Travel Review: Vivacious Vacation in Australia

The island of Matamanoa Island in Fiji was quite wonderful and the adult-only island was small enough to give a real tropical getaway feel and had all the necessary amenities to make us feel well taken care of. Walking 50 feet out of our room and snorkeling in the reef was just what we had hoped for.  The trip to Castaway island (where the movie was filmed) was fun. The snorkeling here was incredible!!! The staff was friendly and helpful and the restaurant had a variety of dishes that both my wife and I were pleased with. The tableside crepe Suzette was to die for. Port Douglas is a wonderful seaside tourist town with lots of great restaurants and nightlife. The Great Barrier Reef snorkel was one of the highlights. The sea was especially calm the day we went out and the water was clear. The fish and coral were magnificent. The reef tour was exceptional and the staff very knowledgeable and took great care of us. In town, we especially liked "The Inlet" restaurant. Our hotel was right downtown close to all the restaurants, but far enough off the street as not to have any street or bar noise. We went to the Sunday market and enjoyed the people, street entertainment, and vendors.

The memorable part of the tour was Dart River jet boat tour. What a fun ride and hike through the forest. At night we took the Gondola up the mountain and had dinner overlooking the city. Milford's sound was also spectacular.

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