Australasia & Pacific - Pacific Islands & Papua New Guinea
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I am planning on booking a trip to the South Pacific- April and March 2014.
I was hoping to do some volunteering (maybe in exchange for accommodation) and a bit of sightseeing.
Is a month and a half to long to spend in the Cook Islands?
Does anyone know of other opportunities to volunteer and live else where in the South Pacific?
Thanks, very open to ideas.
I'm undertaking a RTW trip from November 2013 to November 2014. My first stop is Peru for a month, then Fiji for a month, then several other countries before returning home. I've just got my flight details and it turns out that I'm arriving in Fiji at 05:35 on Christmas day after a 9 hour and an 11 hour flight - lovely!
Anyway, I was just wondering what your first moves would be? I was thinking of Staying at Smugglers Cover hostel before doing a bit of island hopping. My concerns are (1) that it will be difficult to get a taxi to the hostel as it's Christmas day; and (2) that it'll be too early to be checking in.
Is Christmas day a big deal in Fiji and therefore everywhere will be closed? Would the hostel make allowances for my early arrival?
I'm a 25 year old female from the UK and will be travelling by myself. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Me and my 16 years old daughter will go to PNG for an attempt of Mont Gilluwe in November
We plan on going to Mount Hagen, take a PMV to Kiripia and then try to find a local guide over there
We would welcome any suggestions or warnings on the matter. Or may be some contacts
Does anyone know if there are any scheduled boats from Ambrym to Malekula or Vis-a-versa, other than the two private boats that are mentioned in Lonely Planet Guide that costs 10,000 vatu one way?
Me and my girlfriend are travelling to Noumea for 2 days before taking off to Ile-des-Pins.
We'll be staying at Le Meridien. I heard it's a good hotel, but a bit out the way of the city centre. A friend told me that taxis are expensive and very hard to get by, and given the distance of some top attractions such as Tjibaou, we were advised to definitely rent a car.
Car hire rates I've seen with Tontouta pickup and Magenta drop-off are about $160-200 minimum, incl. insurance.
Do you think it would be worth it?
I think our plan would be as follows:
Saturday: Get from Tontouta Airport into the hotel around 1pm. Maybe visit the Aquarium and have dinner nearby or in Anse Vata.
Sunday: Expore city centre incl. Mwa Ka and New Caledonian Museum, walk around Place de Cocotiers, and of course visit Tjibaou.
Monday: Relax in the morning, in the hotel or walk around Anse Vata... more »
I'm just wondering about the average water temperature around the Yasawas during early to mid October.
I hope to do plenty of snorkeling there next month, but coming straight out of an NZ winter I'm finding it hard to visualize!
Should I plan on bringing along a light 3/4 wet suit? I don't generally suffer too much in cooler water, but I do like to be in the water for long periods.
Ok, let's get this sorted out for once and for all.
I missed the boat three times because of ridiculously varying information. I also met other disappointed travellers.
You will hear whatever you do but there's only one boat per day leaving at 11am and returning at 4pm.
As I never got there even this could be misinformation. But this is coming from a man who works at the cafe next to where the boat leaves so I'm assuming this to be correct.
It just never stops surprising how unorganised some things can be in the developing world. Why is there not a sign telling the information? I could've done it for them free.
Guinea: Deadly Ambush On Tourists
Two guides are slashed to death and several tourists injured after bandits attack the group with guns, a spear and bush knives.
12:11pm UK, Wednesday 11 September 2013
By Jonathan Samuels, Australia Correspondent
Bandits in Papua New Guinea have attacked a group of hikers from Australia and New Zealand, hacking two of their guides to death.
Six men armed with guns, a spear and bush knives ambushed the group as they walked along a track through the Pacific island nation, leaving a number of the tourists with injuries.
"The attack resulted in the deaths of two Papua New Guinea nationals who were porters for the group," a spokesman for Australia's foreign affairs department (DFAT) said.
"Other members of the group, i... more »
Fantastic forum and I already have learnt heaps.
I need some advice / Ideas for 2 1/2 days in Fiji in January.
We have only 2 nights in January 2014, 2 ½ days in Fiji as a stopover, arriving Nadi 5.30 am on a Tuesday, leaving around 4.30pm on Thursday. We are 2 adults and two 17 year olds, keen to chill, relax, maybe a bit of walking if there are any views,go snorkelling and see some lovely beaches. Really want somewhere we can snorkel straight off the beach so not reliant on the tides of availability of boats.
A few questions with regard to this limited time:
Was thinking we might head straight out to an Island – was thinking the Mamanucas as they are closer - perhaps Mana, castaway or plantation
• Any recs re a good mid range island resort to go to where we can snorkel off the beach and bearing in mind the time taken to get there?
I'm travelling to Tonga with my boyfriend in November (we're both 31) and we're having a hard time planning, booking, or basically just deciding what to do.
We don't have that much time and realize that we'll probably be taking real tonga everywhere, but want to limit ourselves to three places max.
So, 3 days in Ha'apai, 4 days in Vava'u is what we were thinking...
Then how about Eu'a? Is it worth traveling down there? We read some good stuff but don't know if it's better than Ha'apai or Vava'u? Any advice? Or just 1-2 days on the main island before our flight back home? Nuku'alofa doesn't sound that exciting, but other parts of the island seem to be really nice. Is it worth spending more time here?
We're also keen on doing diving and are looking for the nicest dive sites. Ha'apai sounds really nice - has anyone done diving there? It also becomes more di... more »
We want to travel to New Caledonia in early November. What is the weather like? Is it raining all the time, or just sometimes?
Is it possible to rent snorkeling equipment over there? Where are some good snorkeling spots?
I read about renting a bungalow, but haven't found info on how to do that ahead of time, maybe online. Is that possible? Are the bungalows near buses or other transport? Or should we just stay in Noumea for better transport access?
I was wondering if someone could tell me, if I can buy Contact lens solution during our 3 months trip around the South Pacific. We will travel with hand luggage so I don't want to carry several large bottles with me. We plan the following route: Tahiti - Tonga - Fiji - Vanuatu - Solomon Islands - New Caledonia.
Thank you for your advice
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So, first of all - is PNG really that popular at the moment? I read it somewhere else but it doesn't seem like it could be true, haha.
This is the itinerary I'm planning on taking: Flying into Moresby and then straight up to Kavieng for a week or so. Then coming back and either flying straight Mount Hagen and from there, going to Mendi and then to Tari for a week. Either the flying or I'll catch one of the local buses up that way (Is it really that dangerous?) Then from Tari I'll hit Goroka for maybe 5 days and then a bus to Madang for a week. Then from Madang, go to Wewak and some Sepik thing with a local guide. Then onwards to Vanimo and Jayapura.
1) Is this enough time?
2) Is it about right to allocate a day for the travelling I want to do?
3) Would anyone recommend anywhere else? I am heading to Indonesia, the Philippines and hopefully Palau after.
I can have th... more »
Just looking for some help, I have nearly 3 wks to pass in Fiji and was hoping to do some volunteer work.
I have done wwoof - ing before but it doesn't seem to be well established in Fiji. Also joined HELPX but again there are few hosts...options seem limited!
I have an environmental background and hoped to do something along this line - but I am open to working with children etc (I have done this before and have necessary police clearance)
Any help at all would be very much appreciated, I just don't want to pass the time in the usual backpacker ways....would love to see rural Fiji and something a bit more special.
My partner and I are flying to Samoa for a week, and so far haven't booked any accommodation. Is it sensible to just turn up and find fales to stay in, or should we book in advance?
We are looking for basic places on the beach, not big resorts. Ideally not too touristy. Any suggestions of good places / areas would be much appreciated.
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