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Dubai takes beach days to another level. Not only does it offer golden sand, cerulean surf and blue skies, but it offers endless treats to entertain you while you’re catching some rays. Take a stroll along JBR Beach and stop for coffee or gelato in one of its many cafes. Or hire an SUP at Kitesurfing beach and go for a paddle around the Burj. Need some privacy? Then head to one of five-star beach hotels along the beach front where you’ll find the comfiest loungers, pool staff that will clean your sunglasses and waiters that will serve you trays of fresh fruit and ice cream.
Leave Ipanema to the crowds and take a trip to Praia Vermelha. With Sugarloaf Mountain as your backdrop, this city beach takes some beating. Fans love the brown sugar sand and the sheltered cove that makes it easy for swimming. After taking a dip in the Atlantic, kickback with a fresh coconut from one of the beach shacks and top up your tan. Visitors at sunset will get to find out why the beach is called Vermelha, because when the sun drops out of the sky it starts to take on a crimson glow.
Bondi may have the celebrity lifeguards, but Bronte is where you really need to throw down your towel. Loved by surfers for its rolling waves, this stretch of golden sand is also less touristy than Bondi. It is the perfect place to go for a swim and enjoy the café culture afterwards. However, if you want to stretch your legs you can stroll along the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk to enjoy some of the best places in New South Wales.
Looking for an adventure? Then catch a boat to Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay). You can rent sports gear on the beach and take to the surf, or you can take a hike to the waterfall and cool off in its natural pool. If you’re feeling even more daring, you can hike up the rocks and jump Beyonce style from the cliffs into the water.
You can never have too much of a good thing – which is why Clifton Beach comprises not one, not two, but four beaches separated by granite boulders. With the famed Millionaire’s Row on the shore and picturesque yachts dotted around the bay, it’s not hard to see why it’s been named the St Tropez of South Africa. The First Beach in Cape Town is a favourite with muscle-bound surfers and volleyball players, while the Second and Third Beaches are a favourite with sun seekers and the Fourth Beach for families.
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- Stay in two of Madagascar’s most exclusive luxury resorts: Anjajavy and Miavana
- Witness the famous hairy crabs crossing the crab highway
- Experience Madagascar’s unique biodiversity, including lemurs, baobab trees and limestone pinnacles
- Swoop into the stunning Nosy Be Archipelago by private helicopter
- Explore Nosy Ankao’s underwater world on a Blue Safari experience
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- Relax on the white-sand beaches of Taketomi and the Ishigaki Islands
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shuri Castle
- Learn about the history of Ryukyu Island
- Enjoy a sunset cruise on the East China Sea
- Snorkel above some of Japan’s most beautiful coral reefs
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- Sail around French Polynesia’s famous ‘motus’ while learning about marine life and searching for stingrays
- Enjoy traditional Tahitian food such as Tahitan raw fish and meat skewers
- Go quad biking through the lush rainforest at Opunohu’s bay
- Snorkel around Bora Bora lagoon’s beautiful coral gardens
- Relax on pristine sands and soak up the region’s extraordinary mana
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