We're a bit late in writing this review but only because we were so relaxed after our incredible honeymoon!
Rick was an incredible travel agent from beginning to end. He was very honest with us through the process and guided us to a better location than what we had originally envisioned. We had set out wanting to go to New Zealand and Fiji initially, but after talking to Rick he helped us realize that Northern Australia and Fiji would be a far better trip due to their more similar climates during mid July.
We would definitely like to work with Rick for our next trip to the South Pacific! He was extremely responsive and flexible with communication and payment options during the planning process. He also really listened to our desire to have a balance between a both active and relaxing trip, and provided an itinerary that walked that line very well. He knew all of the places personally, which helped to convey each hotel and activity to us more than anything else.
Our trip itself was a once-in-a-lifetime experience! We spent one week exploring the Port Douglas and Cairns regions in Australia, visiting a rainforest, snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, and visiting the Atherton tablelands. Then we headed off to Qamea, Fiji, to a small all-inclusive and very private resort on one of the Fijian islands.
Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef was one of the most amazing experiences ever!
We loved our first stop in Australia, Thala Beach Nature Reserve. The beaches were incredible and picturesque, and the accommodations were extremely private and cozy with our room overlooking a small cove and beach. Driving up through the clouds to reach the wilderness retreat was really fun, and the accommodations there were incredibly unique and well set in the rainforest to not stand out as foreign. That's where we had our most memorable moment, when we chanced upon a wild cassowary who had taken up residence at the retreat and he decided to closely follow us all the way back to our treehouse! The restaurant at there was where we had our best meal of the entire vacation and it shouldn't be missed.
Fiji was unbelievable, and we decided to get our SCUBA certification while at Qamea to best enjoy the beautiful reefs just walking distance off the beach. Our instructor there was fantastic! The staff was warm and accommodating and always wanted to make sure that you felt like you were part of their family there. There's a great balance of activity and leisure at the resort.
For our return flight from Fiji, we were unexpectedly upgraded to first class for our flight from Nadi to LAX; best flight ever!
Our personal preference for the next trip would be to stay at a slightly larger resort in Fiji, to provide a bit more anonymity.
If we could afford it, we would stay longer everywhere! Our trip really was that great.
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