hawaii

9 idyllic places like Hawaii where you can work on that tan

Or just bum on the beach. We don't judge.

Tropical island getaway on your mind? While you toss over Hawaii, here are numerous alternate destinations that offer travellers all the beauty that is synonymous with the US state, from the pristine beaches, technicolor coral reefs and geological wonders all well worth visiting. Some may even get you there and back for the fraction of the price of that Hawaii trip.

So whether you are looking for an underwater encounter with marine life or want to chill by the beach while enjoying perfect sunsets, these travel deals and discount codes will get you there ASAP.

1. Best for traditional culture: Samoa

Sitting roughly half-way between Hawaii and New Zealand, Samoa boasts lush mountains, waterfalls you can swim under and impossibly blue waters.

  • Top five beaches: Aganoa Beach, Lalomanu, Manase, Tanu, Aggie Grey's
  • Must do/see: Afu Aau Waterfall, To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa Cultural Village, diving and snorkelling
  • Cost: Low-Mid Range
  • Stay at: Coconuts Beach Club. Offering the ultimate South Pacific island experience of over-water bungalows, this resort also has a restaurant, spa and a fun, gecko-shaped swimming pool. It also hosts a Samoan culture day every Saturday that's free for guests. Over-water bungalows start at US$599 per night including breakfast or minibar, kayaks and snorkel gear, bus to the city.

2. Best for honeymooners: Fiji

Only about a third of the distance from Australia as Hawaii is, if you're looking for beautiful beaches, lush islands and perfect snorkel spots, Fiji's got it.

  • Top five islands: Yasawa, Vomo, Malolo, Tokoriki, Wakaya
  • Must do/see: Visit temples, stay in an overwater bungalow, go snorkelling
  • Cost: Mid-High End
  • Stay at: Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay. Treat yourself to a 5-star stay in an overwater bungalow at this new Fijian resort from a big brand with a boutique feel.


3. Best for families: Whitsundays

For somewhere super close to home but housing more stunning beaches than you can shake a stick at, there's the Whitsundays. It's located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and comes surrounded by emerald green forests.

Hawaiian holiday? Pffft. Choose the Whitsundays instead.

  • Top five beaches: Whitehaven Beach, Daydream Island, Turtle Bay, Catseye Beach, Airlie Beach Lagoon
  • Must do/see: The Great Barrier Reef, Indigenous rock paintings, scenic drives, rainforest walks
  • Cost: Low-Mid Range
  • Stay: at the Daydream Island Resort and Spa. Located within minutes of Daydream reef and featuring its own private beachfront, this resort is just what the doctor ordered to help you de-stress, relax and rewind. Prices start from $230 per night.

4. Best for solo travellers: Bali

It’s no secret that Australians have a love affair with Indonesia. What’s not to love? With its enviable beaches and its relaxed vibe you wouldn't have to stretch your imagination too far to think you're lying on a Hawaiian beach with a cocktail in hand.

  • Top five beaches: Nihiwatu, Canggu, Derawan, Peucang, Dreamland
  • Must do/see: Temples, mosques and national parks
  • Cost: Mid-High End
  • Stay: At the Padma Resort Legian. 5-star luxury for a fraction of the price? Yes, please. Prices start at $401 per room per night here.

5. Best for beaches: Florida

America’s Sunshine State is known for its beaches, theme parks and parties on the upscale South Beach, but don’t miss out on its rich arts and culture or dining scene while in a resort.

  • Top five beaches: Palm Beach, South Beach, Clearwater, Miami Beach, Siesta Key
  • Must do/see: Amusement parks, night life, Everglades National Park, art museums
  • Cost: Mid-High End
  • Stay at: The Riviere South Beach Hotel. Located in Miami's trendy Art-Deco district, The Riviere is just a short stroll from the beach. Rooms start at $420 per night.

6. Best for all-inclusive resorts: Jamaica

Famed as the birthplace of reggae, Jamaica is a Caribbean jewel that draws in tourists with its lush rainforests and reef-lined beaches.

  • Top five beaches: Seven Mile Beach, Boston Bay Beach, Doctor’s Cave Beach, Reggae Beach and Cornwall Beach
  • Must do/see: Nightlife, beaches, Bob Marley Museum, Negril, Caribbean food
  • Cost: Mid-High End
  • Stay at: Whispering Seas Enjoy self contained luxury apartments with a beach and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea that's close to Dunns River Falls with apartments starting at $450 per night.

7. Best for young couples: Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is rich in history and natural beauty. This lush tropical paradise offers magnificent rainforests, savannahs and some of the world’s best beaches.

  • Top five beaches: Playa Dorada, Playa Boca Chica, Playa Punta Cana and Playa Juanillo
  • Must do/see: Watersports, Pico Duarte, Santiago, smoke a cigar, Colonial City and golfing
  • Cost: Low-Mid Range
  • Stay at: Renaissance Jaragua Hotel & Casino. Located on Santo Domingo waterfront boulevard, this luxury hotel has lavish amenities and world-class service. Rooms start at $276 per night.

8. Best for snorkelling: Barbados

Stunning coral reefs and warm waters may make Barbados a divers’ paradise but this tropical island also tempts travellers with its art museums, dining scene and friendly people.

  • Top five beaches: Crane Beach, Silver Sands, Bathsheba, Dover, Bath Beach
  • Must do/see: Beaches, Bridgetown, nightlife, Flower Forest, snorkelling and scuba diving
  • Cost: Low-Mid Range
  • Stay at: Bougainvillea Beach Resort: Sitting right on the beach, this 4-star resort has private terraces and features a golf course. It's an easy walk to Oistins Bay and St Lawrence Gap. Rooms start at $220 per night.

9. Best for festivities and nightlife: St Martin

Whether you’re into watersports or relaxing on the beach, you’ll be spoiled for choice by St Martin’s 37 beaches.

  • Top five beaches: Red Bay, Nettle Bay, Friars’ Bay Beach, Pinel Island, Orient Bay
  • Must do/see: Visit the French town of Marigot, Forts at Philipsburg and laze on beaches galore
  • Cost: Luxury
  • Stay at: Green Cay Villas. This luxury villa is perfect for big groups or families looking for privacy and exclusive services. It might not be cheap, but it is beautiful. Villas start at $711 per night.

Ready to fly? Book using these travel coupons and deals:

Contiki Contiki

Up to 25% off last-minute tours worldwide

Book a range of last-minute Contiki tours, from week-long jaunts to month-long journeys, to destinations including Italy, France, Germany, Greece, Vietnam, Thailand, USA, Canada and more.

Last verified

Columbus Direct Columbus Direct
Exclusive

Get 5% off your next travel insurance policy

Use our exclusive code to get 5% off any Columbus Direct travel insurance policy, domestic or worldwide. Destinations would include Thailand, Bali, Fiji, USA, UK, Italy, France, Japan and more.

Last verified

Skyscanner Skyscanner

Hawaii flights from $229 each way

Valid for travel from 21 May - 25 June 2019 across Hawaii with Jetstar. Sample fare is Sydney-Honolulu. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Flight Centre - International Flight Centre - International

Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York from $1,295

Valid for travel from 20 January - 23 February 2020 across USA. Destinations include Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York. Sample fare departs from Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

MyBali MyBali

Bali: Get $3,250 in free extras with 10-night stay + flights

Valid for travel on select dates from April - December 2019 across Nusa Dua. Includes 10-night accommodation in a Mulia Grandeur Room, daily buffet breakfast, return flights and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Flight Centre - International Flight Centre - International

Bali flights from $259 return

Valid for travel from 10 October - 24 November 2019 across Bali. Destinations include Hawaii, Bangkok, Phuket and more. Sample fare is Perth-Bali.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

My Fiji My Fiji

Get $3,000 in free extras with 7-night Westin Denarau Island packages

Valid for travel on select dates from May - December 2019. Includes return economy airfares to Nadi flying Virgin Australia, accommodation, daily breakfast, airport transfers, kids stay for free and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

World2Cover Travel Insurance Deals World2Cover Travel Insurance Deals
Exclusive

15% off travel insurance

Save on your next policy to destinations including Bali, Thailand, USA, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Vietnam and more. Terms and conditions apply.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

Flight Centre - International Flight Centre - International

South Pacific flights from $519 return

Valid for travel from 20 July - 15 September 2019. Destinations include Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, New Caledonia, Cook Islands and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Fiji.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Agoda Agoda

Extra 5% off Boston USA hotels

Valid for travel from April - May 2019. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

Popular Travel coupon codes

Last checked Code description Code
16 Apr 2019 Up to 67% off + extra $15 off with code EXT****
15 Apr 2019 $30 off activities and experiences SUM****
9 Apr 2019 Up to 50% off experiences + extra 10% off with code FIN****
9 Apr 2019 Extra 15% off with code FIN****
5 Apr 2019 US$40 off bookings EAS****
26 Apr 2019 $20 off first ride ********
Was this content helpful to you? No  Yes

Related Posts

Latest Travel Offers

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy and Privacy & Cookies Policy.
Ask a question
Go to site