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New Year's Eve South Pacific Cruise

Solo Travellers 40 years+
30 December 2017 - 13 January 2018

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Information below is from the Royal Caribbean International website

Located on the southernmost point of the Vanuatu archipelago, this little jewel of the South Pacific is completely uninhabited. Formerly used as an Allied forces landing strip during WWII, today only palm trees and sweet seclusion grow from the white sand of Mystery Island. The locals live across the waters on Tanna and visit the island during the day to spread their warmth, culture and wares. It's the perfect spot for couples, beach lovers or anyone looking to lounge in an ocean of beauty and literally get away from it all.

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Make sure you take a moment to stop and enjoy the peace and serenity of this tranquil island by spending a day on one of the most beautiful South Pacific beaches. The waters are calm and ideal for swimming. You can also take a quick boat tour around the island – it takes only twenty minutes to travel its circumference. Whatever you choose, leisure's the agenda on one of the world's few deserted islands.

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There are 83 idyllic islands that make up the amazing archipelago of Vanuatu. And Port Vila, the capital city of the island of Efate, is the heart and soul of them all. Sandwiched between the northern and southern atolls – it's like the city was built for island hopping. With its earthy beauty and ancient tribal traditions, this 'Land Eternal' has been voted one of the happiest places on the planet. And when a typical day consists of floating in a hidden lagoon, lounging under a gnarly banyan tree, cooling off in a waterfall shower and snacking on freshly picked fruit, you'll be the happiest person on the planet.

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When have you ever had to wear a wetsuit to post a letter? Well, there's a first time for everything. So suit up and dive down to Port Vila's Underwater Post Office – the world's one and only. No, you don't need to be an experienced diver to visit. And yes, the postcards are waterproof.

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The tropical paradise Suva lies on a beautiful peninsula on the Island of Viti Levu (pronounced Vee-tee Lay-vu), the largest island and the hub of the entire archipelago of Fiji. A city rich with colour, life, and exuberant energy, Suva is Fiji's most concentrated confluence of ethnicities and cultures, mixing Indian, European, Chinese and South Pacific Islands. The city centre is a jigsaw of colonial buildings, modern shopping plazas, abundant eateries and a breezy esplanade. Retaining a charm of its own, there are plenty of things to do in Suva to keep you busy during your visit.

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An excellent place to visit is the Fiji Museum on Ratu Cakobau Road. Full of exhibits and artefacts on display, this museum offers some wonderful insights into Fiji's rich and intriguing history, culture, people, languages and religions found here. The museum also takes a look at cannibalism in Fiji and the tribal conflicts and rivalry that often resulted in bloody feuds. There is a large striking drua on display here as well. A drua is a traditionally-built catamaran. On the first floor of the museum is an art gallery featuring local Indo-Fijian artists. 

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The city of Lautoka is situated on the northwest coast of the island of Viti Levu. The second-largest city of Fiji, Lautoka serves an important sugar cane-growing district and is the country's leading sugar export port. As a place with a vibrant population and a colourful life, the cultural lifestyle of the people here is worth exploring. The natural wonders of Lautoka, Fiji are just as outstanding. The dancing waves of the sea, the sandy beaches and the waving trees all are there to offer you a refreshing and memorable visit.

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The Koroyanitu National Heritage Park is located about 10 km southeast of Lautoka and is the ultimate haven for nature lovers. From hiking to picnicking, travellers have the opportunity to experience and enjoy all the scenic and cultural beauty that Fiji has to offer.

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Nouméa, the charming capital of New Caledonia, has quite a few things to brag about. It's the third largest island in the South Pacific. It is home to the world's largest lagoon and second largest coral reef. And if that's not enough, it's part French. The cuisine is fabulous. The shopping's haute couture. And you're never very far from a full-bodied glass of French wine. Plus, you also get to visit places like Pierre Vernier Walk, Baie des Citrons, and Place des Cocotiers. Which are almost as much fun to say as they are to see.

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Board a luxury, high-speed ferry for a 45-minute ride to Amedee Lighthouse Island where paradise awaits. Upon arrival, you can relax on the beautiful white sand beach or join in the different activities that Amedee has to offer. Climb the 241 steps of the lighthouse for a marvellous view over the lagoon. Stroll through the island or snorkel among the fish – a wonderful experience as Amedee is a marine reserve. Learn about the local marine life on board a glass-bottom boat. A barrier reef inhabited by turtles and stingrays is only half an hour away.

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Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   

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