Koror Island in Palau Micronesia

The island of Palau is the coral capital of Micronesia. The island’s lagoon and its ledges are known particularly for the drift diving and the pelagic fish of its famed Blue Hole and its Blue Corner wall dive. This being said, many of the island’s scenic coral gardens and colorful, tropical reef fish are also [Read more …]

Chuuk Island’s Historic WWII Sites

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Chuuk Island WW II Sites on Land Our last blog talked about Chuuk Island’s underwater WW II sites. But a lot of relics still remain on the land. The above-ground sites, many of which were destroyed of damaged by U.S. bombs during the two days (February 17 and 18) of “Operation Hailstone”. Weno Island sites [Read more …]

Port Moresby

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Our trip to Papua New Guinea (PNG) began in Port Moresby, the country’s largest city which was discovered and initially settled in 1873 and now has more than 250,000 residents. As the nation’s financial and business center, it is replete with office towers, traffic jams and some huge outdoor markets. As the capital, it is [Read more …]

Driving the King’s Highway to Nadi Fiji

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King’s Highway to Nadi Fiji King’s Highway is to the north shore on this Fiji Island what Queen’s Highway is to the south shore. We drove only about 65 kilometers of this road, beginning in the town of Ba to Nadi (pronounced Nandi). The first leg of this trip, from Ba to the city of [Read more …]

Suva Fiji

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Fiji is another South Pacific dream location. Although we planned to visit three of the archipelago’s 300+ islands, we ended up on only one—the main island of Vitu Levu—in the sake of cutting our total South Pacific trip down from the initially laid out nine weeks to a more manageable seven weeks. After all, how [Read more …]

Our Tonga Resort

Reef Resort Lodge in Tonga On Tonga, we stayed at the Reef Resort on Kapa Island. The Reef Resort is about 30 minutes from the airport. We arranged our transportation to the resort through them. A taxi picked us up at the airport and took us through the town to a boat dock. The boat [Read more …]

French Polynesia: Moorea

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Our South Pacific trip begins in French Polynesia. This French Protectorate consists of 120 islands spread across 1.7 million square miles. Despite its size, it is home to only 270,000 residents. We limited our visit to three of its major islands: Moorea, Bora Bora and Tahito Nui—four if you count the latter’s appendage of Tahiti [Read more …]

Downtown Los Angeles

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Our brief, three-day LA visit ended with a visit to the rapidly reinvigorated downtown LA. Although we planned to visit the increasingly hip Koreatown section, these plans were scotched when we discovered that “Here’s Looking and You”, the hot, new restaurant that we planned to visit, was closed the one evening that we were able [Read more …]

West Hollywood, California

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As part of our time in the Los Angeles California area, we made an overnight stop in West Hollywood. Yep, we saw the famous Hollywood sign from our hotel window. But we also visited another great museum. LACMA aka Los Angeles County Museum of Art LACMA is the city’s largest and premier art museum. Its [Read more …]

Pasadena California

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Whenever someone says Pasadena to me, I can only think of the song “The Little Old Lady from Pasadena”. We were last in Pasadena California for the Rose Bowl Parade many years ago. If you haven’t experienced this, you should. But this time we were just there as part of a trip to the Las [Read more …]