Our vacation holiday trip that Diane from this South Pacific travel agency put together for us was off-the-chart amazing! After finding her on Zicasso -(I saw a bit of web advertising) I contacted her giving her our places we wanted to visit - including New Zealand, Australia and Fiji - and how much we wanted to spend..... In a day or two she sent an itinerary. Then we did our homework, checking out the places she suggested - all hotels seemed perfect for the location - and accessible to the excursions she booked. But when we arrived - it was even better - all transfers from and to the airport were there and on time - (important) - The excursions were interesting and all the hotels had the charm and character of the region.
In Northern Australia she booked us into a Rainforest 150 acre reserve eco-lodge with separate bungalows where your full-wall window looked out to virgin rainforest! A wild wallaby named 'Apple' would come to be fed sweet potato (by my wife) in the open lobby with a 'joey' in her pouch! Extra special! This resort had nature walks through their property, star-gazing nights and a fantastic restaurant up in the canopy where colorful parrots were feeding right next to you in the trees. There in Queensland she also booked us on two excursions - one to the Mossman Gorge Rainforest -guided by a part aborigine man, with lunch on a lovely creek - with a cruise on the Daintree River - known for its large Crocodiles - we saw about 5 - the largest male alpha's name was 'Scarface'! The other excursion was a bucket list activity - scuba diving on the 'Great Barrier Reef!...So much fun!... In Sydney she suggested a very interesting and older hotel right in the thick of the Circular Quay - where the ferries drop and pick-up. A perfect location! The Sydney Opera House - (she booked a tour with food tastings at the Cafe)....Great Restaurants, lots of things to see and do ...right there. But the gem of the trip was our resort in theFiji Islands resort - an adult resort (no one under 18) on its own island with the most beautiful grounds you've everseen - the perfect tropical paradise. Facing west - into the sunset, they employ only Fijians - a genuinely warm and friendly people thatmake you feel welcome (after you water landing, helicopter ride or seaplane entrance) with a welcome song by 10 or more staff - in harmony! Crazy good, too! This resort is extra special - Beachfront dinners, Teppan yaki , unbelievable spa spot and....excursions to the other islands - for snorkeling, scuba, visiting the spot of Tom Hanks' 'Cast Away' movie - but our favorite outing was visiting the local Fijian village where you take part in the Kava ceremony with the village chief and tribe, buy handicrafts from the women and meet some of the folks in the village.... the kids were so cute! Then....as we're leaving once again they sang a Fijian good-bye song....
nothing I can think of....
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