NOOSA: EXPLORE RELAXATION

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The always-popular seaside village on Australia’s Sunshine Coast boasts an abundance of incredible experiences and natural sights to enjoy in-between irresistible lazy days by the sea. Here are some of my favourite spots to hang and places to explore for the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.

Noosa: Explore Relaxation

Noosa Main Beach attracts tourists from all over looking to claim their spot on the sand of one of Australia’s most popular holiday beaches.

The obvious downside of visiting Noosa in the middle of its peak season are the hordes of tourists with exactly the same plan as you; to see the Sunshine Coast at its best. Over the past few years the secret of this popular Aussie holiday spot has definitely got out, with seemingly more people on the beach each time I visit. Luckily though, the Main Beach is long enough to cater for everyone and it seems that there are still a few local gems that haven’t yet been divulged to the masses where you can escape for a spot of solitude.

Noosa: Explore Relaxation

Relax in the stunning coastal fairy pools; one of Noosa’s best worst-kept secrets.

Noosa National Park sits hidden in plain sight at the Southern end of Noosa Main Beach. Home to a multitude of stunning bays, secluded swimming spots, spectacular lookouts and bush-land thriving with Australian native wildlife; the National Park offers so much to see and explore. There is a well maintained system of walking tracks through the park that make it incredibly easy to tackle the stunning 4000 hectare stretch of coastline on offer between Noosa and Rainbow Beach; perfect for a day out with friends and family.

Noosa: Explore Relaxation

Visit the fairy pools early in the morning to give yourself the best chance of enjoying them all to yourself.

Noosa: Explore Relaxation

Lined with coral and filled with crystal clear water, the pools are stunning from both above and below the surface.

One of the absolute must-visit spots in the National Park are the Fairy Pools. Hidden to the side of the track and not signposted at all, the natural saltwater pools are a perfect place to spend a lazy day by the sea. They require a scramble down the rocks to get to and can only be accessed at low tide, but if you are able to find them and can time it right, there is no more spectacular place to hang out. Although the pools were once a well-kept local secret, it is now getting harder to enjoy them without another soul in sight, and on busy days it can be hard to even find a vacant place in the pools. Visit early to give yourself the best chance of a secluded escape before the masses hit.

Noosa: Explore Relaxation

Hell’s Gates are the perfect place to set up a picnic, watch for whales or explore the rugged coastline of the National Park.

Noosa: Explore Relaxation

For those with small children, Alexandria Bay’s clothing-optional stretch of sand can be enjoyed from afar atop the Hell’s Gates lookout.

Alexandria Bay is an idyllic stretch of sand about an hour’s walk along the coastal track from Noosa. As you turn the corner at Hell’s Gates lookout, a favourite local spot for whale watching, cliff jumping and a picnic with a view, you get your first glimpse of the pristine Alexandria Bay below. We didn’t venture any further than the lookout, opting to avoid any close-up encounters on the clothing-optional beach and view it from afar before heading back along the track to Noosa. For those wishing to continue walking, it is about another hour’s walk all the way to the stunning Sunshine Beach.

Noosa: Explore Relaxation

A sunset swim is the perfect way to cool off after a day of exploring Noosa National Park.

Noosa: Explore Relaxation

Watch dolphins play just beyond the waves at Noosa Main Beach

The Sunshine Coast is a haven for marine life, boasting regular appearances of dolphins, whales, turtles and even manta rays all along the coastline. Last year I was lucky enough to be in Noosa in September, prime-time for encounters with the marine wildlife. I regularly witnessed whales breaching as they passed by the beach on their annual migration South and pods of dolphins putting on morning shows of aerial acrobatics. Although I wasn’t ever able to time my morning swim to meet them in the water, pods of anywhere between five and thirty dolphins regularly cruised the coastline and provided plenty of opportunities to watch them play just beyond the waves.

Noosa: Explore Relaxation

The annual whale migration provides plenty of opportunities to watch the calves have some fun on their way down South.

Noosa: Explore Relaxation

Exploring the other-worldly landscape of Double Island Point.

An excursion to Rainbow Beach and Double Island point is a fantastic way to get away from the crowds and see some of the region’s most spectacular stretches of coastline. You can hire your own car or join a tour, but the only way to get there is 4WD beach driving. I joined a Dolphin View Kayak tour with Epic Ocean Adventures and ventured up to Double Island Point with the hope of kayaking with dolphins, manta rays or even migrating humpback whales. Two days previous to my visit, the tour group had a pod of whales breach within touching distance and two days later, witnessed manta rays gliding directly beneath their kayaks. On our tour we were visited by a pod of playful dolphins for almost an hour, toying with us as we chased them around the bay. For incredible marine encounters, Double Island Point is pretty hard to beat.

Noosa: Explore Relaxation

The dolphins of Double Island Point.

Noosa: Explore Relaxation

The breathtaking natural landscape of Rainbow Beach.

As much as you can avoid the chaos of Hastings St and try to discover some secluded spots nearby, there is a reason travellers choose Noosa. The main beach and village have a relaxed atmosphere, excellent food & dining options, a variety of appealing accommodation choices and a great beach to enjoy. All you have to do to get away from the crowds is to get there before they do. Waking up for a walk along the beach and a swim at sunrise will be the best decision you make during your stay. Dolphins in the water, colour illuminating the sky and only a handful of other people scattered along the sand; it’s not hard to explain why sunrise is my favourite time to enjoy the classic appeal of Noosa’s main beach.

Noosa: Explore Relaxation

Colour fills the sky and reflects across the ocean during a vibrant Noosa sunrise.

Noosa: Explore Relaxation

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Published: 15/07/2017

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Is This Your Perfect Paradise?

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Discover your perfect paradise in the world’s most secluded locations. Soak up the beachfront luxury of Los Cabos for the weekend, gaze at the tranquility of the Maldives from your overwater villa, explore the vibrant oasis of Cape Town or indulge in the romance of Australia’s Wolgan Valley. Find the indulgence, bliss and serenity cultivated by One&Only Resorts.

 

LIMITLESS LUXURY

 

Palmilla, Los Cabos

  • Learn the history of Mexico’s favorite drink during a tequila tasting class
  • Harvest your own herbs and veggies at Los Tamarindos Farms during a special culinary experience
  • Virtuoso guests receive two complimentary 30-minute spa massages

Reethi Rah

  • Fly over the Indian Ocean in a sea plane, exploring the neighboring islands
  • Sail off in a luxury yacht from the One&Only Reethi Rah to your private diving spot
  • Unwind in the private pool at your villa after a day exploring the scenic Wolgan Valley
  • Reserve a Water Villa, suspended over the turquoise lagoon, surrounded by over-water hammocks

Cape Town

  • Relax in the thermal pools in Cape Town’s spa or indulge in a signature African Journey treatment
  • Marvel at Cape Town’s breathtaking Table Mountain from your suite’s open terrace
  • Virtuoso guests enjoy a $100 dining and beverage credit

Wolgan Valley

  • Take a guided horseback ride through diverse but beautiful terrain
  • Sample a few of the 150 Australian and international wines at the Valley Bar & Terrace Lounge
  • Virtuoso exclusive: guided Nocturnal Wildlife Spotlighting and Stargazing, or Signature Wildlife and Sundowners Tour, for two.

One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos: 3 nights’ minimum stays required. Valid for arrivals on Thursday and Fridays only. Applies to new bookings only. Blackout dates apply, including but not limited to all major holidays. All normal booking, payment, cancellation procedures and policies apply. Offer is subject to availability at time of booking and closeouts. Offer applies only on the selected room types. Room Rate is in USD based on double occupancy, mandatory taxes and service charge will apply. Rates are subject to a 19% tax and 15% service charge. Not available on group/wedding bookings (any booking of more than 10 rooms). Not combinable with other promotions or offers. One&Only Palmilla reserves the right to withdraw the offer at any time. Inclusions are once per Stay for two people.

One&Only Reethi Rah: All rates are per villa, per night and include full American breakfast in the Reethi Restaurant. Rates are quoted in USD based on single or double occupancy except for Two-Villa Residence with Pool and Grand Beach Villa 2-bedroom which are priced for 4 adults and Grand Sunset Residence 3-bedroom Villa which is priced for 6 adults. For more terms and conditions see www.oneandonlyresorts.com/one-and-only-reethi-rah-maldives.

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Where to Travel Each Month of the Year? Part 1.

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JANUARY – Yucatan

Winter is Yucatan’s high season, and the most exciting adventures you will experience are from the 20th of December when the season begins. Throughout January you can enjoy the most pleasant weather, the clearest turquois water, the most beautiful nature, the brightest landscapes, the most inimitable beauty of undersea world and the highest level of service. Yucatán expects tourists to visit the peninsula in the winter months, so the service is of the highest level during that season.

We advise you to reserve well in advance if you plan to be in Cancún around the holidays in order to book the best hotel rooms and the best resorts.

January is a perfect month in Yucatán as the temperatures are ideal, around 25-30C (77-86F) while the water temperature is around 20C (68F), which is perfect for swimming.

Exploring Mayan ruins 🔎🗿 #xichenitza #yukatan #cancunmexico #rivieramaya #xmasholidays

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Interesting facts about Yucatán:

  • Yucatán has one of the new Seven Wonders of the World: the iconic pyramid Chichén Itzá is located here
  • Yucatán has the longest pier in the world, over 8 km

 

FEBRUARY – Colombia

Colombia is special. It has only two seasons: dry and rainy. Traveling to Colombia in February means that you will have a chance to enjoy the beautiful warm and sunny dry season in most of the country.

Besides glorious warm weather, in February there is also the Carnaval de Barranquilla in Atlantico that is always widely celebrated in the country. Being one of the largest events in the world, Carnaval de Barranquilla dates back to the 19th century. Due to its importance to locals, all regular activities are completely canceled,  and the entire country participates in this carnival event.

Interesting facts about Colombia:

  • It’s the only country in South America that has a coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea
  • Colombia has one of the highest capital cities in the world.
  • It is OK for Colombian children to drink coffee

MARCH – Galapagos Islands

Tortoises and turtles definitely look like they're from a different time. Feeding them must be surreal. [📷 @mourabu ]

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The Islands of Galapagos are visited all year round; however, March is the best time to discover this beloved tourist getaway. Why March? Because the average temperature is about 24C (75F), and water temperatures are around 25C (77F) – offering perfect weather conditions for an exciting holiday. This season is also excellent for diving and snorkeling as underwater visibility is the best of the year. However, you should put on sunblock with SPF 30 or higher not to get sunburnt.

Interesting facts:

  • The oldest island in the Galapagos, Espanola, is be 3.5 million years old.
  • Due to its location on the Equator, the Galapagos Islands have an equal 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night throughout the year.

 

APRIL – Fiji

💎 Happy Wednesday. This is where me and @tiareonly are right now. Dreams require hustle.

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April is a fantastic month for visiting Fiji. First, it is the most budget-friendly month to go. Pleasant temperatures do not have the chill that comes in September and June. You will also experience wonderful sunshine without the fear of getting burnt or having sunstroke. The hottest temperatures here are in the months of July and October. It is not recommended to visit the island in these months since the extremely high temperatures are scorching.

Already missing Fiji #holidayblues #fiji #tokoriki

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Interesting facts:

  • Fiji is made up of 333 islands, with 223 of them being uninhabited.
  • Fijians raise their eyebrows as a non-verbal way to say “yes”.

 

MAY- Hawaii

May is the cheapest month for traveling to Hawaii. If winter is the high season for Hawaii, summer is the low one. So May is somewhere in the middle between the two. What does it mean?

It means that the Big Island is not over occupied with tourists in these months, but the weather is still wonderful, about 27C (81F) on average, and about 24C (75F) in Honolulu, Hawaii’s capital city on the island of Oahu. The sea temperature is about 26C (79F) – perfect for beach recreation.

Classic mornings on the stairway to Heaven

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Interesting facts about Hawaii:

  • Hawaii’s nickname is the “Aloha State.” Aloha is used both as “hello” and “goodbye” – and to express the overall hospitable spirit of the Islands.
  • Surfing, or “Heenalu” in Hawaiian language, was basically invented by the Polynesians when they came here a thousand years ago.

 

JUNE – Australia

From the crystal water to sparkling sands and gentle seaside, unparalleled cuisine, unbelievable nightlife and gorgeous beaches, verdant forests and beautiful nature – Australia is a favorite destination for Canadians. Average temperatures are about 21C (70F), and the sea temperature is around 19C (66F). All these conditions make Australia one of the most desirable places to visit.

Interesting facts about Australia:

  • Australia is as wide as the distance between London and Moscow
  • Melbourne has the world’s largest Greek populationoutside of Athens

 

JULY –Peru

Beautiful sunset overlooking Amantani Island on Lake Titicaca! 🌅

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Peru is a wonderful destination for those who love mild climate, gorgeous landscapes and amazing scenery. So, if you are fond of hiking, this destination is just perfect for you! If you dream of exploring the Andes Mountains, July is the best time to go: it’s dry season so the climate is perfect for hiking.

Who would you like to visit Lima with? 📸 @antovilavi #lima #peru #thecityofkings #travel #visitperu #intoperu

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Interesting facts about Peru:

  • Peru is the third-largest country in South America
  • Mashed potatoes, French fries and chips – all of these snacks owe their origin to Peru.
  • 60% of the country is covered by rainforest.