South Pacific

South Pacific MovieOhhhh, not that South Pacific! Sheesh… but here’s a trivia question – most people know the musical South Pacific and can sing some of the songs (There Is Nothing Like a Dame, Bali Ha’i, Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair, Younger Than Springtime) but can you name the male and female leads in the movie version? Answer at the end.

Cane & Able Travel can arrange holiday packages to the South Pacific that include flights, accommodation, transfers and tours. We have lived in the Pacific, visit regularly and have been arranging travel for guests since 2003. We have the local destination knowledge, know what is possible for the disabled traveller and we have the most competitive prices as we have negotiated rates directly with the resorts. We are a licensed Australian travel agency and a member of the Travel Compensation Fund.

Local boys on the beach VanuatuApart from cruising, the South Pacific isn’t quite up to First World standards when it comes to facilities for disabled travellers but there are lots of options if you are able to get about with just cane assistance – and there are some (limited) options for travellers in wheelchairs.

The tropical humidity makes my particular MS worse but I try to travel in the cooler months and I can get by with a cane to assist. I always hire an air-conditioned car in Vanuatu as I find that easier and less tiring than hopping on and off buses. Having said that, the local ni-Vanuatu people are always forthcoming when assistance would be welcome.

Fiji FishFiji is more a ‘resort’ destination, where you choose a resort and pretty much enjoy the activities and facilities there. I have hired a car in Fiji as well, but that was just for ease of checking out resorts on the mainland.

The main island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands is easy to get around on the swish local buses (it takes less than an hour to circumnavigate the whole island) and hire cars work well there, too.

While a visit to town, restaurants and attractions is easy, the resorts provide most of the holiday experience.

Tjibaou Cultural CentreSamoa is culturally fascinating and scenically beautiful but probably not the best choice for travellers wanting full disabled facilities.  Of all the Pacific destinations that we promote, New Caledonia (right) has the best infrastructure for disabled travellers as it is quite ‘French’ and modern in attitude and application.

We know the resort owners/managers so can request a room that is near the restaurant and recreational facilities.  We are also experienced in using and arranging wheelchairs with the airlines – even if you have cane-assisted mobility, a wheelchair can be very handy if you are in a hurry or the boarding gate is a distance away.

Feel free to contact us for advice on travelling with a disability in the Pacific, cost and obligation free. We’re here for a chat.

Vanuatu kayaking from Bokissa on SantoAnd for more on the specific destinations and general travel information in a handy A to Z format, click here for:

Vanuatu

Fiji

Cook Islands

Samoa

New Caledonia

And who is the happy Hollywood couple starring in the movie South Pacific?  Mitzi Gaynor and Rossano Brazzi, of course!