MCSP SOUTH PACIFIC EXPLORERSEARCH TOUR
Guam, Palau, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga & Vanuatu
Palau - boat trip through the Rock Islands. One of the crown jewels of Micronesia and a UNESCO protected region Kingdom of Tonga - exploring the Mu'a area - home to the richest concentration of archaeological remnants in Tonga, with 28 royal stone tombs (langi). Samoa - Savai'i island exploration - waterfalls, caves, blowholes and rainforests Vanuatu - Efate island - exploring the many villages and experiencing true 'cultural immersion' Solomon Islands - experience the diversity of the Pacific cultures
Breakfast and dinner or lunch daily (hotels and local restaurants). All accommodation, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers.
Tour Leader gratuity, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), departure taxes, domestic* and international air taxes (if applicable). Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.
* Taxes and fuel surcharges on the flights that occur as part of the tour add up to $688.00 per person (we list this amount in addition to the tour price as these charges can change without notice). This amount does not include any taxes / fees that one must pay locally while on tour.
Seasonality and Weather
As this tour covers a large and diverse piece of geography, special attention has been paid to visiting all of the places covered at, or close to, the best time in terms of weather than one can typically expect. Overall, you can expect warm, tropical conditions throughout. Though our intention is to avoid rainy periods, but one can expect tropical showers at any time.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport is provided by private a/c coaches, the size of which will vary according to ultimate group size and location. Larger touring buses may be used in some locations such as Guam or Manila. Due to the more remote locations and limited infrastructure of most islands, we will have smaller vehicles of 16-25 seats. Most inter-island flights will be operated by Air Pacific (Fiji Airways).
We have several boat excursions on this tour, which may require that you be able to step over gunwales into the boat, or sit thereon and swing your legs over.
Please note that many islands visited have very strict rules pertaining to land ownership and usage, such that it may not be possible for us to simply stop to stretch our legs, take photos, or, say, visit a village or beach on a whim. Doing so could invite problems pertaining to "trespassing" or exorbitant charges for simply taking a photograph.
We rate this tour a "level 2," as, though it is not strenuous per se, this tour covers a huge area and involves many flights, some of which are long. On the ground, activities are leisurely and not tremendously active; however, that said, the real consideration is the HEAT and humidity, which can sap your strength and cause fatigue.
Our accommodation styles and rating will vary quite widely on this tour; some hotel rooms are well-equipped and will likely include hairdryers, minibar fridge and TV. Other hotels on smaller and less developed islands will be clean and comfy, but may not provide the same amenities. All are air-conditioned. Some hotels provide complimentary purified drinking water or bottles of water. Some bathrooms have shower only. Many hotels have swimming pools.
A mandatory single supplement may apply to this tour if you select our share program and we are unable to pair you. Due to the high cost of single accommodation in the region, the mandatory supplement is 100% of the regular supplement ($2300).
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout; local guides, drivers.
14-16 plus Tour Leader
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