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DISCONNECT AND RECONNECT WITH FAMILY.

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Swap the school run and long commutes for some rewarding family time by the beach.


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BE AT ONE WITH NATURE
in Hawai'i

Courageous kids are in their element on Hawai‘i Island, for this is where the manta rays hang out. Frequenting the Kona Coast, notably the bay fronting Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa, come nightfall snorkellers can join a boat tour and swim amongst them. Manta rays can’t resist the juicy plankton resting on the sea’s surface, so as they feast, swimmers can get incredibly close. To maintain visibility, lights are placed in the water, and the resulting aqua-marine glow is enchanting.



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LIVE SIMPLY IN A BEACH FALE in Samoa

The perfect accommodation in Samoa. For a memorable experience, a traditional beach fale in Samoa is both idyllic and adventurous. Owned by local families, these thatched abodes have open sides and basic amenities. But there are rewards in going so rustic — such as the beach just inches from your feet, fantastic hospitality and a unique opportunity to show your kids life’s simpler pleasures.




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LENDING A HAND in Fiji’s Coral Coast

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort offers support to the local communities by helping with various projects, and if you’re staying there yourself, you can also roll up your sleeves and pitch in. Guests are invited to join the Engineering team to undertake community work at the Sigatoka Hospital. Outrigger Fiji guests can book tickets visit the project on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Tickets include return transportation and a local town tour on your back to the resort. No experience is necessary — just ask your consultant!

Plan your next trip with The Family Guide to Fiji Holidays




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TICK-OFF THE BUCKET LIST TOGETHER in Vanuatu

Mount Yasur is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and you can — if you dare — peer into its giant, lava-spewing mouth. The Tanna Volcano Safari will take you on a wild three-day adventure across coffee plantations and highland villages, before coming to the crater’s edge and a fiery display of excitable lava bombs. As the sun sets, the night’s sky makes it even more enthralling.





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HAVE FUN AND GIVE BACK
 in Samoa

IN SE’ESE’E, approximately 15 minutes from Apia, there’s a natural aquatic playground fondly named the Papase’ea Sliding Rock: a series of waterfalls that you can slide down, landing with a satisfying plop into the lagoon below. Entrance fees go to the Women’s Association. These ladies run the show, and also take care of your belongings while you play. The money is used to rebuild the community, so it’s an all-round feel good event. You should also try the To Sua Trench, a 30-metre deep lagoon boasting crystal-clear water and accessed via ladder. This idyllic pool and surrounding gardens are perfect for a post-dip picnic.


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ABOUT ANNA SARJEANT

As a self-confessed travel addict, the majority of my wage, time and daydreams are spent seeing as much of the planet as my pay packet will allow. My love for a good jaunt may have been brought on by an inquisitive mind, but I am more inclined to think it was induced by several childhood holidays spent in a rain-lashed caravan. Up a mountain. On a farm. In Britain. Bored.

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