Just came to ask if someone has been travelling in pacific islands (Samoa,Tonga,Cook islands etc.).Those who have been there,is it expensive over there?How much does it cost to do island hopping from island to island?I'm interested because I'm planning to go for my 2nd RTW-trip and islands in Pacific are in my list!
I went to Samoa in November for a fortnight, as part of my RTW trip. If your ticket includes Air New Zealand you can get free stops on islands en route (I could have gone to Tonga as well, or you can go Tahiti-Cook Islands-Fiji). Flying seperately between the islands usually works out pretty expensive, however.
Samoa wasn't at all expensive once we were there, particularly if you stay in family-run fales and take public transport, and it was a beautiful, friendly island with amazing beaches, waterfalls to swim in etc., I would thoroughly recommend it.
I'm in Tonga at the moment, go to Samoa next and have just came from the Cook Islands and so far I'm totally loving the South Pacific. I spent two weeks in Rarotonga but if I was booking my ticket again I would have stayed longer. I went to Fiji last year as well and that was really good as well.
magykal1 is spot on about flights. If you book individual flights once you're out here then it tends to be exepensive (although Virgin Blue is expanding its network so flights may get cheaper in time), so your best bet is to get as many stop-offs on a RTW ticket as possible.
When I booked my ticket I had to fly to the Cook Islands and then on to Tonga via Auckland as the Cook Islands weren't directly on the Tonga/Samoa route, so this took me into the next miles bracket which cost me an extra 70 pounds, but it was still much cheaper than booking separate flights and totally worth it.
Hey Emmett and Magykal,
Thanks for the tips.I might try to book as many islands as I can into my RTW-ticket.Though the ticket only gives a possibility to stop in 5 continents...sooo I'm not sure what to do now.