Category: Oceania and Australia

Lake Bismarck

Lake Bismarck

In the southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean, north of Papa New Guinea, is Lake Bismarck. This part of the sea is located south of the Bismarck Archipelago and the Admiralty Islands and it is mainly known for the battle that took place here during World War II when Japan suffered a very large military defeat. Lake Bismarck is named after the German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck.

Geography and history

Lake Bismarck is surrounded to the east and south by the Bismarck Archipelago. To the south, the sea is bordered by Papua New Guinea, which is the eastern part of the island of New Guinea. In the northern part of the lake are the Admiralty Islands which are also part of Papua New Guinea. South of the Bismarck Archipelago is Lake Solomon, which is reached through the Vitiaz Strait. Historically, half of New Guinea was divided between Germany and Great Britain, which meant that Germany had control of Lake Bismarck from the end of the 19th century until the beginning of the First World War. It was also then that the sea part was named after the German Chancellor. One can not talk about this sea without mentioning the battle during World War II when Japan’s invasion of the western Pacific region was stopped, so let’s take a closer look at what happened…

The Battle of Lake Bismarck

The Battle of Lake Bismarck took place on March 2-4, 1943. US and Australian air forces then attacked Japanese escort ships carrying troops en route to Lae in New Guinea. This meant a great loss for Japan. The fact that Japanese troops were even on site was due to the decision to strengthen its position in the southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean. The plan was to avoid jungle and mountain terrain by letting the troops travel by sea to Lae. This was done despite being aware of the Allies’ presence in the area.

The reason why the Allies were able to attack the Japanese troops so forcefully was that they were fully aware of what was going on as they had managed to get information about this in advance via interception. When the Japanese convoy left on February 28 from the Simspon port in Rabaul, they were on their way to a massive attack from the USA that was waiting for them. Nearly half of the Japanese troops died and the rest were shipped back to Rabaul. Only a few reached Lae. After this, Japan gave up attempts to strengthen Lae with ships and this meant that they failed to stop the Allies’ advance on New Guinea.

Lake Bismarck

What could a package tour to Australia look like?

What could a package tour to Australia look like?

In the high season between June and August, the prices of a package tour to Australia are usually the highest. Nevertheless, the travel time according to the desired route must be taken into account. You should not save at the wrong end here, as there are several climate zones Down Under and it can get accordingly cool and / or wet. Furthermore, the most famous sights on the selected route should always be approached during a round trip .

Example of a 3-week package tour

The following process is an example of what a 21 day package tour to Australia could look like. It should be noted that the program is only briefly summarized here and there are also many other variants on offer:

Day 1: Arrival in Sydney

After the greeting you will be driven to your hotel. Now you can relax a little and design the first day in the impressive metropolis according to your taste.

Day 2: Sydney City Tour & City Exploration

During a guided city tour you will discover the lively metropolis. Whether it’s a port trip with lunch, a hike along the coast to the famous Bondi Beach, a guided tour of the opera house or the exploration of the most interesting parts of the city, this day will fill your daily program with great activities. The evening, on the other hand, is at your disposal.

Day 3: Day trip to the Blue Mountains National Park

Today the picturesque Blue Mountains with their striking rock formation, the “Three Sisters”, are visited. After an eventful day in the nature of the Australian hinterland, you will return to Sydney, where you will enjoy your dinner at the imposing Darling Harbor.

Day 4: Flight from Sydney to Yulara (Ayers Rock)

Transfer to the airport to take a domestic flight to the outback town of Yulara, near the legendary Ayers Rock (Uluru). On a tour you have the opportunity to explore the world-famous rock in the afternoon. Enjoy the spectacular sunset with a glass of sparkling wine from a good vantage point. Afterwards, an authentic Australian barbecue under the most beautiful starry sky is on the program.

Day 5: Drive to the nearby Olgas (Kata Tjuta)

After a delicious breakfast in the Visitor Center, continue to the impressive rock formation called Kata Tjuta (Olgas). A hike through the Walpa Gorge and the Valley of the Winds will inspire you. After an eventful afternoon, return to the Ayers Rock Resort, where you can relax and / or use your time as you please.

Day 6: Drive from Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon

You leave the Ayers Rock Resort in the morning and continue to the mighty Watarrka National Park, or better known as Kings Canyon.

Day 7: Hike & continue to Alice Springs

You start your hike through the impressive gorge early in the morning. The breathtaking landscapes with excellent views of the Australian outback and the path through the canyon are simply an experience in a class of its own. At noon you will visit a camel farm and travel on to the outback capital Alice Springs.

Day 8: Sightseeing of Alice Springs & onward flight to Cairns

Today you have the opportunity to learn about the wildlife of the red center. The Alice Springs Desert Park gives you the best insights into this. You will also learn more about the life of the indigenous people, the Aborigines. After visiting the Royal Flying Doctors headquarters and the old telegraph station, you will fly to the tropical diving capital in the state of Queensland: Cairns.

Day 9: Sailing trip through the Great Barrier Reef

Today is an absolute highlight of your package tour. You go on a full day sailing trip through the largest coral reef on earth, the Great Barrier Reef. On the way you have the opportunity to explore the colors of the corals and the diversity of fish. Whether you are swimming, snorkeling or while sailing a glass-bottom boat, you will get up close and personal with the marine life of Australia. On the deck, however, there is a delicious lunch buffet as well as sparkling wine and snacks for the sunset.

Day 10: Tour of Kuranda

Day 10 is the green, mountainous hinterland of the Down Unders. First, enjoy the fantastic views from the legendary Kuranda Railway, a leisurely train that probably covers the most beautiful train route on the 5th continent. When you arrive in Kuranda, the colorful hippie market awaits you with fresh products, unusual clothing and handmade jewelry. At the end of the day, take the Kuranda Gondola across the Queensland rainforest to then dine in a very special restaurant.

Day 11: Over the Atherton Tablelands to Townsville

The region’s mountainous highlands are called the Atherton Tableands. Lakes, waterfalls, rainforest and pure nature characterize this day, which ends in the subtropical city of Townsville.

Day 12: Airlie Beach & Hamilton Island

After getting to know the animal world in the Billabong Sanctuary, drive to the small but lively starting point to the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands: Airlie Beach. From here you take a boat to Hamilton Island, where crystal clear water, snow-white sand and true South Seas flair await you. One thing is certain: the Whitsundays should not be missing on any well-organized package tour to Australia.

Day 13: Free time on Hamilton Island

Relaxation, sun, beach and sea is the motto of today. Relax and enjoy the Whitsundays island world. Those who would like to do a little more can, for example, take a trip to beautiful Whitehaven Beach. This beach is certainly one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and therefore adorns countless postcards.

Day 14: Flight to Brisbane & on to Noosa

After the flight to the capital of Queensland, you will travel on to the wonderful Sunshine Coast. The cozy town of Noosa awaits you with many cafes, beautiful beaches, a national park and the Noosa Everglades.

Day 15: Safari on Fraser Island

Explore the striking sand island of Fraser Island by 4WD (all-wheel drive). Whether dunes, beautiful lakes, wild dingoes, miles of beaches or subtropical rainforests, everyone who wants to discover Australia’s nature will get their money’s worth here. Of course, a swim in the crystal clear Lake McKenzie is a must. Then it’s back to Noosa.

Day 16: Free time in Noosa

Enjoy your free day in Noosa by either exploring the Everglades by canoe, exploring the flora and fauna in the National Park, or just relaxing on the beach.

Day 17: Brisbane & Gold Coast

Today you travel to Brisbane, where you will take an organized city tour to get to know the modern metropolis. After great impressions, we continue to the Gold Coast. Long beaches, high waves, many shopping malls, wild parties and passionate surfers characterize the Surfers Paradise district.

Day 18: Byron Bay visit

Byron Bay is a very special place on earth. Whether dream beaches, a wild hinterland, the best surfing conditions or unusual hippie markets, the alternative location Byron Bay is a great highlight of the east coast.

Day 19: Coffs Harbor, Port Macquarie & Hunter Valley

Via the pretty coastal towns of Coffs Harbor and Port Macquarie, it goes into the world-famous Hunter Valley. In the idyllic wine region, a wine tasting awaits you at a first-class winery, where you will also be served a delicious dinner.

Day 20: Free time in Sydney

After arriving at your hotel, the day in Sydney is at your own leisure. Explore Sydney on your own, buy the last few souvenirs or just spend some time on one of the numerous beaches.

Day 21: Transfer to Sydney Airport & flight home

After you have been brought to Sydney Airport, your flight home is due, on which you can review your unforgettable journey through Australia.


Fiji Travel

Fiji Travel


Palm beaches, lagoons, coral reefs – Fiji has them all and more! The more than 300 islands in the South Pacific offer pure South Sea feeling .

On the two main islands Viti Levu and Vanua Levu you will also find colonial architecture, lively markets in the capital and port city of Suva, first-class food, tranquility and nature experience in tropical vegetation, fascinating marine reserves and reefs.

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At a glance


National language: Fijian and English

Capital: Suva on the island of Viti Levu; Nadi on Viti Levu with the international airport is much more important for tourism, with around 15,000 inhabitants

Local time: CET +11 hours / summer time +10 hours

Entry requirements: Valid passport (still valid for at least 6 months) for a stay of up to 4 months. If you are traveling to or from the USA, please note the ESTA regulations. A visa for Australia is required for arrival or onward travel via Australia (free of charge).

Vaccination requirements: No vaccinations required.

Local currency: Fiji Dollar (FJD)

Recommendation: Withdraw cash on site on the main island of Viti Levu at ATMs with an EC card with the Maestro symbol (not always guaranteed) or with a credit card. Credit cards are accepted in hotels and shops.

Power supply: 240 volts alternating current, 50 Hz., Adapter required

Best travel time: all year round. According to, the months May to October are a little cooler with 25-27 ° C, otherwise temperatures around 28-31 ° C and a little more humid from November to April.


13 days round trip from / to Fiji incl. 5 days cruise on the M / V Reef Endeavor

  • everything from a single source: can also be booked with flights from Germany / Austria / Switzerland
  • from 1 person (cruise and boat transfers with several participants)

On this round trip you will get to know the Yasawas archipelago during a comfortable cruise. Then visit the original garden island of Taveuni, which is crossed by the date line. Relaxed days on a small island belonging to the Mamanucas group conclude this journey into the Melanesian culture.

Day 1: Viti Levu

Upon arrival on Fiji’s main island, traditional greeting and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: Viti Levu – Yasawas

Transfer to the port and embarkation for your cruise to the northern Yasawa archipelago.

3rd-5th Day: Yasawas

On the cruise you will visit small island villages and get to know their inhabitants. Ancient Melanesian culture and activities such as swimming and snorkeling in beautiful bays and coral reefs make an ideal combination. You will take part in a traditional Meka and Lovo festival and enjoy the sun on the most beautiful beaches of the northern Yasawas.

Day 6: Viti Levu – Taveuni

In the morning arrival at the port and transfer to the airport. Then domestic flight to Taveuni Island. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 7: Taveuni

Experience the original life on the garden island Taveuni. Your hotel will be happy to help you organize a small tour of the island by taxi. The date line runs right through Taveuni. So you can visit the little shop that opens first in the world in the morning.

8th-9th Day: Taveuni

Enjoy the real Fiji on the tropical island with its wonderful vegetation. The dive sites around Taveuni are among the best in the world.

Day 10: Taveuni – Matamanoa

Transfer to the airport and flight to Nadi. Then transfer to the port and boat transfer to the island of Matamanoa, which belongs to the Mamanucas archipelago. F.

11.-12. Day: Matamanoa

The small island with only one resort is the ideal place for more perfect vacation days. The diving and snorkeling area around Matamanoa is one of the most beautiful of the Mamanucas. The good service provided by the friendly staff and the wide range of offers will ensure you have relaxed, yet varied days. F.

Day 13: Matamanoa – Viti Levu

Boat transfer to Viti Levu and transfer to the airport.

Cruise ship “M / V Reef Endeavor”
The M / V Reef Endeavor is a small, comfortable ship for a maximum of 130 passengers (language on board is English).
The facilities include 2 bars, a large dining room, 2 lounges, 24 hour tea and coffee bar, pool with sundeck, a spa with sauna and a small fitness area, book & DVD rental and laundrette. On this cruise you will stay in a cabin on the upper 3 decks with a double bed or 2 single beds, bathroom with shower / toilet, air conditioning and 2 panoramic windows.

Prices and dates due to the current Corona situation are still subject to confirmation by the partner agencies on site. / Price surcharges for the turn of the year, Easter and local holidays are possible.

Included services:

  • Fiji Airways flights as listed / Economy Class
  • Environmental contribution green climate

Round trip (1st-2nd and 6th-13th day):

  • 8 nights in a double room in high-class hotels
  • Catering according to the program
  • Transfers as described
  • English speaking local tour guide

Cruise (2nd-6th day):

  • 4 nights in double cabins on the M / V Reef Endeavor (stateroom upper deck) with full board
  • Excursions and sightseeing during the cruise with a local English-speaking guide
  • South Seas travel guide

Services not included:

  • Excursions and entrance fees during the tour, tips, drinks and personal expenses

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Travel to Cook Islands

Travel to Cook Islands


Northeast of New Zealand, the Cook Islands are far away from everyday stress . According to, the archipelago consists of 15 islands. Rarotonga is the largest island with wonderful mountains and the capital Avarua. From here you should plan a detour to Aitutaki and visit the beautiful lagoon.

In addition to enjoying the peace and quiet, the Cook Islands are great for diving, discovering Maori culture and, of course, getting married in a particularly romantic way on one of the dream beaches.

Cook Islands Map

At a glance


National language: Maori and English

Capital: Avarua on Rarotonga, approx. 5,000 inhabitants

Local time: CET -11 hours / daylight saving time -12 hours

Entry requirements: Valid passport (valid for at least 6 months) for stays of up to 31 days. An onward flight ticket is also required. If you are traveling to or from the USA, please note the ESTA regulations. A visa for Australia is required for arrival or onward travel via Australia (free of charge).

Vaccination requirements: No vaccinations required.

Local currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

Recommendation: Withdraw cash on site in Rarotonga and Aitutaki or in New Zealand at ATMs with an EC card with the Maestro symbol (not always guaranteed) or with a credit card. Credit cards are accepted in hotels and shops.

Power supply: 240 volts alternating current, 50 Hz., Adapter required

Best travel time: all year round. The months June to August are a little cooler with 26 ° C, otherwise temperatures around 28-30 ° C and a little more humid from November to March.


12 days cruise from / to Tahiti

  • everything from a single source: can also be booked with flights from Germany / Austria / Switzerland
  • from 2 people

A cruise on the luxurious MS Paul Gauguin is the most relaxed way to get to know the beauty and diversity of the islands of French Polynesia. The ship was specially built for the low waters in this region and can anchor in small harbors or in front of the most enchanting backdrops of the South Seas. Peace, relaxation and intimacy await you on board: 215 crew members pamper a maximum of 330 guests, there are neither overcrowding nor queues. Five different routes lead along the 118 islands of French Polynesia, excellent land programs will inspire you.

Day 1: Tahiti

Embarkation in the afternoon. A.

Day 2: Huahine

Time spent: 8:00 to 5:00 p.m. F / L / D
Around 175 km northwest of Tahiti you reach the volcanic island of Huahine, one of the largest islands of French Polynesia.

Day 3: day at sea

Enjoy the day on deck. F / M / A

Day 4: Aitutaki (Cook Islands)

Laying time: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. B / L / D
Detour to the Cook Islands.

Day 5: Rarotonga (Cook Islands)

Mooring time: 09:00 am – 05:00 pm B / L / D
Today you anchor off Rarotonga, the largest of the Cook Islands.

Day 6: day at sea

Relax on the deck of the ship. F / M / A

Day 7: Bora Bora

Laying time: from 8:00 a.m. B / L / D
Bora Bora offers fascinating volcanic landscapes, sandy coral islands and lagoons and of course some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Day 8: Bora Bora

Lying time: until 11 p.m. B / L / D
A trip with the glass-bottom boat or a helicopter flight? Enjoy the amenities of the island or relax on the white dream beaches.

Day 9: Tahaa (Motu Mahana)

Lying time: 09:00 am – 05:00 pm B / L / D
Today the island beauty Tahaa is on the program. It is one of the so-called Leeward Islands and is surrounded by a coral reef.

Day 10: Moorea

Lying time: from 8:00 a.m. B / L / D
In sight of Tahiti is its sister island Moorea. The remains of a volcanic crater rise up to a height of 800 m on the tropical green island.

Day 11: Moorea

Laying time: until 5:00 p.m. B / L / D
Before the short crossing to Tahiti you will spend the day in the pristine bays of Moorea. Here you will experience one of the most beautiful islands of French Polynesia.

Day 12: Tahiti

Disembarkation in the morning. F.

MS Paul Gauguin
3 restaurants / 2 lounges 24-hour cabin service / internet cafe / swimming pool / water sports platform / beauty and fitness center / library / casino / language on board: English & French / currency on board: US $

Cabin categories
All 165 cabins have a sea view as well as air conditioning, bathroom with bathtub / shower, hairdryer, television, CD / DVD player, minibar, safe, telephone.

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