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    • 1 Full Day in Tahiti b/f Moorea - what should we do? Other Questions

      French Polynesia Feb 7, 2017 at 2:44 PM

      Heya,

      So we'll be arriving on a late flight from LA to Tahiti - check into the Intercontinental... then we have a full day in Tahiti b/f Moorea then Bora Bora.

      So.... here's the thing - I'm not certain what I should do in my full day in Tahiti. Now would you recommend I change US dollars to cfp?

      I want: To shop for some pearls (hoping to get loose pearls for maybe earrings/bracelet or looking around for a pearl necklace). I am also thinking there may be some cultural tour we can do? Maybe site see... Or maybe shop for some food/snacks since in Moorea only breakfast is covered (man gotta find some cheap restaurants for dinner) - food in Bora Bora is covered.

      Now my problem is... I KNOW I can't do all that in one day. I also have no idea where to go in Tahiti if I wanted to shop for pearls, buy groceries, etc etc

      We arrive on Wednesday - the day in question is a Thursday. What time do shops close typically? I'm assuming Taxis should be readily available - do you tip those?

      Any advice on how to spend my day in Tahiti is appreciated!

      Thanks!

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      Airport transfer to city

      Hobart Jan 26, 2017 at 8:11 AM

      What is the cheapest method of getting from the airport into the City Centre for 2 people?

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    • 1 Full Day in Tahiti b/f Moorea - what should we do? Other Questions

      French Polynesia Feb 7, 2017 at 2:44 PM

      Heya,

      So we'll be arriving on a late flight from LA to Tahiti - check into the Intercontinental... then we have a full day in Tahiti b/f Moorea then Bora Bora.

      So.... here's the thing - I'm not certain what I should do in my full day in Tahiti. Now would you recommend I change US dollars to cfp?

      I want: To shop for some pearls (hoping to get loose pearls for maybe earrings/bracelet or looking around for a pearl necklace). I am also thinking there may be some cultural tour we can do? Maybe site see... Or maybe shop for some food/snacks since in Moorea only breakfast is covered (man gotta find some cheap restaurants for dinner) - food in Bora Bora is covered.

      Now my problem is... I KNOW I can't do all that in one day. I also have no idea where to go in Tahiti if I wanted to shop for pearls, buy groceries, etc etc

      We arrive on Wednesday - the day in question is a Thursday. What time do shops close typically? I'm assuming Taxis should be readily available - do you tip those?

      Any advice on how to spend my day in Tahiti is appreciated!

      Thanks!

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      Airport transfer to city

      Hobart Jan 26, 2017 at 8:11 AM

      What is the cheapest method of getting from the airport into the City Centre for 2 people?

      1 Answer Jan 26, 2017 at 5:30 PM
    • Route from Ohakune to Thames or Thorntons Bay

      New Zealand Jan 11, 2017 at 5:14 PM

      I'm wondering what's the best route to take from Ohakune to Thornton's Bay - are there any places worth stopping to see on the way? Any advice would be welcomed. Cheers, Shelley

      3 Answers Jan 14, 2017 at 6:13 PM
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      PETITION TO SAVE VT - Please, if you have found VT helpful, sign

      Australia and Oceania Jan 7, 2017 at 7:48 PM

      Found this petition that is going around on line asking for 96 more signatures. I've signed it and hope any other member that is also on fb will sign it and share it on fb as well. When signed, it will be forwarded to Kaufer:

      Petition here: change.org/p/tripadvisor-sav...

      In short it reads: For nearly 18 years VirtualTourist.com has served as our home for sharing our travel adventures and advice, and for connecting with other travelers. TripAdvisor, which owns the website, has said it will close the doors on VT in February and delete millions of tips, reviews, photos and videos from the site. Many of us have used VT as a way to preserve our experiences to share with our friends, our children, our grandchildren and other travelers. We believe there is a way for Trip Advisor to keep our content. Simply keep the member pages, which we know are not indexed by google, turn off the travel guides and forums, and freeze new postings and new memberships but please let us keep and preserve our memories…many of which have been well over a decade in the making! We would even be open to paying a small fee to have our pages saved as part of this library! Steve Kaufer, we implore you to please reconsider deleting decades of memories from existence and keeping our pages intact!! Thank you for your consideration! This petition will be delivered to: Tripadvisor Steve Kaufer

       

      1 Answer Jan 8, 2017 at 1:07 AM
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      Can Ulure be experienced withotu bookin gone of the tours available

      Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) Jan 7, 2017 at 2:33 AM

      We have 2 nights, 21/2 days booked in Uluru in FEB. Is it possible to get close to 'the rock' amd experience what Ulury has to offer without booking one pf the many tours available?

      1 Answer Jan 21, 2017 at 9:34 PM
    • Anybody wanna give me company?

      Cairns Jan 5, 2017 at 4:49 AM

      I am travelling on 24th january from sydney.i was expecting a friend who has a car from brisbane to join me for the entire time.but unfortunately for me, he cancelled.so my question is shud i hire a car to explore the area or is it not worth it.fyi i have booked my hotel apartment at esplanade.as a first timer and just by myself, do u think i will get bored? Any suggestions will be appreciated.thanks in advance

      1 Answer Jan 5, 2017 at 4:46 PM
    • South Island

      New Zealand Jan 4, 2017 at 11:54 PM

      Hi Guys

      Can someone please suggest a Itinerary for New Zealand – South Island.

      Fly in to Christchurch at 1am on the 11th of June and Fly out on the 18th at 6:30am.

      Would like to see Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Fox Glacier and Milford Sounds.

      Is that enough time?

      Cheers

      2 Answers Jan 6, 2017 at 4:56 AM
    • Arthurs Pass

      Christchurch Dec 31, 2016 at 4:59 AM

      Firstly thanks for all the helpful info. Major change of plans decided to fly from Auckland to Christchurch rather than take the ferry

      Is it possible in a day to drive from Christchurch via Arthurs Pass to Greymouth - a friend who is married to a Kiwi laughed at the idea yet Google maps makes it 151 miles which would make it doable even on mountain roads given that we started early. Likewise I've been warned that the roads around Fox & Franz Joseph Glaciers are liable to close if there is heavy rain. In blunt terms is this scaremongering - equally a hol is for relaxing so we don't want stress

      All info much appreciated and I'm sorry for bothering VTs but I know the advice given is always top notch

      Many thanks

      3 Answers Jan 6, 2017 at 1:33 AM
    • Auckland & Christchurch

      New Zealand Dec 30, 2016 at 4:03 AM

      Comments welcomed and gratefully received on the following itinerary please. We are used to driving approx. 200 miles per day - interests culture & scenery - not into hiking or sports. Possibly plan to do this in March 2017

      Auckland
      Day 1 spare in case of stop over

      Day 2 Paihia include bay of islands 3.30 227 KM

      Day 3 Auckland same return route 3.30 227 km

      Day 4 Rotorau /bay of plenty/ wai o tapu thermal 3.13 259km

      Day 4 Tongario NP/Whanganui 3.38 296km

      Day 5 Wellington/Mt Victoria 3.13 232Km

      Day 6 Abandon car Wellington / Picton ferry 3.3km
      Ferry crossing 1.30 hrs Hotel Picton

      Day 7 Picton in case of delay [Abel Tasman NP}

      Day 8 Punakaiki 5.07 372 KM

      Day 9 Franz Joseph Glacier 2.47 217 KM

      Day 10 Queenstown 4.50 350KM

      Day 11 Milford Sound NP 3.49 288KM

      Day 12 Te Anou Wanaka area cardona pass 2.51 226 KM

      Day 13 Mt Cook NP area 2.22 207 KM

      Day 14 Christchurch 3.49 326 KM

      4 Answers Jan 1, 2017 at 8:14 PM
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      Traveling to Sydney September 2017

      Sydney Dec 29, 2016 at 7:35 AM

      What's the weather like and is there festivals or fun outdoor events during that time in September.

      7 Answers Jan 5, 2017 at 12:21 PM
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      i am visiting auckland on feb 7

      Auckland Dec 28, 2016 at 10:54 AM

      Hi I am planning to visit Auckland on Feb 7 please kindly which is best place to stay and search for job , and I need room for rent .

      2 Answers Dec 28, 2016 at 8:48 PM
    • Trip to Northern territory at Feburary.

      Australia Dec 26, 2016 at 5:25 PM

      Hi. I'm planning a trip to the Northern territory in January 30 to Feburary 13. I heard that this is a summer season in Australia, and extremely warm. I try to endure the high temperatures, but what I really worried about is rain, and cloud, and activity restriction.

      so my question is,
      1. During this period, will rains and clouds make me unable to see sunrise, sunset and the night sky in red center?
      2. There is a high possibility that activities (trekking at kings canyon, Uluru, kata Tjuta, etc.) will be prohibited?

      3 Answers Dec 27, 2016 at 3:25 PM
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      Public transport

      Auckland Dec 26, 2016 at 2:30 AM

      Dear VTers,
      could anybody tell me, how I can get from the airport to Grafton, 21 Whitaker Place by public transport ? We have accommodation there but we are travelling on budget and public transport is something we are going to use as often as possible. :-)

      2 Answers Dec 28, 2016 at 9:58 AM
    • Tahitian Pearls 101 Help!!

      French Polynesia Dec 24, 2016 at 1:01 PM

      Hey,

       

      So... my plan is to spend 1 full day in Tahiti, 5 days in Moorea and 5 days in Bora Bora. So - being a lady here... I love jewelry - and for the men here... I'm single so it's my own paycheck (not my "man's") so no hating ^______^

       

      So... here are my questions

       

      1- Where would be the best place to buy Tahitian pearls?  I'm interested in buying good quality dark black ones!!  I'm assuming on the main Island of Tahiti - but how readily accessible is it?  I will be staying at the Intercontinental Resort. How about Moorea/Bora Bora - any good options. I know there are pearl farms - and I know you can arrange an excursion/tour to those places - but chances are they are probably the expensive ones (contracted?). Would appreciate any advice on location for my pearly blacks!  I know there are stores that probably sell them on Moorea + BB - but quality vs price vs upmarketing for being on Bora Bora etc.

       

      2- How can you tell if they are legit? I know you can "bite"/rub them on your teeth and if it's not smooth, they are real - or so they say. Is there a more hygienic approach?  I suppose if they are from a store they are automatically legit... but if you buy them from a local shop/market/farm?

       

      3- Approximately - what price am I looking at? I know it depends on size, color, shape and the amount of "birthmarks" on the pearls... but what am I looking at? I would love to purchase nice black, round ones with little birthmarks - so maybe "good/great quality". I'm assuming buying them separately is more cost effective but you'll have to match them - shouldn't be to hard for earrings... but a necklace... OUCH. Would love a necklace!!! I'm assuming it's expensive - but wouldn't you think that's the cheapest place to buy them since they originated from there?  Again just roughly for good quality ones...

       

      4- Do you bargain with the sellers or not? If so how do you approach it? Also - what currency do you use?

       

      5- Finally - since we're on the topic of spending hard earned $$$ then feeling bad about it... any cool souvenirs/shops you've seen/can recommend. Thanks!!

       

       

      PS.  Feel free to PM me any advice/personal experiences or anyting!!!

      4 Answers Dec 25, 2016 at 11:51 AM
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      Myki card purchase

      Melbourne Dec 20, 2016 at 2:02 AM

      When visiting Melbourne on Boxing Day I will need to either update my existing card or get a new one. The one I have is 3 or 4 years old, is there a way for me to see how much credit remains on it? I typed in the number on the Myki website but the number was not recognised. If I buy a new one at Tullamarine, does it take long using a machine?

      4 Answers Dec 20, 2016 at 3:42 AM
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      Highlights?

      Tasmania Dec 18, 2016 at 1:34 AM

      We have 5 days in Tasmania in Feb 2017 and we have a car. What are the musts we have to see/visit whilst there? Never been, no nothing about it. Grateful for any tips!

      6 Answers Jan 5, 2017 at 12:32 PM
    • Transfer times at heathrow

      Australia Dec 17, 2016 at 5:00 PM

      Hi
      I have a ticket from Sydney to London with Cathay pacific. I then bought a separate ticket with BA from London to Newcastle in the U.K. I arrive T1 at 06:20hrs and leave T5 at 09:45... just discovered I have to pick up my luggage at Heathrow  And transfer it. Is there anyway of getting my luggage checked all the way through? I've tried the airline and ticket issuer with no luck and been told it would cost $15000 to reissue a ticket (I go in two days).
      If not is 3 h 20mins long enough a time to do the transfer?

      1 Answer Dec 18, 2016 at 1:00 AM
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      February Plan for 11 days

      Australia Dec 14, 2016 at 11:02 AM

      Hello,

      Australia is a nice country with a lot of options and different locations. I hope you can help me plan my trip from 12 Feb to 23 Feb 2017.

      I generally like a mix of activities like day hikes, snorkelling, rafting, forests, theme parks, camping, etc. I like them for a day or a night but not longer. I am a 29 male with medium level of fitness. Food choices and drinking is not on my trip plan list.

      Currently i dont plan to hire a car and I do not mind frequent trips orflying. What do you recommend as best cities to visit or a plan?

      Thank you in advance

      6 Answers Dec 16, 2016 at 4:01 PM
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      SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium,

      Sydney Dec 13, 2016 at 12:11 PM

      Hello everyone! Can anyone tell me how much time we need to pay a decent but reasonable visit to the Aquarium? We are adults so no children's excitement. ;-)

      7 Answers Dec 15, 2016 at 12:34 PM
    • Kangaroo Island worth to visit?

      Australia Dec 8, 2016 at 12:55 PM

      Hi! We are planning a 4 week drive from Sydney to Adelaide in Feb/March. Travel itineary is quite ready however we are not sure if it will be worth to visit Kangaroo Island (time needed, cost for ferry, size of island ...).
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      Any comments are highly appreciated!
      Kind regards, Laura

      6 Answers Dec 9, 2016 at 4:28 PM
    • BB + Moorea in April or/vs May/Travel Agency/Plane/Places to stay Help!

      Bora-Bora Dec 7, 2016 at 7:04 PM

      Hey,

      So - my mother is turning 60 next time. I'm hoping to take her to BB + Moorea as a surprise (but 2 months after her birthday - since her birthday coincides with my dive trip in march... yes bad me - but that makes it even more of a surprise). Our interests: swimming, snorkeling, adventure, boat rides, scenery. I'm 32 and I am in decent shape. My mother will be 60 and she's also is good shape (wouldn't call her a hiker though)

      Okay - so here's the deal - I need help - if you have to advice me on anything, question #1 is the MOST important because I have to choose my vacation week by the end of this week.

      1. 1 - Time Frame

      June - October - High Season and probably most $$$ so no
      December - March-ish (possibly April) = "wet season"
      I'm thinking I would like the highest chance at beautiful weather - understanding that nothing is guaranteed. So - here I'm thinking either April or May. I'm spending soooo much $$$ - I want the highest chance at great weather and a great trip (without having to pay for "high season").

      From my understanding April and November are shoulder seasons. I was thinking of doing early-mid May - does that seem reasonable/price-wise? Or is May when prices skyrocket?

      2- Travel Agencies:
      I know there's Costco - but I'm NOT sure how lenient they are to changing their set itineraries listed on their sites. Any advice on this is appreciated - please feel free to message me as well.

      3- Places to stay - May coincidence with #2
      Moorea: Garden Bungalow. Definitely would stay in Hilton Resort. I have the HH Hilton Visa - so my plan is to stay 5 nights in Moorea (have 3 free weekend nights from certificates) - so will only pay for 2 (through the agency and book 3 on my own).
      Bora Bora: ABOVE WATER BUNGALOW! This is a toughy - because the prices can be outrageous. I can tell you for a fact we would love a location with views of the Lagoon. I know Le Meridien's price point may work... BUT I've heard from people who've been there before that the water isn't crystal clear like the other locations. Any thoughts/suggestions on other places to stay?

      4- Planes - how to travel
      So... we would like to spend as much possible time in the actual locations (I understand travel can take up a lot of otherwise well spend time on the islands). We obviously have to fly out of Los Angeles - there are 2 planes that typically arrive - one in the morning and another at night. I'm think perhaps get the one that arrives at night - so we can maybe stay in Tahiti for the night (sleep?) then start our adventure to Moorea first then Bora Bora (not sure how the transfers between those Islands work). Any thoughts on this?

      5- Any must-do/must-see activities/suggestions?

      Finally - on a more selfish note - is it worth it to dive in BB/Moorea? I found a site where they have a set price and they provide full equipment (no extra baggage for me to carry)
      http://www.topdive.com/rates/

      Any suggestions/advice is appreciated

      Thanks!!!

      5 Answers Dec 8, 2016 at 10:11 AM
    • Active 60 year olds staying in Queenstown vs. Wanaka,

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      4 Answers Nov 29, 2016 at 1:41 AM
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      How to get to 790 George Street, Haymarket?

      Sydney Nov 27, 2016 at 1:25 PM

      Dear friends,
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      Thanks a lot for your help,
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    • Motorhome in Sydney

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      1 Answer Nov 23, 2016 at 8:48 PM
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      Rent a campervan

      New Zealand Nov 22, 2016 at 7:40 AM

      I will travel to new Zealand from 10/4/2017 to 16/4/2017. I am searching the information about the campervan. There are different type of van that suit me and my wife. Any recommendation for me and my wife?

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      Thank for your advice! I am looking forward to hearing your reply......

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      Tour groups affected by earthquake

      New Zealand Nov 15, 2016 at 3:44 AM

      My sister and her husband flew to NZ on monday to join a coach tour of the South Island. They flew to Christchurch. I have sent her a text message and have not had a reply. I realise no coach tours have had injured passengers but would like to know what the plan is likely to be - if New Zealanders could let me know what the likely outcome will be I would appreciate it.

      4 Answers Nov 15, 2016 at 7:56 AM
    • Bring strawberry to phil.

      Australia Nov 11, 2016 at 3:55 PM

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      2 Answers Nov 12, 2016 at 10:01 AM
    • Toddler & baby friendly accommodations

      Port Douglas Nov 8, 2016 at 3:05 PM

      Hello! We are looking to spend a week in a resort located anywhere from Cairns to Port Douglas. We will have a three year old and a ten month old. Ideally, it would be good to stay in an apartment with a swim out pool frontage so that we can swim and relax whilst the kids are napping. The Sea Temple is a bit on the expensive side, but the Mantra and the Oaks resorts (Port Doug) don't look brilliant.

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    • What is best way to get to cruise ship terminal from Adelaide Downtown

      Adelaide Nov 8, 2016 at 12:19 PM

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      Travel tips in Australia

      Australia and Oceania Nov 2, 2016 at 5:29 AM

      Anyone here who can share their experience with travelling to Australia? What is the best place to visit there?

      8 Answers Nov 5, 2016 at 6:48 AM