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Volmo Island vs. Jacque Cousteau Resorts on Fiji

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We are planning a trip to Australia with family (4 adults and 2 young (3 & 5 year olds) in January, 2013. We have been advised to skip the Great Barrier Reef and go to Fiji instead. Does anyone have some advice/opinion regarding whether to stay at the resorts on Volmo Island or the Jacque Cousteau Resot on Fiji (given that we will be with young children)?
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    Jean-Michel Cousteau is surrounded by a marine sanctuary and you can even snorkel straight from the shore or end of jetty. They are located in an area that is famous for soft coral worldwide. You will find hard corals in other parts of Fiji but not soft corals. They also have a resident marine biologist on staff who takes toddlers to adults out on guided snorkel trips etc - toddlers see the coral and fish in the glass bottom boat. They also have a separate family facility which has a toddler mushroom cascading shallow pool, a junior pool with waterslide, trampoline, zip line, cubby house, undercover dining and activity area, tennis court, board games & outside this wonderland for kids they have a big family pool with waterslide, chaise lounges,day bed pavilion where adults and kids can have loads of fun. Best of all they offer a free daily activity program 8am-9pm which enables kids to learn about the marine & ecological environment and local Fijian culture. Each day has a different theme for the day ie. day of coral reef, fijian culture etc. You & them can visit the staff's chiefly village and the local market as part of the family activities. Kids receive a special passport and recieve a stamp when they complete certain learning activities - A very interactive experience with culture and nature. One of the great things as well is that there is a beautiful unspoiled Fijian town just 7kms away and you can all experience 1 or several trips if you wish. You can swim and snorkel without the fear of stingrays. The accomodation is very traditional with thatch roof and high high ceilings which allow for plenty of natural ventilation which is important in January which can be the warmest part of the year. There is no glass or stone to absorb the heat - the bures walls are all timber and they have floor to ceiling screened louver windows for flow through ventilation. The free nanny & buddy program is unbelievably fantastic. Kids have the same nanny for entire stay and really get attached to them. The cuisine is wonderful and they have an organic garden for fresh vegs, herbs etc. The flower nursery is also a wonderland of tropical flowers. Kids have their own a la carte menu and you can dine with them for every meal or they can have theirs in Bula Club and you can enjoy a romantic dinner under the stars by lantern light. This property has all the normal resort activities & a little more. It is experiental travel at its best. If you are looking for magnificent marine life,snorkelling and diving & a fun educational program for kids you cannot go wrong. You will have this and all the normal upscale trimmings. The adult only horizon edge pool and day bed pavilions are a real escape from the world for parents. The private island experience is also not to be missed.

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