Samara Birch

Specialist Interests:

Ocean Cruising | Group Travel | Destination Weddings | Beach & Sun | Family Travel

Specialist Destinations:

Australia | South Pacific

In Travel Since:

2010

My Tip for Holiday Planning:

Research and read reviews. For anything that is a must-do on your list, book in advance to avoid disappointment. I like to have my holiday planned out but that includes a few free days too.

Languages

English
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Samara Birch's Background

Trying new cuisines is high up there on my favourite things to do while travelling. I am all for immersing myself in another culture and visiting the local communities.

I would consider myself a South Pacific expert and in particular Vanuatu. After completing my Business and Tourism degree I moved to Port Vila for 7.5 years. There I owned several successful tourism and events businesses on the islands of Efate and Aneityum.

I have coordinated over 300 weddings plus many MICE events and have experience working within different sectors of the cruising industry from shore tour agent, tour operator, and most recently as a cruise and travel consultant. My passion and enthusiasm for cruising continues to grow each year.

There is nothing better than exploring with my family and our goal is to visit at least one new country every year.

Australia: Surfers Paradise (lived here for 3 years 2006-2009) visited most recently 2019. Hamilton Island (2018)
South Pacific: Port Vila (lived here 2009-2016) and travel back 2-3 times each year since, Luganville (2012/2013/2014), Tanna (2012-2020), Mystery Island (2014-2020). Denarau Island (2016 and 2017), Noumea (2014)
New Zealand: Auckland (2013 and 2018), Taupo (2018), Rotorua (2018), Tauranga (2018), Ohakune (2018), Waitomo (2018).
Asia: Singapore & Sentosa Island (2019), Phuket (2014), Kuala Lumpur (2014) Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Sa pa (2012), Bali – several times but most recently (2012), Lombok (2012). Beijing (2005), Shanghai (2005)
◆ Royal Caribbean
◆ Carnival Cruises
◆ P&O Cruises

Destination Recommendation:

Vanuatu is so close to home for us Aussies. A lot of people don’t realise that the flight is only 2.5 hours from Brisbane or 3.5 hours from Sydney. You can literally fly there for a weekend island escape or better yet enjoy a week long cruise around the islands.

Hotel Recommendation:

Village Hotel Sentosa; This hotel has everything for a perfect family holiday; luxe rooms, kids activities, delicious breakfast buffet, amazing pools including adults only and a superb location to everything that Sentosa has to offer.

Ship Recommendation:

For family and group travel, Royal Caribbean has something for everyone.
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