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Shane Kennedy, owner operator, House of Travel Tauranga Q. I have been to Denarau Island and loved it but would like to head somewhere more off-the-beaten track, but still accessible, on my next Fiji trip. Where would you suggest? A.
Denarau delivers a great holiday experience but there are plenty more amazing spots Fiji has to offer.
I recommend the Yasawa Islands – away from the mainland, yet are easily accessible by boat or air.
One service gaining in popularity is Awesome Adventures and, a bit like island-hopping, it allows you to mix and match, enabling a diverse and unique holiday.
Along with the experience of staying on remote and rather romantic little islands, chances are you’ll enjoy more sunny days here too, with the weather being calmer than the mainland.
Depending on your budget and holiday companions, the Yasawas offer backpacker hostels, family friendly resorts and five-star resorts.
If you are up for more adventure, some of the best dive spots surround the islands, and exploring the Sawa-I-Lau Caves is a must-do. Flights from New Zealand to Fiji are readily available and affordable.
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Whether you’re a self-confessed foodie or simply love a good meal and fine wine, Sydney is ripe with new flavours, restaurants and neighbourhoods to try.
From talked-about cafes popping up in leafy pockets to upmarket restaurants opening their doors, I happily explored this city, mouthful by mouthful, on a recent trip.
It’s hard to pick my favourites but The Port in Darling Harbour definitely deserves a mention. A new French eatery with a contemporary atmosphere and an obvious love for seafood, you can sit out on the breezy harbour front to enjoy the panoramas.
Keep walking along the waterfront to discover Sydney’s newest eating and drinking precinct – Barangaroo. Sit down to sustainable local seafood merged with native Australian ingredients at Cirrus, enjoy Chinese-Australian fusion cuisine at Lotus, or get a taste of Belles Hot Chicken – the chef, Morgan McGlone, honed his fried chicken skills in Tennessee so you know it’s going to be finger-lickin’ good.
Another popular spot that’s perhaps not so well known among visitors is the hip inner-city neighbourhood of Chippendale. Head to Spice Alley for your pick of six hawker-style diners in an atmospheric laneway lit by glowing lantern ceilings, whether it’s Malaysian, Cantonese or Singaporean that entices.
Barangaroo is Sydney’s newest eating and drinking precinct.
For a fresh perspective on Fiji, try islandhopping in the Yasawas.