Travel Island Interviews: Pacific Ocean Islands, Take 2

Fiji. Just hearing this word conjures up dreamy scenes of clear turquoise waters and beaches for days. Mostly created from volcanic activity, Fiji consists of 330+ islands in the South Pacific Ocean. Juliette and John of Snorkels to Snow share their experience on the beautiful Fiji Island of Tivua.

Island Travel | Fiji
Photo credit- Snorkels to Snow

Name and Blog Name/URL

Juliette and John from Snorkels to Snow

Http://snorkelstosnow.com 

Which Island Will You Be Talking About and Why Did You Choose This Island?

Tivua Island in Fiji. Fiji is made up of over 330 islands so it can be hard to know where to start!

Tivua Island is a beautiful escape and one of our favorite islands to visit while we were living in Fiji.

How Many Days Would You Recommend Staying on This Island?

You only need a couple of nights here to relax and recharge – it’s very remote and small.

Island Travel | Fiji
Photo Credit- Snorkels to Snow

What is Your Favorite Thing About/Memory From Your Trip to This Island?

Scuba diving the MV Raiyawa which is a purpose sunk wreck! It’s awesome to see the beginning of what will become an awesome colorful wreck in future.

What is Your “Can’t Miss” Activity on the Island? What activities/opportunities does this island provide?

Scuba diving, kayaking, snorkeling – and generally just relaxing under the coconut trees and looking out to the beautiful white sandy stretches of beach.

Best Restaurant/Place to Eat?

Food is provided as part of the trip to Tivua.

Island Travel | Fiji
Photo Credit- Snorkels to Snow

What Surprised You About this Island?

It’s everything you imagine a remote tropical island to be! Coconut trees, white sandy beaches and the most gorgeous turquoise waters to swim or snorkel in! It’s hard to believe it’s so close to the mainland of Fiji – it feels like you are days away from civilization and other tourists.

Any Travel Advice for those considering this island as a destination (e.g., where to stay, ease of getting there, how best to get around, language, money)?

You’ll need to get a boat from Denarau on the mainland to get to Tivua. You can even hire out the entire island for a private event if you want! You will set sail with Captain Cook Cruises and enjoy the best of Fiji hospitality not only on the boat but of course on the island too. Fijians are the friendliest people on earth! You might even get the chance to participate in a traditional kava ceremony on the boat. Everyone speaks a English in Fiji but it’s good to know a few local words in Fijian such as BULA (hello) and VINAKA (thank you).

Just make sure you pack a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.  

If my readers want to hear more about your island, do you have a link to your full article?

You may want to check out Skyscanner for airline tickets now or pin this for later 🙂
Fiji Islands | Island Travel
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Friday Finds on Mackinaw Road: Local Lens, Ornaments, Snapseed, and a Drink (or 3)

Welcome Back!

I hope that you have all had a wonderful holiday season and are enjoying a new adventure or just some cozy time at home…

Christmas Table

As you are planning your 2018 trips (perhaps you are motivated by this 0 degree weather as I am), don’t forget to check out all of the Island Travel Interviews here from last year. Where would you like to go in 2018? Continue reading Friday Finds on Mackinaw Road: Local Lens, Ornaments, Snapseed, and a Drink (or 3)

Island Travel Interviews: Pacific Ocean Islands, Take 1: Savai’i

 

Located in the South Pacific and part of Polynesia, the Samoan Islands are an archipelago taking up 1,170 square miles. There is evidence of the islands being inhabited as far back as 1050 B.C.

Read on as Laura from Escapes Etc. gives us more info…

What to do in Savi'i
Photo Credit- Escapes Etc.

What Island Will You Be Talking About and Why Did You Choose This Island?

Savai’i in Western Samoa. I chose this little tiny island as I feel it is often overlooked for the more well-known pacific islands such as Fiji. But Savai’i offers a true break away from hectic life and a chance to experience time as a local without much effort. It’s full of wildlife, beautiful beaches, forests and waterfalls to explore but above all it’s the ultimate place to chill out.

How Many Days Would You Recommend Staying on This Island?

As it is very small, I would stay here again for around 4 days, so a long weekend would be perfect.

What to do in Savi'i
Photo Credit- Escapes Etc.

What is Your Favorite Thing About/Memory From Your Travels to This Island?

I visited Samoa when I was on my 8 months round the world trip and it was the break we needed. There’s no phone signal  (unless you buy a local sim), limited internet and super chill. When I think about this island I just think of the detox from gadgets and rushing around I got. It made me stop, chill out and really appreciate the nature surrounding me.

What is Your “Can’t Miss” Activity on the Island? What activities/opportunities does this island provide?

You have to take a swim in the To Sua Ocean trench! It is a giant hole in the ground in Lalomanu where sea water enters. You have to climb down a big ladder to get to the water but it was just awesome to see and go to!

What to do in Savi'i
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Best Restaurant/Place to Eat?

I stayed at Joleen’s Beach Fales, which is a family run business and absolutely amazing. Food was included in the cost of the stay so getting to eat the local everyday food was the best! You become part of the family if you stay here which made meal times even better.

What Surprised You About this Island?

To be honest, my friend and I booked this part of a trip on a whim. We wanted to go to a Pacific Island different from the norm, so we just pointed to Samoa on the map and that was set! So really, I had no expectations or knowledge of the Island so everything was a surprise!

Any Travel Advice for those considering this island as a destination (e.g., where to stay, ease of getting there, how best to get around, language, money)?

Western Samoa is made up to 2 islands – Opolu and Savai’i, with the airport on Opolu which is the larger of the 2. To get round the Island I rented a car and used Jeepneys, and you need to get a boat between the 2 islands. Bear in mind that the boat times are not regular and work to Pacific Islander times (by that I mean a fantastically relaxed schedule). The currency is Samoan Tala and is covered in tropical designs such as palm trees. Most people speak English so it’s easy to ask for help if you need it. Make sure you stay in a Beach Fale if you get the chance The beautiful clear blue waters are too good to not have on your doorstep while you’re there! The 2 downsides to Samoa are 1) The mosquitos – make sure you take good replant and 2) the guard dogs which are everywhere!

If my readers want to hear more about your island, do you have a link to your full article?

The Ultimate guide to visiting Samoa

Thanks so much to Laura! Here is a pin if you want to save this for later like I do 🙂

What to See in Samoa
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Island Travel Interviews- Mexico, Take 1

With the weather getting colder, I’m dreaming of warmer days and islands. Our Escape Clause is only encouraging these dreams with talk of Isla Holbox.  Isla Holbox is located on the northern end of the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. Separated from the mainland only by a shallow lagoon, it is about 26 miles long and 0.9 miles wide. Here’s Kate from Our Escape Clause to tell us more… Continue reading Island Travel Interviews- Mexico, Take 1

Island Travel Interviews, USA- Take 1

This week, we are privileged to hear from Anna of  travelgig. She will be filling us in on her home, Whidbey Island. Whidbey Island is located 30 miles from Seattle and is the largest island in Island County, Washington (4th largest in the contiguous USA). With approximately 55,000 residents, the island is about 55 miles long and anywhere from 1.5 to 12 miles wide. Thanks to Anna for more insider info! Continue reading Island Travel Interviews, USA- Take 1

Island Travel Interviews, Vietnam- Take 1

What to do in Phu Quoc
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I must admit I knew little to very little about Phu Quoc in Vietnam prior to this interview with Melissa from Thrifty Family Travels, so many thanks to her for sharing her insights into this beautiful island. 

Just a little background info before we begin….Phu Quoc is located in the Gulf of Thailand and is the largest island in Vietnam, boasting a population just over 100,000, this 222 square foot island has an economy made up mostly of fishing, agriculture, and ever-increasing tourism.  Continue reading Island Travel Interviews, Vietnam- Take 1

Indian Ocean Islands

Hi there! It’s been awhile since we last spoke about island travel. While the weather is still stunning in Michigan, I know that I will appreciate planning six months out, especially when we will likely again win the “grayest city in the world” contest. I don’t know much about Indian Ocean Islands, so I’m happy that Tickets for Two JC  and Bel Around the World will be providing their insights into some of the islands. Continue reading Indian Ocean Islands

Island Travel Interviews- Philippines, Take 3

Philippine Island Travel Bohol Samal
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With over 7,000 islands making up its archipelago, it’s easy to see why we are headed back to the Philippines for the third time. (If you missed the first four islands, you can check them out here and here.)  This week, we are headed to Samal with Ruben and Rachel of Gamin Traveler as well as to Bohol Island with Meira from Oimeira. Here are their answers to my Travel Interview series questions… Continue reading Island Travel Interviews- Philippines, Take 3

Island Travel Interviews- Indonesia, Take 1

Hello again! This week is exciting!!! We are going to a part of the world we haven’t visited yet… Indonesia! Thankfully, Chantell from Travel For Your Life and Rain from Words and Wanderlust are here to provide some insight and lovely pictures. Let begin our journey in Bali… Continue reading Island Travel Interviews- Indonesia, Take 1

Island Travel Interviews- Caribbean, Take 5

Hi all! This week, I’ve decided to take us back to the Caribbean. I just can’t seem to stay away! This time, we’ll be visiting Curacao with Margarita from Downshifting PRO and St. Lucia with Christina and Adam from Our Sweet Adventures.

Since we are fresh off of the beautiful buildings in Hvar, Croatia, from a couple of weeks ago, let’s continue the trend with gorgeous Curacao. (If you missed the post on Hvar, you can catch up here.)

What is Your Name and Blog Name/URL?

Margarita Ibbott from DownshiftingPRO – FAMILY + TRAVEL + LIFE

Which Island Will You Be Talking About and Why Did You Choose This Island?

Curacao – Part of the ABC Caribbean Islands (Aruba, Bonair & Curacao). I was in Curacao in December and I was charmed by the beauty of the beaches. This was my first solo trip and I would recommend it highly as it was very safe.

How Many Days Would You Recommend Staying on This Island?
One week would be good but 10 days may be better if you want to switch resorts as I did. Well worth the packing and moving around!

What was Your Favorite Thing About/Memory From Your Trip to This Island?
My favourite part of the Island was Kenapa Grandi Beach. About a 60-75 minutes from Willemstad (the capital of Curacao), it is easy to get to and has amenities. It was beautiful, not crowed and pristine.

Caribbean Island Travel Curacao
Photo Credit- Margarita Ibbott @Downshifting PRO

What is Your “Can’t Miss” Activity on the Island? What activities/opportunities does this island provide?
You can do anything you want: sail, jetski, golf, go to clubs, dine out, go to museums. It has it all. That being said, I would not miss a photo tour of Willemstad. The colourful buildings and interesting architecture provides wonderful photo opps! I would not miss the Kura Hulanda Musem which features the history of slavery in the Caribbean.

Best Restaurant/Place to Eat?
My favourite restaurant was Jaanchi’s it is a local place off the beaten path but the owner is a character. Jaanchi gifts you with a souvenir (a small cloth pouch) and he asks you to buy a lottery ticket and send him a portion of the winnings- when you win of course! It was charming and funny but I think he was serious 😉

Photo Credit- Margarita Ibbot @Downshifting PRO

What Surprised You About this Island?
It’s size. It is very manageable and you can easily drive tip to tip in about 2 + hours but you are going to want to stop and take in some of the views, have so great food and lounge on a beach or two (or three).

Any Travel Advice for those considering this island as a destination (e.g., where to stay, ease of getting there, how best to get around, language, money)?

It is best to rent a car. Driving is very easy and safe and the roads are fairly good. Just download the Curacao Google map to your phone or tablet beforehand. You can get to different places fairly easily with a car. Why rent a car? Taxis have a monopoly on transportation (so no hotel shuttles to/from the airport) and they can be pricey!

I have two different stays to suggest: If you want a private, European-style of hotel stay at the more remote Papagayo Hotel and Beach Resort. It has a wonderful beach, great restaurant and is just lovely but out of the downtown area. If you want to stay right in town, I preferred the Renaissance Resort and Casino. Attached to the RIF Fort (an entertainment district located in an old fort), you have access to restaurants, bars, boutiques and daily entertainment is right beside the hotel. The breakfast buffet was to die for!

Although the currency is the Antilles Gilder, you can also pay with American dollars just about anywhere that you go. I also used my credit card easily and the exchange was reasonable. I did not bother converting to Gilders, I just tipped any service personnel in American dollars.

Photo Credit- Margarita Ibbott @Downshifting PRO

There were a few unique museums that I would strongly recommend: Kura Hulanda is an entire historical district that has been lovingly restored. It has a lovely hotel (that I would also recommend), a small restaurant area, and the Kura Hulanda Museum. It is a historical and cultural museum that documents the slave trade and its importance to Curacao. There are very interesting artifacts and it is curated magnificently.

I also had a quick visit to the oldest Synagogue in the northern hemisphere. The curator was a wonderful woman that showed me both the museums and the synagogue (the floor is sand, one of only a handful of synagogues that have this feature).

If my readers want to hear more about your island, do you have a link to your full article?

I have a series of posts. The links are within my answers to both the blog, YouTube videos and Trip Advisor reviews.

 

I have heard such wonderful things about St. Lucia but have never been. I’m excited to learn more about this fabulous island from Christina and Adam.

What is Your Name and Blog Name/URL?
Christina and Adam of Our Sweet Adventures

Which Island Will You Be Talking About and Why Did You Choose This Island?
Saint Lucia. We picked this island for our honeymoon because it had everything we wanted – seclusion, great beaches, lots of adventurous activities, and a low chance of getting hit by hurricanes (we went during hurricane season).

How Many Days Would You Recommend Staying on This Island?
At least 5 – 6 nights. Allotting for travel time/adjusting, one day of pure relaxation, and the rest for exploring.

Caribbean Island Travel St. Lucia
Photo Credit- Our Sweet Adventures

What Is Your Favorite Thing About/Memory From Your Trip to This Island?

There are too many to choose from! Hiking the Gros Piton was a favorite moment because we knocked off two things on our bucket list in one day. When we reached the top, not only did we have incredible views, but we hiked the highest point of the island and were as high as the clouds! Feeling the clouds touch our skins was an amazing feeling.

“Can’t Miss” Activity on the Island? What activities/opportunities does this island provide?

Definitely the mud bath at Sulphur Springs. Spreading mud on each other for our honeymoon was a lot of fun. Then we washed the mud off in the hot springs. When we got out we looked 12 years younger!
Other activities to do at Saint Lucia are:
Snorkeling
Sailing
Jungle Biking
Botanical Garden Tour
Zip lining through the jungle

Best Restaurant/Place to Eat?
We ate at Jade Mountain Club everyday because we had an all-inclusive program with the Jade Mountain Resort. The food was incredible and prepared by a James Beard Award winning chef. Some of our favorite dishes were: fresh ceviche, nutella french toast, seared scallops with coconut rice and Saint Lucian tiramisu.

Caribbean Island Travel St. Lucia
Photo Credit- Our Sweet Adventures

What Surprised You About this Island?
The locals would work all their life then retire to become a police officer or firefighter because there was very little crime and fire. In fact, we saw a police officer in uniform at a bar….drinking beer!

Caribbean Island Travel St. Lucia
Photo Credit- Our Sweet Adventures

Any Travel Advice for those considering this island as a destination (e.g., where to stay, ease of getting there, how best to get around, language, money)?

Definitely stay at a resort that is all-inclusive, offers transportation, and includes excursions in the package. This is an island for both relaxation and a lot of adventure. The common language is English. The currency used is Eastern Caribbean Dollar, but USD is readily accepted throughout the island. Credit cards are acceptable, but in more local areas it is best to bring cash just in case.

If my readers want to hear more about your island, do you have a link to your full article? 

Yes, of course! We would love to gain more readers and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask us in the comments or contact page.

https://oursweetadventures.com/2017/04/13/our-favorite-activities-to-do-in-saint-lucia/

Many thanks to Downshifting PRO and Our Sweet Adventures!

Want to save this for later? Here is the pin…

Caribbean Island Travel
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