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Journeys : August September 2009
with RACT Travelworld Been there, done that Jenny’s been back to Bali – Althea says hi to Hawaii ‘Aloha’ is the warm greeting that meets you on arrival into Honolulu, the capital of the island of Oahu, Hawaii. I recently had the opportunity to travel to Bali with Garuda Orient holidays, visiting all the popular tourist and accommodation hot spots. Bali has always been a favourite destination of mine, but I had not revisited Bali for almost 10 years, so many things had changed. Our flights were with Garuda Indonesia and the relatively short flight was extremely comfortable, with excellent service. We inspected accommodation stretching throughout Bali from the beaches and shopping surrounds of Kuta to the wonderful relaxing spas of Ubud. There are now so many options – villas and apartments are very popular and reasonable – but be warned, they do book out early. For a perfect balance, a beach stay in Seminyak together with a short stay in Ubud should suit most holiday makers. For anyone wishing to sample the culinary delights of Bali, the restaurants throughout are brilliant and very clean. Many of the chefs are from Australia – we even found Tasmanian Atlantic salmon on many menus! I visited the Elephant Safari Park at Taro, 20 minutes from Ubud, which is fantastic. As well as amazing elephant interaction it has full restaurant facilities and great accommodation packages, perfect for couples and families alike. Some members of our group visited Taman Bali Safari Park, a new and dynamic wildlife park 20 minutes from Sanur – others learned to surf with Rip Curl Surf School on Legian Beach. You might also like to try a traditional Bali cooking class or enjoy a round of golf in Nusa Dua at the Bali Golf and Country Club – or for complete relaxation, the many spas with traditional Balinese massage are bound to let you forget the outside world. I loved my time in Bali and had almost forgotten what a fabulous destination this is. Not once during our stay was there any concern regarding safety. Security is located at every hotel with the minimum of fuss and will not disrupt your holiday. I plan to return next year on our annual family holiday. Jenny Jenny Fulton is our Glenorchy Branch team leader. Through her 17 years of working in travel, she has explored many international destinations, but Asia remains her favourite – Jenny has led a number of guided tours to Vietnam. Call her direct on 6232 6587. Here the weather is tropical all year round with temperatures in the summer months of April-November averaging 24-31º and winter December-March 18-25º, with rainfall mainly at night. Honolulu has something for everybody. Discover the history of Hawaii at the Bishop Museum where they have daily activities such as storytelling, lava-melting demonstrations, planetarium shows and hands-on activities for children. A visit to Pearl Harbour and the Arizona Memorial is a must and it is hard to believe you can still see the remains of the USS Arizona battleship below the memorial . Getting around the island of Oahu is easy – you can hire a car, motorbike or moped or catch ‘The Bus’ which is only US$2 per trip. The Trolley is another way of getting around Honolulu on routes that will take you to the Ala Moana Shopping complex, to Diamond Head to see the crater and the views, as well as on the historic Honolulu sightseeing tour. Honolulu is a shopper’s paradise with shopping at Waikele Premium Outlets where you can pick up some great bargains from stores such as Calvin Klein, Coach, Polo and Ralph Lauren, to name a few. The Ala Moana shopping centre is one of the world’s largest openair shopping precincts, with over 290 luxury brand-name shops and local speciality shops, fine dining restaurants and an international food court. The new Beach Walk is another shopping complex right in Waikiki on two levels, specialising in jewellery and accessories, art and swimwear. They also offer cultural activities such as the art of lei making, the Hawaiian language, learning how to hula and play the ukulele. There’s a cosmopolitan dining scene, with Italian, seafood, Chinese, Japanese and American-style steak houses and the cost is similar to what you would pay in Australia. I recommend the Cheese Cake Factory for lunch – one meal is enough for two to share! Hawaii is only a 10 hour flight from Sydney. There’s so much to do and see – and of course, you must give yourself time to relax and enjoy the beaches and the warm waters. Althea Althea Harrison has been involved in the travel industry for 30 years, 10 of them with RACT Travelworld. She has lived and worked in London and Edinburgh and has travelled widely in Europe. Travel highlights have been cruising the Inside Passage of Alaska and the South Pacific. She also loves European cities like London, Vienna and Prague. Contact Althea at our Launceston branch on 6335 5655. Kingston Shop 49A Channel Court Phone 6232 6511 Glenorchy Corner Terry Street and Main Road Phone 6232 6587 Launceston Corner York and George Streets Phone 6335 5655 Devonport 119 Rooke Street Mall Phone 6498 7577 Ulverstone RACT Travelworld 38 Reibey Street Phone 6490 8350 Burnie 24 North Terrace Phone 6434 2955 August / September 09 53
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