Five Fijian resorts under $450 a night
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at Outrigger on the Lagoon,
Most do packages that include flights from Australia, airport transfers and at least breakfast thrown in. Keep an eye out for specials that might snag you a free massage, dinner or kids' club.
OUTRIGGER ON THE LAGOON
On the Coral Coast, southern Viti Levu (the main island). Costs from $282 a night, room only. Phone +679 650 0044; see outrigger.com.
The Astrolabe Hideaway eco-resort on Kadavu Island. Costs from $389 a night, all-inclusive. See matava.com.
THE UPRISING BEACH RESORT
A 3½-star adventure resort in Pacific Harbour. Costs from $148 a night, B&B (beachfront bure). Phone +679 345 2200, See uprisingbeachresort.com.
Newly refurbished five-star on Denarau Island, 20 minutes from the airport. Costs from $278 a night. Phone 1800 333 333; see http://www.radissonblu.com/resort-fiji.
MATAMANOA ISLAND RESORT
In the Mamanuca Islands, 1½ hours by boat from Denarau Marina. Costs from $270 a night, B&B (garden room) or $438 a night (beachfront bure). Phone +679 672 3620; see matamanoa.com.
Source: Belinda Jackson, Sydney Morning Herald/The Age