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Beach Breaks & Island Hopping

Do you dream of lazing on sandy beaches or hopping between idyllic islands on your gap year? If you are seeking sun, sea, sand and beautiful beaches then sign up for a brilliant beach break or go island-hopping abroad! If you want to top up your tan and party on the Thai islands, head to the beach on our epic Thai Adventure. Longing for the beautiful beaches of Bali? Join a Bali tour or go surfing for the ultimate in beach bliss. Australia is famous for its beaches, so relax on the golden sands of Fraser Island or sail around the stunning Whitsundays!

A beach-based break is ideal if you want to enjoy watersports, learn to scuba dive, go snorkelling, join a boat tour or even learn to surf. Have fun on paradise Pacific beaches on a Fiji island hopping experience. Or make tracks for the gorgeous beaches of Goa, India. Soak up the sun on Central America's beaches or get going to the Galapagos Islands. Be awed by incredible European beaches as you sail around Croatia or the Greek Islands. Be blown away by breathtaking beaches and islands all around the world!

Check out our trips below, or read more about Beach Breaks & Island Hopping »

Travel to beaches and islands abroad

Why take a beach or island break?

If you head off around the world, you’ll be amazed how much you can do based by the beach! There’s much more to beach or island life than just topping up your tan. You can swim, surf, snorkel or scuba dive from beautiful beaches everywhere, or go on brilliant boat tours. You can volunteer with wildlife along the coast, including sea turtles or as a marine conservation volunteer. You can get away from it all on unspoilt islands, enjoy lively beach parties or even find a paid job by the beach. You can guarantee you’ll never get bored of the sunshine and beach views!

Beach bliss in Australia

Australia is bursting with stunning beaches, from the famous Bondi Beach to the white sands of the Whitsunday islands. Many of the best Aussie beaches lie along the popular East Coast. Hang out on the beaches of Sydney, surf from Byron Bay or head across for some Fraser Island fun. Relax at Rainbow Beach, soak up the sun on the Gold Coast or explore the Great Barrier Reef. Go scuba diving or snorkelling along the coast from Cairns!

Beautiful beaches in Bali

Bali is one of the best beach destinations in the world. This paradise island boasts gorgeous golden sands and idyllic islands such as the Gili Islands. Bali also boasts amazing surf spots, making this the ideal Indonesian location for a beach getaway.

Relax on the Thai Islands

The beaches and islands of Thailand are some of the most sought-after destinations for gap travellers, and it’s not hard to see why! Both our Thai Intro tour and our best-selling Thai Adventure programme take in magical Thai islands as part of their itinerary. These include Koh Samui, pint-sized Koh Tao and the legendary party island of Koh Phangan. You’ll never be more than a stone’s throw from a breathtaking beach on the Thai islands!

Island hop in Fiji

Another perfect beach place for a beach break is fantastic Fiji. These incredible islands are scattered with tropical beaches. Relax and enjoy the sunshine as you go on a fun island-hopping adventure in Fiji!

Idyllic beaches in India

Be inspired by India as you make tracks to some incredible beaches. Get going to Goa or relax in Kerala and enjoy some of the planet’s best beaches. You can also make the most of the fascinating culture, sights, sounds and sensations of spicy India. Join a tour and see the best of India, including mind-blowing beaches!

Laze on American sands

Do you want to hang out on Florida’s fabulous beaches in the USA? Do you dream of saving sea turtles on the unspoilt sands of Costa Rica? Or do you want to soak up the sun in Cuba or have fun on Brazil’s beaches? You can even experience the unique wildlife along the coast of Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands! Hit some magical beaches in Central, South or North America.

There are mind-blowing beach and island experiences waiting all around the world!

21 days or longer

Combine our two most popular intro tours and enjoy an incredible introduction to Southeast Asia. Explore party hotspots and beach paradises in Thailand, before jetting across to Bali for surfing, dolphins, and massages!

from £1,289.00

8 days

Discover the beauty of Fiji on this epic 8-day group adventure! Cruise around the Yasawa Islands, enjoy beach barbeques and surf lessons, and soak up the sun on spectacular Fijian sands.

from £899.00

Up to 12 months

Combine our top two gap travel programmes in one unforgettable trip! Go on a 3 or 4 week Thai Adventure, followed by our Absolute Oz paid work package in Australia, which includes one week of fun in Sydney, and the chance to typically earn £10 to £15 an hour!

from £1,599.00

5-7 days

Spend 4 or 6 nights on a surf camp spectacular between Sydney and Byron Bay. Hang ten and learn to surf and ride the waves from some of Australia's most stunning beaches - brilliant!

from £499.00

8 days

Explore lively Rio de Janeiro, the forests of Ilha Grande, and the cobbled streets of Paraty on this action–packed week in Brazil! Including city tours and an island-hopping cruise, this unguided adventure is the ultimate introduction to Rio!

from £599.00

15 days

Jet over to beautiful Thailand for 2 weeks of blissful beach living! Discover hidden island beaches and secluded sandy bays as you soak up the sun and party with a group and guide! 

from £899.00

27 days

Spend 4 weeks in Thailand volunteering, exploring and partying! Choose between teaching, childcare or elephant volunteering, and then travel around the country on our awesome 12-day Thai Intro tour!

from £1,379.00

35 days minimum

Explore Australia's East Coast on this ultimate tour, which includes some of our most popular Aussie programmes: Have fun in Sydney, learn to surf, travel with hop-on-hop-off pass and enjoy adrenaline adventures in Cairns!

from £2,319.00

7 or 9 days

Discover gorgeous Indonesian islands on this 7 or 9-day tour. Choose from a range of awesome activities each day, including surf lessons, stand-up paddle boarding and snorkelling, and soak up the sun in paradise!

from £649.00

9-14 weeks

See the best of Asia with this incredible package trip! Explore Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Bali, and discover gorgeous landscapes and cultural delights. Add in China and the Philippines to really make the most of your Asian adventure!

from £3,549.00
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