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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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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 02.01.2020: Swimming with stingrays is our favorite South Pacific cruise excursion. Period. As of 2020, Alan and I have experienced this fun adventure twice in Moorea, while snorkeling in Bora Bora, with more opportunities to come as we travel often in the South Pacific. This water adventure is doable for most baby boomers. If […]

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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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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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Nuku Hiva

Cruising to Nuku Hiva

Nuku Hiva

Updated 03.01.2015 Have you been to Nuku Hiva? Nuka whatta? Part of the Marquesas Islands group in the South Pacific, this is not your typical island in French Polynesia. Instead of resorts with over-the-water-bungalows and broad beaches, baby boomers will find a rugged landscape with horses roaming free and a definite off-the-beaten-path feel. Most baby […]

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4-wheel-drive excursion Raiatea

Dreaming of Raiatea

4-wheel-drive excursion Raiatea

Updated 03.01.2015 Cruise visitors to French Polynesia usually find their adventure in the aquamarine lagoons of Bora Bora or Moorea. But itineraries that include Raiatea offer baby boomer travelers the chance to explore a lesser known tropical paradise. When Alan and I visited, while on a Regent cruise from Los Angeles to Sydney, we opted […]

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