Visas – 411 South Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Australia

You have your US passport...Check! You have made plans for your trip into the South Pacific.....Check! Will I be let into the country with only my passport...Help!   For the well known South Pacific Islands like Tahiti, Cook Islands, Fiji, Tonga,…

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Bora Bora 40 Years Ago – Maupiti

Like Bora Bora, this high island is slowly entering its atoll phase, leaving white sandbanks in the middle of the lagoon. Still saved from tourism, you will not find any deluxe resorts here but traditional family pensions. Nor will you find restaurants, discos…

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A, B, Cs of Travel During South Pacific School Holidays…or Not!

The school year has begun here in the US and Canada, it is important to note that the school holidays are different in Australia and New Zealand. While we have the semester system where we have school segments with the…

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Paul Gauguin – 2020 and 2019 Itineraries are out now! Including Tonga and Fiji!

Paul Gauguin Cruises, operates the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific. Paul Gauguin's 2020 list of voyages was released recently. Of course, there is still some availability for 2018 and more for 2019. Check out…

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Culture of the Islands!

Imagine vacationing near a friendly tropical village in beautiful French Polynesia where you are a welcomed guest. Come and experience Tahitian culture first-hand in Tiki Village on Moorea in French Polynesia or Te Vara Nui Village on Rarotonga, Cook Islands.…

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Travel Now, for Taste (Anthony Bourdain), for Music (Aretha Franklin), for Understanding (Senator John McCain)

The past month has seen the death of a number of people who have heavily influenced me in my life. Each of the three I mention here are the reasons why I travel, to get out of my own life…

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Hawaiki Nui Va’a 2018 – The Ultimate Outrigger Canoe Race

Each year runs the world famous Hawaiki Nui Va'a outrigger canoe race in Tahiti and Her Islands. The competitors are youth, women and men. The boats are either single or teams. The race is from Huahine via Raiatea / Taha'a…

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Do you know what is lurking under your Over Water Bungalow?

What is your ideal when thinking of an over water bungalow, the view, the romance, or did you even think about what will be under the bungalow? There are certainly the over water, glass coffee tables in the over water…

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“Negative Capability”* The Essence of the Best Travel Planning

*The concept of "Negative Capability" was originally developed by Keats, which is examined in the book Mastery by Robert Greene. "Negative Capability" is the ability to temporarily suspend a person's ego and simply experience what they are seeing, without the need…

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