Australasia & Pacific - Pacific Islands & Papua New Guinea
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I am going to Fiji with a friend this Friday. We are hoping to island hop over 11 days and have booked a Bula pass for the ferry transfers throughout this time. We have also booked the first night in Nadi on arrival at a hotel.
My main question and area of concern is accommodation on the islands. Apparently it is possible to book this on the ferry over - but this all seems rather last minute to me and no guarantee that there would be beds on the islands we would want. We are only looking at hostels/budget rooms
Can someone please advise as to if we need to be booking ahead on some of the islands, or if most backpackers like us usually just book a night in advance or en route?
Thanks so much!
I've seen a bunch of posts and info about going through the Solomons to Bougainville (Honiara, ferry to Gizo, flight to Shortlands, boat to south Bougainville). Has anyone done the reverse direction?
Assuming I get a Solomons visa in advance, I just want to make sure that I can get any exit stamps for PNG and entry stamps for the Solomons (presumably in Gizo) that I might need.
Is anyone there right now and able to comment on the weather? We are arriving Bora Bora Thursday and from what I can tell the forecast is for thunderstorms, rain, etc. Are the rains briefly passing w/periods of sunshine or all day rains? Fingers crossed!
Hi. I wanted to know what the surf is like in PNG around the year and which would be the best way to get there from Sydney. Also, what sort of accomodation can you find there and what's the country like in general? Is it cheap or expensive? Any tips are helpful. Thanks!
We trying to decide between Kadavu and Taveuni Island for a diving holiday in June this year. My partner and I are novice, recreational divers at best, and hope to get more out of the holiday than just purely diving.
From what I can see, there are more things to do on Taveuni Island (namely the Lavena Coastal Walk and Bouma National Park Waterfall Treks), but it also comes with added expense (more expensive flights with Pacific Air, and more expensive accomodation for the same standard?) My other concern with Taveuni Island is that its 'Garden Island' reputation has come from frequent rainfall, which is necessary but could easily ruin a short 6 day break.
I was wondering if there were any seasoned Fijian travellers out there who would be able to advise on which one to go to? Are there hidden forest treks on Kadavu that are just less publicised? more »
Hey! I arrive in Nadi tomorrow in a week in the morning. Before hopping on the ferry the next day, I want to see something of the island itself. Any suggestions what to do outside of Nadi? Do you know how much it is to hire a taxi for a few hours and what I would be able to see in 4-6 hours? Ideally, I could organize this at the Airport after arriving there...
There was a wealth of information here and now it's all gone.
Hi - I will have a month to travel in June, most likely on my own. Any advice about where to go? I'm thinking about Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, but am open to suggestions. I'd like to be able to meet people, but I'm 41, so not looking for the party hostel experience, and I rarely stay at resorts, though that might be an option. I'd say my budget is medium - not bare bones, but no $500 a night places. Don't mind going to more than one place either - at this point, just looking for ideas.
Visitors to Tonga have been well served since Chathams Pacific Airline started service-many of us remember the Bad Old Days when the government owned clown show left early or failed to show up at all before going broke.
Sadly those days may come again-Chathams may quit the business because of Tongan govt interference -which is code for graft & corruption as per SOP in one of the planet's most corrupt countries.
Chathams Airline To End Local Flights In Tonga
CEO cites government-subsidized competition
NUKUALOFA, Tonga – Tonga's sole domestic inter-islands airline, the Chathams Pacific will discontinue its scheduled air services in Tonga on Saturday 3 March 2013, after less than five years operation, due to a loss of business confidence, after the Tonga government moved to procure aircraft from China.
Craig ... more »
Hello everyone, I need a bit of help planning my next trip. You guys have done a great job in the past hooking me up with some great details that led to awesome trips. First off a bit of background about the travelers. It will be myself and my wife traveling, I'm 27, she's 25 and we both love to do anything outdoors, including hiking, fishing, and especially SCUBA diving. Our last trip was to Belize and we loved it, not touristy at all, great diving and awesome culture. We are sort of looking for the same this go around, great diving, not touristy and plenty to do. We are looking to go to Fiji for the next trip and are looking to go in May-June for somewhere between 15-20 days. I have done a lot of research but there is just so much info that it's hard to narrow it down. I was thinking about flying into Nadi, then head to Beqa lagoon to do the shark dive and then head to Taveuni for m... more »
My partner and I are traveling to Fiji (Nadi) in a few weeks time. It has been a life long ambition of mine to swim with dolphins preferably in there natural habitat as opposed to a marine park. This ambition was reinforced when I lost my brother and he too shared the same dream. I have googled nearly every site possible to find out where in fiji i can go to swim with dolphins. If anyone has any idea please let me know asap...
Hi. Am looking for a wedding venue in Fiji. Don't want to spend a fortune but want somewhere nice. Only about 10 to 15 guests.
Would like to hear from people who have had a wedding in Fiji or attended wedding. Any information on costs, accommodation, or anyone who organises weddings over there would be appreciated.
Thanks muchly - Elaine
Does anyone know if there is a little interisland commuter plane back up and flying over to Peliliu?
Looking at going to Samoa for a wee break in a few months .. just wondering if there's anyone that has travelled there since Cyclone Evan and could give a good insite into the damage on beachs/facilities and what impact it has had on their stay? Wary of going to a destination still in cleanup mode and beaches covered in debris .. and travel agents don't seem to have any idea, they just want to make sales.
A few years ago, I heard that some travel agents in Tahiti were offering good-value package tours (about 4 or 5 days, I think) to Easter Island from Papeete. I would be very grateful if anyone could provide any details about prices and contact details of agents that can arrange such tours. Many thanks!
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