There is a multitude of choice when it comes to breaking your journey to the Southern hemisphere, depending on who you choose to fly with determines the options available. For Australia you can look at a few nights in the vibrant cities of Singapore or Hong Kong or maybe slightly closer to home in Dubai. If you’re heading to New Zealand why not spend a couple of days in sunny California or on the beautiful South Pacific Island of Fiji?
This vibrant, sophisticated island is one of only three city-states in the world and the ideal place both geographically and experience-wise to break your journey, it’s also a gentle introduction to South East Asia if you have never visited before.
Spend time at the gardens by the Bay, three waterfront gardens filled with sculpture and rare flora and get a birds-eye view of the city from the 22m aerial walkway strung between the Supertrees, incredible tree shaped vertical gardens.
A ride at sunset on the Singapore Flyer (Singapore’s larger version of the London Eye) makes for some memorable photos.
Singapore has a number of distinct neighbourhoods well worth visiting including Chinatown, Little India, Orchard Road (for shopping), Kampong glam, Singapore’s oldest urban quarter now an eclectic blend of history, culture and a new-trendy lifestyle and Marina Bay, where you can marvel at the impressive views and architectural icons.
Eating is a real pleasure in Singapore with its melting pot of cultures. you’ll find something to suit every budget from traditional street food to hip-hawker stalls to Michelin star dining.
The days of flying into Hong Kong so close to the soaring skyscrapers that you could almost see washing drying may have gone but this electric, vibrant city pulsates with life and energy.
It’s a financial hot spot, melting pot of traditions and a modern, urban city. Explore the eclectic neighbourhoods and outlying islands on one of the world’s slickest transport systems and enjoy a dining scene that is one of the best you’ll find anywhere on your travels.
It’s not always easy to spot Hong Kong’s past history, but it’s there if you look for it, tucked under soaring sky scrapers you’ll find temples and shrines, perfumed with incense and fish markets selling their wares.
Central is where East and West collide, beneath a stunning skyline you’ll find one of Hong Kong’s oldest neighbourhoods.
A trip up Victoria Peak is still one of the best ways to see the panoramic views of Hong Kong, built in 1888 the tram that takes you to the top is the world’s steepest funicular railway, the views at dusk are the best.
For a value for money harbour cruise, hop on the Star Ferry, Victoria Harbour is now connected by a network of road and rail tunnels but for visitors and locals alike it remains a reliable and efficient way of crossing the harbour.
The South Pacific island of Fiji is more than just one island, it’s made up of an archipelago of more than 300 tropical islands lying in the warm, turquoise waters of the South Pacific.
The island of Viti Levu is the main gateway for most travellers, although there are also domestic airports scattered throughout the islands, international flights arrive into Nadi. Denarau Island, linked by a causeway to the mainland is one of the largest integrated resorts in the South Pacific, it’s only a short distance from the airport and you’ll find eight resorts, beaches plus an 18-hole golf course.
For a true ‘Fijian’ experience though we recommend a stay on one of the islands. There are a number of island groups and the Mamanuca’s are picture perfect when it comes to your tropical island dream.White sandy beaches and swaying palm trees are the backdrop to a choice of hotels depending on your budget.
Lying just north of the Mamanuca’s you’ll find the Yasawa Islands,you won’t find shops or banks or a multitude of restaurants, this is resort island life at its finest amidst stunning natural beauty.
Vanua Levu is Fiji’s second largest island but attracts far less tourists.The island is a natural paradise and a firm favourite with dive enthusiasts. Tavaneui is known as the ‘garden Island’ and for good reason, glorious beaches and exceptional dive sites sit side by side with lush jungles, secluded waterfalls and abundant wildlife.
Talk to one of our specialists about how to include a stay in Fiji with your holiday to Australia or New Zealand.