Nuku Hiva: Tiki’s and A Moai

French Polynesia is known to have a rich artistic culture and the Marquesas Islands group is no exception. The main island of Nuku Hiva houses some ancient, as well as modern, structures associated with a Polynesian culture that includes the famous tiki and even a moai statue. Everywhere you go on Nuku Hiva you can see large stone structures unlike anywhere else in French Polynesia.

2019-06-12T15:24:02-07:00

Scuba Diving in French Polynesia

When Travelocity heard I was taking a 24-Day Polynesian Crossing with Holland America they couldn't wait for me to write an article about scuba diving in French Polynesia. I couldn't wait to actually take the trip and scuba dive around French Polynesia with my college-aged son Diego. And truth be told, we had a blast! There is nothing quite like diving in this area of

2019-06-12T13:49:59-07:00

TONGA in a Nutshell

Comprised of more than 160 islands, the Kingdom of Tonga is a stunning country to visit in the South Pacific. It is located about 500 miles south of Samoa and 500 southeast of Fiji, so somewhere in the middle of nowhere! At least 36 of the country’s islands are inhabited. I had a chance to visit Nuku 'alofa, Tonga on my Polynesian Crossing with the

2019-06-08T12:23:31-07:00

Adventurous Things to do in Bora Bora

✦ Bora Bora Guide ✦ Spring and Summer vacations are right around the corner and the perfect time to get away to a sunny holiday. I think a vacation should include adventure, a lot of relaxation, some exploration, and a few fun and scheduled activities. Places like Savannah, New Orleans, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and the Caribbean are a few of the most common places for

2019-06-12T13:45:28-07:00

A South Pacific Cruise on the MS Maasdam

Holland America is one of many cruise liners that make a global voyage every year anchoring in ports on every continent on Earth. Despite the fact that so many ocean liners make the same trek, I consider myself lucky to have done it with the Holland America Line. My Mom and I had the pleasure of hopping on the MS Maasdam in Auckland, New Zealand

2019-06-13T11:43:08-07:00

Island Bliss: Diving in Fiji on Castaway Island

Nestled into the Northwest corner of the Fijian archipelago, as part of the Mamanuca Islands, is Castaway Island - known to the locals as Qualito Island. Contrary to popular belief it's not where the Tom Hanks movie Castaway was filmed, but it is pretty close. The movie was actually filmed on neighboring Modriki Island. We spent a couple of nights at the Castaway Island Resort and got

2018-11-27T11:39:13-07:00

Cruise Holland America: My Grand Asia and Pacific Voyage

You can imagine the moment I received the email with an invitation for me to stay on a segment of the global cruise Holland America’s Grand Asia and Pacific Voyage! As a travel writer, I was thrilled.  As a traveler I was ecstatic! This global cruise started in San Diego and ended in San Diego 52 days later. I was to join them in Hong

2019-06-13T11:45:48-07:00

What I would do in five days in Queensland, Australia

By Cacinda Maloney What I would do in five days in Queensland, Australia inspired by Vermeer! Have you ever had a trip that needed a re-do?  You know, you are in some awesome place, on vacation, and somehow, things just don’t turn out how you envisioned it?  That happened to me and I think I need a redo of Queensland, Australia! I mean, look as

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