From the beautiful white sand beaches of Bora Bora in the East to the rugged terrains of New Guinea in the West, the South Pacific offers an array of unique holiday experiences that suit the needs of any traveler or adventure seeker. This is complemented by the variety of gourmet experiences, world class activities and the warmth hospitality of the Pacific peoples.
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Welcome to the secret of the Pacific.
Breathe in the fresh pure air. Wade into the cool calm blue lagoons. Let the untouched charm of these beautiful islands capture your spirit and hold your heart.
The 15 islands of the Cooks lie halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, scattered like fragrant frangipani petals floating across 2.2million square kilometers of a seductive sensual ocean. Boasting a rare beauty, an idyllic climate, warm welcoming people with the widest white smiles and a pace of life unsurpassed for peace is Paradise.
GETTING THERE The Cook Islands are surprisingly easy to reach from the United States, New Zealand and Australia. Air New Zealand operates a weekly non-stop direct flight from Los Angeles, a direct flight from Sydney to Rarotonga on a weekly basis and daily direct flights from New Zealand. Virgin Australia also operates four flights via New Zealand to Rarotonga. Air Tahiti operates twice weekly from Tahiti to Rarotonga.
VISA & IMMIGRATIONThe main point of entry to The Cook Islands is the Rarotonga International Airport. A visa is not required for bona-fide visitors, but visitors must have a passport valid for at least six more months and a valid return ticket, adequate financial means of supporting stay, and suitable accommodation. New Zealand citizens travelling on New Zealand passports are not required to have proof of onward passage.
Upon departure all visitors will be charged the following departure tax:
When you come to the Cook Islands, a valid passport and a return ticket will allow you a stay of up to 31 days, but this is currently under review in order to allow visitors the choice of staying up to six months at a time. In the meantime, extensions are granted on a monthly basis – for up to five months. Remember to apply two weeks before your visa expires.
EXTENSIONS ARE GRANTED AT TWO LEVELS:
Aitutaki has a good variety of styles to choose from and other islands in the Southern Group offer good budget facilities; however accommodation in the Northern Group is limited and should be booked well in advance.
COMMUNICATIONS & INTERNETTelecom Cook Islands Ltd is committed to providing you with the best value for your telecommunication services. They have a range of services that suit a diverse range of need for all. International telephone and directory, fax, E-mail, WIFI, internet connections and services are available from 7am – 11pm seven days a week at the Telecom Cook Islands Office in the main township of Avarua. Most accommodation offer IDD facilities. There are also internet cafes in the main townships. Mail can be sent from the Post Office.
DHL courier services are available too.
Cook Islands Television (CITV) telecasts local and imported shows throughout the week in both English and Cook Islands Maori. Local AM and FM Radio Stations offer a mix of music, talkback sessions and international news from New Zealand and Australia.
CURRENCY AND BANKINGThe currency used in The Cook Islands is the New Zealand Dollar. International banking services (Westpac www.westpac.co.ck and ANZ www.anz.com ) are available on Rarotonga and Aitutaki. Traveler’s checks and main currencies can be exchanged at hotels, banks and foreign exchange outlets such as Western Union. Banking facilities are also available at the airport and major credit cards are accepted at most shops and restaurants. ATM machines are available on Rarotonga and Aitutaki.
DRESSAlthough the dress code is informal, cool and comfortable, beach attire should not be worn when visiting town and villages. Nude or topless sunbathing is “PROHIBITED” and will cause offence. A light sweater may come in handy for the cooler evenings. A respectable standard of dress is required for church services.
ELECTRICITYThe electricity in the Cook Islands is 240 volts, 50Hz cycles, the same as New Zealand and Australia so converters are necessary in order to operate US appliances. The plugs have two angled prongs (like those in New Zealand and Australia), so an adapter, in some cases, may be needed.
DUTY FREEWith the Cook Islands’ close ties to New Zealand, personal effects including sports equipment and clothing are exempt from duty.
Duty Free items include:
HEALTHA range of medical and dental services are available in Rarotonga which also includes a hospital. Aitutaki and Atiu also have limited medical aid with very small hospitals.
Emergency services operate on Rarotonga and there is an optometrist plus several pharmacies for prescriptions. Physiotherapists are also available for you to take advantage of while in the Cook Islands. Medical and dental services are available and there is a well-equipped hospital with New Zealand trained staff situated in Rarotonga, with a smaller hospital in Aitutaki. There are no venomous snakes and most of the insects are innocuous – but look out for centipedes which do bite. The coral reefs should be treated with caution.
You can also browse some of the Health Services on offer here in the Cook Islands.
LANGUAGECook Islands Maori (or Rarotongan) is the main language, although most people speak English as well. This makes it an ideal destination for English speaking visitors.
TAXESEvery price for goods and services has the tax included.
TIMEThe Cook Islands are 10 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
TIPPINGTipping isn’t expected and is contrary to Cook Island’s custom, however if you feel the service was exceptional, like any other country in the world, we appreciate your acknowledgement.
TRANSPORTATIONThe official domestic airline of the Cook Islands is Air Rarotonga. It operates regular schedules to all outer islands with airport facilities.
The Island Bus on Rarotonga offers convenient low cost transport, operating regular schedules around the island in both directions. It will pick you up and drop you off anywhere on request. Rental cars and motorbike/scooter rentals are also available.
CAMPINGCamping is prohibited in the Cook Islands
SAFETYThe Cook Islands are safe but never leave your personal belongings unattended and ensure your accommodation and means of transport is locked at all times.
WEATHERThe Cook Islands are a year-round destination with two distinct seasons. The cooler season, from April to October, is dry and averages 68-78oF, with cool nights. The warmer season is from November to March, when temperatures rise to around 84oF. The Islands are out of the usual cyclone path and severe weather is very rare.
For additional information about the Cook Islands refer to our website www.cookislands.travel
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The 333 islands of Fiji are home to some of the friendliest people on earth and a cosmopolitan mix of culture, race, and religion. “Bula”, the traditional Fijian greeting, is delivered and received with the brightest of smiles. The warmth and friendliness of the people of Fiji is infectious.
Fiji is a nature lover’s delight. The country’s islands offer an unspoiled, unique natural environment of extreme beauty and tranquility. Due to this extraordinary maritime environment, the Fiji is considered one of the world’s best diving destinations.
Fiji lies at the crossroads of the South Pacific and is an important regional hub. It is situated in the heart of the South Pacific and comprises 333 islands of unspoiled beauty and tranquility. The islands are mountainous and are covered with unique tropical forests.
Fiji is surrounded by a coral reef, shallow lagoons and steep drop-offs featuring a fantastic variety of colorful soft corals, over 1,200 species of fish, and a dozen species of whales and dolphins. Due to this extraordinary maritime environment, the country is considered one of the world’s best diving destinations.
Fiji also offers a host of other activities, among them snorkeling excursions over shallow reefs, jet boating and white water rafting thrills, trekking in the tropical rainforests, cave tours, fishing, kayaking expeditions, and surfing or swimming in the crystal clear waters of a rushing river.
The people of Fiji are famous for their friendliness and most of the country is still very much untouched by the outside world. Life has changed very little for centuries. Today, much of the traditional Fijian culture is still intact and the Fijians have managed to keep their old lifestyle and customs.
Dining in Fiji offers a multiethnic culinary experience. Whether eating at a hotel, island resort, or “in town”, visitors will find a palate painted by flavors from India, China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Italy and the best of Europe as well as Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific waters.
Fiji offers a variety of accommodation, from luxury resorts and hotels to backpacker hostels. Travel around Fiji is easy by domestic airline, seaplane, helicopter, catamaran, hired car/limousine, chauffeur driven car, taxi, bus, air conditioned coach, inter-island shipping, yachts, cruise charters, outboard boat (fibre), hired scooter, motorbike or bicycle. When you make a river trip, you might end up on a ‚Äòbilibili’ or bamboo raft!
CURRENCY/CREDIT CARDS The currency in Fiji is the Fijian dollar. The Fiji dollar is available in denominations of $5, 7, 10, 20, 50, 100 notes. Coins are 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, F$1.00 & F$2.00. All banks and most hotels exchange foreign notes and travellers cheques. Hotels, restaurants, shops, rental car agencies, cruises and travel agents welcome major credit cards. American Express, Diners Club, Visa, JCB International, Mastercard, and Union Pay are represented in Suva, Nadi, Lautoka.
ELECTRICITY The electrical current in Fiji is 240 volts with three pin power outlets identical to Australia and New Zealand. Leading hotels and resorts offer universal outlets for 240v or 110v shavers, hair dryers, etc.
COMMUNICATION & INTERNET Fiji’s country code is +679. A lot of hotels and resorts have direct dialling facilities (IDD). Card phones are available in many shops and stores that have the Telecom call card signage. Fiji is well serviced by cell phone networks. Vodafone Fiji Limited, Digicel and Inkk Mobile operate GPRS and Vodafone has 3G/4G mobile services. You should check with your own network operator for roaming status before travelling to Fiji. Alternatively, roaming arrangements can be made upon arrival at Nadi International Airport or at any mobile phone outlet in Fiji. Cell phones and/or sim cards can be easily acquired locally.
INTERNET ACCESS Fiji is well wired for the Internet. Access is readily available on many islands and at hotels and resorts.
DUTY FREEEach passenger of 17 years or more may also bring the following goods into Fiji, duty and VAT free, provided they are accompanied and are not for sale:
DRESS Dress is casual and informal throughout the islands. Visitors should bring a light tropical wardrobe including golf shirts, short sleeve shirts, T-shirts, shorts and slacks for evenings. For women, summer dresses and lightweight skirts, slacks and blouses are appropriate. The wrap around sulu (sarong) is Fiji’s most distinctive form of dress for women and men.
GETTING THERE Fiji’s two international airports are Nadi, on the western side and Nausori on the east coast of Viti Levu near Suva.
Fiji’s international carrier is Fiji Airways. This is a fully-fledged, well-equipped international airline, serving our guests through extensive overseas schedules. It has direct flights from Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Singapore, Narita, Villa, Honiara, Nukua’lofa, Vavau, Apia, Tarawa and Funafuti. Fiji Airways is a full partner in a Qantas frequent flyer programme and has seat-sharing arrangements. Qantas, Air New Zealand, Korean Air, Jetstar Airways,, VAustralia, Air Niugini, Our Airlines, Solomon Airlines, Air Calin, Air Vanuatu and private charters also fly into Fiji.
HEALTH Fiji is free from malaria, yellow fever, and major tropical diseases that are endemic to most tropical countries. Yellow fever and cholera vaccinations are required only for those arriving from infected areas. Hospitals are located in the major centers and there are health centers in rural areas. Hotels and resorts have a qualified nurse on the premises and a doctor on call.
LANGUAGE Fiji is an English speaking country, besides our mother tongue Fijian, Hindi, Chinese, Rotuman and others.
TAX:VAT is at 9%.
Service Turnover Tax is at 10%
Environment Tax: 6%
DUTIABLE GOODS Fiscal duty and VAT are levied on all goods in excess of concessions. Fiscal duty rates vary depending on the goods, whereas VAT is uniformly applied at 9%. VAT is applied on a base which includes the value of the goods plus any fiscal duty payable. Visitors staying in hotels and resorts are subject to 10% Hotel Turnover Tax (HTT) and an Environment Levy fee of 6%.
TIME ZONES When it is 9am in Fiji, it is:
9pm in London previous day, 10pm Frankfurt previous day, 4pm New York previous day, 1pm Los Angles previous day, 6am Tokyo same day, 9am Auckland same day, 7am Sydney same day.
TIPPING Tipping is not encouraged in Fiji and it is left to the individual to determine whether to leave a gratuity.
TRANSPORTATION:Fiji has bus services, metered taxis, ferries, catamaran, speed boat charters, sea plane and helicopter services, rental cars/scooters are
available, and two domestic airlines (Fiji Link and Northern Air) which provide efficient services and make getting around Fiji a breeze.
There are several domestic airports throughout the country. Travel between the two main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, is by air and sea.
To get around economically by bus, visitors are required to register and purchase e-bus cards and top up from the Vodafone outlet at Nadi International Airport upon arrival or purchase from the Vodafone shop or the designated agencies throughout Fiji.
VISA & IMMIGRATION Visitors must have a passport valid for at least three more months beyond the intended period of stay and a valid return ticket. Entry visas are granted on arrival for a stay of 4 months or less for nationals of United States and Canada.
Visitors to Fiji are required to pay $200 departure tax in Fijian currency following check-in.
WEATHER Fiji enjoys an ideal South Sea tropical climate. It is thus a perfect holiday destination, especially for those trying to escape the severe
Northern Hemisphere winters average 31 degrees Celsius (88 F)
Maximum summer temperatures and the mean minimum is 22 Degrees Celsius (72 F)
The winter average maximum is 29 C (84 F) and the mean minimum is 19 C (66 F).
These are much cooler in the uplands of the interior of the large islands. A cooling trade winds blows from the east south-east of most of the year. It usually drops to a whisper in the evening and picks up again by mid-morning. Fiji has a climate ideally suited for the outdoors, the beach and surf, for light cotton dresses, barbecues and water sports.
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New Caledonia is one of the closest Pacific neighbours to Australia and yet many Aussies still don’t know much about this island destination right next door.
New Caledonia is Australia’s closest French Pacific neighbour, making it an ideal destination for travellers looking for a holiday with a difference, without the distance.
Blessed with stunning natural wonders including the largest lagoon in the world; a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site, the second largest reef in the world and a unique blend of French and Melanesian cultures, New Caledonia is like nowhere else.
As one of the largest destinations in the South Pacific, New Caledonia offers a huge variety of venues, accommodation, facilities, services, sights and activities. Plus the contrast between the cosmopolitan city of Nouméa and the rugged North and the raw beauty of the Loyalty Islands, offer an unbelievable diversity of scenery and experiences to be discovered.
New Caledonia enjoys a sub-tropical climate year-round, with maximum temperatures averaging between 25°C and 30°C in the warm season from September to March, and between 20°C and 23°C in the cooler months from April to August. Trade winds and occasional cool evenings may require warmer clothes. Rainfall generally passes quickly, although can come in heavy downpours. Sea temperatures in the lagoon range from 21°C to 28°C.
The local currency is the French Pacific Franc (XPF), pegged at a fixed exchange rate to the Euro. ATM machines are common throughout Noumea and larger towns. Credit cards and some debit cards are widely accepted. Currency exchange bureaux are located at airports and shopping districts, and an American Express office is located on Bis Avenue.
Visas + passports
Visas are not required for Australian, New Zealand, European Union or United States passport holders for stays of up to three months. A passport with at least six months validity and an onward or return air ticket are required upon entry.
French is the official language. There are about 30 Kanak dialects; however these are spoken only in villages and remoter areas. English-speaking staff is common in hotels, resorts, main restaurants and as tour guides, although it is recommended that visitors learn French greetings and basic phrases.
No vaccinations are necessary to visit New Caledonia and it is free of all other tropical diseases including malaria. Visitors should, however, take precautions against mosquitoes. Noumea offers western-standard medical facilities and emergency air transfers to Australia for the most serious of cases. Tap water is safe to drink and bottled water is readily available.
Casual dress is common by day and in resorts and hotels, although in upmarket hotels guests dress more formally for dining. Light summer clothes are appropriate. Warmer clothes should be taken during cooler months and in case of cool evenings or trade winds.
The international airline of New Caledonia, Aircalin, operates twelve flights per week non-stop from Australia to Noumea, New Caledonia. Flights take two hours from Brisbane, under three hours from Sydney and Auckland and 3 ½ hours from Melbourne.
Sydney flights operate six times a week, whilst Brisbane and Melbourne flights depart three times per week. Flights operate between Auckland and Nouméa five times a week, with three flights on an Aircalin aircraft and two on Air New Zealand aircraft, both in codeshare.
Flights between Auckland and Nouméa operate daily during the summer school holidays.
The international airport La Tontouta is a 45 minute drive from Noumea city centre.
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papua new guinea
HAMAMAS LONG LUKIM YU!
Papua New Guinea is a country rich in natural resources and its wealth of tradition, beauty, and history is unparalleled in the Pacific.
It’s a country of wild beauty with towering mountain peaks, lush fertile valleys, golden beaches and sparkling coral islands. It is the home of the largest area of intact rainforest outside of the Amazon with many rare species of birds and insects, including the world’s largest butterfly, the Queen Alexandra Birdwing. The country is also famous for its brilliantly colored birds of paradise. Thirty-eight of the 43 known species of Birds of Paradise are found here.
Papua New Guinea is full of interesting attractions, magnificent natural scenery, and diverse cultural heritage. Most activities and attractions revolve around the natural beauty and the uniquely diverse culture.
The country has a lot to offer and most activities and attractions revolve around the natural beauty and the uniquely diverse culture. Papua New Guinea offers an extensive network of remote jungle trekking trails, tranquil river cruises on the country’s waterways, exciting white water rafting and surfing, fishing, and a famous underwater world. The country is home to some of the worlds most spectacular diving. Known as an “underwater photographer’s paradise,” it has twice as many species as the waters of the Red Sea, and up to five times as many as the Caribbean.
The country’s pristine rainforest is home to many rare species of birds and insects, including the world’s largest butterfly, the Queen Alexandra Birdwing, whose wingspan reaches up to 1 foot. The country is also famous for its brilliantly colored birds of paradise. Some of the best places to enjoy these natural beauties are Port Moresby Nature Park and Rainforest Habitat in the Morobe Province.
A visit to Papua New Guinea is also a trip back in time. Age-old extremely diverse cultural traditions are still parts of the every day life throughout the country. The different traditions are kept alive in elaborate rituals involving feasts, marriages, compensation ceremonies, and initiation rites. Cultural heritage is celebrated at the annual Sing Sing shows, where villagers from around the country demonstrate their singing, dancing, and elaborate bilas (traditional costumes).
Accommodations are available to suit every budget and need, from comfortable hotels resorts to budget and back-packers style lodges.
Visitors from the United Stated reach Papua New Guinea through Australia. Air Niugini (www.airniugini.com.pg) and Qantas (www.qantas.com) offer services to Papua New Guinea from Sydney, Cairns and Brisbane. Virgin (www.virginaustralia.com.au) also fly out of Brisbane to the capital Port Moresby.
Papua New Guinea’s unit of currency is the Kina which is divided into 100 toea. Money can be exchanged at Jackson’s Airport or in banks. Westpac, ANZ and other BSP branches are located in all the main centers.
Hotels, restaurants, shops, rental car companies, cruise operators and travel agents accept Travelers cheques and most major credit cards including Amex, Diners, Master Card and Visa Card. All transactions within hotels, restaurants and bars are subject to 10% tax that is included in published prices.
Electricity supply is 240 volts AC 50Hz using Australian style plugs. 110 volt outlets for shavers and hair dryers are also available.
COMMUNICATION & INTERNET
Papua New Guinea has modern satellite communications. ISD and STD dialing are available in most parts of the country. Telex and Facsimile services are also available except in very remote areas where high frequency radios are in use. A GSM cell phone network is available in Port Moresby, Lae, Madang and Mt Hagen.
Adults over 18 have a general allowance of new goods to the value of K250 and are allowed duty free: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, 2 liters of alcohol (approx. 67 oz), and a reasonable amount of perfume. Food items, seeds, spices, live or dry plants, animals and animal products need special import approval.
Dress on the island is informal and casual with shorts and open neck shirts worn throughout the year along with traditional items of apparel such as ramis, sulus, laplaps, and kolos. Swim ware, sneakers, and flip-flops are not allowed in some bars and restaurants. In the Highlands, sturdy walking shoes are recommended, as is a sweater or jacket for cool evenings. Female dress should always be modest.
Visitors from the United Stated reach Papua New Guinea through Australia. Air Niugini ( www.airniugini.com.pg ) and Qantas ( www.qantas.com ) offer services to Papua New Guinea from Sydney, Cairns and Brisbane. Virgin ( www.virginaustralia.com.au ) also offer services from Brisbane to Port Moresby.
Dentists, doctors, and hospital services are available in all major centers. Medical clinics and aid posts are found in remote areas.
Malaria is the only serious health risk. Visitors are strongly advised to consult their doctor or tropical disease clinic to commence anti-malarial preparations before arrival.
There are more than 800 distinct languages. Melanesian Pidgin and Hiri Motu are the two most widely used, but English is the official language in education, businesses, and government circles.
Visitors to the country are guests and hospitality is an honor in Melanesian culture. Tips are neither expected nor encouraged.
Papua New Guinea is 11 hours ahead of Greenwich Time (UTC/GMT), which means that its 19 hours later in Papua New Guinea than in California. There is no daylight savings time.
Papua New Guinea boasts a warm to hot and humid climate throughout the year. Temperatures average 30°C – 34°C. Each province experiences a rainy season, in the summer months, which varies from province to province. The country is at its driest from May to November. Watch out for sunburn during your Papua New Guinea holiday, even on overcast days, and particularly in the Highlands.
Papua New Guinea relies on air transport probably more than any other country in the world with its rugged terrain extending from its coastal areas to its highlands. Air Niugini runs domestic flights to the provinces. There are other smaller airlines serving the more remote parts of the country.
A good network of roads connects the Northern zone and the Highlands region. There are drivers for hire and rental cars, local boats and ferries, taxis in larger towns, plus local buses. There is no road link between the northern zone and the capital, Port Moresby, because of the rugged nature of the terrain.
VISA & IMMIGRATION
A 60-day Tourist Visa is available on arrival in Port Moresby at a fee of K100. To obtain a visa before visitors enter the country costs K75. Visitors will need travel documents, sufficient funds for your stay in the country and airline ticket with confirmed outbound flights before expiry date of your Visa.
A K30 fee is payable by all departing international passengers at the Duty Free Shop located on level 1 of the International Terminal.
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Talofa lava and welcome to Samoa, the treasured islands of the South Pacific. Samoa is considered the heart of Polynesia. It has a 3000 year-old way of life called Fa’a Samoa that underpins a memorable visitor experience.
Samoa is a postcard of natural beauty consisting of ten islands, each offering very distinct and different environments to explore. Blessed with stunning land and seascapes, and friendly people who are proud of their country, there are many versions of paradise to discover. Drive around in a day, or take a leisurely trip over a few days or even tour by cycle over a week, or just base yourself at a resort and relax.
From the rainforest covered rugged volcanic mountain peaks of Savai’i to the vast valleys leading down to Upolu’s coastline ringed with a necklace of white sandy beaches.
Explore Samoa’s lush green fertile valleys where banyan trees tower above the tropical rainforest canopy. Take time to cool down at a watering hole next to one of Samoa’s many cascading waterfalls that drop into rivers cutting jagged lines through the valley floor as they make their way to the ocean.
The rugged volcanic landscapes, pristine coastline, and tropical flora and fauna make Samoa the epitome of an un-spoiled tropical island dream destination. Spectacular blowholes, amazing waterfalls, mountain lookouts, and nature conservation areas are just some of the many natural attractions on offer. Samoa’s rainforests are an ideal habitat for flying foxes, land and sea birds, skinks and geckos. Dolphins, whales, porpoises, and turtles are regular visitors to the surrounding waters and the reefs around the islands are home to some 900 fish species and over 200 varieties of coral.
What makes Samoa especially unique is the vibrant, living Polynesian culture, the Fa’a Samoa (the Samoan way), virtually unchanged for more than 3,000 years. Samoans are open, friendly and welcoming people with great pride in their culture, traditions, history, and nationhood. Despite centuries of European influence, Samoa maintains its historical customs, social and political systems, and the Samoan language. Also known as the ‘Cradle of Polynesia’, Samoa has a wealth of historical and cultural attractions, most of them found on the two larger islands of Upolu and Savaii.
Generally the cost of living in Samoa is reasonable priced and accommodation styles vary from large hotels, luxurious resorts and hotels, medium sized or budget accommodations, pack backer hostels and beach fales. Several new hotel developments were added in 2005 and two new hotels will open in 2007.
Air New Zealand has a weekly non-stop service from Los Angeles. They are member of the Star Alliance global network, which also includes United Airlines, US Airways and Air Canada. Air Pacific offers direct service from Los Angeles with a stop in Fiji. A direct flight from Los Angeles takes approximately 10 hours. Samoa can also be reached with Polynesian Blue, Polynesian Airlines and South Pacific Express.
CURRENCYLocal currency is the Samoan Tala. Major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Diners & JCB) are accepted at most hotels and some restaurants and stores. Traveler’s cheques are widely accepted at major banks and hotels. ATM machines are available at the International Airport, in downtown Apia and at Salealoga (Savai’I). Local banks include the National Bank of Samoa, Samoa Commercial Bank, and International ANZ and BSP Bank.
ELECTRICITYThe Samoa electricity supply provides 240 Volt / 50 Hz AC power through the same three-pronged style of plus that is used in Australia and New Zealand. The use of America appliances will require an adapter and a voltage converter which can be brought from overseas or purchased in Samoa at various retailers.
Communication and Internet
Approximately 99% of Upolu and Savaii has access to the internet and telephone communications. Global roaming services are available in Samoa although are much more costly than local telephone services.
Mobile phones are available for hire in central Apia, phones used in Apia will work in Savaii and vice-versa.
DUTY FREEFor every visitor entering Samoa a written declaration is required. 21+ years are allowed to carry on person 200g of cigarettes or 2.2Ltrs of top shelf or liquor bottle.
DRESSAs it can be quite warm in Samoa throughout the year light summer clothing is appropriate all year round, with the exception of some cooler evenings and rainy days a light sweater or pants might be necessary. Smart casual evening wear is appropriate for hotels and restaurants.
When in Apia or in Villages, visitors are requested not to wear bathing suits, no nude or topless (for women) when swimming or sunbathing. Men are requested not to wear speedos but shorts instead. When attending church, it’s respectful for women to wear appropriate attire: formal top/ long skirts/ dress) whilst for men: Ie faitaga (Pocket Lavalava) with Elei shirt/ Aloha/ Polo shirt.
GETTING THERESamoa has international flights from Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, and domestic flights from American Samoa. Samoa Airways operates international flights from Australia via SYD twice a week and BNE twice a week. New Zealand operate flights daily throughout the week.
Other International Airlines operate flights Samoa via Fiji Airways four times a week, Air New Zealand seven times a week, and Virgin Australia three times a week..
Direct flights to America Samoa are operated by Samoa Airways and Talofa Airways at both Fagali’i Airport and Faleolo Airport with 72 flights a month. Whereas, Talofa Airways operate 5 flights a day from Monday to Saturday and four on Sunday. Tonga flights on Tuesdays and Fridays are inclusive this operation.
– Samoa is free from most tropical diseases including Malaria
– If a person has a medical condition that requires medication on person. Please bring it with you.
– When flying with our local Airlines – Samoa Airways recommends a person with a medical condition notify the cabin crew for further assistance in case of an emergency.
Samoa has one dialect and Samoan is widely spoken. Whereas English is mostly used for commercial purposes. You’ll find people speaking in English most of the time and for local they are able to understand Basic English.
The Post Office is located in the SamoaTel building opposite the government building on Beach Road, Apia.
There is a 10% tax (VAGST) on goods and services.
Tips are not expected in Samoa.
Samoa is 11 hours behind Greenwich Time (UTC/GMT), which means that its 3 hours earlier in Samoa than in California. No daylight saving time.
Samoa has two distinct seasons – the dry season, which runs from May to October and the wet season from November to April. Average monthly minimum temperatures are in the low 70s, with maximums in the high 86°F all year round.
An airport bus service is provided by P&F Schuster Tours for airline passengers, between the major hotels in Apia and Faleolo International Airport.
The local bus service on both Upolu and Savaii provides inexpensive transport for the locals and visitors.
There are several international car rental companies. Foreign driver’s licenses must be validated prior to driving in Samoa. Validation costs ST$10, and can be performed at the Ministry of Works Transport & Infrastructure, in Apia, just across the road from the flea market.
Taxis in Samoa are un-metered, and the government sets their fares. Taxis charge a minimum of approx. ST$2.50 (e.g. for a short trip within the town area).
A passenger and vehicle ferry service operates between the islands of Upolu and Savaii.
VISA & IMMIGRATION
A visa is not required, but visitors must have a passport valid for at least six more months and a valid return ticket.
A departure tax of ST$40 applies to all travelers over the age of 12.
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The Solomon Islands are ideal for eco-tourists, adventure seekers, World War II history buffs, and divers seeking an underwater paradise. This still little known South Pacific island paradise may seem completely removed from the world, but it’s just 3 hours from Brisbane, Australia. Not many travelers have been to the Solomon Islands yet, which makes it the perfect destination for people on the hunt for one of the last undiscovered destinations in the world.
The Solomon Islands are new and developing tourism destination. The islands are an eco-tourism paradise, unspoiled, unhurried, and totally unforgettable. Soaring mist shrouded mountains preside above dense, abundant rainforest; waterfalls and rivers cascade to an intricate coastline. The villages and sun soaked golden beached fringed with coconut palms lie scattered around lazy lagoons. The setting for some of World War II’s fiercest and bloodiest battles is today home to one of the most natural and peaceful places in the South Pacific. The people of the Solomon Islands welcome tourists from the heart and guests are always fascinated by the unspoiled and unhurried environment the Solomon Islands provide.
Diving is one of the major attractions in the Solomon Islands and reefs and wrecks in the Western parts of the nation have been rated by divers as one some of the best dive locations in the world. There’s diverse marine and coral life as well as World War II wreckages.
The Solomon Islands are truly the melting pot of the Pacific. Its people are a combination of Oceania’s three main cultural groups of Melanesians, Polynesians, and Micronesians. Rare arts and crafts, traditional practices, colorful costumes, age-old customs, rituals and taboos, they still endure in the Solomon Islands.
Solomon Islands accommodation includes hotels, resorts, budget backpacker lodges, and village guesthouses. The three major hotels in the capital Honiara are comfortable 3-star properties and other provinces, such as Western and Guadalcanal Provinces, offer resorts to suit adventure and leisure seekers. Village guest lodges are built from traditional sago-palm bungalows; a truly unique Solomon Islands experience.
Another option is the Live-a-Board dive boat, Bilikiki Cruises,that offer full accommodations and diving.
International flights are serviced by Solomon Airlines, Air Pacific, Air Niugini, and Air Vanuatu with direct flights to Brisbane (Australia), Nadi (Fiji), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea), Port Vila, Espirito Santo (Vanuatu).
Solomon Islands Dollar (SBD) is the base currency. There are three main commercial banks: ANZ Banking Group, Bank of South Pacific, Pan Oceanic Bank and Bred Bank. ANZ Bank Bank of South Pacific and Bred bank also operate ATM machines in selected points in Honiara. Some hotels and resorts around the country accept American Express, MasterCard, and Visa credit cards.
Solomon Islands dollar (SBD) is the base currency.
Notes available in $100, $50, $40, $20, $10, $5
Coins in $2, $1, 50c, 20c, 10c.
As at 15 October 2018:
AUD$1 = Approx S$5.87 ; US$1 = approx S$8.26
Solomon Post and Solomon Islands Terminal Services operate currency exchange facilities at Honiara International airport. All commercial banks in Honiara, Auki and Gizo handle exchange transactions. Western union agencies will be found in all BSP branches and Solomon Post’s main office as well as Number 1 Currency in Honiara. Most hotels and resorts will provide currency exchange services for
Australian and US dollars. Some overseas airports and banks may exchange Solomon Islands currency, however you should plan on exchanging currency when you arrive in the Solomon Islands.
MasterCard and Visa accepted at some tourist facilities and restaurants. A surcharge normally applies. American Express is accepted in major hotels in Honiara. Generally speaking, smaller guest houses will only accept cash.
Solomon Islands standard electricity is 220-240 volts. For 110 volts, you’ll need a converter.
Australian 3-pin style plug with 220-240 voltage cycles are standard. For 110 volts, ask or buy a voltage converter. If your electrical appliances are other international plugs, we recommend you bring an adapter with you.
COMMUNICATION & INTERNET
The country has a modern telephone network and major hotels in Honiara offer IDD telephones in their rooms. Fax and Internet services are readily available. Solomon Telekom offers pay telecard payphones around Honiara and major centers around the provinces.
Honiara also has a number of Internet cafes. Our Telekom has a modern telephone network in Honiara offering IDD telephones in major hotels. Public phones in Honiara and rural centres are accessible to international calls. You can easily purchase phonecards through Our Telekom or BeMobile through agencies located throughout the Solomon Islands. Similarly wifi cards can be purchased and major hotels have wifi hotspots. Sim cards for mobile phone and internet use are also available. Solomon Telekom and BeMobile also have roaming arrangements with a number of phone providers. Please check with your phone service provider prior to see if they offer mobile roaming in the Solomon Islands.
The customs requirement for duty free is 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco and/ or 2 liters of spirit of equivalent. Other dutiable goods ought not to exceed S$600 in value.
200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco, and /or 2 litres of spirit or equivalent. Other dutiable goods ought not to exceed S$1500 for gifts or S$3000 for personal items.
Bikini and other beachwear are acceptable at hotels/resorts but not when out shopping or visiting villages.
Lightweight (cotton), casual clothing, and comfortable footwear are the usual dress worn. Occasionally, a light sweater may be handy for those rare cool nights. Bikini and other beachwear are acceptable at hotels/ resorts but not when out shopping in towns or visiting villages.
Solomon Airlines, Air Pacific, Air Niugini, and Air Vanuatu provide international flights to the Solomon Islands with direct flights to Brisbane (Australia), Nadi (Fiji), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea), and Port Vila, Espirito Santo (Vanuatu).
The national carrier Solomon Airlines, fly to Honiara 4 times a week from Brisbane to Honiara; 4 times from Nadi, Fiji and weekly from Port Vila, Vanuatu and Port Moresby, PNG. Virgin Australia have twice weekly flights from Brisbane; Air Pacific fly in weekly from Nadi and Port Vila and Air Niugini have 3 weekly flights from Port Moresby.
The main public hospital is in Honiara with smaller facilities in major provincial centres. Private clinics are also found in Honiara. Malaria medication and prevention is recommended; insect repellent and sleeping under a mosquito net is highly recommended, especially in remote areas. As a precaution, always boil tap water before drinking it. Bottled water is available in shops throughout the Solomon Islands.
It is recommended that you are up to date with immunisations before traveling to the Solomon Islands. Please consult your doctor in advance of your trip. We recommend you take out comprehensive health and travel insurance for your visit, to cover any unforeseen circumstances.
There are 87 indigenous languages including Melanesian Pidgin English, which is used predominantly. English is used and understood throughout the Solomon Islands.
The are 90 distinct languages spoken in the Solomon Islands. The lingua franca is Solomon Islands Pidgin, although English is the official language and widely spoken and understood.
Honiara International Airport is your getaway into the Solomon Islands. The domestic terminal is adjacent to the international airport. A departure tax of S$40 is collected upon check-in for outbound international passengers 12 years and over. The domestic airline is Solomon Airlines. Most of the islands around the Solomon Islands have airstrips that are serviced by Solomon Airlines.
There are ferryboats servicing some islands for more adventurous. Most international island ships leaving Honiara depart from the Point Cruz wharf area. This is generally the best place to find out when boats are leaving. There is a daily fast cat service between Honiara and Auki (Malaita), whilst other passenger services generally depart once or twice a week to other provinces. Daily services by canoes powered by outboard motor are cheaper and are available to Tulagi. See ‘Getting Around’ under each province.
Taxis, public buses, rental cars are available for trips around Honiara. Roads are only limited to very few places.
VISA & IMMIGRATION
Citizens of the Commonwealth, United States, and most European countries do not need visas. It is a requirement that visitors hold a valid passport and a return or onward ticket in order to acquire a visitor’s permit valid for three months on arrival.
If you have a valid passport (minimum 6 months validity from planned date of entry) and a return or onward ticket, you can acquire a visitor’s visa valid for three months on arrival. Tourist visas are usually issued for 30 days on arrival. There are some exceptions, so do check with the Solomon Islands Immigration Service on (677) 22179, 22194 or 22199.
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The climate in the islands is summer all year around with average temperature around 84°F. Lightweight cotton and casual clothing is the usual mode of dress. Occasionally, a light sweater may be needed for those rare cool nights.
The Solomon Islands has a tropical climate with a year round average temperature of about 29°C. Drier months are May through to October.
Annual average rainfall is around 2520mm.
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Tahiti. Moorea. Bora Bora. Names that evoke island bliss — seducing honeymooners, romantics, adventurers, and vacationers looking for escape. Tahiti and Her Islands, officially known as French Polynesia, comprise five island groups of archipelagoes. Each island group has its own unique character and the inhabitants successfully blend the 21st century with the ancestral rhythms of sun and sea. Because of a strong French influence, Tahiti and her islands offer a unique combination of Polynesian style and French flair. Tahitians are well known for their personal warmth and legendary hospitality. The destination is particularly famous for it’s signature accommodation, the over-water bungalow; although it’s popular throughout the region, Tahiti was the first South Pacific country to develop this concept.
Tahiti and her Islands are located approximately 17100 km from Metropolitan France, 9800 km from SA, 7800 km from Australia and 4100 km from New Zealand. These islands cover a huge ocean surface of some 4 million square kilometers, which is the same area as Europe. The island of Tahiti in the Society Islands group is 17°- 32 S and 149°- 34 W, situated half way between California (6200 km) and Australia (5700 km).Tahiti is 8800 km from Tokyo and 7500 km from Santiago, Chile.
118 ISLANDS IN 5 ARCHIPELAGOSTahiti’s 118 fabulous islands are scattered across five far-flung archipelagos, each with their own particular character and whose inhabitants have adapted the ancient rhythms of the ocean and the sun to the 21st century. The Tuamotu group is a collection of low islands or atolls. A very special world, the Polynesians say are situated between sky and sea. Each island encircles its own lagoon with a ring of coral; beneath the crystal-clear waters of each are spectacular underwater gardens and fish of every imaginable size, shape and color. It rarely rains and is a perfect environment for pearl farming. Rangiroa,Tikehau, Manihi, Fakarava are the most frequently visited atolls and provide hotels classified with International standards. The Marquesas, “EnuaEnana” or “Land of Men”, are a group of high islands near the equator, 1500 km away from Tahiti, whose steep mountains are inhabited by wild horses, goats and pigs. The most well-known are Nuku Hiva, HivaOa, UaPou and UaHuka which offer the tourists, among many other points of interest, a magnificent botanical experience.
The Austral Archipelago, situated far to the south, is also made upof high islands: Rurutu, Tubuai, Rimatara, Raivavae and Rapa.The last inhabited islands of the South Pacific, these ancient volcanoes are far off the beaten track. With their “marae”, ancient sacred grounds, with the majestic centuries-oldstone “tiki”, these mysterious islands still have not revealed all of their secrets. There are a variety of tropical plants from temperate regions also. This environment is perfect for farming, and the Australs provide the other islands with many different vegetables. A special attraction on the Austral Islands occurs every year from June to October when the whales meet in the warm, shallow waters.
The Gambier Archipelago, rarely visited by tourists, consisting of the high island of Mangareva and its fringe of islands which are the eroded remains of its former gigantic volcanic crater, is situated in the far eastern corner of French Polynesia.
The currency is the French Pacific Franc (XPF).
Credit cards and traveler checks are widely accepted. Banks are located at Faaa Airport and on most islands. Hotels also exchange currency and traveler checks. U.S. currency may be accepted as direct payment in hotels, restaurants and large shops. ATM machines are also available.
Hotels use either 110 or 220 volts, depending on the location. A converter/adapter is often required for appliances, including computers.
COMMUNICATION & INTERNET
Direct dialing international calls is available in most hotels and phone booths. Phone cards can be purchased at any post office, newspaper store or shop with phone booths nearby. Cell phones with U.S. service plans may not work in Tahiti depending on the type of phone and service provider. Larger hotels and several internet cafes provide internet access.
All items brought in by travelers for their personal use are duty-free, provided they are non-prohibited items and are re-exported out of French Polynesia within six months. These include 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars; and 2 liters (approx. 67 oz) of alcohol, champagne, or wine.
The climate and lifestyle on the islands call for casual and comfortable clothing. Pack loose-fitting, natural fabrics and plenty of shorts. Pareus and swimsuits can be worn during the daytime at the resorts, while casual shirts and walking shorts provide the most comfort during island explorations. For dinner, casual slacks and sport shirts are the best choice for men while cool sundresses are most appropriate for women.
Tahiti is closer than most people think: it’s in the same time zone as Hawaii and Tahiti’s Faa’a Airport is less than 8 hours by air from Los Angeles LAX airport. Air New Zealand, Air France and Air Tahiti Nui all offer non-stop service from Los Angeles, LAN offers one weekly flight from Chile.
French Polynesia enjoys a high standard of health, with excellent medical and dental services, pharmacies, private clinics and a large government hospital in Tahiti. The outer islands have hospitals or dispensaries, and a few private practitioners.
French and Tahitian are the official languages, but English is spoken and understood in tourist areas. Brushing up on a few basic French phrases and learning Tahitian greetings will be appreciated.
Tahiti is in the same time zone as Hawaii. The islands are just two hours behind Pacific Standard Time. During Daylight-Saving Time (April to late October) they are three hours behind. Time in the Marquesas is half an hour ahead of the rest of the islands.
Tipping is not customary in Polynesian culture and is not expected. However, tipping is welcomed for exemplary service.
REGULARLY SCHEDULED FLIGHTS
Air Tahiti operates regularly scheduled flights out of Tahiti over a network
of 47 islands and atolls operates a 10-minute shuttle service between Tahiti and Moorea. There’s a maximum luggage allowance of 10 kg/person (child and adult) except for passengers in correspondence with an international flight, within a period of 7 days before or after the international flight where passengers are granted a free baggage allowance of 20kg under certain conditions,
– Passengers reserved in class Y: 20kg,
– Passengers reserved in class Z: 50kg,
– Divers: supplementary free baggage allowance of 5kg on ATR flights on presentation of supporting documents.
No baggage allowance for babies.
For more information: www.airtahiti.pf
CHARTER FLIGHTS ON REQUEST:
Air Archipels, Air Tahiti, SARL Pol’Air.
The regular airline companies
Mr. Marcel GALENON
B.P. 314 – 98713 Papeete – Tahiti
Tel.: Group Sales (689) 86.40.23
Tel. Res.: (689) 86.42.42 / Fax Res.: (689) 86.40.99
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Air Tahiti has a fleet of 10 ATR aircraft (48-seat ATR 42 and 66-seat ATR
72), 1 19-seat Twin Otter (owned by French Polynesia) and 1 9-seat Beechcraft chartered to Air Archipels.
Mr. Yvonnick RAFFIN
B.P. 6019 – 98702 Faa’a – Tahiti
Fax: (689) 86.42.91
Tel. Res.: (689) 81.30.30
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Air Archipels offers private day flights as well as night flights to all of the
islands of French Polynesia upon request.
Air Archipels operates these high comfort flights with Beechcraft Super
King B200’s equipped with 7 VIP seats and has a fleet of 3 airplanes.
In the northern area of Tahiti-Faa’a airport
Sirs St√©phane CHANTRE & Arnaud SOULIERE
B.P. 1328 – 98703 Punaauia – Tahiti
Fax: (689) 83.02.20 / GSM: (689) 74.23.11
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Charter flights with a 19-seater Beech 1900 D to all of French Polynesia.
This is a versatile and high-performance aircraft with a large cargo capacity
that is perfectly suited to group-travel (such as tourists, scientists,
film crews and businesses).
B.P. 60138 – 98702 Faa’a – Tahiti
Tel.: (689) 50.40.75 / Fax: (689) 50.40.76 / GSM: (689) 78.65.05
firstname.lastname@example.org / www.tahiti-helicopters.com
Catamarans and ferry boats cross between Tahiti and Moorea several times a day. Schooners and cargo boats serve all the inhabited islands from Papeete. Schedules vary according to the destinations: three times a week to the Society Islands three to five times a week to the Tuamotu, every fifteen days to the Maquesas and the Austral Archipelago and once monthly to the island of Mangareva
The most inexpensive and common form of transportation is the public bus system. On Tahiti there are two types of buses: the open-air trucks called Le Truck and the RTC large white coaches, both operating frequently in Papeete and around the island. Le Truck also operates on most other islands. Taxis can be hired at most hotels, airports, and ferry terminals. Rental cars are available at most airports for drivers over 21 years of age with a valid driver’s license. Major credit cards are usually required for drivers under 25.
VISA & IMMIGRATION
French nationals only need a National Identity Card for a stay in French
Polynesia. However, a biometric passport is necessary for transit via the
USA. Travelers are seriously advised to be in possession of a passport
valid for six months longer than their return date in case of an unforeseen
or extended stopover in the United States.
Foreign nationals from the following countries are entitled to a three-month
stay without a visa within a six-month period with the exception of visitors who engage in any sort of paid activity during the duration of their stay, regardless of the length of their stay (*):
European Union: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia,
Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg,
Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania,
United Kingdom, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Spain, Greece.
Asia-Pacific: South Korea (*), Japan (*), Singapore (*), New Zealand,
Tokelau, Niue, The Cook Islands, The Mariana Islands (*), American Samoa
Islands (*), Guam (*) and American passport holders (*), Australia
(*), foreign nationals of Norfolk (*) and Australian passport holders (*),
Malaysia, Brunei, The Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, The
Marshall Islands, The Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
Chinese foreign nationals from Hong Kong if they are HKSAR passport
holders and those from Macao if they are RAEM passport holders.
North, South and Central America: Brazil (*), Venezuela (*), The
United States of America (*), Mexico (*), Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Costa
Rica, Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay,
Guatemala, The Bahamas, Barbados.
Other countries: Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway,
St Marin, Vatican City, Switzerland, Croatia, Antigua and Barbuda, Israel,
Macedonia, Mauritius, Montenegro, Palau, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Serbia,
Diplomatic passport holders only: Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Armenia,
Morocco, Moldova, Russia, Senegal, Thailand, Ukraine, Vietnam. – or with
a biometric passport: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina. – or holders
of service passports: South Africa, Columbia, Dominican Republic,
Equateur, Gabon. – or holders of a special passport: Bahrain, United
Arab Emirates, the Sultanate of Oman, Peru, Qatar, Tunisia, Turkey. – or of a
biometric passport with the number of the identity card: Taiwan
– holders of a secured diplomatic passport: The Republic of Congo.
Nationals from all other countries require visas, which may be
obtained from the French Embassy or French Consulate in the country of
residence. The full global listing of which can be found at:
or all other categories of visa-exempt foreigners, please contact
the French Polynesian Border Police (Direction de la Police aux Fronti√®res
de Polyn√©sie Fran√ßaise):
Tel. : (689) 80.06.20 / Fax : (689) 81.28.34
email@example.com / www.polynesie-francaise.pref.gouv.fr
Tahiti Tourisme – Tahiti
Address: Paofai Building, Entry D, Pomare Boulevard
P. O. Box 65, Papeete, Tahiti
Tel: (689) 50 57 00
Fax: (689) 43 66 19
Cooled by gentle ocean breezes, the climate is ideal. Being tropical but moderate, the climate features sunny, pleasant days and an average yearly air and water temperature of 80F. Summer is from November through April, when the climate is slightly warmer and more humid. Winter is from May through October, when the climate is slightly cooler.
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