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If your trip will include Islands, be sure to browse through all the Islands articles below. We at The Cheap Route have already done a lot of first hand research about Islands, we've been there done that when it comes to Islands, continue reading to gain first hand insight. Our goal is to to provide the hard to find information and photos about Islands.

Largest Sand Island In the World – Fraser Island

Fraser Island Beach
Beaches, Streams, Sand Dunes and Forest cover Fraser Island

Fraser Island is one of the best places to visit in Australia, worth going out of your way to see. Fly into Brisbane, and head a couple hours North to Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay, or Hervey Bay, the 3 crossing points over to Fraser. You have several options on how to get around: you can rent your own 4X4 doing everything yourself, do a self drive tour, where you ride along in a caravan of 4X4s, but drive your own vehicle, or take one of the massive offroad buses in a group of 15-25. I made the mistake of doing the bus tour, because my license had expired, and this tour provided transport in and out of Gold Coast; I knew straight away this was a mistake.

Best Way To Get Across Thailand

Koh Phi Phi Caves
A long boat going past a fishermans cave in Koh Phi Phi

Q. Couple questions... Right now we are just going to be on the west side of the islands in thailand. Do you recall it being easy to get to side to side? If so i really want to go to KohPhi Phi. We are going to get certified to dive in koh tao. Do you recommend that or should we do it in Koh Phi Phi?

Crystal Clear Eli Creek, Fraser Island

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
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A Perfect Day At Eli Creek, Fraser Island
Perfect weather on Fraser Island, hot but the cool water of Eli Creek cools you down

Cool clear waters to relieve the heat, Eli Creek is a definite highlight on Fraser Island. On a nice day, its tough to beat the heat of Fraser Island, the lakes are warm, the ocean isn't safe by means of 18' Tiger Sharks and Portuguese Man-O-Wars (Blue Bottles) and sometimes shade is difficult to come by. Luckily there is Eli Creek; park your 4X4 on the beach and jump into the refreshing clear waters. There is a raised wooden boardwalk which goes several hundred meters up stream and provides access to the creek. Walk up, then float down the knee high waters to the end where it dumps into a pool on the beach. Everyone parks their cars around this pool, some people choose to drive through it which is fun to watch, and people just lounge around.

Lake Wabby, Fraser Island

Friday, April 22, 2011
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Lake Wabby Beach, Fraser Island
The beach at Lake Wabby is at a steep incline from the sand dune, it gets pretty crowded

One of the many lakes on Fraser Island, Lake Wabby is an essential stop on your Fraser excursion. Its like a desert oasis in that you've got to hike several kilometers from the beach, with the end being through a sand dune, and over a hill, where you'll stumble upon the lake in the middle of nowhere. Its algae covered bottom gives it a dark green color, but the water is actually quite clear. In it you'll find loads of catfish swiming around you, it seems as if you can reach out and grab them, but apparently nobody has ever been fast enough to actually catch one.

Fraser Island By Air

Maheno Shipwreck Ariel View, Fraser Island
Maheno Shipwreck as seen from the air

As soon as you arrive in Australia, you're going to hear about Fraser Island and The Whitsundays. Everybody sees Fraser Island by 4X4, which is amazing and has to be done, but while there I highly recomend you also splurge and pay the $75 to take the breif scenic flight over the island. How many places in the world do you get to use the beach as your runway? You get to see things from a completely different perspective; you also get to see things you probably won't make it to by car like Butterfly Lake. Chances are on a nice day you'll spot Stingrays, Manta Rays, Dolphins, and maybe even sharks. This is one of those things you need to put in perspective, I know $75 sounds like a lot, but take a night off the drink and do this instead.

Mana Island Guide – Fiji

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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White Sand and Clear Waters, Mana Island
White Sand, Clear Water, Palm Trees. Typical Mana Island

Mana island is one of 333 fijian islands, just a 4 hour boat ride from Nadi from about $50 return. Mana island is a lovely little island you can easily walk round in about 3 hours providing you're steady on your feet as you do have to clamber over rocks round some of the edges. The accommodation on Mana varies from budget to exclusive with the island having its own airstrip its a popular destination for families and honeymooners as well as backpackers. The island seems to be split in to 3 sections, the section where you arrive on the boat is where all the backpacker accommodation is, some more expensive than others. I stayed at 'Serenas' which was $35 a night with 3 meals included; the dorm rooms were basic as was the one cold tap used as a shower. Although the family that ran it were lovely and very helpful i wouldn't recommend it, the food was questionable, often cold, and I personally don't enjoy doughnuts for breakfast. The situation was similar next door at Mana Lagoon, although they have a small games room and the only shop on the island.

Greek Islands Photos & Overview

Bad Ass Dudes on Scooters
A couple bad ass dudes posing with their scooters on a cliff in Santorini

Q. Hey Mike. Quick question. When you did the greek islands, did you from athens, or elsewhere and did you take a ferry? Also a boat between islands? Finally, which ones do you suggest doing for sure? Thanks dude!

Planning A Trip To Fiji

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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Sunset In Fiji
Sunset from the pool in Fiji

If you're planning on visiting Fiji you can do it in one of 2 ways: 1. Book a set tour for a specified number of days and on a pre-determined number of islands, having the whole thing planned out for you or 2. you can get a flight, land in Nadi and see what happens from there. Although a little daunting I'd recommend the latter; its cheaper and if you get somewhere you don't want to be you can leave or likewise if you really like somewhere you can stay longer. As a starter when you land in Nadi airport your going to get harassed by people trying to book you into tours and plan your trip... they're all working on commission and can be a bit pushy. Be strong and walk through the airport there's a free phone and you can dial one of a number of hostels to pick you up. More often than not they'll pick you up for free but if not its only about $10 - $15 fjd

Drinking Cava in Fiji

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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Drinking Fjian Cava With The Locals
Drinking Cava with the locals at a “Cava Ceremony”

If you're visiting fiji you have to try cava! Cava is a local drink usually drank with a group of people in a 'cava ceremony' it is made from a plant root grown on the main land. The root is ground down in to a fine powder, its then wrapped in muslin cloth and put in water it is dipped in and out and squeezed many, many times until all the goodness from the roots is realised in to the water.

Planning A Vietnam Trip, Advice From Friend

Halong Bay
Halong Bay in the North of Vietnam, close to Hanoi

Q. Can you whip me up a quick travel guide to Vietnam? I know the basics, but anything you did, saw, ate, good places you stayed, etc which you recommend? Thanks!

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