Backpacking In The South Pacific Islands: Trip Costs
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ItemCost (USD)Cost (GBP)Cost (EUR)Per NightPossibility To Reduce Cost?Comment
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International Flights$2,092£1,611€1,794$13LOWSydney > Port Vila > Apia (overnight Nadi) > Pago Pago > Apia > Rarotonga (overnight Auckland) > Papeete > Sydney (overnight Auckland)
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Interisland Flights$2,348£1,808€2,015$15LOWVanuatu X4, American Samoa X2, Cook Islands X2, French Polynesia X13
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Gifts & Souvenirs$1,247£960€1,070$8HIGHOverspent in French Polynesia...
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Accommodation$12,697£9,778€10,892$79HIGHA mix of dorms, private rooms, beach huts, self catering villas & luxury resorts
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Car/Scooter Hire$2,286£1,761€1,961$14MEDIUMVanuatu X1 (day), Samoa X3, Cook Islands X16, French Polynesia X28
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Bicycle Hire$49£38€42$0LOW~ $10-15 per day
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Food$1,812£1,395€1,554$11MEDIUMA mix of eating out in local places and self catering
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Excursions, Tours & Shows$1,870£1,440€1,604$12HIGHGuided tours, hikes, lagoon excursions, Polynesian buffet night shows
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Scuba Diving$1,354£1,042€1,161$8HIGH21 dives: Vanuatu X2, Samoa X2, Cook Islands X4, French Polynesia X13
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Transport$432£333€370$3LOWFerries, busses, airport transfers - set prices
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Gasoline$269£207€231$2LOWFuel might be cheaper than back home if coming from Europe
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Banking Fees$411£317€353$3HIGHCash withdrawals are VERY expensive. Take out maximum amount each time
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Communication$241£186€207$1MEDIUMSIM cards, prepaid data, WiFi hotspots > a digital detox will lower this cost
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Water$113£87€97$1LOWBottled water a must on some islands
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Drinks$488£376€419$3HIGHAnything non-water (beer, coffee, juice)
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Entrance Fees$156£121€134$1LOWMuseums, parks, beaches on privately owned land > very common in Vanuatu & Samoa
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Toiletries$106£82€91$1HIGHBring enough from home if heading on a short visit
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Miscellaneous$91£70€78$1LOWTaxes, fees etc > set prices
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Grand Total$27,972£18,121€20,186# Of NightsType of trip: solo backpacker
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Total Per Night$174£113€125161Time of year: October-April
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Vanuatu
Cook Islands
Samoa
American Samoa
French Polynesia