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11. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 7y

Hey Rachel,

My girlfriend and I were in fiji around Aug 08. We spent 2 weeks island hopping around the Yasawa Islands using a company called Awesome Fiji (

We had a fantastic time and I highly recommend them. The company are very professional and allows you to have the flexibility to go from one island to another at your will.
Some islands are 'better equip' than others, i.e. one island might have no electricity or outside cold showers, the other might be beautiful little beach side bungalows, its all part of the fun. Our favourite was Coral Reef resort.

Have a look at the website and see what you think. If you want more detailed info feel free to PM me.


12. Posted by rachel_c_ (Budding Member 39 posts) 7y

totally dont mind cold showers and livin in squalor...well for a bit anyway!!

defo have a look at the site...want to do everythin i can!!

seriously annoyed that rtw tickets only last a year...why do they need to be soo awkward!!

confirmed my flights up until xmas today

hong kong overland singapore via laos,cambodia,thailand









n then home.........MAYBE!!!

just wish i could go now n that i didnt have a 15k dissertation to hand in 28 days that isnt even started!!!


13. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 7y

Yeh its crap that a RTW ticket expires after a year. I am having to sacrifice my last ticket home, as i am staying longer than a year. I dont mind paying the extra 400-600 quid if it means i can stay out for another 6 months.

I went over land from HK to Vietnam 3 years ago.....its quite an experience! HK is amazing and very easy to travel around, but as soon as you cross the boarder into China it becomes a little nerve racking as its a lot harder to communicate as no one speak/understand English compared with HK. You will need to get a sleeper train from Guangzhou to Nanning near the Vietnam border. takes about 10 hours if i remember correctly.
Make sure you check out Macau (the small island off HK) as its the gambling capital of HK and is like a mini version of Las Vegas! All good fun.

Good luck with the dissertation, just keep thinking of those beaches! ;)


14. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

Honolulu is a traffic sprawl and the biggest issue in Fiji is industrial.

Of the two (not been to Cook), I would suggest head to the north in both occasions :)

Borth side of Oahu (on the main island) and Ronbinson Crusoe island in Fiji.

I was offered work there, they loved me!

15. Posted by nigelpeaco (Respected Member 10 posts) 7y

Hi Rachel

I've just returned from the Cook Islands (Rarotonga) and love it to bits. Well, two trips to be exact, as I went back.

It is a quiet place and great for relaxation. Not s huge party spot, but there are some bars which are good for that on different nights of the week. The most lively night out is Friday, rather than Saturday. For a cheap hostel, try Backpackers International where there is a great social feel. The Vara's Hostel is more upmarket and right on the beach.


16. Posted by debski (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

i cant comment on the cook islands but i have just spent 2 weeks in fiji and it's stunning. if you google awesome adventures and also take a look at korovou island, beachcomber island, south sea island and the wanna taki cruise- it should give you an idea. it depends on what you want to do i suppose but fiji really is incredible

hope this helps you

17. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

Just posting to say that I absolutely adored Samoa - I'm sure you'll be glad that you've put it on your itinerary.

18. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

Quoting rachel_c_

seriously annoyed that rtw tickets only last a year...why do they need to be soo awkward!!

It's because of the way airline companies work. They never release or sell ticket (whether confirmed or open) that is more than a year ahead.

19. Posted by nessy5586 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

I would go for the Cook Islands. They are quite literally stunning with lots to do and perfect place for first time travellers.

20. Posted by kevstump (Full Member 123 posts) 7y

if you do opt to go to tonga......just realise that you dont see the whales all that often around the main island, and you would have to go up to vavau to guarantee seeing them. The main island is a bit of a hole as well.

Rarotonga is lovely, very chilled, nice beaches, lovely people (same as everywhere in the south pacific).

Fiji is one of the best bets for backpackers with their hop-on hop-off awesome adventure boat passes, but you wont see much culture like you would in samoa for example.