South Pacific FAQ
Replies: 39 - Last Post: Jan 14, 2012 5:46 AM Last Post By: lagoon
Dec 16, 2010 1:38 PM
Dec 16, 2010 8:15 PM
32Traveling in the North & South Pacific
originally posted by tilos, now reposted with some corrections by Ozziegiraffe & myself
People often post here asking how they can go visit a ton of different Pacific countries in a ridiculously short amount of time. Here is some info about which airlines travel where so you can get a basic sense of how to plan your trip.
Continental connects Guam to the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Marshall Islands, and the N. Marianas Islands. There is a direct flight from Yap (FSM) to Palau several times a week. The Island Hopper flies from Hawaii to the Marshall Islands then through the states of FSM to Guam. From Guam there are flights through Yap and Palau to Manila. The Continental flights are very expensive, as there are few competitors on these routes.
There is also a Continental flight from Guam to Fiji, providing a valuable link-up between Continental and Air Pacific flights.
Note that there are also direct flights to Palau from Taiwan and Korea on FAT and Korean Airlines.
Air Marshall Islands connects Kiribati to the Marshalls, providing a link between the South Pacific and Micronesia without having to visit the US territories of Guam or Hawaii.
Our Airline runs a flight from Brisbane to the Solomons, then to Nauru, Kiribati (Tarawa) and on to Fiji (codeshare with Air Kiribati).
Air Pacific is Fiji-based, connecting LAX, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand to Fiji. Once you get to Fiji, Air Pacific can get you to many places including Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati (both Tarawa and Christmas Island), the Solomons, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
The Bula Pass can make visiting multiple countries affordable, but you are limited to a 30-day period.
Air New Zealand connects Auckland to Niue, Samoa, Cook Islands, New Caledonia, Fiji and Vanuatu.
There is currently an LAX-Samoa-Tonga-Auckland flight, but (as of now) it is going to be discontinued.
Qantas code-shares with the other mentioned airlines, but only flies to New Caledonia itself.
Pacific Blue connects Australia to the Cook Islands, Fiji, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu. It also connects New Zealand to Fiji, Tonga, Samoa & the Cooks
Jetstar flies from Sydney to Fiji.
Hawaiian Airways connects Hawaii to American Samoa and Tahiti.
Inter Island Airways connects American Samoa to Samoa, and promises to eventually provide links to Tonga, Fiji and Niue, too - don' hold your breath!
Air Tahiti Nui connects Tahiti to Rarotonga, Los Angeles, Paris (by way of LAX), Tokyo, and Auckland (with continuing code-share service to Sydney).
LAN Chile flies from Santiago (Chile) through Easter Island to Tahiti.
Air Niugini connects Papua New Guinea to Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, the Solomons and Fiji.
Airlines PNG has cheaper flights from PNG to Australia.
Solomon Airlines connects Honiara to Brisbane 4 times a week. It also codeshares with most other airlines passing through the Solomons.
Air Vanuatu connects Vanuatu with Australia, NZ, Fiji, Solomons, and New Caledonia.
Aircalin connects New Caledonia with Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Wallis & Futuna (also a direct W&F--Fiji flight), Tahiti, France, Korea, Japan, Honolulu, and Los Angeles.
Sea transportation between different countries is very limited.
Pitcairn Island (the hardest one!) and Tokelau (from Samoa, roughly fortnightly) can only be accessed by boat.
Elsewhere, there are connections between Samoa and American Samoa (weekly) , New Caledonia and Vanuatu (monthly), the Solomons and PNG (twice weekly), and Fiji and Tuvalu and Kiribati (a few times a year). Onward ticket requirements of the island countries can make it somewhat hard to take advantage of many of these links as you can usually only buy boat tickets in the country of departure.
Unless you own a yacht, you cannot see the Pacific islands solely by boat.
Jan 15, 2011 7:24 PM
Feb 23, 2011 5:35 PM
35Thanks for the valuable information about eco-oriented adventure activities in American Samoa.
In response to the note of "Grimy Pago Harbor" visitors should be aware that this is out of date. In the past 20 years specific actions taken by the United States Environmental Protection Agency has ended effluent discharges into the harbor. Today turtles and fish thrive in coral beds. Terns, birds of paradise and lesser frigates glide over the harbor. The beaches of Pago Harbor are populated by swimmers snokelers and kayakers enjoyed the beauty of nature.
From Pago, JW
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