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Alan and Donna Hull swim with stingrays in Bora Bora.

Bora Bora Snorkeling on a Shore Excursion

Alan and Donna Hull swim with stingrays in Bora Bora.

Expedia.ca is partnering this look at a Bora Bora snorkeling shore excursion. When a cruise ship arrives in Bora Bora, it’s about as close to paradise as boomer travelers are going to get. At least that’s the way Alan and I feel about this tropical island in the South Pacific. Where is Bora Bora? Bora […]

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Exploring Fakarava French Polynesia on an independent cruise excursion

Enjoy Fakarava French Polynesia on Your Own

Exploring Fakarava French Polynesia on an independent cruise excursion

If you’re dreaming of an off-the-beaten-path travel paradise, meet Fakarava French Polynesia. But where is this tropical isle where palm trees outnumber inhabitants and tourists? Fakarava, one of 77 atolls in the Tuamotu Archipelago, sits southeast of Rangiroa in the portion of the South Pacific Ocean claimed by French Polynesia. What is an atoll? It’s an islet, […]

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Cruising the South Pacific on Seabourn Sojourn

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Here we go again, another South Pacific Cruise. For the fifth time, Alan and I will be relaxing while cruising the South Pacific on a luxury ship in the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean. Obviously, it’s our favorite itinerary. With lots of sea days, plenty of water adventures that boomers will love, and an itinerary that […]

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Off-the-Beaten-Path in Bali’s Tabanan Regency

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Active travel in exotic lands is definitely one of our most favorite travel themes and today, we’re mixing a little foodie fun in as well. Today’s guest writers, Sarah and Laura from Wandercooks, are here to tell us all about their adventures exploring Bali’s Tabanan Regency. Indonesia’s island of Bali is renowned for beautiful beaches, […]

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Snorkeling in Rangiroa

Rangiroa Snorkeling is the Best!

Snorkeling in Rangiroa

Updated 11.01.2018:  I’m standing in the warm tropical waters of French Polynesia giggling as hundreds of colorful fish flit around me in the crystal clear water. I’ve never seen anything like it. When I stand up to clear my mask, Alan does the same. We both look at each other and say, “Rangiora snorkeling is the […]

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Swimming with stingrays in Moorea

Swimming with Stingrays in Moorea

Swimming with stingrays in Moorea

Updated 10.04.2018:  Swimming with stingrays is our favorite South Pacific cruise excursion. Period. Alan and I have cruised the South Pacific four times, and on each sailing, we look forward to connecting with these gentle sea creatures. And if we had to pick one location in French Polynesia that’s a favorite, swimming with stingrays in […]

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The tropical view from Papeete, Tahiti

Taking the Circle Tour in Papeete

The tropical view from Papeete, Tahiti

We should have listened when our travel advisor warned us about bus excursions in tropical climates like the South Pacific. She was right. Hot, humid weather and a crowded bus excursion are not a good mix. And this was certainly the case on a Papeete cruise excursion, “Tahiti’s Natural Treasures,” operated by Regent Seven Seas when […]

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Cruising the South Pacific again…and again…and agan

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What is it about the South Pacific that calls our name? Could it be the warm, tropical waters and relaxing sea days? Or could it be the fun we have on favorite South Pacific cruise excursions like swimming with stingrays in French Polynesia? Whatever it is, Alan and I are answering the call — again. This […]

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Saturday’s scene: Paradise in the Moorea lagoon

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Alan and I have cruised through the islands of Tahiti on two occasions. Each time, we were mesmerized by the deep blue colors, abundant sea life and soothing tropical water that is the Moorea lagoon. This photo is from our first trip when we were on a cruise excursion to swim with the stingrays. It […]

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Saturday’s scene: finding paradise on Iles de Pins

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Updated 02.12.2013 Close your eyes. When I say, “think of a tropical paradise,” is this the scene that comes to mind? Alan and I discovered the idyllic beach setting on a cruise excursion when we sailed the South Pacific on Seabourn Odyssey. This tropical scene wasn’t visible when the ship anchored outside the reef at […]

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