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Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: Fiji's South Pacific Perfection

Where: Fiji
April 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM | by | ()

Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.

Secluded beaches, tropical temps, killer sunsets, and genuinely warm locals are only the tip of the iceberg of our list of reasons why we love Fiji. The small island nation in the middle of the Pacific is a little slice of heaven on Earth when it comes to beach vacations, not to mention that it makes for an ideal escape from the stresses of tax time.

A non-stop 11-hour flight from LA on Fiji Airways will land you on a Fijian beach, but first a big hearty 'bula' welcome is in order.

Nadi (pronounced Nan-dee) is the tourist mecca claiming the majority of the resorts, and it also serves as a jumping-off point to head out to any of the resort islands on the west coast. Don't be surprised at the lack of city center; the resorts are where people spend most of their time. We would recommend a wander around the central market of Nadi town, since it offers insight into artisan specialities and might score you some unique souvenirs or some iconic kava.

Although the beaches of the coast are an easy attraction, a trip inland to visit a small village will leave an imprint on your heart like few other experiences. Get a peek inside how Fijians really live as you sing, dance, and eat with those who grew up and live the Fijian way. Full feasts of locally grown produce, lovingly prepared by the best cooks of the village, will leave you Googling the recipes to recreate at home. Good luck finding the ingredients!

Aside from honeymoons and destination weddings that the islands do so well, Fiji offers incredible South Pacific outdoor activities, like river tours, snorkeling, diving on the Coral Coast, and off-road cave exploration. Whatever you choose to do, we know the bright smiles of the islanders will warm your soul just as much as the tropical sun.

[Photos: Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted]

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