How To Have An Endless Summer This Winter
With the winter months already upon us, Aussies will be searching to escape the colder temperatures to destinations filled with sunshine and blue skies. With cold fronts sweeping across the major cities, there's no better time to slip back into summer by booking a sun-drenched holiday.
To help Aussies plan an endless summer, the travel experts at KAYAK.com.au have rounded up the top destinations within Southeast Asia that boast a flying time of 10-hours or less, to keep that summer tan glowing.
Fiji enjoys hot summer days almost all-year-round but June and July's shoulder season makes it a particularly great time to visit before peak crowds arrive. Travellers can choose between the two main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu to sip on coconuts and enjoy the slow paced Fijian lifestyle. For those looking for privacy, there are plenty of secluded spots to discover, with nearly 900 smaller islands and inlets. Holidayers should take a day trip to The Mamanucas (a group of tiny islands) to enjoy world-class surfing breaks, soft corals, and incredible wildlife. Alternatively, the beaches there are idyllic and perfect for just relaxing.
Where to stay: The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa from $239*
How to get there: Return flights start from $650**
Known for its thronging beaches, beautiful rice paddies and delicious food, Bali continues to attract Australians looking for a relaxing holiday close to home. An Aussie favourite all year round, June is the ideal month to travel, with an average daily temperature of 27 degrees. While Seminyak and Kuta are popular spots, travellers may want to explore Balian; a lesser known tropical gem located in West Bali. The small beach village is a one to two-hour taxi ride (depending on the traffic) north of Seminyak but feels a world away with swaying palm trees and world class surf breaks, suitable for even the most experienced surfers. Balian also caters for avid yogis of all levels, with the Shankari Retreat attracting yoga lovers from across the globe.
Where to stay: Stay at Ayodya Resort Bali, from $144*
How to get there: Return flights start from $788**
Vanuatu is the ultimate island oasis for an endless summer escape all within a short flight from Australia. Travellers are spoilt for choice when it comes to activities in Vanuatu, choosing from scheduled hikes up the rugged volcanic terrain, snorkelling through lush marine life, or connecting with local villagers to learn about the island's ancient culture. This is a perfect destination to disconnect from the rest of the world and recharge with a boost of sunshine.
Where to stay: Stay at Breakas Beach Resort, from $188*
How to get there: Return flights start from $1285**
Made up of more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines is a beach lover's paradise. From marooned banks of sands in the middle of the ocean, sprawling mega-islands like Luzon and Mindanao, to remote powdery white beaches in Boracay and Sugar Beach - there's an island to suit every taste. More adventurous travellers can play -survivor' if they're inclined, uncovering hidden water holes and pitching a tent for the night on a deserted stretch of coastline. June marks the tail end of the dry season, making it a good month to visit before the rainy season hits.
Where to stay: Stay at Discovery Shores Boracay, from $392*
How to get there: Return flights start from $711**
Australian winter is the perfect time to visit Malaysia's east coast; an alternative to well-travelled routes such as Thailand and Bali. Malaysia has a variety of tiny unspoilt islands that are relatively unknown to the tourist pack. A top spot is Redang, a tropical destination with palm-fringed beaches and beautiful coral reefs. Snorkellers will be able to swim with sea turtles - a once in a lifetime opportunity, thanks to the local turtle sanctuary. Travellers may choose to discover other islands such as Tioman Island, which is part of Malaysia's protected marine park, Langkawi, or Sipadan.
Where to stay: Stay at Berjaya Langkawi Resort, from $147*
How to get there: Return flights start from $510**
Amy Wei, Senior Director, APAC, of KAYAK, comments: 'As winter makes its way Down Under, Australians will be looking to international destinations for a summer getaway. The good news is that there are many options within a reasonable 10-hour flight so Aussies can savour a bit of sunshine without blowing the budget. Travellers can use our Explore function to discover the best places they could go to within their set budget. Using this tool, Australians will be able to visualise which flights are the most affordable from their closest airport."