Australasia & Pacific - Pacific Islands & Papua New Guinea
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From 5th March 2012 Our Airline is flying to Fiji from Nauru fortnightly.
Looking for advice on a good place to go for a 7-10 day relaxing holiday in July-August.
We are a middle-aged couple travelling on a budget. Last years holiday was to Kota Kinabalu costing about A$3000 all up including airfares so around the same.
This year is more complicated because one of us is flying ex Melbourne the other ex Auckland or Wellington so a destination needs to be roughly as easy to get to from both starting points.
Interested in - lying on a beach plus snorkelling, kayaking (?); eating different from home; markets; nature stuff - day bush walks/tramping; different culture.
Accommodation expectations - motel standard is fine or even something like fales in Samoa, but not dormitories
Been looking at Samoa or Cook Islands or Fiji (but Fiji seems a bit out of our price range) but open to suggestions (even outside the area covered by this forum... more »
I had planned to spend 4 days on Kosrae, ended up staying twice that time, and would have happily stayed even longer if my schedule had allowed it. How much I enjoyed my stay on Kosrae actually came as a bit of a surprise to me after somewhat expecting the likelihood of becoming bored on what arguably is the quietest of all island states in the FSM.
In many ways I have found Kosrae to be similar to other remote Pacific islands I had visited in the past. Life is slow, often not very well organized, and the island’s beauty is unfortunately all too often marred by waste disposal problems and simply all kind of other issues the inhabitants are struggling with in their daily lives that take precedence over preserving their island’s natural environment. Still, so far Kosrae has mostly remained a quaint and beautiful little island with friendly people and deep-rooted traditions.
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Have just been reading a couple of new books about Samoa that I thought might interest some of you.
The first is " Samoa: A historical novel." by J. Robert Shaffer. a huge book that is similar to Michner's Hawaii.....a novel but very much based on history. Very well done by a person that has lived in Samoa off and on over many years. Ithaca Press 2011
The other is another book by Lani Wendt Young. She wrote the wonderful non-fiction book gathering Tsunami in Samoa stories called "Galu Afi". She has now published a novel called" Telesa". Rather like a Twilight type story but set in Apia with Samoan culture and lifestyle. Not my usual read but this one is fasinating because it is set in Samoa. About a half Samoan girl returning to Samoa to discover her roots and finding out that her mother and now her are both Telesas......with wierd magical powers.....a love ... more »
Here's a question, and I understand it may be unanswerable or impossible but I figured I'd ask since I've always found valuable information on these forums before.
I'm planning a trip around the world going as overland as possible. I've had to concede some flights (Darwin to Bali, for example, I'm beginning in Melbourne, Australia) and I'm thinking I may need to do the same for crossing the Pacific.
But I don't want to miss out on the Pacific Islands, and I'd like to avoid too much catastrophic damage to my wallet. To that effect, does anybody have any ideas how I can island hop across the Pacific (likely beginning in Chile, as this will be my 'home stretch' back to Australia) for cheap?
I can understand if it isn't possible, most of the commercial flights I've looked at have been in the thousands for the stretch from Santiago to Papeete, even more if I want to land on Easter... more »
I am due to arrive at Papeete Faaa Airport next week at a very late hour and wonder if anyone could answer the following questions.
1) I have read reports that there are no longer any foreign exchange facilities at the airport -- is this still the case?
2) What would be the approximate taxi fare from the airport to the Sofitel Maeva hotel (apparently quite near)?
Thanks a lot
My husband and I are travelling to Nadi on 19 Feb for a week, and hoping to visit some of the nearby islands. I know the airport is open, but can anyone tell me the state of Nadi Town itself since the flooding, the shops, restaurants, tourist places? Is the water subsided and things back to normal? It is very difficult to get up to date information, but I can see it's still raining there. Also, are the tourist operators still running day trips to the islands, I believe they stopped them for a few days during the height of the floods? Thanks! Denise
I'm looking for someone who is planning a trip to PNG, more precisely to New Ireland.
It would be ideal to find someone passing through Laraibina Village (90 km from Kavieng, Boluminski Hwy, East Coast, New Ireland)
Tell people you are going to Chuuk and you are likely to hear all kinds of horror stories about the place. Kosraens, Pohnpeians, and foreign expats in the FSM alike had dished out all kinds of warnings to me. “Watch out for drunks! Watch out for drug addicts! Watch out for troublemakers! You will be assaulted! You will be shot at with slingshots!” etc etc. Chuuk really does have an awful reputation.
I stayed at the Truk Stop Hotel for 4 nights. The room was 110$ per nights, but apparently prices have recently been raised to 120$ per night for new bookings. My room was VERY large and quite comfortable, except for the tiled floor and the smelly bathroom. Definitely NOT good value for money, but I guess it’s hard for a hotel owner to run a business significantly cheaper than this in a place as remote and with such dire infrastructure as Chuuk.
The restaurant serves good food and ... more »
I had planned to spend 5 and a half days on Pohnpei but ended up staying only two days because my flight from Kosrae to Pohnpei had gotten delayed by 3 days previously. With hindsight I feel glad about having had additional time on Kosrae at Pohnpei’s expense. I feel that 5 and a half days on Pohnpei would have been too much time for me.
I chose to stay at Joy Hotel in Kolonia. Joy Hotel is very centrally located, but then Kolonia is a really small town so pretty much anywhere in Kolonia is central. It’s easily possible to walk around the entire town in about 60-90 minutes and see everything that’s there, which really isn’t all that much. Joy Hotel is just okay. The restaurant serves good food at reasonable prices. The onsite tour and dive shop doesn’t offer services anymore due to a lack of customers.
Joy is one of the cheaper options on Pohnpei, but still not good value for... more »
The fire dancers at Coconut Palms Resort in Port Vila are fabulous! I was lucky enough to see them twice during my stay in January. They perform on Saturday nights. If you are going to Port Vila, I highly recommend this show. It is free, and there is a band and a nice relaxed bar with friendly staff.
First off, for me one full day on Saipan was plenty. Undoubtedly, the island is pretty and has some fine scenery to boot, but to me none of it has stood out in any particular way compared to other Pacific islands I have visited. It's pleasant, but no more than that.
I’ve also found Saipan to be pretty uninspiring and strangely bizarre in some ways. It’s painfully obvious that it has not recovered from its apparently significant reduction of Japanese tourist arrivals since the 80ies and 90ies. There are many Korean and especially Chinese tourists around now, in consequence of direct flight connections from Seoul and a couple of cities in mainland China (I ran into usually noisy and boisterous Chinese tour groups everywhere on the island), yet their numbers apparently haven’t made up for what’s been lost in tourist arrivals in the past. I have hardly seen any other Western tourist ... more »
Given the fact how little information there is on the TT about Tinian I thought it might be helpful for some if I recount a few of my experiences on the island from my visit today…
There is NO passenger ferry connecting Saipan and Tinian anymore at this time, and I’ve been told there hasn’t been one running for more than two years already. The only option to get to the island is by plane. One has the choice to fly with either Freedom Air or Air Marianas. Both are small commuter airlines operating Piper Cherokee Six planes (7-seaters). Freedom Air charges 69$ round-trip from Saipan. Apparently Air Marianas is only 40$ round-trip but they mostly run a charter operation for local tourism offices and/or the Tinian Dynasty Resort and Casino so it’s not very straightforward to get a seat on them for walk-in passengers without reservation. Freedom Air operates a scheduled service and does... more »
My husband and I will be spending a couple of weeks in the Solomon Islands this May.
I am interested in visiting Savo Island. From what I’ve read it seems like there are two accommodation options, Sunset Lodge or Kuila Village Stay. Does anyone know of any others? Has anyone stayed at either of these and have any opinions to share?
I would love to do a day trip out to Dolphin Island and swim with the dolphins. I would also like to explore the island and see the waterfalls, hot springs and volcano. Can we simply explore the island on our own or must we have a tour guide to visit these areas?
I would love any advice someone who has been here can offer.
I am walking the Kokoda Trail with 7 other mates in August this year.
I am pretty certain of the company we'll go with. After a gruelling experience like it will be, we want to stay 2 nights at the best possible hotel in Port Moresby.
The hotel that is aligned with the company does a job, but after walking the trail we want a resort feel before flying back to Australia.
A couple of people have mentioned 'Airways' - Has anyone stayed there or would recommend somewhere else?
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