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Travelling between islands in the pacific and which islands?

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1. Posted by daytonausa (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

I´m going on a round the world trip in the autumn and would like some tips on how to cheap travel between islands in the pacific. is there any good sites for searching cheap plane tickets. I would really like to go to Bora Bora and Cook island since I heard a lot of them. Do you have any other suggestions? Beatiful islands with calm feeling and nice beaches is appreciated since this is the stress down period of my trip :) thanks for all info you can give me. just started planning really hard. cheers!

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

There are airlines which allow you to make a stopover for free on their routes between Australia/New Zealand and the US or Chile. For example on Fiji, Hawaii, Cook Islands or Tahiti.
If you want to visit more islands, you might just search the web for 'pacific airpasses' (sorry, no personal experience), but that's only if you want to visit 3 or 4 islands at least. It's still not cheap, as budget airlines haven't covered this part of the world so far.
I would choose Bora Bora by the way over Cook Islands (Aitutaki etc.), because there is more natural scene on top of the lovely beaches of course. Cook Islands are rather small and flat.
Maybe visit the Marquesas Islands from Tahiti as well, I heard that's paradise, with much less tourists compared to Tahiti/Bora Bora...at a price of course..;)

3. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 9y

You'll soon find out that nothing is cheap in the South Pacific be prepared to pay a lot for transportation )and often accommodation as well.)
Air New Zealand has just cancelled it's Cook Islands-Fiji flights so there goes another option.

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5809 posts) 9y

As the others have indicated, there's not a great deal of airline activity in the region. Many destinations are served by only one airline, leaving them free to hike up the price to whatever they feel like. Tourist hotspots are your best bet for cheap(ish) flights because of the extra competition, although that is offset by higher prices for accommodation, etc. .

French Polynesia also has its own government airline, Air Tahiti Nui, which has some discounted flights in an effort to boost tourism. These are long-haul flights which use Tahiti as a stopover. But Tahiti is one of the most expensive place in the southern hemisphere, with prices that would match those back in France.

Fiji, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu are served by Virgin's Pacific Blue, which to my knowledge is the only 'budget' airline in the region, although don't expect Ryanair style prices.

Hope it helps. The pacific is a wonderful place.. regardless of any cost issues.

5. Posted by daytona (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

thanks for the answers. i just phoned my travel agency and a stop by papeete on my around the world trip is no problem, and not very expensive either. So I think I will stay in the french polynesia for like a month. Anyone been there and can recommend which islands to visit (which is cheap to live on and everything)? I really want to go to Bora Bora. Found this cheap hostel too (http://www.boraboraisland.com/lagoonarium/pension.html) anyone got any experiance from this place? it´s cheap anyway! and travelling between islands in the frenach polynesia, whichis the cheapest way? found out that boats drives to the island, but haven´t found a price. anyone who has a clue or any experiances? thanks for the help!

6. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 9y

The hostel might seem cheap but food is very expensive-how's your French anyway?

A month is a long time anywhere.......

7. Posted by daytonausa (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

exactly how expensive do you mean? :) like, if there is a backpacker hostel, then there must be somewhere you can eat at a quite normal cost? otherwise i have to bring food :D and a month is not only bora bora. i´d like to visit some other islands too. and my french is crap, why do you ask?

8. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 9y

You need to do a lot more research-food is frighteningly expensive in French Polynesia because it's taxed so heavily.

Outside of deluxe tourist resorts few speak any English at all they speak their Polynesian dialect and some French-that's it.

There are a number of Tahiti oriented Forums on the net I suggest you find them and start to take a course in French-you'll need it.

9. Posted by Peter (Admin 5809 posts) 9y

Don't let Sam scare you too much. Lots of travellers get by without speaking the local language. Nothing like waving your hands around in the air and pointing at things to try and make a point ;) Some basic phrases never hurt mind you.

But yeah, from everything I hear, French Polynesia is anything but cheap.

10. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

That said, there is always something like a supermarket or cooking things yourself and it all depends what you call expensive. If you can't afford it, you shouldn't travel, but I guess you are ok. For some people, everything is expensive