Vatulele, Fiji

Take your pick of dive, sailing, and fishing options

Vatulele

Deluxe bure, freshwater plunge pool included     Photo: Vatulele

Best For: Honeymooners with cash flow.

A splurge to this 12-square-mile island just off the south coast of Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu, will cost you. But it’s the spot to indulge every tropical fantasy there is, from diving underwater fortresses to dining on fresh lobster in candlelight on the sand. With at least 14 dive excursions offered, you can aim to see everything from rainbows of coral to barracuda. You could also wile away the day sailing, kayaking, fishing, or swimming. Go ahead, just save some time for the villas, all 19 of which are just a stone's throw from the perfect white sand. Keep it basic with a beach bure, a two-tiered palace with a king-sized bed, AC, a wine cooler, and twelve doors that open on to a private terrace facing the South Pacific. For the quietest experience, rent a villa farther down the beach, which offer a freshwater plunge pool and an outdoor shower shrouded in the jungle.

When to Go: April to early October

How to Get There:  Fly to Nadi, Fiji from Los Angeles, then take a 25-minute flight to Vatulele. Price: Doubles from $751; vatulele.com

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