Travel Say “Bula” to Fiji.

Ev­ery­thing you’ve heard about Fiji is true. It’s home to the friendli­est peo­ple in the world, with smiles as wide as their stun­ning beaches. And yes, they re­ally do say “Bula!” (hello) a lot. With 333 is­lands and year-round tem­per­a­tures av­er­ag­ing above 25

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The award-win­ning Jean-michel Cousteau Re­sort caters to cou­ples and fam­i­lies who are look­ing for the ul­ti­mate in­dul­gence. Kids will love the Bula Club while par­ents can en­joy a ro­man­tic pic­nic on the re­sort’s pri­vate is­land of Navi­avia.

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Is­land-hop­ping is the best way to ex­plore Fiji’s di­verse is­lands. Me­an­der the azure wa­ters on an air-con­di­tioned boat (or work on your tan on the sun deck) through the idyl­lic Ma­manuca and Ya­sawa is­land g groups.p

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On the is­land of Ovalau sits the oft-over­looked orig­i­nal cap­i­tal of Fiji, Le­vuka. Here, the friend­li­ness of the peo­ple and the tran­quil­lity of is­land life are am­pli­fied. The town is also rich in his­tory, lead­ing UNESCO to de­clare it a World Her­itage Site in 2013.

Make a day of it and travel with South Sea Cruises to BEACH­COMBER IS­LAND, where you can swim, eat or, if you pre­fer, sleep the af­ter­noon away. From $133 per per­son; ssc.com.fj.

Over­look­ing breath­tak­ing Savusavu Bay, JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU RE­SORT is all about eco-friendly liv­ing. It fea­tures just 25 lux­u­ri­ous bu­res. From

Stay with John and Mar­i­lyn Milesi. The Perth cou­ple fell in love with Fiji in 1984 and have since set up LE­VUKA HOMESTAY from $105 per night for a sin­gle room; le­vuka­home­s­tay.com.

To ex­pe­ri­ence a more tra­di­tional Fi­jian way of life, travel through the YA­SAWA’S VOL­CANIC IS­LANDS and meet the lo­cals in their vil­lages. Maybe even try kava, Fiji’s cer­e­mo­nial drink.

The JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU DIVE CEN­TRE of­fers pre­mier div­ing tours, so there’s even more rea­son to get into the crys­tal-clear wa­ters; jean­michel­cousteau­div­ing.com.

Take a sprightly walk through the old colo­nial town and climb up the fa­mous 199 steps of MIS­SION HILL.

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