Australasia & Pacific - Pacific Islands & Papua New Guinea
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We are 5 Danish guys that are going to PNG in July for three weeks. When we arrrive in Port Moresby we want to start our holiday by doing the Kokoda trek.
It seems ridiculously expensive when looking at the rates from tour operaters via the internet.So I'm very interested in some info and recommendation on how to do the trek in a more budget friendly way.
1. Has anyone tried to plan their own trek once they arrived in PNG?? We don't plan on completing the trek on our own. We want a local guide and a few carriers to help us out.
2. Regarding time for completion - Is it realistic to complete the trek in 6 days or even faster? We are all young and in good shape.
3. We plan to start the trek at Owers Corner and walk to Kokoda. Once we arrive in Kokoda, how do we get back to Port Moresby. I can see that flights are available but is there any public buses that can bri... more »
Circumstances have temporarily retired me from travelling.
Starting a new journey through cooking various cuisines each week.
First week at random Czech Republic was drawn, easy enough.
Second week Palau. Looking on-line options seem limited or imported.
Just after some traditional recipes, obviously I can't make Fruit Bat Soup.
Does anybody have any suggestions or better still recipes?
do you know of any accom that includes all meals in or aroud honiara or outer island ??? plz incl price . pref budget rather than top end.. thanx
Hey fellow travellers
I'm off to Fiji towards the end of May for 7 nights, flying into and out of Nadi (Viti Levu). My daily budget is tight around 90 Fiji Dollars a day for everything (over spent in Singapore and Australia :-( ) and I'm keen to visit/stay on one of the islands in the Yasawa group and maybe one in the Mamanucas. Any tips on which islands are best for backpackers in terms of cheap accomodation, food and drink and the cheapest ways to get there from Nadi would be really helpful. Plus any suggestions of other must see places in Fiji would be fantastic.
Cheers for any help/advice you can give
Have an opportunity to join my girlfriend in Fiji for 4 days. I would be flying in from LA. I realize this is a very short time, and would love to get some ideas of what we could do to maximize our experience there. We are both in our early 30s.
- Stay on the mainland, or island hop?
- Which islands, and what are some highlights there?
- Make the trip, considering the short duration, or wait until next time when we have more time to spend in Fiji?
Thanks for your input!!
Edited by: lifeoftravel
my partner and i just got back from a month in PNG - i will make a longer post but for the moment want
to provide some contacts for anyone visiting the trobriands as all published contacts seem to be out of date
the Kiriwana Lodge is now the Loquia Lodge and under new management with the owner taking a more active role
telephone numbers are Toku (manager) 7356 9052 and Rebecca (owner) 7028 1267
we drove by the other lodge Butia which looks very nice but it is in the middle of the island whilst the Loquia
is by the ocean with fantastic sunsets !
anyway both lodges seem to meet every plane when it lands and its a small place where everybody knows everyones business !
at Loquia we paid 340 K per night for their best double with ensuite, electricity and a/c - they have smaller rooms and
you may be able to get better if they are not busy - but they didnt charge for the ni... more »
I need a weeks break out of Brisbane. I waas thinking of either Fiji or Samoa. I need it to be affordable and im happy to stay in almost any accomodation to make the experience enjoyable. I really want to do a LOT of nothing but on a budget! I usually research and plan EVERYTHING when i go OS but this time, im even considering a PACKAGE DEAL so i dont have to do a thing....but pack.
Again, i was looking into Fiji or Samoa BUT if you want to suggest any other destiantion which would fit the bill, im keen and eager to hear about it!
Thanks for reading this
I wrote this article on the new species found in the Hindenburg Wall range in PNG last week:
I travelled across PNG from Indonesia to the Solomon Islands, via the Highlands, in 2011 - the country is without doubt my favourite!
Let me know if you need travel advice!
First time poster, long time reader. I know the sections regarding Kiribati and Tuvalu are not the most active but I know a couple of you have been to either/both places and was looking for some help.
I've got roughly a month to spend working as an assistant in a medical office setting on either island and was wondering which place you would suggest -
My main interests are (In no particular order)-
- The chance to snorkel/dive (Either would be fine. I'm not a certified diver but have gone diving before. I don't plan on doing this sort of activity everyday either).
- A chance to see and experience a relatively untouched culture. I do realize that with globalization pretty much all societies have changed. I'm looking more at the indigenous houses/construction, and older ways of life.
In Kiribati I would be based in Tarawa. In Tuvalu I'd be in Funafuti. I u... more »
Hi everyone, searching on line and on this forum I can find loads of options for organised sea-kayaking tours in the Yasawa Islands. It sounds amazing, but the problem is I can't stand organised tours. Does anyone have any info or has anyone managed to sea-kayak the islands independently? I guess I'm really looking for a place over there where it's possible to hire the kayaks and all the gear and then just go for it. Any help greatly appreciated!
I'm considering a trip to Tahiti and some of the French Polynesian islands.
I'm allergic to moldy/mildewy/musty environments (and I'm also chemically scent-sitive) ...
and I'm wondering whether I will have difficulty finding/booking relatively economical accommodations that are safe for me in these respects.I would very much appreciate any feedback anyone can offer me about these concerns, as soon as possible.
I really need some help deciding where to go on fiji; its very much a last minute decision inbetween leaving one job in australia and starting another one on the 15th of April. I've just backpacked SE Asia and came to Australia on the same trip so i don't really want to slum Fiji, i fancy a quiet resort where i can do nothing, is beautiful, i can snorkel and maybe hire a scooter to dot about on.
I researched my previous trips in detail myself but with this i can't, i'm working a lot and don't have much time and i know there's alot of research to be done in regards to fiji!!
my budget is $1400, for 6 nights, and i've found flights for $440 so that's covered.
So around $1000 accommodation and spends. I don't mind doing an island transfer if Nadi isn't in budget or isn't as nice as the other islands,
Any help would be greatly appreciated,
Thanks more »
Hello there, I''m planning a two month trip from Cairns to Hawaii in July and August and will need to be buying my tickets soon, however I've had a sudden change of heart about some of the portions of my trip. The original plans are as follows:
2 weeks in and around the Daintree and Far North Queensland.
2 weeks in Vanuatu, with most time spent on Tanna island at the foot of Mount Yasur.
1 week in Fiji (basically an extended stopover as I have to change flights here anyway).
1 week on Oahu, Hawaii (same as above).
2 weeks on Hawaii's Big Island (more volcanoes).
The two weeks in Fiji and Oahu are the ones I'm reconsidering, as I've realised I only really included them because I'll be passing through anyway and would hate to "miss out". Oahu is likely going to be a huge culture shock for me and I'm afraid it might be a throwback to that one time I visited Surfer's Paradise, p... more »
i am planning a backpacking trip to Fiji in May - June. Part ot the trip should be a stay at the Nausori Highlands.
Does any one has tips on organising ? What do you think about multi day treks or day treks or renting a car and move arround - are there sufficient budget places to stay.
Thanks for your comments
I´m doing some research on travelling FP and as far as a can see most "major" islands basic accomodation for around 25 euro/pp. Doesn´t sound to bad! What about self catering? Does anyone know if the rock bottom places have kitchens and are there enough supplies in the shops on say Bora Bora?
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