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5 places like Fiji where you can live the island life like a boss

Exquisite beaches, one-of-a-kind mountains and fascinating local culture - these islands like Fiji have it all.

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Fiji is a gem in the South Pacific, but this archipelago is not the only tropical destination for honeymooners or families looking for a heady mix of adventure, culture and relaxation. Dive into this list of places like Fiji that feature diverse natural beauty, from stunning diving sites to majestic volcanoes and lush rainforests.

With distinct cuisine, friendly locals and cultures as unique as the geography, you’re spoilt for choice.

A word of warning though: after a holiday at any of these islands, you will want to come back every year.

A woman at Champagne Beach, Espiritu Santo

Vanuatu

This 80-island archipelago has some of the world’s best scuba diving sites, where you can explore coral reefs and shipwrecks. Hike volcanic trails, immerse yourself in the local culture or simply relax on the many deserted beaches.

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Seascape at the beach in Tikehau island in Tahiti.

Tahiti / Society Islands

Located in the heart of the South Pacific, the islands of Tahiti offer a world of mighty mountains, beautiful black-sand beaches and rich Tahitian culture.

Take in the majestic natural wonders and sacred Polynesian stone structures and enjoy a change from the usual white-sand beaches.

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Diver and Sabre squirrelfish.

Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands offer the best of both worlds for the laidback and the adventurous traveller. Relive World War II in the many battle sites and relics found both on land and deep under water.

Scale volcanoes or trek through the lush rainforests and waterfall walks. For a more relaxed adventure, walk along exotic beaches or through local villages nearby.

  • Top 3 beaches: Gizo, Munda, Honiara.
  • Must do/see: Scuba, freedive or snorkel, dive wreck sites, scale a volcano, immerse yourself in WWII history, handicraft shopping and go island hopping.
  • Stay in: Heritage Park Hotel. Stay in the capital of Solomon Islands and easily access shopping malls, golf clubs and dive sites. Rooms start at $307.
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Photo Taken In Mauritius, Petite Case Noyale

Mauritius

The volcanic island nation of Mauritius is the epitome of heaven on Earth. Famed for its picture perfect blue waters, powder-white beaches and technicolor reefs, the views are stunning everywhere you turn.

Hire a car to explore tea plantations or sugarcane fields and be sure to enjoy some Mauritian rum before you leave.

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The lone moai at Tongariki with the Ahu Tongariki moai in the background. The Poike peninsula can be seen in the background.

Easter Island

The statues of Easter Island, or Rapa Nui as it’s known to locals, has drawn in tourists from all over the world.

The best way to explore is by car, bike or horseback, and watching the sun set among the logic-defying Moai statues is an unforgettable experience.

The clear blue waters also make the Easter Island an ideal place to surf and scuba dive.

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