In 18 Days, experience the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne, the stunning harbor city of Sydney on this independent trip and journey to Fiji's unspoiled North, the Island of Taveuni, fully inclusive of flights, 4* accommodations, transfers, and small group tours. In Australia, experiences abound with incredible cities, wildlife encounters, natural wonders, and stunning architecture. In Fiji, Matangi Private Island Resort is the perfect South Pacific destination for couples seeking an exclusive Fiji private island hideaway. Itinerary customization and Air Upgrade options for Premium & business class are available.
- Roundtrip International Economy Class Flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Dallas (domestic US flights can be added at an additional cost)
- Internal Australia flights
- Internal roundtrip Fiji flights from Nadi to Taveuni
- Four nights in Melbourne at the 4.5* Pan Pacific Hotel
- Half Day Laneways & Arcades Walking Tour
- Full Day Great Ocean Road Tour
- Full Day Phillip Island Penguin Parade Ultimate Eco Tour
- Four nights in Sydney at the 4.5* Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney
- Half-day small group city sights of Sydney
- Sydney Harbour cruise
- Sydney Opera House tour
- Private car service transfers in Melbourne & Sydney
- Round trip airport transfers Taveuni - Matangi Private Island Resort
- 7 nights in a bure or treehouse of your choice
- Three gourmet meals daily & room-service dining during mealtimes
- Daily Laundry service & maid service
- Complimentary activities include non-motorized watersports equipment including sea kayaking, wind surfers, sailing, use of snorkeling equipment throughout stay, nature walks on Taveuni Island, twice daily snorkeling tours, guided kayak tours, guided hikes & weekly village, and church visits
- Complimentary WIFI for once device per bure in public areas only
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- All hotel, local and VAT (Goods & services taxes)
Day 1 - Depart the US to
Non-stop flights are available from LA, San Francisco, and Dallas to Melbourne, with connections from all US airports.
Ask about our upgrade options to Premium Economy and Business class.
Day 2 - Cross International Dateline
Day 3 -
Welcome to Australia! On arrival in Melbourne, you will be met in the arrivals hall by your driver and transferred by car service to the Pan Pacific Melbourne. Enjoy 4 nights in exciting Melbourne – named the world’s most livable city for the sixth consecutive year.
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ACCOMMODATION - Shouldered by the Yarra River and in the heart of the South Wharf precinct, Pan Pacific Melbourne provides a riverside experience and a new perspective of Melbourne. Guest rooms are spacious private sanctuaries. Full-length windows infuse each room with light and provide stunning skyline views. Oversized bathrooms are calming and luxurious.
There is a lot to love about Melbourne - just ask the locals. This sophisticated world city in the southeast corner of mainland Australia inspires a deep passion in those who live there. Ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities, Melbourne is famous for its vibrant energy, restaurants, fashion boutiques, café filled laneways, cool bars, unbeatable galleries, spacious parks, and village-like inner suburbs, each with its unique character. Melbourne is less than 200 years old and never sits still. Modern, cutting-edge designs add to the fascinating mix of heritage architecture and ensure the skyline is constantly changing.
Day 4 - Melbourne - Lanes & Arcades
This morning Indulge with a small casual group guided walking tour through Melbourne's lanes and arcades in small groups to engage in the life of this city, which many miss. Discover local designers and specialty retailers, tiny cafes, and more. A little history and attention to amazing architecture will inspire locals and visitors alike. Get orientated and return to those places you like best in the afternoon, at your leisure.
Day 5 - Melbourne - Explore The Great Ocean
This 11-hour tour allows you to experience this majestic coastal drive with plenty of stops along the way and fully appreciate the wonders of this world-famous route. There will be opportunities to spot some Australian fauna, so stay on the lookout for some very special animals, including whales, dolphins, echidnas, and bandicoots. Enjoy the breathtaking views over the Southern Ocean and stop for a little rainforest walk to appreciate the cool climate and heavy rain that this region enjoys. Free time for lunch in the town of Apollo Bay, and later in the day, head towards the limestone rock formations otherwise known as the 12 Apostles. Nearby you will discover another ancient natural attraction, Loch Ard Gorge, where you will hear the story of the shipwreck and its survivors. Dip your feet in the water at the Gorge’s quaint beach; you will never want to leave. Return to Melbourne after a full day exploring Australia’s most stunning coastal routes.
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Day 6 -
Melbourne - Phillip Island
Your 8-hour animal adventure will start with a visit to Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park, where you will have time to take photos and have close encounters with animals like kangaroos, wombats, and echidnas. Head to Phillip Island and Woolamai Surf Beach to glimpse the awesome waves and die-hard surfers. Cross the island to reach the dramatic west coast and the Nobbies, where you will be awe-struck by the crashing waves. Finally, it’s time for the main event, the Penguin Parade. There is a reason that this is one of Australia’s top attractions, and the little penguins will not disappoint! You will sit on the protective platform to see possibly hundreds of little penguins waddling onto the beach. Be a witness to this magical procession – it is a treat never forgotten.
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Day 7 -
Depart Melbourne - Sydney
This morning you will be transferred by car service to Melbourne Airport. Board your flight to Sydney. On arrival you will be met by your driver for a car service transfer to the Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney
Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia's favorite city with the world's most beautiful harbor. The harbor provides a playground for jet boating, sailing, swimming, harbor scenic flights, dining, fishing, climbing the harbor bridge, and sightseeing at the Opera House.
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ACCOMMODATION - Stay four nights in the Heart of Sydney; The Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney features stylish accommodations, along with a contemporary restaurant & bar, day spa, indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, Wi-Fi, and 24-hour room service. An easy walk to Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Queen Victoria Building, and only a few minutes from Wynyard train station make Amora one of Sydney's most desired locations.
Day 8 -
Sydney - Half Day City Sights tour
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your small group Panoramic Sydney tour. Visit the historic Rocks area and hear about early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the city's shopping heart, Queen Victoria Building, and Sydney Tower. Visit Sydney's trendy Oxford Street district and travel through Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the magnificent coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte. Travel on to famous Bondi Beach and visit the beachfront promenade with time to enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at your own cost). See Aussie lifesavers and Sydney's best panoramic view at Dover Heights. Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross, and Mrs. Macquarie's Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbour before returning to the city center. Tour concludes at Darling Harbour or Circular Quay.
Day 9 -
Explore Sydney harbor onboard the Hop on Hop Off Sydney Harbour Explorer. Travel aboard a 25-meter motorized Rocket Ferry vessel and enjoy a fun and easy way to explore Sydney, including commentary on selected routes. Then, sit back and relax as your vessel cruises around Sydney Harbour and stops at six harbourside attractions, including Circular Quay, Manly, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Shark Island, and Darling Harbour. Then, hop off and reboard as many times as you wish as you explore the best of Sydney!
This afternoon enjoy a one hour guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. The Sydney Opera House is one of the world's most recognizable landmarks, and this is your chance to truly get up close. Run your hands over the world-famous shell tiles, take a seat in the elegant custom-made white birch timber chairs, and marvel at the vaulted ceilings. Next, visit areas off-limits to the public and capture photographs from rare vantage points. Finally, explore theatres and foyers where more than 1600 concerts, operas, dramas, and ballets occur each year.
– Optional tour: Sydney – Visit the World Heritage
Listed Blue Mountains
Today consider adding an optional small group full day tour to the Blue Mountains, costing $165 per person
This boutique tour provides an intimate touch, traveling in the luxury of minivan. Explore the Blue Mountains and see hidden locations and beautiful views of the region. From Echo Point, the closest and best view of the Three Sisters. You will be able to witness the blue haze and the vast expanse of the Jamison Valley and experience for yourself the raw magic the Blue Mountains create. This will be our first stop in the Blue Mountains, and you will have the option of ordering morning tea (At your own expense) while enjoying the amazing views. Visit Scenic World and dare yourself to ride the steepest Railway in the World. The Scenic Cableway and Skyway offer spectacular views of the Three Sisters and the Valley. Scenic World is included in the price of our tour. The Tour Guide will take you down to the valley floor whilst explaining the area. See breathtaking views of either the Jamison Valley or Megalong Valley away from the crowds in a secluded location. Visit Leura and enjoy the quaint village with multiple lunch venues (at your own expense). The last stop on the tour is Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney's ultimate wildlife experience. See the Koalas and feed the baby wallabies before returning to Sydney.
- Sydney - Fiji & Matangi Private Island
Located 190 miles northeast of Nadi, Fiji, the home of Fiji's International Airport, Matangi Island is a short plane flight to Taveuni. On arrival into Taveuni you will be met by Matangi Private Island Resort representatives and transferred to the resort by boat.
Matangi Private Island Resort is a family-owned and operated 4.5-star boutique resort situated on a 240-acre private island located in the remote northeastern part of the Fiji Islands. This unique horseshoe-shaped island paradise boasts virgin tropical rainforest and white sand beaches. So it is no surprise that Matangi Island was named in Islands Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Private Islands in the World” and featured in the book “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” by Patricia Schultz.
Matangi caters to adults only (16 years and older) with eight luxurious bures, three unique treehouses, and one two-bedroom/two-bathroom bure. Matangi’s bures and treehouses feature air-conditioning and ceiling fans, 4-poster king-size beds, and outdoor lava rock showers.
All meals and snacks are included in your stay. Enjoy fresh tropical fruits, fruit juices, cereals, freshly baked breads, pastries, banana loaf and muffins with your breakfast order including eggs any way you like, bacon, sausages, ham, pancakes, hash browns and omelets. Lunches are casual with a choice of fresh salads, fish, stir-fry, sandwiches made with freshly baked breads, quiches or pizzas followed by tropical fruits, fruit salad, mousse or ice cream. Romantic picnic lunches can be arranged on request at one of Matangi Island's secluded beach locations.
Dinner is a three-course meal or a buffet feast. An entrée / starter of soups or cocktails are followed by a choice of meats or fish for your main accompanied by fresh vegetables or salads and finished with mouth-watering desserts. Special romantic dinners on the beach are arranged for special occasions by request as are romantic picnics in Horseshoe Bay or other beaches. Freshly baked cookies, tropical fruit, brewed coffee and tea are available throughout the day. Afternoon tea is served between 3.00 pm and 4.00 pm with a selection of freshly baked cakes and / or cookies.
- 17 - Matangi Private Island Resort
Matangi offers various complementary and paid activities, including twice-daily snorkeling excursions, scuba diving, Calypso catamaran sailing, kayaking, hand-line and light tackle sport fishing, hiking, and spa treatments.
Choose from a wide selection of complimentary shows, tours, hikes and much, much more, including Snorkelling Excursion, Kayaks, Sailing, Kava Session, Meke (Traditional Fijian Dance), Village Tour, Village Church Service, Island-Style Volleyball, Coconut Show, Cocktail Challenge, Guided Island Trek.
Also, choose from this selection of alternative activites for the more adventurous: (additional cost applies)
- Scuba Diving
The reefs off Matangi have superb diving with a great choice of sites offering the underwater scenery that made Fiji famous: excellent underwater visibility, warm water temperatures walls, caves, soft and hard corals, reef fish and pelagic fish. Each site possesses a unique character with colourful marine life and pristine coral reefs that appeal to both beginners and seasoned divers. We have an impressive range of treasures to be found from soft corals to dramatic drop-off wall sites, to drift dives and underwater caves.
- Somo Somo Straits Dive Day Trip
Remotely situated 20 miles (32km) west of Matangi; along the southeast coast of Vanua Levu, The Rainbow Reef, in the Somo Somo Straits represents spectacular tropical diving. This barrier reef structure stretching over 3 miles (4.8km) is continually fed by microorganisms washed in by the currents. The Somosomo Strait almost single-handedly earns Fiji its title as the “Soft Coral Capital of the World”.
- Horseshoe Bay Picnic
There isn’t anything quite like a romantic picnic in the breathtaking Horseshoe Bay. Listed in “1,000 Places to See Before you Die” by Patricia Schultz, Horseshoe Bay is situated on the untouched western coast of Matangi Island and only accessible by boat. Picnic in your waterfront beach Bure, surrounded by lush tropical foliage and the most picturesque turquoise ocean views. This is an experience you will treasure for a lifetime!
Owing to the topography of the seabed off Matangi and neighbouring islands; remarkable fighting fish like Giant Trevally, Yellow fin, Dogtooth, Skipjack, and Wahoo are plentiful. Light tackle sport fishing and trawling charters are available. Ideal fishing times are in the mornings and late afternoons. Bookings required. Deep-sea game fishing is not available at Matangi. Saltwater flyfishing is available but anglers are required to bring their own gear.
- Civa Pearl Farm & Tavoro Waterfall
Join us for a one-of-a-kind tour that will acquaint you with Taveuni’s abundant natural environment. Fiji is a relative infant in the international pearl industry but it has made its mark; Civa Pearl Farm located in beautiful Vurevure Bay, on the eastern side of Taveuni Island, offers visitors a unique glimpse into aquaculture. Civa salt-water cultured pearls are pearl concretions that are secreted inside the Black-lipped Oyster (Pinctada margaritifera). On the guided two-hour tour you are able to snorkel around the pearl beds, where the pearl oysters are hung from lines growing to their desired size. Loose pearls are available for sale.
- 180 degree Meridian & Waitavala Waterslide
One of Taveuni Island’s most unique and long standing attractions is that it is dissected by the 180° Meridian, because of this Taveuni is one of only five places in the world where you live your two days in one! The International Dateline was adapted to keep the isles within one time zone. Nearby is the Waitavala Water Slide, a cascading series of small natural waterslides that the Taveuni locals like to use. The Waitavala Waterslide is a natural slippery dip ride over large polished rocks, where the lava has been smoothed by the water and with a slight covering of moss, which allows you to slalom down quite easily. The waterslide is located in a rainforest setting that is picturesque as well as thrilling.
- Lavena Coastal Walk
If you’re looking for a bit of adventure that’s definitely off the beaten track, then look no further! This tour is a 4- hour return walk down the scenic Lavena coastline, along a well maintained trail, with several rest stops with benches and picnic tables strategically placed in the shade; ending with two incredible waterfalls. Along the way you can enjoy the various coastal habitats, sand beaches, rocky shores, and estuarine mangroves. There are no roads that go to where the coastal trail leads; in fact the only other way to explore the far south-eastern side of Taveuni is by boat!
- Waitabu Marine Park
Located on Taveuni Island, Waitabu Marine Reserve was established by seven Taveuni village communities in 1998. This was done to protect their coral reefs for future generations; a ‘tabu’ or no-take reserve was set up to replenish marine life and fish stocks, as well as introduce snorkel tourism and environmental education. The Park offers two 2-hour guided tours; the Cultural Experience Tour which is a guided snorkelling excursion on a ‘bilibili’ or traditional bamboo raft, with refreshments and local entertainment or the Backpackers Tour, which is a guided snorkelling trip on a powered skiff.
Day 18 - Depart Matangi Private Island Resort
for Los Angeles or San Francisco
Time to reluctantly bid farewell to Matangi as you depart by boat to Taveuni and board your flight to Nadi & connect to your Fiji Airways International non-stop evening flight to Los Angeles or San Francisco. Cross the International Dateline and arrive back in Los Angeles/San Francisco the same day.
- Note: Daily departures, this package is an independent itinerary with flexible departures (not a group tour)
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Add on airfares are available from most major airports – please ask an Aspire consultant for a quote
- Upgrade to premium economy from $1,100 per person each way*
- Upgrade to business class from $4,000 per person each way* Can take the upgrade one way or round trip and combine premium/business classes on same ticket
* Upgrade from pricing based on Sunday through Wednesday departures from Los Angeles - ask an Aspire consultant for the upgrade fee from other departure points and travel Thursday through Saturday.
Terms & Conditions:
The package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) for low-season stays for travel Sundays through Wednesdays from Los Angeles. A $50 air supplement applies each way for international travel from Thursday to Saturday. A $75 per person supplement applies for a Saturday night stay in Melbourne. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Specific blackout dates apply to the accommodation and tour value add offers. Seats are limited and may only be available on some flights. Hotels are subject to availability. All prices reflect discounts for purchases made by check/wire; please see the terms and conditions for credit card payments. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.
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