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  1. We stayed at the Sofitel Kia resort and it was fab. We splashed out on an overwater bungalow to have the once in a lifetime experience. To be honest, having been there, the garden bungalows and the beach bungalows are just as lovely and much cheaper, They have a beautiful private beach area and offer an extensive amount of water activities, where you will find varieties of fish, all sizes, swimming everywhere. The hotel complex is a little run down but the staff make up for it. However, I think this is general in the Polynesia at the moment as they are trying to recover from financial hardship due to a long COVID lockdown. The resort is conveniently located for easy access to the port. We were only there for a couple of days and didn't feel the need to rent a car, but if I had been there for longer we would have needed one to explore the island properly. If renting a car I would advise doing so well in advance as cars are limited on the island.
  2. Not necessary to pre-book. We are going to buy them at the port as I'm unsure of how long it will take from flight arrival to reaching the port. Although hoping to make the ferry deoarture around 9am.
  3. Advice please. We will be arriving in Papeete at 6 am if the flight is on time and be staying 2 nights in Moorea pre-cruise. So we will be goung straight to the ferry tereminal from the airport. Is it better to pre-book the ferry and if so is it an open ticket for any ferry? How long should it take for us to get through customs, collect luggage and make our way to the port. So hard to judge these things. Grateful for any tips!
  4. Thanks, finally went for the Sofitel.
  5. Arriving 3 days before cruise and looking at hotels with overwater bungalows. Undecided between Sofitel and Manava Beach Resort. Anyone stayed at these resorts?
  6. Thanks for the advice. We are already waitlisted for some tours but there are others where they have actually already closed the waitlist.
  7. Will take local currency with! Hang onto the out of date currency - one day it may be worth something!
  8. This info is so helpful. How easy is it to rent a car on arrival on the smaller islands or is this a stupid question! If we don't have a tour arranged beforehand to the Blue lagooon area will there be vendors on shore for this? Do you know if cash or card is the better payment method for purchases on these smaller islands? I am really abusing your knowlwdge here but very appreciative.
  9. Thanks so much. Can you forward me her contact details.Did you do any private excursions on the other islands.
  10. Doesn't sound very hopeful! We only booked last week, had no idea this would be so difficult to arrange.
  11. Have booked a seemingly fab cruise for next February visiting Tahiti, Moorea, Fakarava, Nuku Hua, Rangiroa, Bora Bora and Raiatea with all excursions included. The problem we now have is that all the ships excursions are already boooked up!! An issue I am arguing with the cruise line. Advice needed for doing it on our own in these ports. Although we love nature we are not experienced snorkelers but are open to suggestions. We are a reasonably fit couple in our mid-60's and this is one of my husbands bucket trip trips. Many thanks!!!
  12. Thank you! I was totally confused. All clear now.
  13. A little confused about when to submit our Arrive Can info. We are cruising from Seward to Vancouver so at which point in the cruise do we need to submit the AirCan info, as I rerad it's 72 hours before arrival into Canada, which I assume means Canadian waters,
  14. Thanks! But happy with the Radisson choice.
  15. Thanks so much for this great info. Booked the Radisson, figured it made sense if we had the energy to go out for a walk instead of paying the extra for the airport convenience.
  16. Just had our flights to Anchorage changed which now gives us an overnight stopover in Vancouver. Arriving 5.15 pm, hopefully, and departing 12 noon next day. Debating whether to stay near the airport or downtown Vancouver, though doubt we will get to see to much in the short time we will have coupled with jetlag. Hotel suggestions near the airport with walking distance to shops, restaurants would be helpful. Thank you!
  17. Thanks so much, very helpful.
  18. Thanks so much! Really helpful.
  19. I am a little confused about what weather to expect in September, first 3 weeks. I am prepared for the rain but can't figure out whether we need heavy jumpers, scarf and gloves or not.
  20. We are doing our own land tour as it gives you more flexibility and you get to see more. We had no problems reserving hotels, car etc, but having said that we did reserve everything 12 months in advance.
  21. This is what I am going to do. Just waiting for confirmation from the hotel then I will book.
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