GREAT SOUTH P A C I F I C ESCAPES
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.