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    Barbados, Grenada, Vanuatu, Isle of Pines

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  1. Greetings “Back to the Islands”: Not sure you would get a snorkelling adventure with the tour we are taking but you would get some swim time in two places. Geoff was very accommodating and can set up customized tour so you never know. He has about 6 different tour offerings. The operator is Samoan Highland Adventures Ask for Geoff, he is very thorough, safety conscious and easy to work with online. Luckily when I emailed him it was through the day there and he emailed me back promptly. The operator runs three vans and is owned by three owners. They will even customize tours based on limited mobility participants if needed. He is very accommodating. As he said, he will change things up if needed (assuming that van agrees) He even asks about dietary restrictions which impressed me. - you might mention that Jonathan sent you Email: Samoanhighlandadventures@gmail.com website: https://www.samoanhighlandadventures.com/ We are taking the: Jewel of Eastern Upolu I mapped the itinerary and it impressively covers the east end of the island, north and south coast and then runs through the centre of the island. Hope this helps Jonathan
  2. We were going to just rent a car and drive to the major sites on the eastern side of the island and through the centre of the island. Instead I found an excursion operator that was going to hit almost all the same sites plus give us time at the beach and at To Sua ocean trench for a swim. It should be a great day.
  3. You are most welcome, Sorry for delay. Toni is a great guy. Very professional, thorough and helpful. Please let us know how it goes as I think you go before us. Thank you. Jonathan
  4. I contacted Dive Tonga in Neiafu. Karley who responded within the hour of my first email gave me an excellent first impression and was very helpful. This was great given I was working on this from the other side of the globe. I searched feedback on another site and was surprised at first that there were only 28 reviews. I found out that these were new operators. I figured a PADI operator who also taught would be professional and as such that is what I found. Feedback stated they were professional, took good care of their equipment and that people were having fun. It was a very efficient series of emails and within the next hour I had a deal so that I could take a group of 14 on a snorkelling tour for 5 hours. Here is the Dive Tonga link. https://divingtonga.com/ I will drop back at the end of April 2020 with an update on our experiences. The great thing about cruise critics is that I should have no problem filling all my spots and within a few hours had more than half of them filled. Here are my additional posts setting up the excursion on cruise critics. Try posts 482 and 483 of the Celebrity Solstice Roll Call for “1 April 2020: South Pacific, Fiji, & Tonga [Solstice]” Thank you Jonathan
  5. Have read 3 pages of posts based on the search term “Vava’u” I was left a little discouraged. I reviewed the ship excursions and was left unimpressed. As well I did a general search on the internet looking for either a beach resort to use facilities or a snorkel operator. The tourist site seriously needs to be updated as many operators seem to have gone out of business as their websites were no longer functioning. Others did not respond to emails again leading us to them having gone out of business. I then researched hotels on the main island as I did not think resorts would pick us up for the day by water. The one resort was already hosting cruise ship passengers as an organized excursion so we passed on that idea as we don’t want the crowds. I tried another smaller hotel who quickly responded but I struck out. So I asked if they knew of a reliable snorkelling operation. As such, we are thinking about a snorkelling excursion.
  6. I am presently on a search to find a tour for Samoa from the port of Apia. If anyone has recommendations please let me know. I am in the process of reading the 6 pagers of posts that come up for Apia through a Cruise Critics search. Thank you Jonathan
  7. Hi Sherifa tonigh2@yahoo.co.uk ask for Toni Jonathan
  8. Cathy Thank you for the detail. This is excellent. Jonathan
  9. Looking for a water based excursion, snorkelling, some beach time and perhaps lunch. If anyone has a contact that they have used and enjoyed please let me know. Thank you in advance.
  10. Hi all... I have engaged a private guide with an air conditioned van for early April 2020. It will be a tour of the island. So I will post some feedback upon my return for the benefit of those planning for the future. Thank you J
  11. Thank you Cathy... this is great background information..
  12. Thank you for posting the pictures.. This is great.
  13. Hi Cathy, Thank you so much! I will look into this group. Did you have a guide? Anyone you would recommend? How many did the bus hold? Thank you again Jonathan
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