South Pacific

South Pacific usually refers to the area south of the equator, and is sometimes called Oceania.  Few places on Earth conjure up as romantic an escape as some of these destinations.

Overwater bungalows at the Sofitel in Moorea Mo’orea Jeep Safari Adventure - The open-air “safari” jeep bucked hard on the vertical jungle path on Mo’orea, a small island in French Polynesia. I banged into the side of the 4×4, which was better than being hurled over the enclosure and down the mountain, only inches from the path.  I use the word “path” loosely; it soon gave way […]
BoraBora overwater bungalows Bora Bora: Bungalows, Beaches, Baguettes and Black Pearls - Declared “the most beautiful island in the world” by author James Mitchener, Bora Bora has long been considered a destination for starry-eyed honeymooners who rarely venture beyond their luxury resort. But that is changing. As more and more women are choosing to travel alone or with friends, they are discovering that Bora Bora has so […]
Bungalows Bora Bora Bora Bora Overwater Bungalows - When it comes to luxury vacations, few destinations can beat the magical island of Bora Bora.  Dubbed “the most beautiful island in the world,” by  author James Mitchener and “the pearl of the Pacific” by Captain Cook, this tiny piece of French Polynesian paradise bewitches all who venture to her shores. Just mention to anyone […]
Ramon finds a baby octopus in a shallow lagoon of Bora Bora The Adrenaline Junkie’s Guide to Bora Bora - To most, Bora Bora conjures up images of an exotic palm-fringed, sugar-sand paradise somewhere out in the middle of the South Seas, mostly visited by starry-eyed honeymooners who rarely adventure beyond their private overwater bungalow. While it is all that, Bora Bora can be so much more. Check out The Adrenaline Junkie’s Guide to Bora […]
Blacktip shark BoraBora How to Score a Free Trip to Bora Bora - When people learn that I’m traveling the world, inevitably the first thing they say is, “How can you afford to travel so much?”  The truth is, without getting comps, perks, and media discounts, I wouldn’t be able to do it. This was especially true of my trip to Bora Bora earlier this year.  Dubbed “the […]
Tahiti VIP Pass to the High Life - If there’s an adventure to be had, I want to go. That’s why I began travel writing. This year, I spent Easter in Tahiti—the largest island in French Polynesia—known for its palm-fringed beaches, fragrant tiare blossoms, and towering volcanic peaks. I stayed at the best resort on the island where I lounged on their spectacular […]
Tahiti Easter in French Polynesia - Everyone loves Easter egg hunts, candy-filled baskets, and soft, fluffy bunnies. But this Easter, I opted for a different kind of holiday experience. Three of the 130 islands in the South Pacific known as “French Polynesia” were calling my name. Tahiti, the largest and most well-known island in French Polynesia was to be my base […]
Ohio Street Beach, Chicago My Bora Bora Birthday Bash - Don’t hate me.  I got to spend my birthday in Bora Bora. James Mitchener said that Bora Bora was “the most beautiful island in the world.”  I was skeptical.  You see, I’m a travel writer, and I’ve had the opportunity to visit many, many stunning tropical destinations.  So, what better way to see if Mitchener […]
Moorea Lipstick fruit Lipstick Fruit – Homegrown Cosmetics in Moorea - While visiting the French Polynesian island of Mo’orea recently, I was introduced to the “lipstick fruit” that grows on the island.  This spiny red fruit has hard red seeds that are can be used as a spice as well as in industrial dyes.  It has also been known to be used for indigenous body painting. […]