Cairns, Palm Cove or Port Douglas, Australia
Best tour guide ever--Shane. We had a spectacular day including close up visits with kangaroo, koalas, wallabies, cassowary and crocodiles. GREAT lunch in the middle of the rain forest. A super riverboat in spite of POURING rain. Shane went over the top to look after us, answer our questions (even personal ones) and make sure our every concern was thoroughly addressed. Thank you, Shane.
Excellent snorkeling outing to GBR. We went to two reefs--the second was much better than the first. Elvis was a super treat--great guitarist, singer and overall entertainer. He also cooked our terrific lunch. We'll the lady staff did the side dishes. All very delicious. The also liberally provided ginger pills to avoid motion sickness. They worked.
Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
We were scheduled to arrive by cruise ship via tendered boats. The seas were so rough that the tender boats could not be deployed. Sadly, we missed the tour, but I wanted to advise potential customers that we received a full and prompt refund following one email request.
Nadi or Coral Coast, Fiji
The Whales Tale Ship looked like the oldest vessel in the harbor, but that actually added to the charm. We had a 1-hour trip to a small island and enjoyed a welcome ceremony and a sip of Kava. Aboard the vessel we had a continental breakfast with more than sufficient champagne, a very fine lunch with truly open bar, comfortable snorkeling, glass bottom boat, kayaking. Overall a great day. The guitarist and singers on the way back topped off a great day for me and my traveling companions.