The Only Flight to Australia That Includes Two Free Nights in Hawaii!

Hawaiian Airlines Plane FlyingIs it a continent or an island? Either way, Australia is both, offering an abundance of reasons to visit. You name it, it’s probably there. Starting with nature, there is red desert, coral reefs, snow-clad mountains, wetlands, wine lands, national parks, stunning beaches, and much more. Then there are the cities, each with their own individual character. And bear in mind, Australia was once a penal colony – perhaps the convicts gave the Aussies their unique humour! Indigenous wildlife? Kangaroos, koalas, kookaburras abound. Plus, every major city has its excellent selection of restaurants, cafes, shopping, art galleries and museums. So nature, plus culture, plus urban attractions, equals a great selection of Australia tours to choose from!

Discover Australia with Hawaiian Airlines and Goway Travel. At Goway, we have been specializing in travel Downunder for 45 years and guarantee a commitment to creating the perfect vacation, plus exemplary service and friendly, expert advice. Fly with award-winning Hawaiian Airlines and enjoy great “Aloha” customer service, an excellent on-time performance, and speedy baggage delivery.

Iconic Waikiki and Leahi on the island of Oahu

Iconic Waikiki and Leahi on the island of Oahu, Hawaii

For a limited time*, fly with Hawaiian Airlines from a selection of US cities to Sydney or Brisbane, and enjoy two free nights in Hawaii at the Luana Waikiki Hotel and Suites. When it comes to serving Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines is America’s favourite airline. Prices start at just $1299USD to Brisbane or $1399USD to Sydney per person for departures from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, and Las Vegas – or add $300 to depart from New York. Your Goway Consultant can help you with connecting fares from other US or Canadian cities to a Hawaiian Airlines gateway city.

*Promotion available for sale from June 8, 2015. Book by June 30th.

For full information on this great deal and for travel ideas to Australia and Hawaii visit www.goway.com/ozforfree.

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Summertime in Iceland – Where the Sun Always Shines!

Waterfall in Seljalandsfoss, Iceland_165106163For the past 45 years, we at Goway have been sending Globetrotters to some of the world’s most interesting and exotic destinations. Now, to accommodate the increased demand of travel to Iceland, we have recently filled out its offering of travel experiences to the land of fire and ice.

Iceland is nature at its best, and it’s all concentrated in a small country, making it easy to experience in a short amount of time. Featuring millions of birds, thousands of waterfalls, hundreds of hot springs, and 15 active volcanoes, where else can you find all of those things together? Not to mention, you can enjoy the midnight sun in summer and the impressive northern lights in winter.

Most of Iceland’s population speaks English, making it easy to get around, and the local cuisine is fantastic. Iceland is very accessible with Icelandair flights from many major North American gateways. Travellers looking for a destination with unsurpassed natural beauty can’t go wrong booking Iceland in summer time – the long days offer plenty of daylight hours to hike the pristine landscapes, take a four wheel drive over a glacier, or go swimming in a thermal pool.

Horned puffin

Horned puffin

For the 2015 summer season, Goway offers the following itineraries:

Group Itineraries:
9-Day Iceland Complete Coach Tour
9-Day Mountains and Fjords Coach Tour
6-Day Volcanoes and Glaciers Coach Tour
9-Day Fire and Ice – Iceland and Greenland

Self-Drive Itineraries: 
8-Day Iceland Express Self Drive – Summer
5-Day Iceland Golden Circle Self Drive
8-Day Nature’s Power Self Drive

There are also shorter sampler trips as well.

Reykjavik town, harbour and mountains seen from Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral

Reykjavik town, harbour and mountains seen from Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral

Icelandair offers travellers the opportunity to break a flight and stop over in Iceland for up to 7 days while en route to/from Europe. To help plan such travel plans, Goway offers the 3-Day Reykjavik Stopover and 4-Day Reykjavik in Depth.

Lastly, book by 31 August, 2015 and enjoy the Blue Lagoon Tour FREE on any of these air-inclusive vacations:
7-Day Volcanoes and Glaciers
5-Day Reykjavik in Depth – Golden Circle
6-Day Luxury Long Weekend Getaway – Iceland

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The Transkalahari: An Overland Safari in Style and Comfort

Desert Scene, Fish River Canyon, NamibiaGoway’s 22-day Transkalahari Adventure is the most “upmarket” overland experience, targeting the 40+ adventure traveller. “We recognized the demand for the client who still wants the adventure experience, but doesn’t want to rough it… and prefers a smaller group.” said Moira Smith, General Manager of Goway AFRICAExperts.

Accommodation at A'Zambezi River Lodge

Accommodation at A’Zambezi River Lodge

Kiboko truck

Kiboko truck

Accommodation is in 3- and 4-star boutique hotels, lodges, and chalets, all with en-suite facilities. Adventure travel does not have to mean sleeping in a tent, and we recognize that our seasoned travellers want the extra comforts but at an affordable price.

Touching on four countries, the Transkalahari Adventure travels from Cape Town to Victoria Falls (or vice versa) in very comfortable overland-style vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with fridges for drinks and plug points for charging cameras. The maximum group size is sixteen and they are accompanied by a fully qualified professional guide. For single travellers who don’t want to pay a single supplement, we can match you up with another single traveller who would also like to share.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Bushmen living in Kalahari Desert, Namibia

Bushmen living in Kalahari Desert, Namibia

The itinerary follows one of the most popular overlanding routes in Southern Africa. It starts in Cape Town, South Africa then travels north via the Augrabies Falls, into the heart of the Kalahari Desert, offering a chance to meet the ancient Bushman people. The route crosses into Namibia, and after enjoying views of the Fish River Canyon, continues to the ancient Namib Desert. The energetic can climb the world’s highest sand dunes at sunrise and then take guided walks into the desert. It continues via the German coastal town of Swakopmund before travelling to Damaraland to meet the fascinating Himba tribe. Two nights are spent in the famous Etosha National Park in search of magnificent wildlife. Crossing eastward into Botswana, two nights are spent on the banks of the Chobe River, famous for its large number of elephants. The touring experience ends in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, where a variety of activities are available.

The trip starts at US$5454 and CA$5781.

Goway is offering an additional 10% early booking discount to all clients who book on the 09 January 2016 departure.

22-Day Transkalahari Adventure

Lioness with cubs, Kalahari Desert, South Africa

Lioness with cubs, Kalahari Desert, South Africa

Here is what one client had to say about this unforgettable itinerary:

“We had a wonderful time in Africa. The trip was everything we hoped it would be and more. We are still trying to sort out over 2000 photos. We found this to be an ideal tour company for our Africa adventure.  Adam our tour leader was calm, patient and knowledgeable and went out of his way to give us the best possible experience.

The accommodations were an eclectic mix ranging from glamping in the desert and beside the Okavango River to luxury lodges in fabulous locations.  We enjoyed them all.

The food was mostly excellent and we ate a variety of game meats which was a complete surprise and very enjoyable.

Of course, the animal life was superb and we were treated to some wonderful sights. As a recommendation to others, it is a true safari and covered over 5000 km of African roads, many of which are gravel and we got used to our daily African massage from the roads.”

For more information on this itinerary and other travel in Africa, please visit us at www.goway.com.

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Goway Agents Return from a Cook Islands FAM

Aitutaki, Cook IslandsTwo of our Goway experts returned from one week in the Cook Islands. Here, they share their experience and expert travel tips!

What were your favourite experiences or memories about the Cook Islands?

  • My fondest memories about the Cook Islands were the people and the food. We’ve all been told the locals, like many other South Pacific destinations, are friendly, but you can never describe just how warm and inviting everyone is without being in the moment right from landing on the tarmac to wheels up on our departing flight. The locals all want to chat with you and get to know you.
  • I like to consider myself a bit of a “foodie” and was pleasantly surprised with the quality and freshness of the food; I think I’ve fallen in love with breadfruit and would love to find a local market that has these little guys for sale.
  • I loved taking the domestic flight from Rarotonga to Aitutaki where you have beautiful aerial views from the plane as you arrive into Aitutaki, with its the crystal blue waters.
Friendly smiles of Cook Islands

Friendly smiles of Cook Islands

What are some selling tips / advice for clients interested in travelling to the Cook Islands?

  • Local currency is NZD and tipping, like New Zealand, is not expected, so your dollar goes much further than you’d think.
  • Local ATMs are predominantly operated by Westpac. If you bank with Scotiabank (Canada) and Bank of America (USA) you can make withdrawals in the Cooks without paying extra withdrawal fees.
  • Bug repellent will be your new best friend, and I highly recommend bringing two bottles in case you run out of the first. I made the mistake of only bringing one and paid the price (in flesh) the night I ran out.
  • It is one of the best value destinations in the Pacific
  • You can combine the Cook Islands very easily with Tahiti, Australia, and New Zealand as there are direct flights for each one.
  • The Cook Islands is a great choice for those who want to venture a little further out of their comfort zone and visit somewhere that does not experience mass tourism

What was something new you learned?

  • Many of the accommodations tend to be smaller, more intimate and boutique properties.
  • You never can tell just how big or small an island is just by looking at a map. I’m surprised just how little some of the islands really are.
  • Many technologies from North American every day living are absent from the Cook Islands. Most properties only have 2 channels on television, some don’t even have telephones, and wireless internet is very hard to come by. When it is available, using it is usually quite expensive.
  • I learned that the Cook Islands is great for everyone: families, honeymooners, and long-stays. It isn’t your traditional “luxury” destination, but more of a down-to-earth destination where you really get to know everyone.

What special experiences would you arrange for honeymoon clients?

  • Romantic dinner by candlelight and white tablecloth on a private and secluded portion of the beach.
  • Make sure visitors see Aitutaki as it is more romantic, more remote, and private

Aitutaki Lagoon Resort overwater bungalow

What are some interesting excursions, activities, restaurants you would recommend for clients travelling to the Cook Islands?

  • The Aitutaki Lagoon Cruise is awesome. The water visibility is extraordinarily clear, making for great snorkeling, and the on-board lunch was way above expectations.
  • The Island of Atiu, northeast of Rarotonga, is a birder’s paradise. Clients considering a trip here would need a moderate level of fitness.
  • Most memorable meals on the trip were from Nautilus Resort, Rarotonga and Samades at Aitutaki Village, Aitutaki. Both establishments provided exceptional quality of food, plate presentation, and a good range of drinks in the bar.
  • Taking a jet ride in Rarotonga. The speed and mist of the water in your face makes it so much fun!
  • The fire dance that I witnessed was outstanding, it really showcased the local culture.
Sunset at Nautilus Resort

Sunset at Nautilus Resort

What is a common mistake agents make when selling Cook Islands?

  • Only selling Rarotonga and not combining the trip with Aitutaki and some of Cooks’ other islands. Aitutaki is possibly the most beautiful lagoon in the world!
  • The flights to/from are not daily: they depart on a Sunday from North America and return on a Saturday.
  • Forgetting that you can combine the Cook Islands very easily with a South Pacific destination

If you could go back to the Cook Islands, what would you like to see or do next time?

  • Scuba Diving – If the water was that clear snorkeling I can’t imagine how great the scuba diving will be.
  • I would like to try “RFC – Raro Fried Chicken”, and pay a visit to the police station to get my scooter pass and have a ride around the island at my own pace.
  • I would like to take my fishing gear and catch fish from my beachfront villa, spend more time on Aitutaki island, and visit the local villages to embrace their culture, which reminds me of Fiji (my home land).
FAM group selfie

FAM group selfie

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Thailand’s Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort & Spa

Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort - Aerial View, ThailandConveniently located in Phuket, Thailand, the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort is situated only 25 km from the city centre, making it easy for guests to enjoy the town’s attractions and activities.

Deluxe suite with sea view

Deluxe suite with sea view

Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort & Spa offers 255 inviting rooms where one can escape the stresses of the day with a wide range of amenities. The hotel offers fantastic facilities, including a kids club, garden, squash courts, games room, and massages – to help unwind after an action-packed day in the city. Discover the engaging blend of professional services and a wide array of features.

Goway is offering an exclusive add-on: when 7 nights or more are booked, your client will receive a complimentary Spa & Dinner Voucher. This is a great option for the 8-Day Phuket Beach Escape package. Honeymooners will get a fruit basket and a bottle of sparkling wine.

This resort is also perfect for the family vacation with a great kids club and supervised children’s programs.

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Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort - Buffet, Thailand

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Selling Groups: The Important Role of a Tour Director

Tour guide talking to tourists in a tour busWith all the planning and involvement (sometimes over a year in advance!), the ultimate success of a group tour depends a great deal on your Tour Director. Tour Directors are the glue that keeps every passenger happy and content, as they utilize their great people skills and organizational talent… and do they have some stories to tell!!

Pene at Taj Majal

Pene at Taj Majal, India

Pene Hollingworth, a retired Tour Director and one of the best in the business, says in her tour-leading career that she has been a nurse, a lawyer, an accountant, a marriage counselor, therapist, dispute mediator, electrician, dietician, and time keeper! Pene has brought her groups successfully through earthquakes, volcano eruptions, floods, snowstorms, power outages, and strikes. She has searched for false teeth, glasses, hearing aids, passports, and even a few lost passengers!

Patience and a sense of humour are also key assets, especially when you get a 2am call from a passenger to come and fix a suitcase or have to answer funny questions like “When do they celebrate Christmas in Australia?” or “Do our hotels have bathrooms?”. So what do you do when the coach breaks down on the side of a busy highway? Why, you all get out and break open the snacks and beverages and have a party!

Whether your group is enjoying a customized tour or one of our Holidays of a Lifetime® experiences, GroupsOnly by Goway knows that good Tour Directors truly are the keys to locking up a successful group tour!

Pene with her group in Sydney

Pene with her group in Sydney, Australia

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Meet Michelle Furtado, a Goway Downunder Specialist

Kangaroo Group, AustraliaWe at Goway’s Destination Downunder team are excited to welcome Michelle Furtado to our Wholesale South Pacific Reservations department. Michelle brings over 16 years of extensive travel background and industry experience.

Michelle Furtado, Goway's Downunder Specialist

Michelle Furtado, Goway’s Downunder Specialist

In Michelle’s own words, “When I was in high school, in grade 12, I took a class on tourism. Right away it became my favourite class. I was hooked! I graduated high school in 1996. I took a year off to work, and then started Tourism College in 1998. I commuted 1 hour each way, every day to get to and from school. While going to school I continued to work, but once I graduated I got a job right away with my first wholesale company, Pacific Sunspots Tours in Vancouver. Since then I’ve never looked back. Wholesale is what I love to do and my passion. I love the relationships that we develop with our travel agent community and I love assisting them in creating that dream vacation for their clients.”

We asked Michelle to answer some questions to help you to get to know her a little better – here are the results.

What is your country of birth?
Canada

Have you lived in any country other than North America?
No

Sunset in paradise, Cook Islands

Sunset in paradise, Cook Islands

What destinations do you sell?
South PacificAustralia, New Zealand, and stopovers in the Islands of Tahiti, Fiji, Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa, and Hawaii.

Do you have a travel tip you can provide for your agents?
Remember to advise your credit card company that you are travelling so they don’t think your card is stolen!

What is the one thing you wouldn’t leave home without?
I would never leave home without telling my husband and kids that I love them. Sappy, I know, but it’s true!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being on a beautiful white sand beach, on a comfy lounge chair, with a good book. Sigh!

Which living person do you admire the most?
My Grandpa. He is 97 years old and still living in the house he built for himself, his wife and kids. Until recently he has been in almost perfect health. He is the smartest and wisest man I know. I can only hope to be like him when I’m in my nineties!

What is your most treasured possession?
My engagement and wedding rings that were made from my Grandma’s wedding ring.

What is your greatest fear?
Cancer and spiders!

What is your favourite Goway Destination or product to sell?
I love the Classic Itineraries. I love that you can customize them to each customer’s liking. Add or delete whatever is needed. Very flexible!

You can contact Michelle by email michellef@goway.com or phone 888-469-2944 extension 6589.

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Goway’s Africa Experts Know Luxury in South Africa

Oyster-Box-Presidential-Suite-South-AFRICAWhen it comes to luxury travel, South Africa has always been ahead of the game. There is no shortage of deluxe accommodations, from intimate boutique style guest houses, to well-known international brands, all offering the highest level of personal service and attention to detail.

Game Drive, South Africa

South African game drive

Our AfricaExperts are totally au fait when it comes to recommending special touches for clients who want all the bells and whistles and more! Want your own private photographic safari vehicle, complete with a professional photographer to assist you in getting the perfect wildlife picture? No problem! A birds-eye view of the spectacular South African coastline on your own private helicopter trip? Consider it done! A visit to Robben Island by private charter and with a private guide? We can take care of it. In fact, when it comes to red carpet treatment, if it is possible, Goway’s Africaexperts can help you arrange it!

Cape Town at sunset

Cape Town at sunset

For example, our 11 day Southern Africa Extravaganza incorporates the best of Kruger National Park, Cape Town and Victoria Falls. Our clients get to experience the highlights of each destination while staying in luxury hotels and lodges, and enjoy private transfers and touring. A number of exclusive value-adds are also included, all at a very affordable price.

Suggested Luxury Ideas:
3-Day Rovos Rail – Cape Town to Pretoria
10-Day Savanna in Style
10-Day Ultimate South Africa

Suggested Accommodation:
The Oyster Box – a Goway Stay of Distinction
Sabi Sabi Game Reserve Lodge

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Travel Agents: Win a Trip to Papua New Guinea

PNG Papua New guinea kids cultureFor our travel agent friends, we are launching an incentive to win a trip to Papua New Guinea, one of the last undiscovered travel destinations.

For each booking on any of Goway’s very popular Holidays of a Lifetime® series, agents will receive 1 entry into the Grand Prize Draw. If you book our Discover Papua New Guinea tour (our newest Holidays of a Lifetime tour), you actually get 3 entries!

Valid for reservations 1 Apr, 2014 – 31 Dec, 2015.
Draw to be held the first week of January 2016.

Operated in Asia, South America, the South Pacific and Middle East, Goway’s Holidays of a Lifetime include the iconic sights of the country, combined with unique dining at quality restaurants, meeting the “locals” in their natural environment and more. The Tour Directors are extremely experienced and very knowledgeable about the destinations, and fully understand the needs of the travellers. Goway also includes all tipping, and offers a “Twin Share Guarantee” for single travellers. It’s very common for travel agents to have their clients want to book another HOL departure after having been on one.

Prize includes international airfare for 2 people (travelling together) from Los Angeles to Australia with Virgin Australia, airfare to Papua New Guinea with Air Nuigini, Touring, transfers and regional flights, plus 7 nights lodge accommodation, all meals (except Day 1 which is Dinner only and Day 8 breakfast only).

Papau New Guinea Local in Native DressPapua New Guinea is a colourful equatorial wonderland. Situated 160 kilometres/100 miles north of Australia, it is the highest tropical island with 70% of it being cloaked in dense tropical forests. Exotic by nature, it has rugged razor-backed mountains, lush vegetation including rainforests, reef and mangrove swamps, as well as palm-fringed beaches. The coral reefs support a huge variety of fish of which there are 1200 different species. This also allows for excellent diving. For sports enthusiasts, Papua New Guinea also offers canoeing, kayaking and fishing. The real charm of Papua New Guinea is in its more remote countryside. It is here travellers can experience a return to nature, not only because of the scenery but also because of the native people, some communities living in extremely remote areas while following ancient traditions.

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After the FAM: A Q&A on Tahiti

Tahiti - ATV rideGoway’s agents have recently returned from a 9-day FAM trip to French Polynesia, exploring the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Tetiaroa, and Taha’a. They experienced a variety of resorts, excursions, restaurants, and even spent a night on a boutique cruise. Here they share their expert advice, favourite moments, and best selling tips!

Tahiti - Taha Resort Aerial View1) What was your favourite place in French Polynesia and why?

  • Without a doubt, Taha’a Island Resort. It was absolutely beautiful!
  • Sofitel Private Island in Bora Bora. The island is small and intimate, the accommodation set-up is the side of the island and the views are outstanding, you can climb to the top of the island and see million dollar views and have lunch/dinner or drinks set up for you . The food and staff are excellent too.
  • Taking an Archipels cruise was a true once-in-a-lifetime experience, and for younger, more adventurous clients, I highly recommend this. It is a perfect mix of romance and adventure, and is a great way to interact with locals (captain and chef on board), enjoy delicious food, and meet other travellers as well. We visited some areas that most others don’t get the chance to visit, and just being out in the open, looking down into the crystal clear waters, I found it really captivating.
  • Bora Bora. It’s an amazing place with beautiful beaches and lagoons.
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Aerial view of Moorea

2) What are some selling tips for clients interested in travelling to Tahiti?

  • For sure that they must experience at least the 3 main islands, Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora, because each is so unique and really quite different from the next!
  • Definitely add the meal plans when booking the hotels. Clients will save money (as much as 8% from savings on tax costs, plus no foreign exchange fees) if booking from North America. Their trip will be much more enjoyable if they are not worried about food costs, which are expensive in French Polynesia.
  • We recommend your clients bring a bit of local currency with them for arrival (good to buy water, small things, etc.). You might not be able to exchange Canadian or US currency at the airport. There is an exchange machine but it only took Euros at the time we were there.
  • I would suggest mixing it up by staying in an overwater bungalow as well as a garden pool bungalow and a mix of hotels. I’d say 3-4 nights in 1 place is perfect. I would also suggest (for the right clients) to do an Archipels Cruise and then a stay in Bora Bora after.
  • Bring bug spray as there will be mosquitoes!

3) What was something new you learned about Tahiti?

  • I always thought that as French Polynesia was an island destination, that everything would operate on ‘island’ time. Our trip was the opposite. Every transfer, tour, and flight departed exactly on time, everything was extremely organized, and Goway’s ground supplier made sure our trip ran very smoothly from start to finish.
  • Seeing the hotels for the first time was really eye opening for me. After all, everything looks good on the internet! I‘ll definitely start offering Taha’a to more clients because for me that really captured that feeling of being away from everything, in a truly luxurious environment.
  • I learned that it’s definitely worth having the overwater experience (not more than one location though). However, in saying that, I also enjoyed the beach villas/bungalows just as much, and would have no issue splitting them up even to save on cost at the same hotel.
  • The food is REALLY good most of the time, so foodies would love some of the restaurants.

Tahiti - Wedding couple in overwater bungalow4) What special experiences would you arrange for honeymoon clients?

  • I would recommend a private dinner on the beach or somewhere romantic around the resort for just the two of them.
  • We witnessed a wedding ceremony at the Hilton Moorea, and it was very exotic and really charming. I think renewing vows would be a great idea while in destination.
  • A couple’s massage at one of the hotel spas or a private dinner at their bungalow.
  • I would definitely suggest staying at the Sofitel Private Island and heading up to one of the many view points on the island to enjoy champagne at sunset. You have a stunning view over Otemanu Mountain and the surround area, reefs, turquoise water, etc. I would always make sure to tell the hotel ahead of time that the guests are on honeymoon as they will receive special treatment!

Tahiti - Swim with Rays5) What are some interesting excursions, activities, restaurants you would recommend for clients travelling to Tahiti?

  • We did an ATV excursion in Moorea which was a fantastic way to see the island, and gave us great views of the water and some of the resorts!
  • Bloody Mary’s restaurant in Bora Bora was unique, fun and has a great atmosphere and really friendly local staff.
  • Swim with the sharks and stingrays in Moorea for a very different kind of experience – especially if one of your fears are sharks!
  • Laying by the pool isn’t that bad of an idea! It gets you more into the whole ‘island’ time experience.
  • While I was there, I realized that French Polynesia is a real “relax” kind of destination. Going out for dinner in Bora Bora was really fun, and it was great seeing everyone get picked up from the hotel to be taken to various restaurants on the island.

6) What is a common mistake agents make when selling Tahiti?

  • Some clients think they just want to spend 10 nights in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora, but the other islands all offer something different so I would always recommend to clients that they think about visiting a few different islands or even going on a cruise for a few nights. A beach bungalow or garden pool bungalow are also good alternatives to spending your entire stay in an Overwater.
  • Instead of always focusing on luxury when selling French Polynesia, focus on selling it as a kind of “edge of the earth” special romantic place that you must visit at least once in your lifetime – full of friendly locals that warm your heart and amazing food prepared by French chefs.
  • French Polynesia isn’t an all-inclusive destination in the Caribbean or Mexico that most North Americans are used to, you need to ensure that your clients have the right expectations.
  • I think they miss the opportunity to visit Papeete a lot of the time as they seem to think they need to get to the outer islands as soon as possible.
  • French Polynesia is nothing like the resort experiences in Mexico… French Polynesia still seems very Polynesian and is not very commercialized.
Tahiti - Tikehau Beach and Hammock

Beautiful beach of Tikehau

7) If you could go back, what would you like to see next?

Tahiti - FAM pic with locals

 

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