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Where paradise is more than sand and sea

TAVENUI, Fiji -- If Fiji was nothing more than sand and sea, palm fronds and flowers, it wouldn't matter which South Pacific beach resort you visited. Every vacation would be just another ho-hum adventure.

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Sau Bay hosts small weddings, honeymooners, families and scuba divers. A la carte rates keep prices lower than its competitors. Cottages for two or more start at $225 per night; add $60 per day per person for meals; kids are welcome. Bottled drinks and guided outings cost extra. At saubay.com.

Tides Reach has been discovered by multi-family travelers. Villas for two start at $875 per night; the deluxe villa (for four) is $1,275. Prices available for the entire resort. Rates include airport transfers, all meals, child care, kayaks, paddle boards, snorkel gear and on-site events. Guided tours and bottled drinks are extra. tidesreachresort.com.

Yasawa Island Resort’s rates per night are all-inclusive, except for alcoholic beverages. Listed rates start at $1,053 for two in a bure; frequent discounts list $800. Included are kayaks, paddle boards, other sports gear, tennis courts, Wi-Fi in public areas, nonalcoholic beverages, and most guided outings: snorkeling, catamarans, sailing, half-day Blue Lagoon Cave trips, village tours and private beach picnics. yasawa.com.

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