does anyone know if there is a site even a quarter as good as Travelfish for the South Pacific islands. I'm going to Vanuatu and Fiji so even a specific site for either of those would be welcome!
#1 daflj has been a member since 28/8/2008. Posts: 32
Funny you ask -- I'm on my last day of a week on Fiji at the moment! The snorkelling has been amazing, but we lucked out somewhat on the island we chose...
There's no site like Travelfish for the region that I know of, but an excellent blog on the area is South Pacific Travel by David Stanley. In his words:
"My travel guidebooks have been serving island travelers since 1979. Moon Handbooks South Pacific is now in its 8th edition, and Tahiti and Fiji each have guides of their own. This blog site is intended to share new facts as they cross my desk, and to discuss issues of interest to visitors. So grab a seat: We're off on a virtual island tour."
Hope that helps!
Thanks for this somtam
out of interest which island in Fiji are you on? Following SE Asia I've got a couple of weeks scheduled in Fiji ...
#3 daflj has been a member since 28/8/2008. Posts: 32
We were on Mana Island. It was an extended family vacation and so we were in a resort rather than a backpacker style place -- though there was a backpackers joint on the island. The snorkelling was just amazing -- far better than anything I've seen in Thailand.
I've been to Fiji several times now - different islands each time. I love Fiji - and the people are incredibly friendly. On my last trip, we were there over Xmas - and ended up being invited to the home of someone we met for 'Xmas dinner', and spent a day in the village with the family of a policeman we met. Incredibly open, friendly and generous people!
We also ended up at a great place in the Yasawa's, called Octopus Reosrt. http://www.octopusresort.com/
This place has a range of accommodation: backpackers through to top-end. The snorkelling was stunning - the best I've seen in both Fiji and Thailand. It's a cool place, and you can do a village tour from there, diving, hiking, etc. I wasn't there as a backpacker, so I'm not sure what the dorms were like.
I have also stayed on the mainland (Viti Levu), Matamanoa and Malolo - if you want any info - in both low-end and top-end places. Happy to answer any questions if I can help.
Like you, I also love Fiji. Though, I must say the dirty bloody Indians on V Levu make what could have been the best munyana in the Pacific an eyesore.
I particularly liked SavuSavu on Vanua Levu - for some pics (not mine) go go here - and I liked Taveuni.
The village of Lao on Levu is unlike anywhere else in Fiji. It's a long long way from any western / Indian influence and is really just so Fijian. Near Labasa (an Indian town, they still cut cane by hand there), is a little island - Mali Island - and on the 'outer' side the reef is quite close. The snorkelling and fishing are sensational.
I got taken by a boat from Taveuni to Qamea Island, and the snorkelling there is pretty special as well.
I got the local airline (Sun Air) from SavuSavu to Suva and the small plane flies low over various coral fringed islands and is spectacular.
Whilst Fiji definitely has more going for it under the sea (and Vatulele is phenomenal), for me nothing beats flying into Aitutaki and spending your days lazing away at Pacific Resort. Aitutaki is the most beautiful lagoon I've even been too and the beach at Pacific Resort is just stunning (potentially my favorite place in the world at the moment). I also love the main island Rarotonga. The lagoon at Muri is just gorgeous and I especially love the fantastic nightlife - Friday nights are AWESOME! The Cooks are fabulous and the locals just so friendly. Definitely rank the Cooks as my favorite South Pacific destination followed by Samoa (my partner is Samoan), Tahiti, Fiji and then probably New Cal or Vanuatu (don't think too much of these last two).
#9 smash has been a member since 21/6/2009. Posts: 162
I agree that Fiji is now lower on the list due to the basket case in charge.
To be enjoyed, Nouvelle Caledonie needs to be seen away from Noumea and Thio. North of Poindemie is OK. I did like Lifou and Mare.
I suppose, also, being Australian, the fresh French food (flown out from France daily) was enticing.