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Ali_Hawk

Ali_Hawk

Australia

I love to travel and all the experience that goes with it.

Jan072014

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Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide

Adelaide, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is an excellent tour, it offered much more than I expected, I really enjoyed it. There is such a lot to see on Kangaroo Island - the ferry trip is only 45 mins and easy, the sea lion colony is fantastic, you will get right onto the beach and up close to the sea lions. The rock formations and beaches are spectatular and there is a chance to see Australian wildlife at the National Parks. It's really good. A lot to see in a day, but it's doable and the best trip I did on my South Australian visit.

Jan062014

Tour/Activity

Adelaide City Morning Sightseeing Tour

Adelaide, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This is a great way to get an overview of beautiful Adelaide. The architecture is wonderful and you will get a great appreciation of the history of this city. You will tour around the city itself, see some of the main sights including the fascinating chocolote factory - all chocolates hand made at Haigh's , free samples too! Then you will gravel to Glenelg beach, where you can take in the beach, jetty and marina. There's plenty of time and its an interesting tour.

Dec272013

Tour/Activity

Kuala Selangor Tour from Kuala Lumpur with Fireflies Boat Ride and Seafood Dinner

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is a really good tour. There is a two hour bus journey from KL to Kuala Selangor, but once you get there, there is a lot to see, not just the fireflies. Kuala Selangor is a nice place, the Butik Melawati has a great view of the Straits of Malacca and the lookout has a great view. The river is lovely. You will have dinner at the riverside then go to the Fireflies Resort, which is marvellous. It is so peaceful and really enjoyble - the silence is lovely. Then you can rest while the bus brings you back to KL. It's a great trip.

Dec272012

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Singapore Round-Island Tour with Changi Prison, Kranji War Memorial and Gardens by the Bay

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This is a very interesting tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable about Singapore history - much appreciated as we were well informed throughout the day. The Haw Par Villa is curious and the Kranji area is very informative. Lunch was at a great spot. Changi Chapel is worth a visit.

Dec262012

Tour/Activity

Malaysia Johore Bahru Half-Day Tour from Singapore

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This was an interesting tour. Malaysia is so different to Singapore! I loved the craftsmanship of the Batik - the designs and fabrics were beautiful. The Mosque was very interesting and I was pleased to get the background information from the Guide on this, as it was a new thing for me. The view of the Straits from the Mosque is marvellous and the gardens there are lovely. The city of Johore Baru is very interesting and the Guide was so knowledgable - including all the medicinal uses of the plants we saw. One thing to note, the immigration/departure process between Singapore and Malaysia may take up some time and there is no control over this, so you should expect potential adjustment to your itinerary if the process takes longer than usual. Overall, a good tour.

Dec252012

Tour/Activity

Singapore by Night Tour with Dinner along Singapore River

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

This was not what I was excpectring ... when I read the overview, I mistakenly thought that dinner "along the river" would be "on a cruise along" the river, but it isn't, it is at a restaurant at Boat Quay, which is at the riverside. Just a point. Boat Quay is a lovely spot to eat, though. The drive around the city was good for orientation - the city lights are stunning.

Dec242012

Tour/Activity

Singapore City Tour with optional Singapore Flyer

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This is a very good snapshot of Singapore city. If you don't have much time, you see a lot in a short time on this tour - you learn a lot of history and see temples, shopping areas, fantastic architecture, the wonderful National Orchid Garden, Marina Bay and the Merlion - the key things to see. This is very good, either for orientation when you first arrive - then you can decide what to go back to see with more time - or to see the highlights of Singapore if you don't have much time. I did the Singapore Flyer also, it's good. It is well worth doing this tour.

Jun062012

Tour/Activity

Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise

Cairns, Palm Cove and Northern Beaches, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is a great, but busy tour. First, you travel to Kuranda via the Scenic Railway from Central Cairns station (but I think you can arrange a pick up from Freshwater Station also). As you travel up to Kuranda you are provided with an informative commentary about the history of this fascinating track, with stunning, beautiful and sometimes breath-taking views and highlights along the way. The great part about the commentary is that you will be given good notice of items of particular interest or of places where the best photos can be taken. The trip up takes around 2 hours. Kuranda is a pretty little town - but be aware that if you take this trip you will not have a lot of time in Kuranda, 1 hour maximum, then you will need to head back to the station to catch the SkyRail to continue on your tour. The SkyRail is a lovely ride - you glide along above the rainforest treetops, which is peaceful and enjoyable. First stop is Barron Falls (an awesome waterfall, so take the time to walk the short distance to each of the three lookouts), then next stop is Red Peak - you will need to change SkyRail tracks here so you encircle the station on a boardwalk to do that. SkyRail staff are very helpful for these things. At the terminal you are met and transported to your helicopter. After you pay reef tax ($20) and get a safety briefing you fly out to the Great Barrier Reef to join the vessel where you can snorkel for a couple of hours, enjoy lunch and perhaps a trip in the glass-bottomed boat before cruising for 90 mins or so back to Cairns Reef Terminal. It is a long, but very enjoyable day out.

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Jun052012

Tour/Activity

Reef and Rainforest Tandem Sky Dive in Cairns

Cairns, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A great experience - this was really well organised and safety was a priority at all times. The skydive is a buzz, but don't bother doing your hair before you go ... it gets totally messed up in the rapid free-fall - also, you'll probably have goggle marks on your face for a while afterwards!!

Apr052012

Tour/Activity

Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor and Punchbowl Sightseeing Tour

Waikiki, Oahu

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was a very informative tour. The Guide (Aunty Em) was very knowledgeable about Honolulu, the history of the Islands and particularly the wartime events at Pearl Harbour. She was very friendly, her instructions were clear and she was always happy to take and answer questions. She had personal experience (which was particularly poignant when we visited Pearl Harbour and the Arizona Memorial site, when she relayed to us her own father's experiences here on 7th Dec 1941 and since. Excellent company - I recommend them.

Apr032012

Tour/Activity

Big Island Day Trip: Grand Circle Island from Oahu

Oahu, Hawaii

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

I took this tour with Polynesian Adventures. They are a fantastic company. To meet my group on the Big Island, I had to fly from Honolulu to Kona on Hawai'i (the Big Island). I was a sole traveller for this portion of the day and there was always somebody to meet me and guide me to the next step of my journey (exactly the same on the way back). Their arrangements all went like clockwork, timing/punctuality is excellent and the Tour Guide (Harry) on Hawai'i was always courteous and made it a priority to look after us. He gave us advice about the best spots to get photos, how to avoid queues or get the best view or understanding of something - he was really great. They all make you feel like they really care about your safety, your enjoyment and your knowledge about what you are seeing. Being a full day tour, this is a long day - it is an entire circuit of Hawai'i, but the island is so diverse, everything is fascinating. We saw the remains of centuries of lava flows and volcanic activity, black sand beaches, walked through huge lava tubes, stood at the edge of the mightly Kilauea crater, then watched as the seismographs monitored and recorded every single movement in the Earth's crust nearby. We went to Hilo, saw Rainbow Falls, indulged in the marvellous Kona Coffee and Island Macadamias - it was a great day out. The orchid farm is no longer on the itinerary though. A really good and interesting trip.

Oct262011

Tour/Activity

Hong Kong Island Half-Day Tour

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This is a great orientation for Hong Kong. The tour guide provided excellent backround information and the general itinerary is worthwhile to see the key points of interest. My favourite items were the sampan ride on Victroria harbour to taste some of the history of Hong Kong, the Stanley Markets and the view from the Peak with the Tramway ride down to Hong Kong island. A good tour.

Oct252011

Tour/Activity

Macau Day Trip from Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

I really enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide was very keen to make sure we got a good overview of the history and life in Macau - it's fascinating. We saw a great deal of the architecture which is fantastic and learned about the history of Macau. The Macau Tower is fantastic, the temple is beautiful and I loved the 15th century Portuguese/European architecture throughout the town, dispersed with more modern buildings. We didn't do any shopping, nor attend any casino's for a great length of time - this was fine with me. I think other tours are for that. The hydrofoil journey was great and easy, but the only sticking point was the lengthy process to get through immigration when we reached Macau (over an hour). However, apart from that it was great.

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