses his former home, now a museum.
Perched on Australia’s southeastern coast, the lively city of Hobart is a unique... more
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Hobart
Perched on Australia’s southeastern coast, the lively city of Hobart is a unique mash-up of the 19th and 21st centuries. The waterfront cafes, restaurants and studios of Tasmania’s largest city are housed in centuries-old converted warehouses that overlook a harbour bustling with yachts and fishing boats. An active arts scene, vibrant nightlife and leisurely daytime pace add to the city’s charm.
The South Island town of Wanaka appeals to both adventure lovers and... more
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Wanaka
The South Island town of Wanaka appeals to both adventure lovers and relaxation-minded travellers. Situated on the crystal-clear waters of New Zealand's fourth-largest lake, just a short drive from Mount Aspiring National Park, Wanaka is an ideal spot to go fishing, hiking, skiing, wine-tasting or golfing. The city also hosts Warbirds Over Wanaka, the largest three-day air show in the Southern Hemisphere.
For Tolkien fans, Hamilton and its surrounding region is the motherland. This... more
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Hamilton
For Tolkien fans, Hamilton and its surrounding region is the motherland. This lush part of New Zealand was the location of “The Shire” in the Lord of the Rings films, and there are plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in fantasy, like the nearby Hobbiton movie set. Outdoor adventures are everywhere in Hamilton. Explore enchanting botanical gardens, underground caves and the splendid Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum.