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North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu June 14th 2015

It was a special day today from start to finish! Shannon picked us up this morning and he was a real treat as a guide and driver as we toured around Honolulu and Pearl Harbor. We had about three hours at Pearl Harbor and it was such a beautiful day. Was able to take a picture with some Army service people who so graciously agreed to pose with Jerry. Did the audio tour of the area and then bought a book from the author and had it signed by one survivor of the attack and was able to get a picture of another. It was a very moving experience and one we will never forget. We got back to the ship just in time to powder our nose and hop on another bus which took us ... read more
Arizona Memorial
Pearl Harbor Survivor

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Hilo June 13th 2015

We arrived in Hilo today and when I looked out the window and saw only an industrial port, I won’t lie - I was disappointed, not to mention there were no hula dancers and where was my flower lei? Surely paradise was beyond the port… I admit we didn’t see the entire island. We headed for Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park passing Walmart, chain restaurants and car dealerships along the way until we finally reached lava land. While it is an intriguing landscape, it is not the prettiest. Still we enjoyed hiking around the huge crater and having a picnic with our group. Our guide was really terrific with explaining all things geological and the plant life. He took us to view a few waterfalls as well which were really very nice. At the end of the ... read more
Mauna Loa
Hot Spot
The Crater

Oceania » French Polynesia » Nuku Hiva June 8th 2015

never watched survivor but found it interesting that this is where it was filmed. This island is far removed from everywhere. We took a private tour with Jocelyne and she drove us to a few nice look out points and gave a very good narrative at the same time. By the end of our three and a half hours it started to rain so we were lucky to get some good viewings and photos from the overlooks. Love the way the horses, cows, chickens and pigs are free to roam around. Much caution is needed when driving here. We will be at sea for the next four days as we sail our way to the Hawaiian Islands. We will be home in 30 days and as a fellow passenger stated, "we have to prepare for reentry!" ... read more
Boys in the Band
Our Home is in the Harbor

Oceania » French Polynesia » Rangiroa June 6th 2015

It was a one hour rocky speed boat ride to our destination but so worth it. We saw a real atoll (a ring-shaped reef, island, or chain of islands formed of coral) and the beauty cannot be described. Learned that the Indo-Australian plate and the Pacific Plate are crashing into each other and in some places lifting the earth up. Our stop today showed coral that used to be in the water and is now a wall. Incredible scene! The snorkeling today was wonderful and we saw so many colorful fish. After our picnic, our guide asked if we would like to make a basket and I said I would. He was a patient guy and it turned out to be a lot of fun. Meanwhile, the other guide made hats for all of us out ... read more
More Coral

Oceania » French Polynesia » Huahine June 5th 2015

Although it may seem monotonous to go snorkeling every day and then have lunch on a beach. We don’t feel that way! Similar activities four times this week with another one tomorrow. Not much to say except “Life is good.”... read more
Love the Islands
Lovin Snorkeling
Our Table

Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti June 4th 2015

Always wondered about Tahiti but don’t have to anymore - it wasn’t as pretty as the other islands. It is a larger and has other cities but the port is industrial and as we walked to our destination today it continued to be industrial and commercial. Our goal was to see a waterfall up in the hills so we stopped at the Information Center and they told us that we needed a permit from City Hall. Okay, we got to city hall and finally found the right department where we plunked $12.00 to get our permit. We received a map and directions to get to Fautaua Valley and we were on our way. We estimate it was about 3 miles before we got to the gate in the noon day sun. At the gate they told ... read more
City Hall

Oceania » French Polynesia » Moorea June 3rd 2015

The third day of snorkeling and motu picnic and we should be bored but frankly we aren’t and neither are the other folks we have been snorkeling and picnicking with. Definitely could spend the winter months here but not sure we could afford it. So far to travel if we could… May need a bigger muumuu soon!... read more
Our Home at Moorea
So Beautiful

Oceania » French Polynesia June 2nd 2015

Woke up in heaven today. Bora Bora is a beautiful island with many surrounding small islands encircled by a coral reef. The color of the water is the real gem here and hard to capture but we did try and try. Patrick, our guide, picked us up in his outrigger wearing, as he stated, his tuxedo (please see photo). He was the full package. He not only looked the part but played his ukulele and sang for us but got in the water with bait to attract the sting rays and sharks, as well as other fish. The snorkeling was really great as the water was calm. After three snorkeling stops we docked at Patrick’s private motu and had drinks and lunch. Grilled mahi mahi and tuna were on the menu along with suckling pig, plantain, ... read more
Shark In Water
High Rent District
Bora Bora

Oceania » French Polynesia » Raiatea June 1st 2015

It rained today in Raiatea. Oh you’ve read that line before? Thankfully it was intermittent and we were able to enjoy all our activities more or less. Once we were all seated in the small outrigger, we were on our way across a lagoon to a vanilla farm and its basic operation and it is pretty basic. Pollinate by hand, pick them, wash, heat in the sun, wrap them up inside to get them to evaporate the water, and massage. Is it any wonder vanilla is so expensive. Off to a pearl farm where we had a pretty quick demonstration of how the oyster is grafted to create a larger pearl. Then inside to see the finished product and make sales. No sale here. Finally we get to go snorkeling. The captain throws out some kind ... read more
Vanilla Beans
View From the Vanilla Farm
Oyster Farm

Oceania » Samoa » American Samoa May 29th 2015

It rained today in Pango Pango, American Samoa…seems we have hit a weather pattern that won’t end. Perhaps two days at sea will change everything. We walked along the coast and visited the US post office to mail a package home. It was nice to deal in US dollars again and the post office employees are the same everywhere. After lunch we walked to the Sadie Thompson Inn where Somerset Maugham wrote his short story “Rain” which was made into a movie. Going to have to see if I can get that one when we get home. Met a couple from the ship at the Inn and drank some local beer before heading back. Did a little shopping along the way and then it was time to leave. Nice island but wish it had been sunny ... read more
Must See "Rain"
Still Drinkin Beer
Holding up the Inn

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