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Meet Teresa, one of our travel experts for the islands of Fiji.
Teresa is a Certified Tahiti Travel Specialist and works with the Tahiti Tourism Board making sure her guests enjoy a fabulous holiday in Tahiti.
Teresa lives on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii. She's been a Travel Advisor for 20 years, specializing in tropical islands around the world but her true love is the South Pacific.
Teresa has traveled throughout the South Pacific Islands and is on a first name basis with many of the resort owners. She has visited Fiji 7 times as well as Tahiti, Australia and New Zealand. Her speciality is multi-country holidays. Her agency, Luxury Hideaways, is rated A+ with the Hawaii Better Business Bureau.
Testimonials from Teresa's clients:
"We had the absolute best person to plan our trip for us. Her name is Teresa. She knows everything about this part of the world and took care of every little detail and it was free!!!! I highly recommend her!"
"You were incredible!! I can't say enough how awesome of a job you did. I am a very deliberative person, and I was leery to a point because I didn't not have my hands in any of the scheduling/planning of the trip. So, I might have been on edge a few times until we got to the resort. I was very impressed with your service! So, thank you for all you did."
- Josh and Heather
"We were trying to plan our honeymoon in Fiji and were so confused and overwhelmed by the number and variety of resorts there. But then we found Teresa! She is very helpful and knowledgeable about Fiji and several different resorts there. When we were specifically trying to decide between two resorts, Teresa was able to help us decide as she provided us with specific differences between the resorts. Whenever we had questions, she responded quickly, even with the huge time difference. We are excited to have finally booked our honeymoon! She sent us a package with helpful information and tips, such as what to expect upon arrival and items to pack. We are looking forward to our honeymoon and to continue working with Teresa."
- B Kurian
"When we first started communicating with each other I wanted a Honeymoon that was going to be unforgettable and something that would be truly special, you certainly delivered plus more. Koro Sun was paradise on earth and of course we enjoyed the environment but what we loved the most was the staff and all the happy people we were surrounded by. We didn't know what to expect coming into Fiji but with all your wonderful planning and helpful notes we got through our entire Honeymoon with ease. Our Edgewater Bure was breathtaking and my wife literally had a grin from ear to ear since the moment I told her where we were going till our departure. You gave us an unbeatable capstone to our marriage and for that I can't thank you enough. Again thank you so much for helping me plan the honeymoon and it was a pleasure working with you."
- Devin & Jared Chambers
"Your help was AMAZING! I can not express how easy it was working with you when we were looking at different resorts and itineraries. You put so much effort into accommodating us- form budget to activities to an overall idea of what to expect in Fiji. We changed our minds several times and you were so tolerant, a real pleasure to work with. Your knowledge of the islands was a HUGE help in picking our honeymoon spot. I am not going to hesitate recommending you if any family or friends are looking to plan a vacation. Thanks again!"
"Bula bula Teresa!
You provided my wife and I with outstanding personalized service in preparing our trip (that due to unexpected wedding budget overruns, we were unfortunately unable to take at that time). It was so outstanding that when my friend Mike said that he was planning his honeymoon to Fiji, I told him that he MUST contact you to plan a trip.
My wife and I still plan on getting to Fiji within the next 2 years, and I promise that you will be the first person that we contact for travel reservations and trip planning.
"I wanted to say again thank you this is absolutely amazing we are having a blast and the upgrade to the honeymoon bure was completely unexpected we have been treated amazingly and even got to fly to the island with the owner of the resort who was super nice to us. You were absolutely right about this place and I am so happy I found you thank you again!!!"
"Thank you for the most amazing honeymoon! Wadigi was perfect in everyday! There are no words to express how incredible everything was (the food, the staff, the grounds, the accommodations...and everything in between!) We will definitely be back for our anniversary :-) Vinaka!"
- Bilal & Parisa
Thanks for your expert help in planning out trip to Tahiti.
After less than 48 hours after leaving Denver we are now at out beach bungalow at the Sofitel Hotel in Moorea Atoll.
The Air Tahiti flight from LAX was less than 8 hours and the service was incredible; 2 nice meals and great service.
Upon arrival in Papeete, Tahiti, we had the private car to the Ferry terminal and then a great ferry ride (30 min) to Moorea Atoll. We got here at about 10 am.
Staying at the Sofitel hotel…………..what can I say: it is French and the service is impeccable.
Your suggestion to spend our first few nights ‘on the beach’ was sterling………..here are pictures from out bungalow. Fortunately we got our bungalow at about 11 am and we went right into the water.
We snorkeled for about 2 hours and it was the very best !!! I bought a new GoPro camera and it is a life-renewing experience to be able to film under water like this, especially in crystal clear water!
Tomorrow we are on a 6 hour snorkeling tour to a ‘private island’ where we are to snorkel with manta rays and sharks..
What a hoot! So far, this is one of our very best trips ever (and we have been to 75 countries)
- Walt Whatley
"It's been more than a week since we've been back but I just wanted to let you know that we had a great time at Tahiti. Thank you for arranging our wonderful trip. My kids are already saying they wanted to go back.
Teresa, I wanted to thank you for you assistance for this wonderful trip.
Don't think we'll be going back to Bora Bora anytime soon, but we may seek your help for some of our future trips and cruises."
"We wanted to give you a summary of our Tahiti trip. In a word, just fabulous. We have never taken such a purely luxury, relaxing type of vacation in the past and it was an absolute delight.
Probably our favorite experience on the trip was the shark and manta ray feeding trip. I thought this would be somewhat hokey but it was great fun. Swimming with the sharks was a novel experience and even Debby with her limited swimming abilities had a great time. I was actually able to dive down and bat one of the lemon sharks on the tail. The mantas were like puppies in the way that they crowded around us, swimming over our shoulders in order to get to the food. We laid out the money for the video of the trip and its been the most popular picture of any trip that we have ever brought home. And we would recommend that anyone who goes to Bora Bora take the opportunity to eat at "Bloody Marys", a superb place to get the fresh seafood that we were looking for and it was very reasonably priced.
I could gush further but suffice it to say that it was a fantastic trip and just the type of relaxation that we needed at this busy time in our lives. Thanks for planning a wonderful trip for us!"
- Ken and Debby Richmond
Chris and I are back from our trip, and I just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed it!! The islands were beautiful, and each hotel worked out great!
Our beach bungalow at the Sofitel was the perfect location, close to the beach bar and looking directly out at the beach (#411). Just to give you some feedback, not complaining--The Sofitel was not as plush as I thought it would be and looked a little more worn. I thought the grounds would be more manicured and service a little better, considering the ranking it had. If we went back to Moorea, we would probably stay there again or recommend it to friends, because from other people that we met, it sounded like the Intercontinental there was similar and not necessarily a better option. The location was great though—near both the ferry dock and airport!
The Intercontinental Bora Bora and Thalasso Spa was spectacular!! The room was very tastefully done with beautiful finishes, our hut (110) was in the perfect location, very little construction noise if any, as I think most of the exteriors are finished, and every part of the property was so upscale. The water was so beautiful, and the resort was exactly as I hoped it would be! So glad we went there last!
We were able to meet up with friends from California who happened to be staying at the St Regis Bora Bora. We hadn’t seen them for over 20 years, so it was such a treat that we were all there at the same time. We didn’t realize there wasn’t a road that could easily connect both hotels, and a private water taxi would have been about $200, so we all met on the big island at Bloody Mary’s for dinner. Due to differing ferry location drop offs and times, we were only able to see each other for just over an hour, but it was great to catch up in person!
All of our transfers were so easy, and we were very well taken care of during each one, whether transport, ferry or by plane! Each of the vendors made it easy to find them, and they all had our information down correctly! That was a great feature of the trip!
Thanks again for all of your help with planning our vacation! We thoroughly enjoyed every minute!! Now back to reality...
- Vicki Daltorio
"Hi, Teresa! Never got around to telling you how great a time we had in Hawaii. You did a great job! We enjoyed every minute, even the nerve-wracking Hana Highway. It all went smoothly, without flaw, and we have taken away with us precious and unforgettable memories.
Thanks again for your splendid assistance in helping us plan this vacation!
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Fiji All-Inclusive Resorts
Worried about spending too many clams on your trip to Fiji?
(Yes, that's a giant clam in the photo above--I found it near the Malolo Barrier Reef in the Mamanucas)
Many vacationers look for all-inclusive options when they travel, so they don't have to continually pull their wallets out while on vacation, nor do they want to find a whopping great bill under their room door at the end of their stay.
All inclusive resorts have become extremely popular in the Caribbean, but "all inclusive" is really a misnomer...they ought to be called "most-inclusives".
What passes for "all-inclusive" is typically just room and meals, maybe house wine and beer, and some basic activities like non-motorized watercraft (kayaks, small sailcraft, etc.), tennis, etc.
Almost everywhere you go in the Caribbean, you'll be charged extra for scuba diving, spa treatments, premium wine and
liquor, deep-sea fishing, jet skis, etc.
For most people, that's a pretty good compromise.
In Fiji, they're pretty much ALL all-inclusive
And in Fiji, you can get that arrangement at nearly all the resorts--but rarely will you hear it
But a rose by any other name...
Most resorts in Fiji aren't located places where you have a choice of outside restaurants to go to--often, because you're on a little island where everything there is part of your resort.
Typically the resort will either include all meals and many activities in their tariff, or have a meal plan that you can purchase that covers your food, and sometimes your drinks as well.
See our complete list of Fiji travel specials.
For your convenience, here's a list of links to the meal plan info for many of the resorts in Fiji.
And just because we don't have a link to the meal plan info for a resort (or they don't have that info on their site), don't presume that it's
not available--check with a travel agent and they'll find out for you. Without further ado, here's our list:
Meal plan pricing is often quoted in Fijian dollars--why is that, you ask? Well, Fiji's tourists come from many countries--primarily Australia,
New Zealand, USA, Canada, and the UK, but also a surprising number from the other Pacific Islands (nearly as many as from the USA in fact!).
Only about 10% of the tourists
are coming from the USA, so while we Americans might think of our currency as pretty universal, the vast majority
of visitors to Fiji are getting their paychecks in some other currency. As well, currency fluctuations can be fairly substantial, so it's simpler for everyone if the conversion
from the Fijian price to the visitor's currency is done at the time it's paid for.
What's Included at a Fiji All Inclusive?
It varies, but it's honestly not a lot different from the Caribbean all-inclusive resorts.
Some are just meals and non-motorized sports; some include alcohol in some form; nearly all charge extra for things like scuba, spa treatments, and
premium liquor and wine.
Prices for the extras like alcohol, scuba, etc. can vary; your travel agent can fill you in on pricing for the particular resorts you're considering,
but in my experience you can expect to pay about as much as you would for similar services in Hawaii.
The local Fiji Gold beer,
by the way, is inexpensive and pretty good--and I say that as a resident of Portland OR, the craft brewing capital of the US!
Definitely check with a travel agent regarding meal plans ahead of time, as often resorts will have special deals on their meal plans that are only
available if you book through a travel agency--if you wait until you get to the resort to pay for your meal plan, you might end up paying more.
What about golf in Fiji?
If you're looking for a resort where golf is included, you might be out of luck. There ARE some excellent courses in Fiji, but they're mostly on the
main island of Viti Levu, which tends to be where travelers stay just one night before heading to one of the outer islands.
There's some great info on golfing in Fiji on the WorldGolf.com website.
Entertainment will often be free at the resort, with perhaps a kava ceremony,
or a performance such as fire dancing, a 'meke', or fire-walking in a few locations.
While kava itself isn't the tastiest thing on the planet, the ceremony itself is an interesting experience, and you'll find that the Fijians
truly enjoy sharing it with you and teaching you the bits of the kava ritual. It's fun, and nothing to be afraid of.
And as you can see in the video below, there's underwater ballet available as well (here, the divemaster plays with a school of sergeant majors).
See & compare all resorts in the Fiji islands
If you're trying to decide where to stay in
the Yasawas, or any of the
other islands, we can help!
For over 80 resorts there, we've got more than 800 high-resolution photos, 50+ videos, and even some virtual tours to help you find your perfect Fijian bure.
Click here to use our Visual Explorer to check out all of them.
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Map of Resorts in Fiji
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