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QANTAS Dreamliners Heading to Santiago

Sixty years after Qantas joined the ‘jet age’ by taking delivery of its first Boeing 707 aircraft, the airline’s newest jet—the Boeing 787 Dreamliner—will soon be headed to Santiago, Chile.

That first, four-engine 707 helped put Qantas on the world stage and provided a new level of passenger comfort. Its inaugural departed Sydney for San Francisco via Fiji and Hawaii on 29 July 1959.

It might seem quaint now, but the 707 was promoted as having not one, but two (!) galleys and an innovative “coffee maker which produced 12 cups of coffee every three minutes”. In-flight entertainment consisted of a deck of cards.

From late June 2020, however, Qantas passengers flying between Sydney and Santiago will experience a few more creature comforts offered in the airline’s next generation Economy, Premium Economy and Business cabins aboard the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

These Dreamliner services will increase flights on the route from four per week to daily, adding more than 20,000 seats each year.

The change is part of the phased delivery of the national carrier’s six additional Dreamliners, as the more efficient aircraft gradually replace the Boeing 747 aircraft on Qantas’ international network by the end of 2020.

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WE KNOW: Oahu, Hawaii

Kylie Nukanuka from The Travel Authority Resource was invited to Hawaii recently by our friends at Hawaiian Airlines.

The purpose of the trip was to get to know the island of Oahu, its hotels and resorts. Over the course of a week, Kylie got to know four hotels across the island, and enjoyed a number of Hawaii’s essential holiday experiences.

Kylie’s summary?

“Oahu is a relatively small island, and you can drive around it in a couple of hours. It is an ideal spot for all travellers as you can either join in on the hustle and bustle in Waikiki or chill out on the North Shore where it feels more like a chilled-out surfers’ town.

“I definitely recommend Hawaii as a holiday destination. Visitors could easily spend a few weeks exploring Oahu and some of Hawaii’s outer islands.”

Trip Notes

Kylie flew from Sydney with Hawaiian Airlines in Economy Class, enjoyed transfers and transport provided by Executive Chauffeur Hawaii, and stayed at:

  • Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
  • Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
  • The Kahala Hotel & Resort
  • Turtle Bay Resort

Day 1
On arrival into Honolulu on flight HA452 at 10.40am, Kylie transferred directly to Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach to check in.

“I was very lucky to have a room on the top floor with the most amazing views over Waikiki Beach”, said Kylie.

Kylie’s room with a view at Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach.

Later that afternoon, Kylie met with the hotel’s Sales team, and was taken on a top-to-bottom hotel inspection followed by cocktails by the pool.

“The hotel is a 5-minute walk to the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. It’s in a great location, and I would definitely stay here again”, added Kylie.

Day 2
The following morning after breakfast, Kylie and her travel agent companions walked to Waikiki beach to ride the waves in an outrigger canoe—a quintessential Waikiki experience.

“This was so much fun. I loved it!”, reported Kylie.

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

The group checked out at Midday and were transferred to The Kahala Hotel & Resort—the only beachfront resort in Kahala, Oahu’s most prestigious residential area, just 15 minutes from Waikiki.

Overlooking both Diamond Head and Koko Head craters, Kylie described the resort as feeling really secluded compared to the hustle and bustle of nearby Waikiki.

Ocean Front Room at The Kahala Hotel & Resort.

“In the afternoon, we met with Jacob the Hotel Manager and were taken on a site inspection of the property. The wall of fame of famous guests was seriously impressive, and we took a look at the penthouse that the Obamas stay in”, said Kylie.

The day concluded with dinner at the resort’s Seaside Grill.

Day 3
Kylie was impressed with breakfast at Kahala which included a number of non-dairy and Gluten free options.

E-bike tour at Kualoa Ranch Private Nature Reserve.

The group then checked-out and was transferred to Kualoa Ranch Private Nature Reserve for an E-bike tour. This leisurely adventure sets off from the Visitor Center and into the valleys of Kualoa’s 4000 acres of natural beauty, and
through movie locations from Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, Kong Skull Island, Godzilla, 50 First Dates, LOST and Hawaii Five-0.

“After Kualoa Ranch we headed to the Polynesian Cultural Center which was a highlight for me”, said Kylie.

The Polynesian Cultural Center has 6 island villages representing the unique island cultures of Hawaii, Fiji, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Samoa, Tahiti, and Tonga.

The group was then transferred north to Turtle Bay Resort located on Oahu’s legendary North Shore.

“In the evening we were met by Lauren, the resort’s Sales Rep, who showed us through the property. Then we had a great meal at Kula Grille. Turtle Bay Resort is quite remote, so the hotel offers their own tours and excursions”, reports Kylie.

Ocean View Junior Suite at Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu.

Day 4
Unfortunately for Kylie, inclement weather meant that scheduled snorkeling with the turtles and horse riding activities were cancelled.

Surfing is also popular at Turtle Bay Resort.

After checking-out, the group travelled along the North Shore coast to a little surf town called Haleiwa where the first Hawaiian shave ice shop was opened. Now an iconic Hawaiian treat, shave ice was introduced by Japanese immigrants when they came to Hawaii to work in sugar plantations.

Enjoying shave ice in Haleiwa.

In the afternoon, Kylie returned to Waikiki and checked-in to the famous Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort.

“This truly is the best spot right on Waikiki beach”, says Kylie.

The iconic Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort.

Day 5
With a morning departure for the airport, the group met early with Cassie from the Outrigger for breakfast in the hotel’s Voyager 47 Club Lounge followed by a site inspection.

The Outrigger’s Voyager 47 Club Lounge.

Then it was off to the airport to meet Hawaiian Airlines flight HA451 to Sydney.

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Hawaiian Airlines Australia Day Sale

Our friends at Hawaiian Airlines has come to the party this Australia Day with a fab flash sale that ends on 31 January.

The sale only runs for a week but, seriously, how much time do you need to think about dashing off to Hawaii for some serious down-time?

Don’t delay. This sale ends on 31 January or sooner if sold out!

FROM SYDNEY
Prices to Honolulu start from just $746 or 74,600 Amex Points return.
Departure dates: 25 January to 09 April 2019, and 21 April to 25 June 2019.

FROM BRISBANE
Prices to Honolulu start from just $752 or 75,200 Amex Points return
Departure dates: 25 January to 04 April 2019, and 20 April to 17 June 2019

Ask us about sale fares to Hawaiian destinations beyond Honolulu—places like Kahului, Kona, Hilo, Lihue, Lanai City, Molokai and Kapalua—from Sydney from just $858 (85,800 Amex Points) return, or Brisbane from $864 (86,400 Amex Points) return.

Fares are also available from other Australian cities and regional departure points.

The maximum stay on these fares is 3-months and changes are not permitted to the journey origin or destination once your fare has been ticketed.

Changes are permitted to travel dates within the original stipulated travel periods at a fee of AU$200 per change per ticket.

Fares shown here are correct at 24 January 2019 but are subject to availability and change without notice. Cancellation fees as well as other terms and conditions apply.

For more information and to book, simply leave us a note in the form below, or CALL US to discuss your specific requirements.

Aloha!

Sydney to Hawaii – Ovation’s BIG 2020 Early Bird Offer

In April each year a host of ships depart Australian waters, relocating to their new ports for the Northern Hemisphere Summer.

Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas is one of those ships. Nearly 350 metres long, Ovation can carry almost 5,000 guests on 16 guest decks.

In short, she is enormous and a genuine destination in her own right.

Ovation of the Seas is home to luxury retail offerings, fine dining and casual eateries, and near-endless activity and entertainment options to satisfy the most discerning cruiser.

And as she heads north for our winter in April 2020, Ovation is also home to remarkable value for those who book early.

Take a look at what we have managed to package together for under $160 per day in 2020:

A 17-night New Zealand, Tahiti & Hawaii cruise from Sydney to Honolulu with all of these fabulous inclusions:

Terms & Conditions: All prices quoted are correct at time of publication. Advertised offers are subject to limited availability. Prices quoted are per person for the dates, accommodation, board basis, departure points specified and based on twin cabin occupancy. Prices include where applicable accommodation and flights, taxes and fuel charges. Transfers & gratuities may not be included please ask prior to booking. We reserve the right to withdraw these offers without notice. Full booking terms and conditions apply. 

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