Phone, Internet, and Wi-Fi in the South Pacific…Oh My!
Can I get Wi-Fi in Bora Bora, Rarotonga, or Fiji?
Well, yes, but it will not be the service you most likely get back at home. Even though only 43% of homes in California have High Speed Internet access (yes, this surprised me, too! Most households in the Central Valley of California do not have High Speed Internet access, but they do have dial up, remember that?) Most of us who live in the larger cities have a good Internet speed.
When you are in the South Pacific, the most popular islands, resorts, and cities will have good Internet speed and Wi-Fi.
In the islands of the South Pacific, you will most like receive basic internet access with an upgrade available for an additional cost. This would be on islands like Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, and Rarotonga and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands. Once you get further out into the islands, the Internet speed will drastically slow down. I generally do my Wi-Fi access in the evening when usage is low.
Good news to the islands of the Tuamotus and the Marquesas in French Polynesia as the new High Speed cable will be fully hooked up by the end of December. This cable will bring much better speeds to places like Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Islands and Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas! No more standing and waiting for a connection around the post office in the islands to speak to family and friends.
Here are my suggestions for your phone and Internet connection in the islands.
1.) Definitely have an international plan for your phone for your destination.
2.) Travel with your data turned off. This way your weather channel app will not be connected to the Internet with updates and your bill will not be high.
3.) Use your phone or tablet when you have access to Wi-Fi. Most hotels and restaurants have complimentary access to basic service. Hotels may offer a higher speed for a bit more money. Also, some hotels limit the number of devices you may use during your stay. With free Wi-Fi you can easily upload pictures from your camera to clear space, or update your Facebook page to put that amazing travel photo up, or even just send an e-mail. With the phone plan in place if you need to speak with someone, perhaps you are traveling alone and you would like to speak to children or parents, then your international plan comes in to save you money. I do all of my time on Wi-Fi to save money. This usually occurs in the evening, with a glass of wine before dinner and watching the sunset!
How do you travel with Internet and Wi-Fi?
Have a great week! Let’s travel and begin planning!