It’s fair to say that for most of us it’s not easy to get to the Pacific island nations, so YPT is bringing you part 2 of our very successful Least Visited Countries Tour.
Following on from the first group we will be heading from the Solomon Islands to Vanuatu, an archipelago and relatively new country, claiming its independence from the French and British in 1980, with its beautiful beaches and diving opportunities.
We’ll then be going through Fiji and checking its main tourist town, before heading to our main destination – Tuvalu. This is the third least visited country in the world. We’ll be hiring motorbikes and cruising down the runway of the international airport, going island-hopping and taking in its World War 2 history.
We finish up in Suva, the capital city of Fiji, with a Pacific island night to remember!
This tour can be booked as a standalone tour or booked together with the Least Visited Countries tour which goes through the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands.
Arrival in the Republic of Vanuatu. We are picked up from the airport and transferred directly to Hideaway Island Resort. This resort is on Imere Island and is the ancestral home of the people of Mele village
We check into our beachside huts and settle down for dinner and drinks by the sea
Overnight on Hideaway Island
Wednesday 9th January
After breakfast in the resort we make the most of our last full day in Vanuatu.
Port Vila is famous for its underwater post office, so we arrange a morning diving trip which will include the underwater post office (extra charge, and you will need to bring your PADI)
Lunch near the beach
After lunch we one: head into Port Vila for a walking tour of the city, or
Two: fly over a Volcano option – YPT can arrange a day tour from the early morning to the afternoon where you will fly out to Tanna Island for the flight of a lifetime over the live Tanna Volcano, before going by 4×4 through the rainforest to as close to the volcano as we can get (extra charge, roughly $500 USD, let us know if you are interested).
Try out the local drink, kava, made from a type of pepper and usally drunk from a coconut shell but not to be mixed with alcohol!
We head for a local dinner and a look around at Mama’s Market and for the non kava drinkers a few rums by the port.
Return to resort and overnight
Thursday 10th January
Breakfast and morning on the beach, taking advantage of our free access to the resort’s snorkeling gear
Transfer to the airport for the 15.50 2-hour flight to country number two, Fiji, and the city of Nadi
The flight takes just over 2 hours, but due to the time difference we arrive at 19:05 and transfer directly to Nadi Bay Hotel
Dinner, drinks and overnight in Nadi
Friday 11th January
Breakfast at the hotel
City tour of Nadi including the Hindu Temple, and the Nadi Garden of the Sleeping Giant – former garden of the actor Raymond Burr of Perry Mason and Ironside fame
Lunch in Nadi
In the afternoon, we head to Wailoaloa Beach where there are a number of resorts, as well as the beach to entertain ourselves
Dinner of beach BBQ and drinks on the beach!
Overnight at Nadi Bay Hotel
Saturday 12th January
Up nice and early for the 07.50 flight to Tuvalu
#TRIP HIGHLIGHT# Arrival in the third least visited country in the world, Tuvalu, where we arrive at 9am – this is where the trip gets really into least visited territory!
Funafuti is hardy a metropolis and the islands only hotel is conveniently only 50 meters walk from the airport, we head for a freshen up, and an early lunch before beginning our adventures in country number three
The best way to navigate Funafuti is by scooter, so we rent our own and head out with our local guide for a driving city tour including the government buildings, conservation area, and most excitingly being able to drive down the airport runway on our bikes. Listen out for the siren that signals for incoming aircraft!
We head out to the local disco (yes, you read that correctly) at the Matagigali bar to experience a proper Tuvaluan Saturday night
Overnight at Viaaku Lagi Hotel
Sunday 13th January
After the previous day’s early morning we take things at a slower pace with a late morning
Seeing as we are on an island surrounded by other islands we do what should only come natural and take a boat out for the day to explore some of the other islands, whilst enjoying the odd drink
Picnic lunch on the boat or an undisturbed beach that we come across
For those aquatically inclined we take out our snorkeling masks and check out various reefs and parts of the ocean during our island-hopping cruise
Head back to Funafuti
Dinner and overnight at Viaaku Lagi Hotel
Monday 14th January
After breakfast we head out to the village of Nanumea for a bit of history. Tuvalu was a base for Allied forces, from which they attacked the enemy on Kiribati. We’ll check out the old airstrips and plane wreckage and get great views of the aircraft carrier wreck on the reef
Relaxing lunch and rest in the early afternoon – for anyone interested in stamps and sending postcards we can arrange a visit to the Philatelic Bureau or if a bit of souvenir shopping is your thing we can arrange a trip to the Tuvalu Women’s Handicraft Centre to pick up some locally made memorabilia
In the late afternoon we pack our swimming gear and drinks of choice and go for a beach barbecue and party to celebrate our last night on the island!
Overnight at Viaaku Lagi Hotel
Tuesday 15th January
All good things must come to an end so after breakfast we head to the airport for the 12.20 flight back to Fiji, but this time to the capital city – Suva
Transfer to our hotel in the centre of the city
We head out for a city tour of Suva, taking in the main municipal market and handicraft markets where you can get all kinds of Pacific souvenirs.
Visit the Fiji Museum
Head for our last dinner at Singh’s Curry House to sample delicious Fijian curry
We end this mega tour in the appropriate way, with a bar crawl through Suva’s nightlife, from Traps to the appropriately named Shenanigans and ending in O’Reilly’s, where Guinness is not available but we party like a local with a Fiji Gold or a cocktail or two
Overnight at the Raintree Lodge
Wednesday 16th January
End of tour – YPT can advise about onward travel from Fiji
– International Flights before and after the tour.
– Visa fees if needed (YPT can provide visa support)
– Dinners and drinks
– Other personal expenses
– Tips for the local guides
– Single supplement $695
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.