pacific islands: How much am I looking at for airfare?
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Apr 27, 2012 10:06 AM
pacific islands: How much am I looking at for airfare?I am having trouble finding sites that give me clear reasonable price level for what I should expect to pay for flights between different islands.
I am starting in indonesia and then working my way overland to png. From there I was hoping to go to the solomns then vuanuatu and maybe micronesia. I know I will have to fly through Fiji for some of this. Can anyone give me a general idea of how much these flights cost? Everything I pull up on websites is in the thousands of dollars range.
thanks for any help
Apr 27, 2012 2:12 PM
Apr 27, 2012 2:30 PM
2From there I was hoping to go to the solomns then vuanuatu and maybe micronesia.
Going to Micronesia from Vanuatu, the Solomons or PNG will be very expensive and the route won't be easy (big detours, you'll have to buy several separate tickets with different airlines, to make several change of planes...). PNG would be the less bad departing place.
From PNG to the Solomons, take a look at the fares and schedules of Air Niugini. From the Solomons to Vanuatu, take a look at the fares and schedules of Air Vanuatu.
Apr 27, 2012 8:39 PM
Lazlo's the Pacific expert, of course, but I'll give it a go...
Assuming you're planning to take Pelni boats all the way to Jayapura, cross overland to Vanimo PNG, and make yourwayoverland (or river/sea) to Madang, which I think is possible, your first flight is likely to be Madang-Moresby on Air Nuigini. From there you can hop over to Honiara, then on to Port Vila and Nadi. Air Pacific will be your carrier for that leg of the trip. From Fiji you can get to Tuvalu, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, and Wallis. Backtracking through Noumea will get you to Papeeteand onwards to the US or Chile.
For Micronesia, you will need to jump on a Pacific Blue to Brisbane from Port Vila, and then make your way up to Manila, which is your departure point for the trans-Micronesia Continental flight. A better option would be Nadi-HK, where I think you can hook up with Continental for Micronesia. Alternatively you could take Our Airline flight ex Honiara via Nauru to Tarawa Kiribati (which is officially part of Micronesia). But then you're stuck, and will have to backtrack.
Re costs, book early for Air Pacific and Pacific Blue for cheaper deals and more availability,of course, but I'd say you should budget on circa USD 200 per sector on Air Pacific, Pacific Blue and Our Airline flights, USD 100 for Madang-Moresby, and USD 500 for Fiji-Tuvalu return.
Brisbane-Manila would suck price-wise. So would Nadi-HK.
Madang-Moresby-Honiara-Port Vila-Brisbane-Tarawa would be circa USD 1300
Madang-Moresby-Honiara-Port Vila-Nadi-Hong Kong-Guam-Majuro would be circa USD 2000
Always remember, though: when travelling in the Pacific, listen to Lazlo......Who is probably flying one of these routes even as I write this.....
Either way, you'll have a blast. Bon voyage.
Apr 28, 2012 1:38 AM
Apr 28, 2012 3:47 AM
Apr 28, 2012 3:57 AM
6@Laszlo (#6): There isn't any more a direct flight from Fiji to Guam.
Apr 28, 2012 4:31 AM
Apr 28, 2012 4:37 AM
Apr 28, 2012 5:37 AM
Apr 28, 2012 5:53 AM
10The Our Airline flight to Tarawa is back on, actually.
Good call re Cairns - I didn't realize Cairns-Guam was still happening.
The main conclusion, as I see it, from this discussion, is that there is no direct link between the Melanesian or Polynesian islands and Micronesia. Sure, you can get to Kiribati or Nauru, but then you're stuck. What we really need is a return of the Tarawa-Majuro link. Either that or a return to the 80s when you could get practically everywhere in the Pacific courtesy of Air Nauru....
But Bigpum's original question was about prices rather than routes. What we've established, Bigpum, is that it shouldn't cost you "thousands" of dollars. But, as Laszlo says, most of the websites will give you the prices for any of their routes.
Apr 28, 2012 5:57 AM
Apr 29, 2012 8:16 AM
12air pacific isnt showing flights from port moresbyy to solomons or from the solomons to vanuatu
do these flights exsist? where can I look up prices
I think im going to skip micronesia and do png-solomons-vanuatu-fiji-usa
is this a good route?
how much time do you recommend for each country?
nadi back to the states who should I go with? i live in miami
Apr 29, 2012 8:26 AM
13The Port Moresby-Nadi flight (via Honiara) is by Air Niugini (of PNG).
Air Pacific flights from Honiara to Nadi go via Vila, but passengers wishing to travel Honiara-Vila only must book their flight on Air Vanuatu or Solomon Airlines (who then may put them on the plane of AP, with whom they codeshare), as AP is only allowed to sell tickets from Honiara or Vila to Nadi.
Your route decision makes sense.
How much time in each country?
As much as you can! :-)
I'd say at least a month for PNG, and 2 weeks each for the other 3.
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