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WINTER 2012I sea&iI71furtherafield

72Isea&iIWINTER 2012Vanua Levu is the second largest island in the group and isstunningly beautiful, as is Taveuni, which has earneditself the nickname 'garden island of Fiji' thanks to its lush veg-etation, tropical floraand mountains.Also in the region are the Kadavu islands, where youcan wander through verdant rainforests and tick off sightingsof rare and colourful bird species, and the Yasawa group ofislands, which are famous for their blue lagoons, white-sandbeaches and rugged volcanic backdrop. The Mamanucas arealso blessed with spectacular scenery, reef-fringed beaches andintriguing birdlife. If you fancy a spot of luxury amid the remote desert islands,steer a course to Vatulele Island, which has a resort of the samename that opened in 1990 and has since gained accoladesworldwide. A beautiful boutique property set on a lagoon, itoccupies a stunning site and merits a night ashore. Start withcocktails at sunset, followed by dinner at tables lit by starlight,candlelight and lanterns. Many of the ingredients are pickedfresh from the resort's garden or plucked straight from theocean. An impressive wine cellar ensures all gourmet treats arewell accompanied. The Qamea Resort and Spa is also worth a visit for eveningdrinks, or perhaps a spa treatment - the combination ofdelicious Guinot products and spectacular tropical jungle set-tingmake for a memorable afternoon during any charter.BESTFOR. beach life, romance, family fun, scuba diving andcultural interestDON'TMISS. hiking on Waya Island; taking a float plane fromNadi to Turtle Island to visit the Blue Lagoon; ridingdownstream on traditional bamboo boats to explore thesacred Naihehe cavesTONGAThe kingdom of Tonga comprises an archipelago of around 170coral and volcanic islands. The main island of Tongatapu is agood place to start as it is home to some of Tonga's most ancienthistory, and its royal family. Here you'll discover the Royal Palaceand nearby Royal Tombs, as well as fascinating archaeological