Australasia & Pacific - Pacific Islands & Papua New Guinea
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In June I'm travelling to Rabaul to see where my father was during the early stages of WW2. I will need to travel light and flexible.
He earned the military medal as a dispatch rider at Rabaul and then a group of them escaped along the north coast of New Britain and across to Salamaua by canoe and a small 20 foot plantation boat.
I have my tickets to Rabaul and a few nights accommodation booked, after that it will be go as I can.
I want to ride the roads around Rabaul that he rode on. And then catch banana boats as far as I can along the north coast and maybe to the main land?
Does anyone have any experience on hiring a motor bike at Rabaul or Kokopo? (Nothing flash)
Can anyone recommend a local guide for Rabaul?
Does anyone know anything about banana boat travel along the New Britain north coast, prices, how often they run etc?
I’m new to this type of travel but resource... more »
Dear Fellow travellers,
I´m thinking of going to Vanuatu by the end of April. Basically to wittness the land diving ceremony in Pentecost.
The fact is that I am very interested in Anthropology and would like to focus my trip on a more cultural aspect, with the aim of mingling with the locals, specially were tribes, ceremonies etc are held, and observe all their kastoms and interact, learning from them.
I would appreciate if you could give me some tips of islands or places where i can find all this (even homestays) in Vanuatu, as the trip is so expensive that i wanna make the most out of it, and achieve a great cultural experience (if possible non turisty).
Also How much time would you reccomend to spend in Vanuatu?
Thanks in adavance for the help!
I've read the Lonely Planet guide, done research over the Internet, looked at hotel websites, but still having trouble narrowing down places to stay in Fiji. This will be our first visit to Fiji.
There will be two of us traveling, my bf and I. We are mature adults, 50+ years of age, adventurous travellers. WE've ben to places like, SEA, Africa, Hawaii, etc. We are up to pretty much anything.
We will be flying in from LAX and will more than likely stay for about 5-6 days in Fiji before moving on to Vanauatu. WE would like to visit local villages, snorkel, relax and do a little shopping. We like staying in places off the beaten path, but don't want to eat up too much time traveling since we have limited time in Fiji.
I am currently leaning toward spending a few days at a resort along the Coral Coast? Any recommendations?
Should be rent a car to explore the island, or us... more »
my name is arad and i am planning to arrive to png this july.
i have a few questions...
1. as a solo backpacker should i be worried?i will propably will start my trip in madang and i heard that she is not safe as she used to be...
2.after madang i wanna go to the sepik or new ireland and new britian?in those places what are the prices for a night and a so called guesthouse?and in the sepik is that ok getting there and finding a guide?because the prices are crazy if i book before....
3.if i wanna fly from wewak to hagen, should i book it before or getting there and book it a few days before is ok?i wanna get to hagen for the show....
4. the weather is good in mline bay in july and august?
5.in genarlly how much will a month in png will cost me as a backpacker?including domestic flights....
i am planning to arrive to the solomon islands this august!
i wanted to know if that's ok to travel there as a solo backpacker and how much will a day will cost me there as a backpacker including sleeping and eating?and there are any guesthouse for backpackers in the solomon's?
i dont mind staying with the locals in the villages...
Hello - I am planning to use a Marquesas Pass for a week (7 nights). 2 nights Nuku Hiva, 3 nights Hiva Oa and 1 night each Ua Huka and Ua Pou. Note that most of the inter-island flights operate between 10 AM and 1 PM so that may only give me "2 half days" on Ua Pou and Ua Huka. Example flying into Ua Huka 1PM and leaving the next morning at 10AM.
Is there much to see in Ua Huka or should I spend the extra day in Nuku Hiva or Ua Pou? I'm looking more for scenery than experience.
Greetings from the Australian East Coast.
As grand parents we want to join our single son and grand daughter, aged 6, on a one week family holiday during the first week of her Christmas holiday - EARLY December. So please, any suggestions welcome for Pacific Islands - Fiji, New Caledonia etc. but not a cruise!
Any suggested sources of cheap packages also most welcome or cheap airfares , allowing us to independently book an apartment and rental car. We don't really want to be 'stuck' on a resort island but would be happy for a child minding service or other kids for her to play with, plus the options of close by beach and country excursions.
Thanks in advance,
Hi folks on the ground in Tonga. I would really appreciate up-to-date info on whether 'Real Tonga' is operating one plane or two as they promised by 1 April. I'm wanting to book flights for June to join a yacht in Vava'u, but I just don't trust the airline. The internet has nothing recent, which makes me suspicious. I know Real Tonga's website lists daily flights, but are they flying?
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Mana Lagoon Backpackers for a few days around the end of February 2013.
That was the WORST experience of my 4 travels to Fiji in more than 10 different resorts between Mamanucas, Yasawas and Coral Coast.
The Mana Lagoon Backpackers is completely disorganized, rooms are very dirty, roofs are broken with big holes so every time it rains you get wet while you are in bed !!
There's only ONE shower and TWO toilets for the whole resort and both are incredibly DIRTY !! I should have taken pictures of them cause I swear they look like coming out of the Trainspotting movie.
At the time we were there half of the guests were suffering from food poison and the staff didn't care at all. After two days, I started to be very sick with diarrhea and painful cramps in my stomach. I really needed to go to a doctor, but they didn't care. I wanted to leave and go ... more »
Hi , we are looking at traveling to Vanuatu in July . Would like to stay at a resort or island that has great snorkeling and also caters for Game Fishing. Any suggestions ???
I am planning to visit Papua New Guinea between 26 July and 12 August of this year. I would like to attend a festival or two during my stay. I have two specific questions:
(1) According to the cultural events calendar of the Papua New Guinea Official Tourism Website, the Sepik Crocodile Festival will take place on 6 and 7 August. However, the location is posted as Wewak. I thought that the Crocodile Festival was held in Ambunti. Does anybody know if the location has changed? And can anybody confirm if the dates posted on the tourism website are accurate?
(2) Since I will not be able to stay long enough to attend the Mt Hagen show, the Wabag Cultural Show in Enga Province sounds like an interesting runner-up. However, I cannot find anyting on the internet that indicates when it is going to be held, other than a vague "in August". The Tourism Website does not even m... more »
I will be going to French Polynesia in August, but I will only have time to visit one of the Tuamotu islands, for 3-4 days. I am considering whether to choose Fakarava or Mataiva.
I gather that Fakarava is a sort of paradise, but its attractions all lie very far (several hours by boat) and can only be reached through an organized excursion.
Maitava attracts me because it is small enough to walk or cycle, and one could go around it without necessarily joining an excursion. But I also heard that its lagoon is shallow and murky,and that snorkeling is poor.
Could anyone help me to choose between the two islands? Please consider I do not scuba dive: I plan on snorkeling, enjoying beach life and tropical panoramas.
We've been to Fiji twice before, but only island hopping. This time round we're on the mainland with a kid (&car) and want to drop will inevitably visit some schools.
In short - we're relatively loaded and they aren't. What would a school want? I can buy $200USD of coloured pencils but does the school actually want them?
Can anyone suggest ideas of what Fiji schools may nead?
Hi to all citizens and friends of Vanuatu and those who are yet to discover this special friendly, peaceful corner of the world.
Please help by adding your support in these links and maybe we can bring some change. Many ... more »
Any ideas about how to make 11 hours in Nadi Aiirport as painless as possible? I don't have any lounge passes... in at 5:00AM out at 4:00PM.....
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