Essential information for travelers from Asia.
Welcome to the South Pacific – Our backyard. Getting here and experiencing the underwater delights of the region can be a tricky business. We’re ideally located in New Zealand ‘the gateway to the South Pacific’ to be able to assist you with all your diving, accommodation and flight needs while your in our neck of the woods.
Because we’re actually down here in the South Pacific we know what’s going on, what’s hot and what’s not. We deal with all the Island groups every day. We know the destinations and diving spots intimately – we’ve been doing this for more than 20 years. Let us take the hassle, time and stress out of putting your dive trip together. We’ll ensure that you get the most out of your trip South and that everything runs smoothly.
We are your one stop “South Pacific Dive Travel Shop” and here to help.
Getting to the South Pacific.
- Fiji (Gateway to much of the South Pacific). You can fly direct on Air Pacific from Tokyo to Fiji (Gateway to Tonga, Solomons and Vanuatu).
Brisbane (Gateway to Vanuatu, PNG, Solomons).
- Micronesia; Flights operate to Truk Lagoon and Palau from all major Asian cities, via Guam.
- Singapore: (Gateway to PNG, Malaysia and Indonesia).
- Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Queensland.
As well as being one of the world’s top diving locations, Fiji is also the gateway to the Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu. Auckland, NZ is also a convenient gateway for Vanuatu, Tonga, Niue, Brisbane - Australia, PNG, Vanuatu and the Solomon’s.
Many of these are overnight Trans pacific flights departs the Asia in the late evening and arriving in the morning, making for good daytime connections to onward destinations.
You can book flights with your preferred airline or travel agent, or through us. We are more than happy to help you with the flights, and we do have competitive through airfares not always available in Asia.
Regardless of whoever arranges your flights, Dive Fish Snow Travel can book all your hotel and diving arrangements.
There is excellent diving to be found in:
Thailand (Similan and Surin Isands)
The Phillipines (Puerta Galera and Coron)
Malaysia (Sipadan, Layang Layang)
Indonesia (Raja Empat, Bali, Komodo, Flores and other islands)
While there is currently little information on these destinations in our website, we are familiar with the premiere dive locations here and will be happy to assist you with information and bookings.
Many of the dive resorts we recommend are located in relatively remote areas. Forget the hustle and bustle of busy tourist centers and crowds of divers; in the South Pacific you’ll mostly find peace and quiet, friendly locals and uncrowded dive spots- most operators will take a maximum of 10 – 14 divers at any time.
Do take the time to read on our website about the culture and history of the countries you plan to visit to get a good understanding of just how unspoilt and pristine are the locations you are going to dive.
About Dive Fish Snow Travel
Click here to visit our About us Page »
Talk to us
We understand your travel plans and queries cant always be answered by email.
If you would like to talk with one of our dive travel consultants who’s been there done that, please email us your phone number and the most convenient time to contact you, and we’ll phone you back. We believe in personal service and we’d love to talk to you.
|Current Local Time in NZ
Call us between
8.15am-5.00pm NZ Time
Time and Day Differences.
New Zealand is 4- 6 hours ahead of Asia.
9am Tokyo time = 1pm NZ time, same day.
9am Hong Kong Time = 2pm NZ Time, same day.
9am Singapore time = 2pm NZ time, same day.
9am Bangkok time = 3pm NZ time, same day.
Dive Fish Snow Travel is IATA (International Air Transport Association) accredited and TAANZ (Travel Agents Association of New Zealand) bonded. For you this means you are in the hands of a reputable and professional operation that has the backing of trade organizations.
We recommend you purchase a good travel insurance policy to cover you whilst diving overseas.
Please check the fine print to ensure it will cover you in the event of an injury caused whilst diving. If it does not, you will need to purchase a DAN insurance policy. We can arrange this for you if you wish.
Please note that dive operators in the South Pacific will not allow you to dive without insurance specifically covering you whilst diving. So ensure you get it sorted before you leave home.
General South Pacific Information
Power in most South Pacific resorts is 240V. Power plugs are 3 pronged. Most Resorts and Liveaboards do cater for 110V as well, but it may pay to carry a plug adaptor set with you.
The South Pacific will dive your US dollar further: The US dollar goes a lot further in the Pacific.
Tipping is not customary in the Pacific, which helps make your South Pacific dive adventure even more affordable. If you receive excellent service feel free to leave a tip: it is always welcome, but never expected.
However, on liveaboards, tipping is expected. 5- 10% of the cost of the liveaboard is the normal tip for South Pacific liveaboards.
There are no poisonous or noxious flora or fauna, bugs or spiders in the South Pacific you need to be aware of. Australia has poisonous snakes, but you wont find any in the main cities or dive locations.
Malaria is prevalent in PNG and the Solomon’s, and is borderline in Santo – Vanuatu from November – April. We recommend you contact your Doctor for anti-malarial medication. Please advise your Doctor you are Diving, as some medication is not compatible with Diving.
Take the usual precautions against sunburn and dehydration. Take a good insect repellant, sunscreen and an antibiotic cream for coral cuts with you.
For your added safety, there are recompression chambers in Auckland - NZ, Brisbane and Townsville - Queensland, Port Moresby - PNG, Suva – Fiji and Port Vila – Vanuatu.
Japanese citizens are made welcome throughout the South Pacific. The terrorist threat in the South Pacific is very low. However, please take all the usual precautions to make your stay a safe one.
All citizens are always welcome in the South Pacific as dive tourism is an important income earner for the local economy. As such, much passport holders don’t require visas for most destinations, except Australia. You will receive visitors permits on arrival in each country.
Please check this at time of booking.
COMMENTS AND QUERIES.
Got a comment or query? Send us an email and we’ll get back to you quickly.
Please use email form on our Contact Us Page