I thought we had finally decided on our itinery for the volunteer/mini adventure next year, but I have been foiled at the last second!
After being in the Philippines for 3 weeks, we had planned to go to Singapore, New Zealand, Fiji and then Las Vegas. However, we were told at the travel agents that only essential travel to Fiji is being advised.
We now need to choose an alternative and at the moment are thinking about Taiti, Cook Islands, Samoa or Hawaii. We are looking for a chilled out week but with lots to see.
Any advice much appreciated
What about Bali? Very beautiful, wonderful people, things to do if you want (Tanah Lot, Batur Volcano & Lake or Monkey Forests to name a few) the beaches are lovely and the food is fantastic! Can recommend the Bali Hatian Wine - locally produced and surprisingly nice!
Went to Tahiti and Cook islands last year and both are really beautiful. So which one..?
Cook Islands - small, beautiful, charming people, but not very much to do. One week will be enough as by then you'll have exhausted the island by a long way. Unless you manage to get to some of the more outlying islands tho - I'm told these are incredible but we ran out of cash as this was the end of our trip..
Tahiti - lots of different islands so you could bounce around a bit, depending on budget. I would suggest there's more to do here but you might not find one week is enough.
I would recommend Bali or Vanuatu. Vanuatu is an awesome place. The locals are extremely friendly - it is very relaxing and you have the opportunity to go to nearby Islands to visit volcanoes. Also it has one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen.
All the best...
We are in a similar situation - due to visit Tonga which is also a bit shaky. From friends and family who have done similar trips, the Cook Islands are said to be stunning and pretty cheap compared with Tahiti which is more expensive.
We're actually going to Samoa too, also expensive compared with some of the other South Pacific Islands. If Tonga doesn't settle down we will be re-routing via the Cook Islands.
Have a good trip whatever you do!
What about Hawaii??? My friend and I were due to go to Fiji and we changed to Hawaii and had the most amazing time! It's beautiful, the people are amazing and there is sooo much to do!
Whatever you decide I hope you have a brill time.
I dont tend to listen to these OTT warnings that the government give out. The situation in Fiji really isnt that bad - infact i am heading over there for a month soon. However, I am also heading to vanuatu and tonga on the same trip. I heard that Vanuatu is amazing - they have the Mt. Yasur volcano which you can walk up to the rim of (it is active) and also the island of espirito santo which has some of the best dive sites in the world.
Enjoy your trip either way
Is Samoa really expensive compared to other South Pacific islands? I found it pretty cheap - and really pretty. I would definitely recommend it.
I think you have to listen to Kevstump.
Fiji isnot like a country where they kill the tourists. When you walk there, they only see you as walking-$-US-dollars.
Many tourist come there year in year out.
I would love to go in your place.
Hi, We just booked a similar route to yours, singapore, oz, NZ, Fiji then Los Angeles. Fiji is gonna be wicked. Stick to it.