South Pacific Journals

Pearls of the Pacific: Cruising to Tahiti

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An April 2003 trip to South Pacific by smmmarti guide

Map of Big Island Photo, More Photos
Quote: Would you like to spend Easter on Christmas Island? Would you enjoy basking in the warm waters of a vast blue lagoon, snorkeling to your heart’s content through giant colorful reefs, swimming with the dolphins, dining on poisson cru, exploring the culture that inspired Gauguin? Let Princess take you there!

Waimea Brewing Company

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Restaurant

Waimea Brewing Company Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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In old Hawaii, little clapboard cottages with deep roof overhangs and porches designed to capture trade winds were considered run-of-the-mill sights associated with plantation villages. These days, the same little structures, if renovated and well-kempt, almost always signal an historical or interesting place to stop. The sight of dozens of romance laden cottages, sprawling through a beautiful grove of coconut trees fronting the western shores of Kauai, forced us to turn our explorations to the Waimea Plantation . Strolling the idyllic grounds and discovering the restaurant/bar, with a brewery no less, gave us...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 19, 2003

Waimea Brewing Company
9400 Kaumuali'i Highway
Waimea, Hawaii 96796
+1 808 338 9733

Port Day: Kauai, Part One

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Attraction

Sailing from Honolulu Photo,
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Some people believe there’s an advantage to booking shore excursions through the cruise lines. In cases of unforeseen difficulties, guests are then assured the ship won’t leave without them. They are the "safe types." There are the other types who question an adventure that shuttles guests in air conditioned comfort around ports unknown while attended to by a knowledgeable local at their beck and call. What’s the thrill in that? On our port day in Kauai, I let "the other type" be uppermost since we had visited Kauai recently and felt secure driving around on our own. When the "other" waved off the 4WD vehicle I had reserved, however, I started to become uneasy. It’s just not like him t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 19, 2003

Port Day Kauai: Part Two

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Story/Tip

The Spouting Horn Blowhole Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Kauai is wholly captivating and dazzling. Regardless of which route you choose for your self-drive or shore excursion, you will not be disappointed. Although you may have certain "must-see" destinations, be assured that if you hang loose, as Hawaiians advise, you will leave the island with life-long memories and brilliant photographs.After abandoning our trek to Polihale Beach, we drove back ‘round the shoreline road to the 552 Kokee Road approach to Waimea Canyon. The views, which I had captured from the air during our past helicopter trip, had been satisfyingly stunning and the vision from land was no less so.From there we headed into Waimea, where t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 19, 2003

Port Day Hilo: Kilauea

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Attraction

Map of Big Island Photo,
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Ancient Hawaiians attributed the fiery fury of volcanic eruptions to Pele , the hot-blooded goddess who has systematically fled from Kauai, to Oahu to Maui and now lives and breathes fire and ash on Kilauea. Even as she creates another island deep under the ocean adjacent to Hawaii, her tempers stimulate the volcanoes of the Big Island into being the most potent on earth. Although I’d formerly visited the Kona side of the island, Kilauea continued to be familiar to me only in mythical tales,, photographs and documentaries. How could I live in Hawaii and not have confronted one of the earth''s true marvels? ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 19, 2003

Port Day Hilo: Kilauea Part Two

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Attraction

Pele, the Volcano Goddess Photo,
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I don’t know where I’m gonna go When the volcano blows. - Jimmy Buffet Beyond the crater overlook and museum, drive onward to the wide open lava field and gaze awestruck at what appears to be dozens of bonfires smoldering in the distance. Steam vents, revealing a tiny hint at the forces at work below, encourage wandering across the lava fields to take photos and indulge the urge to touch the rock. Not surprisingly, they are hot, driving home the point that you are standing on a volcano, indeed.Notice how the road weaves and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 19, 2003

Port Day: Bora Bora, Part One

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Attraction

Bora Bora Photo,
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Bora Bora. The name itself conjures images of the prototypical tropical getaway. The world’s most famous island, Bora Bora has enticed generations of lovers, artists and idealist with the heady dream and smoldering charm of this garden of sensual delights. They long to come here, traveling light, to build a hut on the beach, fish in the crystal oceans, nap in a hammock. All cares and worries would vanish, the surrounding beauty inspiring and elevating their spirits to new heights of understanding. It would be mystical and magic. One look at the island’s astonishing towering emerald peaks surrounded by aquamarine lagoons elucidates the reputation, illuminates the dream-...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2003

Port Day: Bora Bora, Part Two

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Attraction

Jeep Trek Photo, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
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The jeep barely cleared the overgrowth, the ruts and runnels so deep that the wheels sunk to the bumpers. A few times the driver had to rock the transmission to release the vehicle from the earth. Fortunately, it was dry. Unfortunately, it was sweltering. Being in the passenger''s side seat afforded me prime opportunities for photo taking, but riding shot-gun also required I dodge ferns, branches, and anything else the Jeep nuzzled on the narrow path. One lane roads demand an essential courtesy, so when the convoy ahead of us decided to retreat down the mountain, our jeep pulled off to the side, balancing tenuously over a steep ravine. The dust kicking up from the passing four-wheelers, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2003

Christmas Island (Kiritimati)

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Attraction | "Port Day: Christmas Island Part One"

Christmas Island (Kiritimati) Photo, Kiribati, South Pacific
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After two days at sea, much sun and rum, and nothing to watch but the bobbing horizon, my brain had shrunken to the size of a jellybean, for I was taking unreasonable delight in the paradox before me. Easter on Christmas Island. I spent the previous day inserting new lyrics to the song, "Christmas on Christmas Island." I’d buy a palm basket from the locals and the Easter Bunny would arrive on the back of a great seabird to hand out colorful, exotic eggs. I’d wade into a renown bone-fishing flat and snag a giant fighter, later joining in a jump-up celebration in the square where I‘d share my catch with other revelers. Reality wasn’t exactly as I imagined. Thirteen hundr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2003

Christmas Island (Kiritimati)
Line Islands
Republic of Kiribati

Christmas Island (Kiritimati)

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Attraction | "Port Day: Christmas Island Part Two"

Christmas Island (Kiritimati) Photo, Kiribati, South Pacific
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We jostled merrily down a two-lane, semi-paved road for what seemed like an hour, pelted continuously by the hearty trade winds saturated with fine coral dust. The flat surface of the sunken atoll was speckled solely with coconut palms, and the expected ocean views were nowhere in sight. Yet, seabirds swooped and swirled, leading me to believe that sea teased just beyond the sandy expanses. At last we arrived at the bedraggled lane leading to the Captain Cook hotel. A weathered sign suggested what lie ahead. Indeed, the hotel comprised an open-aired lobby reception area with an assortment of tables and collapsible chairs huddled under the shade of the ubiquitous palms. A series of single-story m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2003

Christmas Island (Kiritimati)
Line Islands
Republic of Kiribati

Port Day: Lahaina, Part One

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Attraction

McGregor Point Photo, Lahaina, Hawaii
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Princess offered some terrific choices for things to do in Maui within the ten hour time frame the ship was docked. To see the sites I feel are most resonant, as a resident I’d suggest booking the Full Day Private Driver/Guide for $749, or renting a car and follow these suggestions using the Maui Travel Report from IgoUgo as your guide. Your rental car agency will provide detailed maps, but it is valuable to know what insiders rank as top treasures to see on Maui. If you want a beach/snorkel/surfing day, that’s easy. In Lahaina there are marvelous places for all water related activities. Or rent equipment from Snorkel Bob’s, near the wharf, then take a shuttle to Kaanapali or Kapa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 27, 2003

Port Day: Lahaina, Part Two

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Wailuku Cultural Park Photo, Lahaina, Hawaii
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9 A) 3pm If you choose to travel further down this beautiful upcountry road toward the `Ulupalakua Ranch and Winery, take route 37 and proceed. You will return using the very same road, but the scenery is stunning and not like what you’d expect on the tropical island of Maui. 9 B) 3pm. Or, if you’ve had enough upcountry views, cool breezes, eucalyptus trees, and pasturelands, head back the direction you came toward Kahului and choose one of the following: 10 - A) Drive toward the charming town of Wailuku, as Haleakala Hwy turns into Hana Hwy. 36 and into Hwy 3...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 27, 2003