GREAT SOUTH P A C I F I C ES­CAPES

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Walk on wa­ter: Seven nights of lux­ury at Tahiti’s Bora Bora La­goon Re­sort & Spa is the tempt­ing lure from El­e­gant Re­sorts. The Bora Bora In­dul­gence deal in­cludes in­ter­na­tional air fares, two nights at the Radis­son Plaza Re­sort Tahiti, flights to Bora Bora, five nights in an over­wa­ter bun­ga­low, break­fasts and din­ners, mas­sage at the tree­top Maru Spa, a bot­tle of wine on ar­rival and all trans­fers. Priced from $4765 a per­son ex Syd­ney, $4945 ex Melbourne, $4940 ex Bris­bane, $6025 ex Perth and valid for travel un­til De­cem­ber 21. More: (02) 8270 4850; www.borab­o­rala­goon.com. Cooks tour: Two pop­u­lar Cook Is­lands re­sorts have linked up to of­fer a seven­night spe­cial. Stay four nights at the Raro­ton­gan Beach Re­sort and Spa and three at the Aitutaki La­goon Re­sort and Spa to get a free up­grade at both re­sorts. From $2319 a per­son ex Bris­bane, $2359 ex Syd­ney and $2409 ex Melbourne. In­cludes break­fasts, trans­fers, flights and pre­payable taxes. More: 1800 641 803; www.ther­aro­ton­gan.com; www.aitu­tak­i­la­goon­re­sort.com. Tahiti gem: Stay five nights, pay for four is the of­fer at Tahiti’s Moorea Pearl Re­sort. From $858 a per­son (air fares ex­tra), in­clud­ing con­ti­nen­tal break­fasts and room up­grade. Valid for sale to Oc­to­ber 31 for travel to Novem­ber 15. More: 131 600; www.flight­cen­tre.com.au. Say aloha: Ex­plore Hol­i­days has four nights for the price of three at a num­ber of prop­er­ties in Hawaii. The new Wy­land Waikiki Ho­tel, for in­stance, starts at $471 a per­son; an­other new­comer, the Em­bassy Suites: Waikiki Beach Walk has rooms from $618 a per­son. Both deals with break­fasts; air fares ex­tra. Valid for travel to De­cem­ber 21. More: 1300 73 1012; www.ex­plore­hol­i­days.com.au. Take flight: A com­pli­men­tary 20-minute he­li­copter trans­fer is the bonus when book­ing a min­i­mum of three nights each at Fiji’s Outrig­ger on the La­goon and Cast­away Is­land. Six nights from $1987 ex Aus­tralia’s east coast. More: www.outrig­ger.com. In a lava: Watch mi­grat­ing whales, walk on lava and visit Pearl Har­bor on an eight­night Hawai­ian fly-cruise. From $2351 a per­son ex Syd­ney, $2454 ex Bris­bane, $2464 ex Melbourne, $2656 ex Ade­laide or $2809 ex Perth. In­cluded is one night’s ac­com­mo­da­tion in Waikiki and seven nights aboard Pride of Amer­ica. More: 1800 007 131; www.cruiseabout.com.au. Fly and cruise: P & O Cruises has seven­night fly-cruise es­capes to the South Pa­cific from Bris­bane with deals from $795 a per­son, in­clud­ing flights from Can­berra, Melbourne or New­cas­tle. For $845 a per­son, pas­sen­gers can fly from Ade­laide, Ho­bart or Launce­s­ton. The deals ap­ply to se­lected cruises on Pa­cific Star dur­ing Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber and Pa­cific Sun from Novem­ber. More: 132 469; www.pocruises.com.au. Five for four: A five-night stay for the cost of four at Van­u­atu’s beach­side Par­adise Cove Re­sort in Port Vila comes with trans­fers, break­fasts and a tour. From $1099 a per­son ex Bris­bane, $1149 ex Syd­ney and $1419 ex Melbourne. More: 1800 641 803; www.coralseas.com.au. On the beach: Seven nights at the Sher­a­ton Fiji Re­sort, on the beach­front at De­na­rau Is­land, is be­ing of­fered at 50 per cent off nor­mal rates by Es­cape Travel. From $1285 a per­son ex Bris­bane, $1319 ex Syd­ney, $1425 ex Melbourne, $1665 ex Ade­laide or $1855 ex Perth. In­cludes trans­fers and break­fasts. For sale to Au­gust 31 for travel to De­cem­ber 25 and from Jan­uary 4 to March 31. More: 1300 799 783; www.es­cape­travel.com.au. Brand Niue: Two free nights are in­cluded in an eight-night pack­age on the Pa­cific is­land of Niue (pop­u­la­tion 1500), where it’s said visit­ing whales can out­num­ber hu­mans. From $1375 a per­son ex Bris­bane and Melbourne, $1389 ex Syd­ney, $1609 ex Ade­laide and $2005 ex Perth, in­clud­ing break­fasts, trans­fers and pre-payable taxes. More: 1300 130 524; www.ni­ueis­land.com.

Barry Oliver

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