Beachcomber Island, Fiji
Paradise by day, party island by night
Beachcomber Island is just one of Fiji's 300 islands. It's also tiny -- you can walk around it in all of 20 minutes. So why this island, you ask? It's smack bang in the middle of a protected marine sanctuary in the South Pacific, making it one of the most beautiful coral reefs for snorkeling.
Owned entirely by the no-frills Beachcomber Island Resort, the majority of your fellow guests will be British 20-somethings staying up until sunrise at the island bar, because in their minds, what else would you do on an island paradise? Shared dormitories start at $19 a night and thatched beachfront bures for four are around $250.
Come daytime, the island is your oyster: Kayak, paddleboard, and explore the underwater world of one of the smallest inhabited islands in the area.
Getting there: Delta flies direct from LAX to Nadi, the country's main transportation hub, where you can then catch a 45-minute boat to Beachcomber Island Resort. The driest time to head to Fiji is between July and September, but that's also peak season. I'd suggest between October and April, when the tourists are gone and the temperatures rest in the 80s. The tropical storms may put on a show, but that's all part of the fun!