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South Pacific Island Nations Entry Requirements

Norfolk Island: Norfolk Island is now part of Australia. The preferred documentation for entry to Norfolk Island is an Australian Passport, however valid Australian Issue Drivers Licences are also accepted. Departures are from the Brisbane and Sydney International Airports or domestic airports if connecting.

Lord Howe Island: Lord Howe Island is part of New South Wales and is considered a Domestic Departure. You are able to check in for your flight with a valid Australia ID or passport.

Fiji: Australian passport holders visiting Fiji, travelling as a tourist, are not required to obtain a visa for stays less than 4 months if on arrival you have: 1) A passport valid for at least six months from the departure of your holiday with two blank pages, 2) Hold proof of sufficient funds for your holiday & 3) Hold proof of onward/return flights.

Cook Islands: Australian passport holders visiting The Cook Islands, travelling as a tourist, are not required to obtain a visa for stays less than 31 days if on arrival you have: 1) A passport valid for at least six months from the departure of your holiday with two blank pages, 2) Hold proof of sufficient funds for your holiday & 3) Hold proof of onward/return flights.

Vanuatu: Australian passport holders visiting Vanuatu, travelling as a tourist, are not required to obtain a visa for stays less than 30 days if on arrival you have: 1) A passport valid for at least six months on entry with two blank pages, 2) Hold proof of sufficient funds for your holiday & 3) Hold proof of on-ward/return flights.

Samoa: Australian passport holders visiting Samoa, travelling as a tourist, are not required to obtain a visa for stays less than 60 days if on arrival you have: 1) A passport valid for at least six months on entry with two blank pages, 2) Hold proof of sufficient funds for your holiday & 3) Hold proof of on-ward/return flights

Tahiti: Australian passport holders visiting Tahiti, travelling as a tourist, are not required to obtain a visa for stays less than 3 months if on arrival you have: 1) A passport valid for at least six months on entry with two blank pages, 2) Hold proof of sufficient funds for your holiday & 3) Hold proof of on-ward/return flights.

Niue: Australian passport holders visiting Niue, travelling as a tourist, are not required to obtain a visa for stays less than 30 days if on arrival you have: 1) A passport valid for at least six months on entry with two blank pages, 2) Hold proof of sufficient funds for your holiday & 3) Hold proof of on-ward/return flights.

Solomon Islands: Australian passport holders visiting The Solomon Islands, travelling as a tourist, are not required to obtain a visa for stays less than 90 days if on arrival you have: 1) A passport valid for at least six months on entry with two blank pages, 2) Hold proof of sufficient funds for your holiday & 3) Hold proof of onward/return flights.

Tonga: Australian passport holders visiting Tonga, travelling as a tourist, are not required to obtain a visa for stays less than 30 days if on arrival you have: 1) A passport valid for at least six months on entry with two blank pages, 2) Hold proof of sufficient funds for your holiday & 3) Hold proof of on-ward/return flights.

New Caledonia: Australian passport holders visiting New Caledonia, travelling as a tourist, are not required to obtain a visa for stays less than 90 days if on arrival you have: 1) A passport valid for at least six months on entry with two blank pages, 2) Hold proof of sufficient funds for your holiday & 3) Hold proof of onward/return flights.

Pitcairn Island: Australian passport holders visiting Pitcairn Island, travelling as a tourist, are not required to obtain a visa for stays less than 90 days if on arrival you have: 1) A passport valid for at least six months on entry with two blank pages, 2) Hold proof of sufficient funds for your holiday & 3) Hold proof of onward/return flights.

This information is provided as a guide only for Australian Passport Holders. For more information please visit www.dfat.gov.au or www.smarttraveller.gov.au. It is the responsibility of the passport holder to ensure they have the correct and valid documentation to holiday in their desired destination.

Updated: 2019
Wave Hospitality Group T/a Spacifica Travel
Level 1 / 345 Ann Street, Brisbane, 4000, GPO Box 1973, Brisbane, Qld, 4001 Ph. 07 3337 8515 Fax. 07 3221 7899 Email: res@spacificatravel.com Travel License TAG 1626; ABN 61 087 521 355; IATA 0235948 6 and TCF 4/7358.

Spacifica Travel Conditions

The following conditions should be read carefully as they incorporate the basis upon which bookings are undertaken. By paying a deposit we understand that you have read and accept these conditions. These are the current terms and conditions and replace any other terms or conditions previously published. Spacifica Travel act in good faith however terms and conditions may change within the validity period. For the most current up to date versions agents and passengers should refer to our website at www.spacificatravel.com

1. How to Make a Booking: Call one of our specialist consultants who will assist you in making a reservation. Please note that all reservations are subject to availability at the time of booking. All verbal quotes are accurate at time of quoting and are subject to change until a booking is paid in full.

2. General Conditions: Spacifica Travel act as an agent only for the airline, accommodation, tour and transportation companies providing services. Some events are beyond our control and we accept no liability caused directly or indirectly by such, including, but not limited to: war, terrorism, civil disturbance, fire, floods, acts of God, and acts of Government or of any other authorities, accident to or failure of machinery or equipment or industrial action. Additionally, we make no representation as to the safety or conditions that any destination offers. Whilst acting in good faith we are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by suppliers involved in your travel booking, some of which limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay and loss or damage to baggage. We do not accept responsibility for injury, inconvenience, loss, damages, and delay to per-sons or property, or for related expenses on the part of employees, agents or individuals providing travel service. Furthermore we do not accept responsibility for any loss, damage, delay, injury, and inconvenience or for any related expense for any omission, error or any misleading statement or information contained in this brochure. The issuance and acceptance of any tickets, service vouchers or exchange orders is deemed as passenger consent to these conditions. It may be necessary for airline/port/government agencies to search you and/or your luggage and goods. Airline operators reserve the right to deny boarding or to disembark any person in possession of illicit substances. When passengers themselves make own arrangements for portions of their holiday in conjunction with an Spacifica Travel, they should ensure the chosen means of transport is scheduled to adequately connect with Spacifica Travel arrangements, and that we are made aware at the time of the reservation. We will not be held responsible for any unforeseen circumstances that necessitate any changes to your travel arrangements. Passengers with disabilities or requiring assistance should advise us at the time of reservation. Most suppliers have certain facilities available for people with disabilities or who require assistance. Please ask for details of such facilities if you have any special needs.

3. Travel Documents, Visas and Health: When required, each passenger must possess a passport with at least 6 months validity beyond the date of return, and be familiar with visa requirements, taking responsibility for obtaining all entry, exit, re-entry, health and other documents required by laws, regulations, orders, demands or requirements of the countries visited or transited. We cannot accept responsibility for failure to have correct travel information. Travel advice can be obtained from various sources, including local government, local consular offices and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website: https://smartraveller.gov.au. Passengers should also be familiar with health requirements and the DFAT website also has a section on Travel Health or passengers can seek advice from their doctor.

4.1 Payments by Direct Deposits or Electronic Funds Transfer: Payments to Wave Hospitality Group Pty Ltd Client Funds Trust Account; Commonwealth Bank; BSB 064-000 A/C NO. 14354996. Cleared funds are required for ticketing, please factor in an extra 3 working days for transfers between banking systems.

4.2 Payments by Credit Card: The prices shown on flyers, brochures and website are for payments by cash. Addition-al Credit Card Service Fees will be applied to the dollar amount paid by credit or charge card. Our scale of these fees will be: Visa and MasterCard 1.5%; American Express and Diners Card 3%. Fees apply to the total invoiced amount and added to the booking at time of payment.

4.3 Payments by Cheque: Payments made via cheque may only be xxx if Payments to Wave Hospitality Group Pty Ltd Client Funds Trust Account, Please post to Spacifica Travel, GPO Box 1973, Brisbane, Qld, 4001.

Wave Hospitality Group T/a Spacifica Travel
Level 1 / 345 Ann Street, Brisbane, 4000, GPO Box 1973, Brisbane, Qld, 4001 Ph. 07 3337 8515 Fax. 07 3221 7899 Email: res@spacificatravel.com Travel License TAG 1626; ABN 61 087 521 355; IATA 0235948 6 and TCF 4/7358.
 
 Cleared funds are required for ticketing, please factor in an extra 7 working days for transfers between banking system. Please note deposits which include payment of air-fares cannot be paid by cheque.

4.4 Payments by Cash: Payment can be made in cash at our Head Office - 1/345 Ann Street, Brisbane between 10am – 4.00pm after a confirmed meeting is arranged.

5. Prices: Any quote is an estimate only of price, which will be subject to availability at the time of booking. All verbal / written quotes are accurate at time of quoting and are subject to change until a booking is paid in full. Prices do not include meals, airport transfers, and sightseeing tours unless otherwise stated. They also exclude personal expenditure such as insurance, laundry, telephone calls, emergency evacuation costs, drinks, excess baggage, passport, visa fees, gratuities, and travel costs in Australia to the point of international departure.
stated. Special offers are released frequently but may change without notice please ask for the latest special flyers or visit our website at www.spacificatravel.com

6. Price Validity: In published flyers or brochures validity dates may vary from brochure to brochure - if in doubt please check that the brochure you are planning from is current. All prices quoted are in Australian dollars, based on foreign currency tariffs and taxes published as at the quote issue date. If foreign currency rates were to fluctuate, then a re-costing may be necessary. Prices are valid for travel as specified and are indicative only based on per person per night assuming twin share unless otherwise stated. Special offers are released frequently but may change without notice please ask for the latest special flyers or visit our website at www.spacificatravel.com

7. Deposit for Packaged Holidays: For bookings made more than 60 days before departure or 90 days for Tahiti, a deposit of $200 per person as well as any applicable airfare is required within 3 days of written confirmation. For bookings within 60 days of departure or 90 days for Tahiti, full payment is required before confirmation of booking can be given. We also reserve the right to pass on the specific deposit requirement from suppliers both land and air. If for any reason the deposit is not received by the due date we reserve the right to cancel the booking as hotels, resorts and suppliers may impose strict deposit and booking terms. A deposit holds services requested but does not guarantee prices. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

8. Balance Of Payment For Packaged Holidays: The final balance of payment will be confirmed at the time of booking however in general the balance of payment is due 60 days prior to departure, or 90 days for Tahiti. If for any rea-son the balance of monies is not received by the due date, we reserve the right to cancel the booking and apply the deposit against cancellation fees and other charges incurred on the passenger's behalf.

9. Amendment and Re-issue Fees: A fee of $50 per person is payable for changes made after a booking has been con-firmed and will apply once a deposit is paid, as well as any re-issue or amendment charges applied by airlines or suppliers. Re-issue means altering an existing booking, not a transfer to another package wherein cancellation fees may apply (Refer 11).

10. Cancellations Packaged Holidays: Cancellation requests must be received in writing by post or email to sales@spacificatravel.com during business hours. Your cancellation request will be acknowledged however please note we apply reasonable professional service fees, plus any charge levied by suppliers, which can be up to 100% depending on each supplier's rules. For cancellations made after a deposit is made on file, a full loss of deposit will be incurred. Once final payment has been made, a cancellation fee of $300 per person will apply plus any fees levied by airlines and suppliers.

11. Cancellations and Changes Made by Suppliers: If a Third Party Travel Provider changes any part of your booking for reasons beyond its control, for example, if a Third Party Travel Provider changes its schedules, overbooks, or if there are any changes in applicable surcharges, fees or taxes, we will use our reasonable endeavours to notify you. If any such changes result in your Travel Product costing more or otherwise being materially different, then you may cancel the Travel Product and we will refund any monies already paid less any fees charged by us under these terms and conditions (refer 10.1) and by the Third Party Travel Providers under the terms and conditions you agreed with them.
Wave Hospitality Group T/a Spacifica Travel
Level 1 / 345 Ann Street, Brisbane, 4000, GPO Box 1973, Brisbane, Qld, 4001 Ph. 07 3337 8515 Fax. 07 3221 7899 Email: res@spacificatravel.com Travel License TAG 1626; ABN 61 087 521 355; IATA 0235948 6 and TCF 4/7358.

12. Refunds: Once the reservation we have booked for you commences, no refunds can be made for any unused services whether by choice or circumstance.

13. Passenger Names and Contacts: Spacifica Travel require the following details for booking: full name and gender as appears in passport, date of birth, passport number, place of issue and expiry date and a telephone number or address where passengers can be reached if necessary within 24 hrs prior to departure. It is the passenger's responsibility that these details are recorded correctly. Name changes after a booking will incur amendment fees and may also mean having to cancel the original booking and the resultant loss of the airline seat/s. Any request for name or initial changes after documents have been issued has the same risks and also attracts ticket re-issue charges. All groups must provide a rooming list with above details at time of payment of final monies.

14. Airlines: In addition to these booking conditions Airlines also provide additional detailed travel conditions with their paper or e-tickets. Spacifica Travel will base our costs and invoices on airfare classes as per the quote provided.

15. Baggage: Please check baggage allowances applied by airlines, cruise companies and coach operators prior to travel. Baggage allowances vary depending on the airline and destination.

16. Taxes and Levies: Legislation requires us to collect from you the taxes and levies controlled by the airline, government or airport authorities. These costs may change without notice at any time up until departure. Full payment of your holiday does not exempt you from implementation of additional charges outside of our control. We will offer advice in this regard, but regret we do not control, nor will we be held responsible for any government's taxes, levies and airport charges. All Australian and foreign country departure taxes that are payable prior to departure will be shown on your airline ticket. Some countries charge departure tax upon departure and some airports charge a small Airport Improvement fee which must be paid at that airport on departure.

17. Privacy Laws: The client acknowledges that he/she will provide us from time to time with information about the client of a personal nature (“Personal Information”). The client consents to us using any personal information for the purposes of making and completing airline bookings and travel related arrangements on behalf of the client. Spacifica Travel will only discuss booking information with travelling passengers directly and not with any third party.

18. Travel Insurance: It is a condition of sale of our holidays that passengers are offered their choice of adequate travel insurance for their protection. Some island destinations can be subject to aircraft diversions in extreme weather conditions or other circumstances, which can cause major disruption to schedules. Passengers electing not to take Travel Insurance need to advise us of this and accept responsibility for their own costs or losses sustained in the event the travel arrangements are disrupted. Note that in many cases, cancellation costs may be claimed against your insurance.

19. Website and Brochure: The product descriptions, maps and images of accommodation and services in our current Website and Brochures are based on information provided by tourist offices, hotels and suppliers, and are not the opinion of Spacifica Travel. The facilities are subject to change at any time and we do not guarantee the standard, class, or fitness for purpose of that accommodation or service. Maps are shown for general information and may not reflect actual locations or services provided. Images show geographic areas, but are not necessarily included in the holiday. Hotel room images are representative only; actual rooms occupied may vary in décor and inclusions.

21. Not Happy?: If you are dissatisfied with an aspect of your holiday it is vital that you advise the supplier’s duty manager (not just reception or tour guide) of your dissatisfaction and they will try to solve the problem for you on the spot. If you are unable to get satisfaction from management you should immediately notify Spacifica Travel, preferably in writing, stating your reasons, and we will act immediately to assist you. Upon return, any complaint should be put in writing to Spacifica Travel within 10 days together with supporting documentation. Our Norfolk Island clients should contact 54400 whilst on the island for immediate assistance.

Wave Hospitality Group T/a Spacifica Travel
Level 1 / 345 Ann Street, Brisbane, 4000, GPO Box 1973, Brisbane, Qld, 4001 Ph. 07 3337 8515 Fax. 07 3221 7899 Email: res@spacificatravel.com Travel License TAG 1626; ABN 61 087 521 355; IATA 0235948 6 and TCF 4/7358.
 

Samoa Unplugged 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Travelling to Samoa in 2019

Samoa is one of the lesser known South Pacific countries to Australian tourists; most people have heard of Samoa, but they have no idea what it’s all about! We are going to answer some common questions and provide our tips for anyone who wants to travel to Samoa in 2019!


1: Location – Where should I visit?

Samoa is made up of two main islands, Upolu (home to the International Airport & capital Apia) and Savaii (the larger, but less touristy island). The two islands are both exceptionally beautiful, and both have a lot to offer visitors, but each island suits a different type of experience. You can combine both islands of course; but if you are short on time, you don’t need to visit both to have an amazing Samoa experience.

Even though it is larger in size, Savaii is less developed than Upolu. If you are all about simple, comfortable accommodation, stunning sunsets and a really authentic island experience (or want a quiet place to sit by the water and read your book), then I highly recommend a few nights on Savaii. However if you are all about the resort life – then perhaps a day trip is a better option for you.

Upolu is more developed, with lots of beautiful accommodation options to suit a range of travellers. The island also has an array of stunning natural attractions to visit. Even though it’s more advanced, it is definitely still able to offer a genuine insight into Samoan way of life. Whether you want a boutique property, something with a ‘brand name’ or a larger resort with all the facilities – Upolu has what you are looking for!


2: Duration – How long should I stay?

If you don’t know much about Samoa, this is a tough one! How long is the ultimate amount of time to stay? The island of Upolu is actually a lot bigger than it looks, so if you want to do a few different sites and attractions a 7 night stay is advisable. However if you are limited on time and looking to “flop & drop”, a 5 night stay will be perfect!

For anyone wanting to stay on both Upolu and Savaii, 7 nights is going to allow enough time to see some sites and also have the chance to relax.  Everything is quite spread out and you have to use a ferry to get between the islands. The ferry alone takes a few hours, so if you do decide to split your stay, try to do at least 2 nights in Savaii to make sure you aren’t too rushed! Alternatively there is the option to do a Savaii day trip, so you don’t have to miss out just because you aren’t staying a night.


3: Resort – Where should I stay?

Of course this question is very dependent on what type of trip you want and what type of traveller you are! Here are some suggestions and the type of traveller or holiday experience they suit!

Family: There are lots of great family friendly options in Samoa! A few favourites are Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa on the south coast of Upolu. The resort has nice large rooms and plenty of space to explore. It’s also close to natural attractions and has a great price point for families. Another popular choice is Taumeasina Island Resort; this property is close to town and has a children’s playground, multiple dining options as well as up to 3-bedrooms to cater to all different sized family groups. Another great option is the Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort, it has a complimentary kids club, a lovely beach and pool area plus the option of interconnecting rooms to allow families the option of space and privacy!

Couples: Sinalei Reef Resort (Children 12+ only) is the perfect resort for couples to get away. With a lush rainforest pool, a restaurant & bar over the water, pristine beach and snorkelling right in front of the resort, you won’t ever want to leave! If you are celebrating a special occasion, why not upgrade to the Beachfront Villa or book one of the resort’s beautiful private dining experiences to really take the trip to the next level. While the food is amazing, the property is also located walking distance to a few local beach bars, so you won’t feel like you are confined to just the eating at the resort. Another beautiful option is Le Lagoto in Savaii, home to the most magic sunsets you can imagine, the perfect backdrop to enjoy dinner on the deck with the one you love.
Luxury: For anyone chasing a little bit of luxury, you can’t look past Seabreeze Resort Samoa; this stunning boutique property is ideal for a romantic escape, a honeymoon or intimate retreat. The restaurant offers amazing dining options overlooking the stunning azure ocean. For the ultimate experience, the Honeymoon Point house has a private rock pool, outdoor shower and uninterrupted ocean views. Another few options for a luxury stay is to book an Overwater Villa at Coconuts Beach Resort & Spa or the picturesque Island Villas at Aga Reef Resort; these stunning rooms will truly make your stay unforgettable.

Group: If you are travelling with extended family or a group of friends, then Return to Paradise Resort & Spa is perfect for you! The property has a large range of room types and 2 or 3 bedroom villas with lots of space to accommodation everyone. There are a large range of activities that can be arranged from the resort and a stunning rock bar for sunset cocktails and canapes as the sun sets over the ocean. There is also a beautiful chapel for guests who want to tie the knot in paradise.

Unique: If you want a truly unique experience, there is the option of staying in a traditional fale. There are a range of options from the very traditional set up at Taufua Beach Fales, to a more westernised version at Litia Sini Beach Resort. Wake up on some on the most stunning beaches in the country while experiencing this authentic fale accommodation. This style of accommodation can be combined with a few nights at a resort, to allow you time to appreciate both styles of vacay.


4: Samoan Food – What are the must-try dishes?

 There are plenty of island dishes that you should try during your time is Samoa. Seafood is very fresh and readily available, try “Oka” the local version of the South Pacific favourite raw fish. Another really popular and versatile food is taro, both the yam and the leaves are used in Samoan dished.  If you want to know more about food in Samoa, click here for our recent blog all about food!
 

5: Activities – What should I do while I am away?

Samoa is a nature lover’s paradise with waterfalls, beaches, lush rainforest, lava and plenty of amazing swimming spots! In Upolu “must see spots” include To Sua Ocean Trench, one of the four waterfalls, Papaseea sliding rocks, the coastal walk which takes you to lava fields and Piula Cave pool! There are plenty of amazing snorkelling, fishing and surfing spots on the island as well. For anyone heading to Savaii, you must go to Alofaaga Blowholes, Afu Aau Waterfalls, the Lava tubes and the Canopy walk. If you are in Savaii overnight, it is definitely worth eating dinner on the sunset side of the island. It’s a truly amazing way to spend the night!
If you want to experience the local culture and get an understanding of Samoan history, make sure you head to the Old Apia Market, Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, and a Sunday church service and enjoy a Fiafia night!
 

Samoa Holidays:

If you would like more information about Samoa in general click here or get in touch with our team of specialist travel consultants on 1800 800 722. If you are looking for ideas on what to book, check out our package deals. As they say in Samoa Fa’afetai (Pronounced - Fa Feh Thai, meaning - Thank you).

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