Educators' post-trip comments

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Appalachian State University (North Carolina, USA), Rich Campbell, Associate Director, Outdoor Programs:
'An incredible experience for our students; professional and of the utmost quality. Tamarillo’s vision, organisation, attention to detail, fun spirit and local connections all came together in one seamless, life-changing experience for our students. The Italy program with its blend of culture, landscapes, incredible people and of course the food, made this experience unforgettable. The care with which the guides looked after our students was amazing. They learned so much, and this will be one of the most amazing experiences of their lives.'

Brigham Young University (Utah, USA), Sam St Clair, Plant and Wildlife Sciences:
'Tamarillo Travel put together a phenomenal 38-day itinerary to New Zealand, Australia and Fiji for our group of 24 students. I was so impressed how the entire trip was customized for us to enhance learning and to give our students cultural experiences that were beautiful and profound. The guides were outstanding, the accommodations comfortable and safe and we paid less than previous groups where the professor had organized the itinerary. In my entire career Anthony is one of the most professional and capable people I’ve ever worked with. He is incredibly good at what he does and it translated to a life-changing experience for our students.  We loved our experience so much that we have asked Tamarillo Active Travel to put together two more trips for BYU study abroad groups for next year. I anticipate we will be working with Tamarillo for years to come.  Highly, highly recommended!!'

Georgetown University (Washington DC, USA), Russ Watts, Outdoor Education director:
'A magical experience - the best eco-tour I could have ever imagined. The guides were not only professional, but spectacularly friendly, with the ability to educate and encourage in every moment. Everyone I talk to about the Fiji trip is amazed that we did so much, and had so many wonderfully enriching experiences in only 10 days. Tamarillo Active Travel is on our must-do list for every year from this year on out.'

The Harpeth Hall School (Tennessee, USA), Lisa Keen:
'Tamarillo's guides and staff showed complete mastery of the culture and terrain. The student group emerged as well-seasoned travelers after our South Pacific adventure.'

Miami University (Ohio, USA), Lee Harrington, Sociology department:
'I have nothing but positive things to say about working with Tamarillo Active Travel on a 3-week study abroad trip to Fiji in January 2015. Superb on-the-ground contacts, thorough up-front preparation, attention to detail throughout, and utmost professionalism. The 6-night village homestay was a powerful living/learning experience for our students, who particularly valued getting to know our Fijian guides - it was the highlight of our trip. I highly recommend Tamarillo as an educational partner - working with them was a pleasure.'

Earlham College (Indiana, USA), Jay Roberts, Environmental Studies:
'One of the things we most appreciated about working with Tamarillo is their extensive experience working with groups in educational (as opposed to just recreational) contexts. As a university program that aims to go deeper than simple cookie-cutter tourism experiences, Tamarillo listened carefully to our educational objectives and designed a program that fit those needs perfectly.

'We did not feel like just another group with Tamarillo. Rather, the program truly was customized and gave us the outcomes we were looking for. The staff built relationship with our students and faculty such that it became much more of a collective endeavor than a guided trip. At the end of the program, we were amazed at all we achieved and experienced in such a short period of time and how seamlessly it went given significant weather and logistical challenges.

'If you want to avoid being treated like just another client in a mass-tourism venture and are looking for a unique and personal educational experience, we can highly recommend Tamarillo Active Travel.'

Brigham Young University (Utah, USA), Patti Freeman, Recreation Management and Youth Leadership department:
'From my first e-mail contact with Tamarillo to saying goodbye on a sandy beach in Kadavu, my expectations and hopes for the Fiji program were not only met but exceeded. The itinerary was expertly crafted to meet our educational goals and group needs. It was clear from being in Kadavu with Anthony that he has gained the trust and respect of the Fijians and this made our experience the best it could be. Without Tamarillo’s team of Fijian guides and support crew we could not have experienced the people, villages, landscape, ocean, and uninhabited islands like we did. I can’t imagine experiencing Fiji any other way. I highly recommend this program to any group who desires to feel more like family than tourists while in Fiji.'

Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah), Steve and Stacey Petersen, Plant and Wildlife Sciences department:
'Tamarillo Active Travel was perfect for our study abroad group: respectful of our academic objectives and budget while delivering a ‘spot on’ week in Fiji. After four weeks of travel in New Zealand and Australia we were worried that our students would grow tired during their last week in Fiji but Tamarillo made the experience new and interesting. Our students were very grateful for the comfort of Papageno Resort and equally appreciative of the challenge of the sea-kayaking and the authenticity of the village stay. All parts of our five-day program were exciting and memorable. One student comment was ‘I loved everything: the resort, the kayaking and especially the village stay. This was a life-changing experience.’ We look forward to working with Tamarillo on future trips.'

Lees-McRae College (North Carolina, USA), Scott Crawford, Global Community Center director:
'I’ve led a lot of trips and observed a lot of guide companies in action. The fact is many miss the mark. They offer an experience that is either fun for travelers but destructive or offensive to locals, or is as hardcore as it gets with the local experience but fails to provide travelers the support they need to cope with the challenges of unfamiliar territory. After 16 days in Fiji I can say this: Tamarillo is a company that does it right.

'The formula seems pretty simple: they support the local economy; they invest significant time cultivating relationships with local villages, chiefs and families; and, most crucially, Tamarillo uses local guides. Our guides were not only experts on local habitat and culture, but responsible, kind, knowledgeable in safety procedures, fluent in English, and - vital to any good travel experience - side-splittingly funny. The upshot of such a formula in such a place is an authentic experience full of fun, challenge and support, from which both traveler and Kadavu benefit.'

Kahiltna Visions Guiding Company (Alaska, USA), Stacy Taniguchi, owner and chief guide:
'Tamarillo Active Travel is one of the few adventure guiding services I have experienced who exemplifies the adjectives 'very professional and conscientious'. Having been a professional outdoor adventure guide for over 25 years, I am always critiquing other guides and services I work with and travel with. Tamarillo is meticulous in their preparations and planning. They are sensitive to their clients' needs and act upon those needs in a very professional manner. Their safety awareness is always at the forefront of their plans, and the guides are keenly attuned to the clients and the situations. The Tamarillo guides are the 'best'. They are always thinking about making their clients comfortable, safe, and happy. I would not hesitate hiring any of the Tamarillo guides for my company. I highly recommend Tamarillo Active Travel to anyone looking for a safe adventure that will be an unforgettable, positive experience.'

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'Trips for Six'

Discounts for groups

Get a group of six or more together and reduce everyone’s price.

How it works: Instead of the regular per person price, we’ll give you a special per group price.
As the group's coordinator its up to you to decide how to split the 'Trips for Six' price. You might:

  • surprise your friends and family by paying for everyone.
  • divide the amount equally among all participants.
  • get the rest of the group to share the cost so you travel for free.

Who is it for? Extended families, groups of friends, hiking & kayaking clubs, corporate groups, etc.

'Trips for Six' discounts are available only for bookings made directly with
Tamarillo Active Travel. Contact us to learn more.

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