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Best Beach Vacations - South Pacific

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1Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
With dozens of stunning ocean beaches within half an hour of downtown, there are few better urban beach destinations than Sydney. Famed Bondi Beach sees up to 40,000 on busy weekends. If quieter beaches appeal, take the coastal walk past smaller strands all the way to Coogee's calmer sands.
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    • History & Culture
      Home to indigenous people for tens of thousands of years, Sydney's European history began when Captain Cook laid eyes on Botany Bay in 1770. The discovery of gold in 1851 led to massive growth and Sydney has blossomed into a thrilling, glittering, modern city with world-class arts and culture institutions.
    • Shopping
      Boisterous Sydney offers every kind of shopping for visitors, with the heart of the action centred on the tourist-thronged Rocks district and along George and Pitt Streets. A distinctive Sydney shopping experience can be had at the Queen Victoria Building, where 200 boutiques compete for attention.
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2Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia
Although a fairly small island, Bora Bora offers visitors a multitude of activities. Go on a 4x4 safari, sunbathe and swim on white sandy beaches, dive in a natural underwater park among fish and corals, experience thrilling shark feedings or circle the turquoise lagoon by boat.
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    • Romance
      Bora Bora
      Considered by many to be the ultimate honeymoon destination, tropical Bora Bora cannot help being one of the most romantic spots in the world. Glide over the clear-blue waters in a glass-bottom boat, share a midnight dinner on the beach with someone special and fall captive to this magical Polynesian island.
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3Moorea, Society Islands, French Polynesia
The world's largest coral reef eco-system actually consists of 3000 separate reefs. Come face to face with the wonderful diversity of life that exists within it by snorkeling and scuba diving from pontoons or watch the parade of astounding creatures stream beneath your feet from a glass-bottomed boat.
4Byron Bay, Byron Shire, New South Wales, Australia
Byron's legendary, lighthouse-dotted, white sand beaches are some of Australia's best. Situated where the Coral Sea meets the Tasman Sea, these clean, unpolluted, laid-back beaches remain relatively undeveloped and are great places to spot bottlenose dolphins, rays, whales and sea turtles.
5Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
For a beach vacation, Costa Rica is hard to beat. Some of the world's best sands sit on its coastline where water remains a delicious temperature year-round. Don't miss Manuel Antonio's picture-perfect crescent of sand, with its azure waters and jungle at its back or, for surfing, Playa Dominical.
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    • Romance
      Great Barrier Reef
      If you want to combine romance and adventure, the Great Barrier Reef is a sure thing. Tuck into a beach picnic before wading into the deliciously clear waters, the lush tropical rainforest of Queensland at your back. Snorkel hand in hand to see the wonders of the world's largest coral reef.
    • Adventure
      Great Barrier Reef
      With 1,400 miles of coral reef stretching along the Queensland coast and 1,500 fish species, the World Heritage List-designated Great Barrier Reef is a scuba lover's dream destination. Accompany underwater exploration with coastal adventures like bungee jumping or rafting through rain forests near Cairns
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6Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
A perfect little beach town of 18,500 on Australia's east coast, 48 miles from Brisbane, Surfer's Paradise sits amid seemingly endless stretches of pristine sand. Nature has conspired to create amazing conditions and the crashing waves teem with swimmers as well as novice and more advanced surfers.
7Viti Levu, Fiji
Fiji's largest island, home to capital Suva, offers some wonderful beaches. Palm-fringed Natadola Beach, reputed to be one of the best beaches in the world, is a picture perfect crescent of powdery sand leading to dramatic cliffs. Coconuts hang overhead and the striking azure lagoon entices swimmers.
8Perth, Greater Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Perth's active beach scene is dominated by two main stretches: Civilized Cottesloe, just south of town, is the choice for families, swimmers and snorkelers. More lively Scarborough, just north of town, is by day popular with surfers (via water, wind and kite), and by night is a spirited beachside club scene.