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Hot Spot Swap - Orpheus Island Vs Fiji

Updated: Mar 1

With its 333 picture-perfect islands, Fiji has well and truly earned its place as the heart of the South Pacific. Home to happiness and a hop skip and a jump from Australia, it has long been on the travel dance card of most Aussies, with an island, accommodation type and experience to suit every traveller. Perfect for school holiday stays and honeymooners, it has some of the most breath-taking underwater vistas in the world, but so does a one of our local treasures.. and you don't even need a passport.

The Fijian Islands

Fiji - an underwater paradise

Perfect for school holiday stays and honeymooners, Fiji has some of the most breath-taking underwater vistas in the world, but so does a one of our local treasures.. and you don't even need a passport.

Welcome to Orpheus Island.

Orpheus Island

A quick 30 minute helicopter ride from Townsville in Queensland takes you to the picturesque coral-studded sea and your home away from home, for however long you choose.

Surrounded by 3 acres of national park, it is known for its snorkelling and diving and for having just one resort on the island, aptly titled the Orpheus Island Lodge.

Accommodating just 28 people, Orpheus Island Lodge is an all-inclusive private island lodge consisting of just 14 rooms, suits and villas set in the surrounds of unspoilt tropical paradise and turquoise coastline.

Food on Orpheus Island is taken very seriously. On arrival, guests meet with the resorts executive chef to discuss their preferences and dietary requirements.. how amazing!

And these guys know food, earning a Chef’s Hat in the 2019 Australian Good Food Guide, means every one of your meals is hatted. Breakfast is gourmet, lunch is tapas style, dinner is an almighty degustation. All meals are inspired by the natural surroundings with a focus on fresh prawns, Moreton Bay bugs and tropical rock lobsters.

Orpheus Island is the perfect place to have a bit of rest and relaxation, but there boundless opportunities at the same time. Aside from the exceptional diving, snorkelling, kayaking and paddleboarding, the resort can arrange a private charter out on the reef and or you can try your hand at fishing. Feeling more adventurous? Try a helicopter tour of one of the neighbouring sand cays with a gourmet picnic hamper.

Sold on the idea? We don't blame you. So when should you visit? Orpheus is tropical with an average temperature of 27°C year-round, meaning anytime is a good time. May to October is cooler and less humid, there is a chance of rain during wet season (November to April) and The Lodge does shut up shop for a seasonal closure from the end of January to beginning of March.

Get in touch with us here to discover Orpheus Island and book your escape today.

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