Highlights of the South Pacific Islands: From Polynesia to Micronesia in Two Months


Two months is barely enough time to scratch the surface of traveling through a huge, spread-out and diverse region that consists of hundreds of inhabited islands, thousands of uninhabited islets and hundreds of thousands of square miles of ocean. Transportation is challenging. Some destinations are served by only one or two flights per week and [Read more …]

French Polynesia: Tahiti


Although its name remains almost magical, Tahiti, the largest, most populous city of the archipelago, has generally evolved into a waystation to one of the other islands, rather than as a travel destination in its own right. Still, we decided to take a whirlwind, 1.5-day tour of the island. Pape’ete Tahiti’s capital city is Pape’ete. [Read more …]

French Polynesia: Bora Bora


Bora Bora Many consider Bora Bora the “Pearl of the Pacific”and one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Asians arriving by outrigger canoe in about the 9th century originally settled the island. The island endured centuries of periodic tribal wars until finally unified just before the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1769. [Read more …]

French Polynesia: Moorea

Bali High Mountain

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 …]

Our South Pacific Odyssey

  The South Pacific has always been intriguing. It is surprising that it has taken us this long to put together a trip to explore the area in more depth. Well, we are finally going. We are spending 7 weeks (way too little time but it is a start) to explore places like Tahiti and [Read more …]