Originally Posted by Jim Cate
And as to the "true Pacific Island experience", well, IMO no place with a developed bare boat
charter industry will provide that, so on those grounds Vanuatu
wins... with the observation that they can't charter there kinda stuffing up the equation.
I'm right there with you, but even more hardcore!
I have a book on Tonga
that was published IIRC in the 1970s. It has photos from the 1950s and 1960s of Vava'u- men
on horses, wooden boats. That must have been the most beautiful time! My friends in Tonga know some of the people in the book, although most have passed on.
To me, the true Pacific isn't found in Suva, Apia, Vila, or Vava'u. One has to leave the comforts of the "cities" and tourist areas to find the unfished reefs
and lovely people that live happily in palm huts.
Some of these areas are well chartered and known, such as the islands of Polynesia and parts
. To me though, the "true Pacific" starts in places like Munda and becomes more real in Lokuru and Ringii. Then a short hop can take you to the undisturbed places like Tetepare- my screen
name- uninhabited, undeveloped, and even relatively not researched by scientists. Places where the reef looks like an over-packed aquarium, coconut crabs roam freely, and a mile long beach holds you, a dozen turtle nests, and undescribed butterflies.