Hawaii

Hawaii is geographically similar to the other Pacific islands I have written about but as it is also an American outpost it has special appeal for those of us who like a fix of American culture every now and then. In the case of Hawaii, the American fix is also served with a dollop of Polynesian…

Tahiti – Moorea

This is it. THE BIG ONE. The one that every South Seas dreamer dotes on. In another era it could have been called “Ground Zero” by us dreamers. It pretty well lies smack in the middle of the Pacific with nothing but warm ocean waters surrounding its islands. The tropical climate is responsible for the lush…

Noumea

For the most part my posts about the places I have visited have been positive. This is in keeping with the actual travel experiences I have had. But this post is going to be a little different as our family trip to New Caledonia’s capital city Noumea was not particularly enjoyable. Notwithstanding some of these pictures…

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island is a piece of Australia lying some 800 km east of Sydney. The island was unknown to any civilisation until it was discovered by British seaman Lieutenant Henry Lidgbird Ball in 1788 and was not permanently inhabited until 1834. Apart from a climate similar to Sydney’s, Lord Howe has few other similarities…

New Zealand

New Zealand differs from other Pacific island destinations in that its north/south orientation means a vacation encompassing the whole island is likely to immerse you in weather which ranges from semi-tropical breezy to winter-chilled. This makes NZ unique as a Pacific Island because as a general rule, the other islands’ climates don’t venture outside the…

Escaping to the South Seas

Probably since from when I first learned there was a warm ocean populated with numerous tropical islands I have felt a pull toward the islands of the Pacific. They have always seemed so exotic and romantic: warm waters meeting sandy beaches, gently swaying palm trees and enchanting ocean sunrises and sunsets. I’m not sure exactly when…