Thus, here is a basic map of the South Pacific/Australia:
And a breakdown of the individual South Pacific islands/countries I`ll be visiting this Christmas:
In Vanuatu (9 nights), I will be staying on the main island of Efate since it seems as though chartered flights are needed to get to any of the country`s outer islands (and they`ll be booked up for Christmas). In Fiji, I will be also be staying on the country`s main island of Viti Levu for the entire duration of my Fiji stay (12 nights).
My South Pacific Travel Itinerary:
December 11: Flight departs from Halifax (3:30pm)- Toronto- Los Angeles-Nadi, Fiji (18 hrs)
December 13: Flight arrives in Nadi, Fiji (5:15am Fiji time)
December 13: One night`s accommodation in a hotel near the Nadi airport (to recuperate from the flight/recover from jet lag)
December 14: 1 1/2 hours on a city bus from Nadi to the flashpacker resort (hostel) I`ll be staying at on the Coral Coast of the main island of Vitu Levu. (December 14- 24)
December 24: Take the bus back to Nadi and check in at the same airport hotel (another splurge night in my own hotel room--- hey, it`s Christmas eve!)
December 25: Flight Departs Nadi, Fiji (8:15am Fiji time)---> Port Vila, Vanuatu (1hr40mins)
December 25 & 26: Accommodation at a brand new flashpacker resort in Port Vila (dorm).
December 27- January 3: Accommodations TBA (depending on whether or not I meet up with other backpackers, I may venture out to the other islands. If not, I may just stay at this same flashpacker resort/hostel for my entire stay)
January 3:Flight departs Port Vila,Vanuatu(1:15pm Vanuatu time)--Brisbane-->Sydney,Aust. where I meet up with my friend Shaina, and settle down to work for the next 8+ months!