An Exotic Journey Across the South Pacific

16 Days in Fiji, Vanuatu and Australia

Many travelers go to the South Pacific and stay in a single resort, but the region also lends itself to a journey. This itinerary lets you follow in the footsteps of Hideaway Report editors. If you wish to spend less time, Fiji and Vanuatu make a stellar itinerary on their own.

Keep in mind that while Fiji and Australia both have well-developed tourism infrastructures, Vanuatu receives far fewer visitors, so its facilities tend to be more rustic; those unwilling to forgo air-conditioning and transfers in luxury vehicles should give the archipelago a pass.

Itinerary Highlights

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  • Hike to a nearby waterfall
  • Kayak through mangroves
  • Visit the Blue Lagoon Caves
  • Play on a David McLay Kidd golf course
  • Picnic on a private island
  • Enjoy a Sydney Harbour cruise

Trip Overview

Day 1 : Arrive in Fiji
Transfer to Nanuku
Day 2 - 4 : Adventure Excursions
Relax at Nanuku and explore the surrounding area
Day 5 : Return to Nadi
Explore the outer islands of Fiji
Day 6 - 8 : Beach activities
Enjoy watersports on the white sand
Day 9 : Transfer to Vanuatu
Enjoy alfresco dining
Day 10 - 12 : Private plane to excursions
Enjoy snorkeling, paddle-boarding and more
Day 13
Fly to Sydney, Australia
Day 14 - 15
Take a Sydney Harbour cruise and more
Day 16 : Depart for home

Day 1 : Arrive in Fiji

Arrive early in the morning into Nadi, Fiji.

Transfer two hours and 15 minutes by car or 20 minutes by charter flight to Nanuku, an Auberge resort on the south coast of Fiji’s main island.

Take the rest of the day to settle in, relax by the pool, beachcomb and perhaps enjoy a spa treatment. 

Pool at Nanuku
Pool at Nanuku - Photo by Hideaway Report editor
Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji

Comprising 24 Fijian-style rooms and villas, this striking hideaway is stretched along 2 miles of beach on the south coast of Viti Levu.

Day 2 - 4 : Adventure Excursions

Relax at Nanuku and explore the surrounding area. Hike to a nearby waterfall, kayak through the mangroves behind the resort, visit a vegetable market and crab farm, snorkel along the coral garden just off the beach, go deep-sea fishing or have a gourmet picnic on Nanuku’s 2-acre private island.

The resort also offers cooking classes, workshops on Fijian crafts, yoga and shopping excursions to a nearby small town. More adventurous sorts can go whitewater rafting or sandboarding in Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park.

Nanuku’s 2-acre private island, located 20 minutes from the resort
Mangrove excursion at Nanuku

Day 5 : Return to Nadi

Return to Nadi and take a short onward flight to one of our recommended resorts in the outer islands: Laucala IslandThe Wakaya Club or Yasawa Island.

Beach at The Wakaya Club & Spa, Fiji
Beach at The Wakaya Club & Spa, Fiji
Laucala Island

Closed until 2022, this exclusive sanctuary is set on a remote 3,460-acre private island. 

Wakaya Club & Spa

Set on a remote 2,200-acre private island, this property is an extraordinary family-friendly resort.

Yasawa Island Resort

This relaxing tropical outpost is set along a perfect white-sand beach.

Day 6 - 8 : Beach activities

Spend this time on white beaches surrounded by jewel-toned seas, or on snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, fishing or nature walks. Each resort has its own set of activities. The Wakaya Club has a David Niven Croquet Court and nine holes of golf winding through a coconut plantation; Yasawa offers excursions to the Blue Lagoon Caves, seen in the 1980 Brooke Shields film; and Laucala has a David McLay Kidd-designed championship golf course and a two-person submarine. Each resort also offers beach picnics and memorable cultural experiences.

The 11th hole of the David McLay Kidd-designed golf course at Laucala Island, Fiji
The 11th hole of the David McLay Kidd-designed golf course at Laucala Island, Fiji - © Jason Busch

Day 9 : Transfer to Vanuatu

Transfer to Suva airport on the main island. Fly nonstop for two hours, 45 minutes to Port Vila, Vanuatu. (Flights are not daily.)

It’s possible to take a commercial flight from Port Vila on to Espiritu Santo, followed by a 30-minute boat transfer to Ratua Private Island. But to avoid a layover in Port Vila’s airport, which has limited services, we recommend chartering Ratua’s small plane and flying directly from Port Vila to the island’s airstrip.

Check into a villa, preferably in West Point Village (Buffalo Villa and Safari Tent not recommended). Relax on your private stretch of beach and have dinner alfresco overlooking the water. 

Beachside restaurant at Ratua Private Island, Vanuatu
Beachside restaurant at Ratua Private Island, Vanuatu - Photo by Hideaway Report editor
Ratua Island Resort

This family-owned ecolodge on a 146-acre private island is a 50-minute flight north of Port Vila.

Day 10 - 12 : Private plane to excursions

Aside from enjoying treatments in the gorgeous overwater spa and simply relaxing, you can participate in an array of activities and excursions. The snorkeling right off the pier is sensational. Take a kayak for a spin, or go paddle-boarding to spot sea turtles passing through the channel. Try horseback riding around the island and then into the sea.

Picnic on a private island nearby, or go farther afield to snorkel Million Dollar Point, where the U.S. military dumped a huge amount of equipment at the end of World War II. Our editor also recommends taking advantage of Ratua’s private plane to make excursions elsewhere in Vanuatu. Visit Tanna Island to see its active volcano, Ambrym Island for its unique sand drawings and woodcarvings, Maewo Island for its magnificent waterfalls and Malakula Island, home to several former cannibal sites.

We stayed four nights at Ratua Private Island, but wished it had been longer — the lack of televisions, in-room Wi-Fi and air-conditioning notwithstanding.

Overwater spa at Ratua Private Island
Snorkeling around the reef at Ratua Private Island

Day 13

Fly back to Port Vila and take a nonstop flight (three hours, 45 minutes) to Sydney, Australia (flights are not daily). Check into one of our recommended hotels downtown: the Four Seasons, The Langham or the Park Hyatt.

Indoor pool at The Langham, Sydney
Indoor pool at The Langham, Sydney - Photo by Hideaway Report editor
The Langham, Sydney

Just a short walk from the lively Rocks area, this refined, personalized hotel comprises 96 rooms.

Park Hyatt Sydney

Just a short stroll from the city’s best shops and central business district, this contemporary hotel sits at the edge of Sydney Harbour facing the Opera House.

Day 14 - 15

With its endlessly scenic harbor, Sydney represents one of the great collaborations between man and nature, and our editor strongly recommends a Sydney Harbour cruise. Captain Cook Cruises has regular and relatively inexpensive departures, but for something more exclusive, book a place on the 12-person yacht of Sea Sydney Cruises.

Those not afraid of heights will surely enjoy the Harbour BridgeClimb, a vertiginous walk across the arc of the steel bridge crossing the harbor. For something more down to earth, stroll instead in the lovely Royal Botanic Gardens.

View aboriginal art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the ornate Wentworth Galleries, and go shopping in the grand and elegant Queen Victoria Building.

Floatplanes from Rose Bay offer scenic flights around the harbor. They will also transfer you to Jonah’s in Palm Beach for lunch. Those with more time can make an evening of it and stay overnight.

Aboriginal and contemporary art at Wentworth Galleries in Sydney
View from restaurant terrace at Jonah’s on Whale Beach in Sydney

A 50-minute drive or 20-minute seaplane flight north of downtown Sydney, this charming property dating from 1929 is perched atop a crescent ridge on a hilly, beach-lined peninsula.

Day 16 : Depart for home

Depart on a 14-hour flight to Los Angeles. Cross the international dateline and arrive in the early afternoon of the same day.


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