Category: Pacific Islands

New culinary tours in the South Pacific with Oceania Cruises

New culinary tours in the South Pacific with Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises is expanding its Culinary Discovery Tours to the South Pacific on the award-winning mid-sized luxury cruise ship Marina. Uniquely designed for each port, these tours provide guests with the opportunity to explore local food markets, vineyards and farms in small groups, side-by-side with an expert chef from the ship’s Bon Appétit Culinary Center. Participants then [...]

Diving in the Fijian islands and Tonga

Diving in the Fijian islands and Tonga

This amazing underwater footage was shot whilst scuba diving in the Fijian islands and Tonga. It’s really quite a site to behold, showcasing everything from colourful coral reefs, huge schools of tropical fish, sharks, humpback whales, underwater caves and scuba divers to much more marine life from the south Pacific. The coral reefs of the south [...]

Photograph of the week: The Society Islands

Photograph of the week: The Society Islands

This week’s photograph is of the Society Islands, a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean that are politically part of French Polynesia. The archipelago is thought to have been named by Captain James Cook supposedly in honour of the Royal Society, the sponsor of the first British scientific survey of the islands. However, [...]

Photograph of the week: Tattoo artist in French Polynesia

Photograph of the week: Tattoo artist in French Polynesia

Roonui is one of the leading tattoo artists in French Polynesia. Tattooing is a traditional Polynesian art form, and Roonui wears his art as well as creates it. Photographer Bob Krist tells me he was one of the most graceful and dignified people to ever be in front of his lens, and his self-possession in [...]

The world’s top 10 islands to visit

The world’s top 10 islands to visit

National Geographic has come up with a top 10 islands to visit. Now you might expect to see the islands of the Maldives or maybe one or two of the Greek islands, but no… this list is quite different. There’s no Fiji, no Seychelles, and it seems that even the Galapagos don’t make the grade [...]

The top 20 most expensive hotels in the world

The top 20 most expensive hotels in the world

Luxury-Hotels.com has conducted a survey that identifies the most expensive hotels in the world. The findings came from an analysis of average room rates for standard double rooms in hotels around the world during the June to August 2012 summer season.  Interestingly, half of the top 10 most expensive hotels in the world are all [...]

Top 10 places for a South Pacific honeymoon

Top 10 places for a South Pacific honeymoon

When you’re heading to the South Pacific for your luxury honeymoon there is a dizzying array of choices, but lets face it as much as you’d like to visit them all most honeymoons are generally for 2 or 3 weeks so you’ll need to do some trimming. The key destinations are New Zealand and Australia [...]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Luxury Rhodes honeymoons from 3redbags Italian beauty from Azimut Yachts St. Moritz charm from Badrutt’s Palace Discover the 15 islands of the Cook Islands

Book review: Moon Handbooks Tahiti by David Stanley

Book review: Moon Handbooks Tahiti by David Stanley

Although arguably not as famous as the Lonely Planet books, Moon Handbooks have been in production for over 30 years and are renowned for their wide appeal, from families through to solo adventurers.  Landing on my desk recently was their guide to Tahiti written by David Stanley. The first thing to note is that the [...]

Who will be first to see in the New Year in 2012?

Who will be first to see in the New Year in 2012?

Samoa Tourism Authority‘s official plan to switch time zones to the west of the international dateline will make it become the first place to see the sunrise in 2012. Samoa currently lies to the east of the dateline, a decision made 120 years ago to keep the nation in the same time zone as the [...]

Destinations that will fulfil your dreams

Destinations that will fulfil your dreams

Whether you dream of a romantic hideaway, an unforgettable ski experience, an African safari, an escape to your own tropical paradise or a scuba diving adventure, there are plenty of fantastic destinations that can make that dream a reality. Here are some of the best the world has to offer. Nestled in the coral-rich turquoise [...]

6 of the world’s most luxurious diving destinations

6 of the world’s most luxurious diving destinations

For the discerning traveller, diver or not, who has money to spend and wants the very best, these six destinations offer an incomparable level of service, style, and of course diving. So dream awhile, and casting all financial concerns aside, enjoy that lottery moment and consider which are the most spoiling and amazing destinations where [...]

Aerial views of the St Regis Resort Bora Bora

Listen to some soothing music whilst taking in some dramatic views of the St. Regis Resort Bora Bora. Enjoy – it’s hard not to!

Top 10 spa destinations

Top 10 spa destinations

According to an email just received at A Luxury Travel Blog HQ from Tripadvisor, the top 10 spa destinations are as follows: 1. Sedona, AZ, USA 2. Bath, United Kingdom 3. Reykjavik, Iceland 4. Bora Bora, French Polynesia 5. Ubud, Indonesia 6. Playa Mujeres, Mexico 7. Oia, Greece 8. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos 9. Santa [...]

Top 10 island escapes

Top 10 island escapes

There’s something magical about islands.  The isolation… the privacy… wonderful beaches and complete solitude.  According to Tripadvisor, the world’s top 10 island escapes are: 1. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos 2. Cook Islands 3. Mykonos, Greece 4. Maldives 5. Cyprus 6. Boracay, Philippines 7. Ko Lanta, Thailand 8. Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam 9. Bora Bora, French Polynesia [...]

Dramatic CCTV footage of cruise ship in high seas

The P&O Cruises ship Pacific Sun hit a storm 400 miles off the north coast of New Zealand back in July 2008, an incident which saw 42 people hurt. The ship was carrying a total of 1,732 passengers and 671 crew as it travelled back to Auckland from the islands of Vanuatu. Dramatic internal CCTV footage [...]

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