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South Pacific.

Post by Lincoln » Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:09 pm

What are your experiences of the South Pacifc?


I love the history of the place...one of the last regions of the earth to be "Discovered"...

Have you been?

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Post by mad hatter » Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:20 pm

I live there.
Anyone can go by horse or rail, but the absolute best way to travel is by hat.

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Post by Lincoln » Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:19 pm

Indeed youdo Hatter...you ever headed out to the islands?

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Post by mad hatter » Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:32 pm

not a lot tbh. a few trips to fiji and vanuatu. I recall the outer Fijian Islands called the Yasawas were nice.
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Post by Lincoln » Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:11 pm

Its so vast in't it?

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Post by 5waldos » Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:13 pm

We lived in the North Pacific- but barely- Micronesia, for four years. And spent a fair amount of time on some of the very outer islands. It is vast and pretty basic in many places. Getting around is largely by ship or boat. And many of the islands remain very traditional- not a lot of the modern world makes it out there. Several years back I did a big travel review with lots of video clips here- I'll see if I can find it. I had a lot of fun doing it and it may give you some interesting ideas.

Found it- you may have seen it in which case- ignore http://www.politicalstew.com/viewtopic. ... 0&t=145720

From north to south in lots of odd places.

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Post by Homerj » Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:03 pm

Trips only.
Did the best live aboard in my life on the Yasawa islands in Fiji.
That was 20 years ago so who knows now.
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Post by simon_in_exile » Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:19 pm

Been to Tonga and Tahiti/Moorea. And New Zealand a few times for 3+ weeks each time, plus Hawaii twice (Big Island, Maui, Kauai, Oahu) but that’s North Pacific so doesn’t count.

I would live in New Zealand, plain and simple.

Hawaii is one of the places I’ve been most pleasantly surprised by - I went later than trips to S Pacific and was expecting a culturally disneyfied version of Tahiti or Tonga, but it’s still got a lot of genuine heart, I love the place, and would happily return again and again.

I still dream about Moorea, and would visit French Polynesia again in a heartbeat - but only for an extended stay or more than a month. One of my favourite memories is seeing an extended family/village all in the shallow water laying and then hauling in a huge fishing net.

I didn’t see the best of Tonga and I was a bit underwhelmed, but I didn’t have time or money to escape Tongatapu so it’s my own fault. Kayaking Ha’apai (spelling?) would be high up my list, plus of course the volcanoes.

I’d love to spend some decent time in Samoa or Vanuatu.

Lesson to myself, especially for South Pacific islands: you can’t rush these places.
Lesson for you: read Guns, Germs and Steel before visiting.
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Post by Homerj » Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:32 pm

Hawaii I can tell you tons about....Bora Bora and Moorea I have been to but I just stayed in very high end resorts and did a little diving.
Been to NZ 3 or 4 times but as we have kiwiers here why ask me?
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Post by steveogolf » Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:14 pm

I hated Fiji. One of my worst trips. Why? Because it's just a lot of so-called "resorts" specializing in diving with very little in the way of culture other than that ritual of drinking kava, and traditional Fijian food is terrible. But I did like the Indian food in Suva. But if you are into diving then it is a terrific place. Bottom Line: I will never go back to Fiji.
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Post by muthafunky » Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:34 pm

Fiji was fun as a backpacker l00ser. Good Indian food, cheap country, super friendly locals, and the islands had a fun party atmosphere.

Tahiti is my favorite tropical destination. If the prices weren't so stupidly expensive I'd go there every year.

I love Hawaii. We want to get a retirement home there.

I don't think of New Zealand when I think of the South Pacific.

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Post by Bill Barilko » Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:55 pm

steveogolf wrote:
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:14 pm
I hated Fiji..... I will never go back to Fiji.
Yes Fijians mentioned how Happy they were when you announced your permanent absence-the gov't declared a holiday and the party lasted 3 days.

I think Lincoln should go to Samoa-locals will rip him off daily and then packs of nasty dogs will rend him to death.
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Post by Lincoln » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:16 pm

Bill Barilko wrote:
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:55 pm
steveogolf wrote:
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:14 pm
I hated Fiji..... I will never go back to Fiji.
Yes Fijians mentioned how Happy they were when you announced your permanent absence-the gov't declared a holiday and the party lasted 3 days.

I think Lincoln should go to Samoa-locals will rip him off daily and then packs of nasty dogs will rend him to death.

God,you're a miserable bugger Bill...what gives?

I became obsessed with the South Pacific back in the 90's, we had a RTW ticket that stopped off in Fiji and Hawaii on our way home but we'd blown our money in Asia and OZ so we didn't have long there but it was long enough to know i wanted to go back soon.

Our next trip 3 years later we got to go to the Cook Islands and we were blown away...then i was hooked on the region, we came back 2 years after that and this time we spent 3 months in the region taking in Moorea,Tonga, Samoa,Vanuatu....before setting off on this trip i must have read every book written on the South Pacific particularly Thor Heyerdahl and my favourite Tom Neal a kiwi that spent years living alone on a remote island in the Cook archipelago...you really get the sense of being on the other side of the world in SP.

I agree with what people say about Fiji,it does have the friendliest people i've ever met but the resort islands are dull,Tonga was nothing special at first but then after a motorbike accident i was forced to settle down and do nothing on Vava'u...all i had was a few books and a small bag of weed,there was no TV no internet just a faint signal on my Short wave radio and a good supply of beer...places come alive sometimes when you stop moving.

Samoa was just amazing, we drove around both islands and saw a lot...Savai'i was weird,we went up to see where the Tsunami hit...scary to see deserted villages and gutted churches.

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Post by islandboi » Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:07 am

Talk to islandboi. ..

He got his handle name because he had visited many, many South Pacific countries and islands... including Samoa 7 times.
"Hello, my name is islandboi and I live on $1800 CAN a month..."

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Post by islandboi » Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:12 am

I may very well be the only poster here who spent time on Niue. .. or T'au in American Samoa. (A.S. is sadly overlooked as a destination)

I have two remote island goals... Pitcairn and Rapa iti in French Polynesia.
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Post by fishface » Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:31 am

I live in the South Pacific but, on days like today "North Antarctica" is a far more accurate descriptor than South Pacific.

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Post by matt_melb » Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:33 pm

i liked Fiji - I feared it would all be resort-land, and in a way it was, but the workers at the resort were the more naturally friendly than any resort workers I've met anywhere else in the world. Great people.

New Caledonia had wildly overpriced food (and nearly everything else), and painfully shy locals.

New Zealand is awesome. Every time I've been, not often, I wonder why I don't go more. Spectacularly beautiful, and really friendly people who tread lightly on the earth but don't beat you over the head about it.

Palau was interesting for a short visit; great diving.

I'm not sure Hawaii is really in the 'South Pacific', but it was pleasant enough. The beaches we visited (Oahu only) weren't as great as the locals talk them up to be.

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Post by truenic » Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:43 pm

I was married on Rarotonga.

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Post by matt_melb » Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:54 pm

Cool! To someone you'd met before you got there?

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Post by troubs » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:05 pm

I feel incredibly privileged to have spent time out in parts of the South Pacific. Lived and worked in Vanuatu (part of it in a makeshift camp with no running water/sanitation, part in ships and part with locals) in 2005 and 2008. Travelled in PNG, Fiji, Samoa (and American Samoa), Cook Islands and Solomons and lived in NZ. The Ni-Van people are incredible and will always hold a special place in my heart.

East Africa is the other place that also has a massive place in my heart.
Go if you can and spend time there- really spend time there instead of sitting in a resort/backpacker stopover.

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Post by muthafunky » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:26 pm

Talk about a long lost poster!

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Post by troubs » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:31 pm

Talk about a long lost poster!
Does that mean you missed me?!

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Post by muthafunky » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:51 pm

But of course!

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Post by section8 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:11 am

troubs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post by section8 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:13 am

I love the South Pacific. If I had a year to bounce around a region, that may be it.
My revolutionary farmer friend once labeled me as "severely creative." Yes, yes, I like tall-bike building and riding, making fermented foods, wild-crafting and being silent in places where there are no human sounds.

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Post by Bill Barilko » Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:56 am

It was in the South Pacific that I finally realised what the old Mayan tales meant when they said 'He fell into the sky' meaning the night sky.

So many stars... so many....
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Post by Lincoln » Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:27 pm

Bill Barilko wrote:
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:56 am
It was in the South Pacific that I finally realised what the old Mayan tales meant when they said 'He fell into the sky' meaning the night sky.

So many stars... so many....
Yes thats exactly it about the South Pacific Bill.....its the "Nothing-ness" of the place...you really get the feeling you are in the middle of nowhere.

I remember riding home one night from Avarua in the Cooks to where we were staying further down the coast...about 10 mins out of town is was totally black we looked up to a sea of stars...so fckiung many! I loved the South Pacific for being naturally beautiful and having just nothing to do.

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Post by troubs » Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:17 pm

troubs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hi s8! How the devil are you?
Missed you all too mutha-but glad to see all is well with you.

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Post by andybox » Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:25 am

As Troubs said above, the Ni-Van people of Vanuatu are simply THE most friendliest, humble people you will ever meet. Vanuatu has 83 islands Lincs, where you can fish, hike, surf, visit cannibal sites, see an active volcano bubbling from its rim, and have THE best seafood ive ever tasted. You being a vegetarian, youll be well catered for. Everything is organic, including the beef which is outstanding. If you tell me when you're heading there, I can meet you in Luganville on Santo and we can trek up the east coast. Or we could go off the planet and do an 8 hr truck-boat trip followed by a 2 hour hike to check out Edenhope. Or if youre feeling REALLY energetic, you can help me build my house on Aore :). Vanuatu Airlines have expanded their routes to include some way off the beaten areas of the Sth Pacific.
If you're considering Papua New Guinea, id transit through Port Moresby and head to either the north coast or the islands of New Britain and New Ireland. Some really hard core travelling in the highlands (which is where I am as I type) but it's wild and dangerous due to tribal issues. Vanimo is a great spot on the north coast. International SOS have a great self testing malaria kit, including tablets that will knock the worst strains on their head. Don't fuck around with malaria out here, there are strains that can kill in 24hrs, and youre a long way from help. Dengue will cripple you, so long sleeves and loose pants after dark are a must.

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