Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands 2019 - 2021 Destination Planner 2019 - 2020 - Page 100

SAILING IN PACKAGES / Tahiti INDEPENDENT RAIL ITINERARIES / Australia Fire Twirlers, Samoa | Sean Condon/Samoa Tourism Aranui 5 Small Ship Cruising Aruni 5 is a custom-built, dual-purpose passenger/freighter that sails from Tahiti to the Marquesas, Tuamotu and Society Islands in French Polynesia. The ship is designed to offer all the usual cruise-comforts while also operating as a supply ship to the remote islands of Tahiti. Aruni 5 is a small vessel, accommodating 254 passengers in 103 cabins spread over 8 decks. The interior design of the ship reflect Polynesian heritage, all meals onboard are served at the restaurant in a casual setting (as well as meals ashore at Marquesan restaurants and a BBQ picnic), there is one lounge, two conference rooms to accommodate guest lecturers, three bars, an outdoor pool, a boutique, a spa and a gym. There are two different itineraries departing on Saturday or Thursday. These 13 Day cruises departing from Papeete and onto the Marquesas Islands visit the heart of Polynesian culture and traditions on islands that have remainded untouched. The two departures differ just by order of the islands visited however both visit Hiva Oa, Tahuata, Nuku Hiva, Ua Pou, Fatu Hiva and Ua Huka in the Marquesas, Fakarava and Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Archipelago, and Bora Bora in the Society Archipelago. Samoa Lush rainforest, volcanic landscapes, sparkeling beaches, stunning waterfalls and warm welcoming locals truly makes Samoa a truly visitor's paradise. 6 Day Explore Samoa Multi-Day Cruising On its own private white sand beach, this resort is in Siumu, within the vicinity of Togitogina Waterfall. Regional attractions also include Baha'i House of Worship and Papasea Sliding Rocks. Pamper yourself with a visit to Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa's full-service spa, practice your swing on the golf course or catch some rays on the private white sand beach. Dream Yacht Charter Since 1991, Archipels Cruises, a branch of Dream Yacht Charter, have a fleet of deluxe sailing catamarans with a variety of cruise itinerary options to discover and for your exploration in French Polynesia. Five new catamaran Lagoon 620 boats offer unparalleled comfort with spacious interiors and deck space which is unique amoung sailing products. Cabins are equipped with private ensuite bathrooms and air conditioning. Communal areas include the cockpit, saloon, trampolines/nets on the bow give passengers plenty of space to relax and appreciate the Leeward Islands and Tuamotu archipelagoes. Cruise programs have been designed for a total immersion in Polynesia. You will spend every night at anchor, in preserved bays. There will be opportunities for off-boat excursions and stops to explore the islands and sail in the lagoons. Highlights include: opportunities for discovery at each island, immersion in unspoilt Polynesia, professional Polynesian crew, maximum of 12 passengers onboard, French and Tahitian home made food, daily inland excursions, snorkeling, kayaking. Accommodations and Services: full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner,) with drinks (tea, coffee, water, breakfast juices), accommodation in private air-conditioned rooms, double cabin with private bathroom, service of 2-3 crew members and all yacht consumables (fuel, water, etc). Air-conditioning is available from 8am - 10pm. Not included: transfers, alchoholic beverages, mandatory cash box, optional excursions. Multi-day Cruising 8 Day Bora Bora Dream Highlights (included): • Sinalei Reef Resort • In resort non-motorized watersports equipment and activities To Sua Ocean Trench, Upolu | Sean Condon/Samoa Tourism Upolu: Blessed with rugged peaks, a lush tropical interior and countless waterfalls, Upolu is Samoa's second largest island and home to its colourful capital, Apia. This city oozes a colonial charm reminiscent of the writing of Somerset Maugham. Take a stroll through the city's bustling Maketi Fou market, which boasts some of the South Pacific's finest produce. Here you can enjoy a refreshing drink of coconut milk, or stock up on tropical fruit. If you're looking for handicrafts, head for the flea market to pick up exotic presents for those at home. Upolu has scores of dazzling white beaches and most are underdeveloped, making it easy to find your own secluded cove. But take time, too, to venture inland to enjoy the verdant rainforest that echoes to the sound of tropical birds and is threaded by rivers and spectacular cascading waterfalls. To make the most of the magnificent natural attractions Upolu has to offer, hire a car. It is the easiest way to get around the island and you will be travleling in air-conditioned comfort. More packages and accommodation options are available on request. A week long cruise experience through French Polynesia beginning in Raiatea. Explore the under water wildlife in Bora Bora, enjoy beach life, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and off-ship excursions. Day 1: Arrive at Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa Day 2-5: Sinale Reef Resort at leisure Day 6: Depart Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa: Set in 33 acres of lush tropical landscaped gardens on the South Side of Upolu, the main island of Samoa is a 30 minute drive from the capital of Apia and 45 minutes from Faleolo International Airport. Its coastline location is famous for its picture-postcard scenery: clear, turquoise water, with shady coconut palms fringing stretches of white sand. Sinalei offers two dining options – the Laumosooi Fale Restaurant and the more casual Ava I Toga Restaurant on the pier for romantic dining under the stars. Wednesday is the famed Fiafia Night featuring Sinalei's own staff and the famous knife dancing show which is native to the district of Siumu. A traditional buffet dinner is all part of the experience. Package includes: 5 nights of hotel accommodation, return airport transfers, use of non-motorized watersports equipment and activities including snorkeling gear, kayaks and tennis court. Pricing from. $1099 Pricing is per person, double occupancy Highlights (included): • Two days of discovery at each island • Experience unspoilt Polynesia • Snorkeling experiences • Beach visits and swimming Beaches, Samoa | David Kirkland/Samoa Tourism Savai'i Day 1: Raiatea arrival Day 2: Raiatea – Bora Bora Day 3: Bora Bora sailing Day 4: Bora Bora sailing Day 5: Tahaa Day 6: Tahaa – Huahine Day 7: Huahine – Raiatea Day 8: Depart Raiatea Upolu Package includes: 7 nights on board all meals onboard and 24 hour coffee/ tea facilities, boat and bus transfers, sightseeing and attractions as noted above. Dream Yacht Charter Photos | Nicolas Claris 98 Pricing from. SAMOA Price available on request Samoa boasts more than 200 types of coral and what better way to spend your time than swimming lazily through the delightfully tepid turquoise waters. Savai'i is an island of incredible contrasts – follow the lava tube trail, or blow away the cobwebs by taking an invigorating hike around the easily accessible volcanic crater on the Tafua Peninsula. Cool off afterwards by relaxing in the shade of a palm tree on a nearby white sand beach. Packages and accommodation options are available on request. Pricing is per person, double occupancy ANDERSON VACATIONS Savai'i: Savai'i is the largest of all the Samoan islands and indeed the largest Pacific Island outside of Hawaii and New Zealand. Savai'i is the cultural experience you have yearned for. Here you can live like a local while at the same time savouring the island's stunning natural attractions. Get high on a rainforest canopy boardwalk or immerse yourself in the joys of swimming with green turles. And if you are a keen diver then take the opportunity to go scuba diving. www.andersonvacations.ca 99