Flawless beaches, secluded island hideaways and dramatic natural backdrops
You can sum up the South Pacific islands in two words: tropical paradise. Sweeping white beaches? Check. Sparkling turquoise sea, gently swaying palms and a laissez-faire atmosphere? Check, check and check! If a few days with nothing to do but doze off to the sound of rolling surf and snorkel surrounding reef at your leisure sounds like your idea of perfection, book a trip to the South Pacific with Flight Centre. If you would rather spend a long weekend out and about, the South Pacific's stunning natural vistas also double as a backdrop for ultimate island adventures.
Just a stone's throw from Australia's east coast, Vanuatu is ideal for a unique weekend getaway. Picturesque capital Port Vila welcomes visitors with famous hospitality, its cafe-lined streets beckoning to be enjoyed. Beyond the capital, Vanuatu's outer islands offer cultural highlights thanks in large part to locals who have held tight to village customs for centuries. Fill your weekend with unbeatable island experiences – dive the shipwreck of a sunken luxury liner, watch the Pentecost land divers prove their valour, or break a sweat at the rim of an active volcano crater.
Fellow Melanesian archipelago Fiji is popular with holidaymakers seeking a romantic mini-break – the underwater eye candy yields some of the best diving around. Bunk down in a bungalow over tropical waters after balmy days spent strolling secluded beaches. A little further out, French Polynesia's Tahiti and Bora Bora are touted as being among the most beautiful island escapes in the world with misty waterfall-laden mountains, a penchant for decadent dining and charming European allure. Whether you prefer to spend your time poolside at a luxury hotel or scaling to new heights at the mountain's edge, take off to paradise this weekend with a South Pacific short break.