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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!

51 days or longer

Discover Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia in one awesome Asian adventure trip. Spend 4 weeks in Thailand, 10 sensational days in Cambodia and 12 days in Vietnam!

from £2,889

Flexible duration

Visit up to 46 European cities with this flexible hop-on hop-off bus pass, and build your own epic European adventure! Travel from country to country and spend as long as you like in each amazing location. When you want to move on, just jump back on the bus!

from £949

Up to 12 months or longer

Our amazing Global 360 trip is packed with all our favourite programmes! Choose from two awesome round-the-world packages or design your own Global 360 and add in your dream destinations or activities.

from £4,339
£4,239

Up to 12 months

Spend 12 days touring around beautiful Bali before settling into Aussie life with a week of fun activities and up to 12 months of awesome paid work. Have a blast Down Under!

from £1,389

Up to 12 months

Aged 18-30? Head off on our paid work & travel combo adventure! Find a paid job with our Absolute Oz jobs package in Australia, followed by a fabulous 8 days of island exploration in Fiji!

from £1,439

9 days

Discover the Mayan ruins and beach paradises of Mexico on this fantastic 9-day group tour! Combining culture, exploration and relaxation, this is the perfect way to travel around Mexico!

from £1,049
£840

12 days

Combine adrenaline rushes with beach relaxation on this incredible island-hopping adventure! Discover the beautiful islands of the Philippines as part of a small group, swim with magnificent whale sharks and sunbathe on perfect white-sand beaches.

from £1,219

5 days

Enjoy five days of full-on Fraser Island fun on this ultimate Australian East-Coast experience!  Swim in crystal-clear lakes, explore rainforests and sleep in fantastic eco-lodges in the forest.

from £489

Up to 12 months

Our Oz, Kiwi & Fiji Explorer combines flexible travel passes in Australia and New Zealand with an amazing 8-day tour in Fiji!

from £1,989

8 days

Spend 8 days exploring the amazing Philippines. Go on an overnight hill trek and homestay, visit the Banaue rice terraces, and see spectacular Sagada!

from £849
£679
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