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£1,677€1,935$13LOWSydney > Port Vila > Apia (overnight Nadi) > Pago Pago > Apia > Rarotonga (overnight Auckland) > Papeete > Sydney (overnight Auckland)
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Interisland Flights$2,348£1,883€2,173$15LOWVanuatu X4, American Samoa X2, Cook Islands X2, French Polynesia X13
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Gifts & Souvenirs$1,156£927€1,070$7HIGHOverspent in French Polynesia...
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Accommodation$12,006£9,628€11,109$75HIGHA mix of dorms, private rooms, beach huts, self catering villas & luxury resorts
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Car/Scooter Hire$2,142£1,717€1,982$13MEDIUMVanuatu X1, Samoa X3, Cook Islands X16, French Polynesia X28
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Bicycle Hire$45£36€42$0LOW~ $10-15 per day
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Food$1,714£1,375€1,586$11MEDIUMA mix of eating out in local places and self catering
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Excursions, Tours & Shows$1,759£1,410€1,627$11HIGHGuided tours, hikes, lagoon excursions, Polynesian buffet night shows
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Scuba Diving$1,272£1,020€1,177$8HIGH21 dives: Vanuatu X2, Samoa X2, Cook Islands X4, French Polynesia X13
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Transport$410£328€379$3LOWFerries, busses, airport transfers - set prices
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Gasoline$254£204€235$2LOWFuel might be cheaper than back home if coming from Europe
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Banking Fees$393£315€363$2HIGHCash withdrawals are VERY expensive. Take out maximum amount each time
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Communication$230£185€213$1MEDIUMSIM cards, prepaid data, WiFi hotspots > a digital detox will lower this cost
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Water$109£87€101$1LOWBottled water a must on some islands
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Drinks$465£373€430$3HIGHAnything non-water (beer, coffee, juice)
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Entrance Fees$152£122€141$1LOWMuseums, parks, beaches on privately owned land > very common in Vanuatu & Samoa
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Toiletries$100£81€93$1HIGHBring enough from home if heading on a short visit
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Miscellaneous$86£69€80$1LOWTaxes, fees etc > set prices
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Grand Total$26,647£17,808€20,547# Of NightsType of trip: solo backpacker
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Total Per Night$166£111€128161Time of year: October-April
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Vanuatu
Cook Islands
Samoa
American Samoa
French Polynesia