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My husband and I are considering a beach holiday about three to four hours maximum flight from Melbourne, just before the Easter school holidays. Any ideas for a destination with natural beauty, not overrun by tourists and won't cost the earth? We're not into glitzy resorts but do like exploring the local area and eating local foods.
J. BREWSTER, BRUNSWICK
Vanuatu is a definite candidate, with Breakas Beach Resort (breakas.com) as a front runner. Guest fares (bungalows) are scattered among tropical gardens set on the edge of a pretty lagoon about a 10-minute drive from Port Vila. It's low-wattage on the glitz scale yet the natural credentials are all in place. The fares offer a sensible level of comfort and the daily rate is $269 for two, breakfast included. Rates with hotel booking sites are lower still, about $191 per night, so you might contact Breakas direct and ask for a better deal.
Access to Port Vila is easy and there are several adventure activities nearby, from river kayak trips to snorkelling. You could hire a car and spend a day driving around Efate, there's lots to see. Don't miss Ernest Kalakoa's World War II Museum, an eccentric but fascinating collection of artefacts left behind by US forces.
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