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Old 11-09-2013, 23:33   #1
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Hey fellow dreamers and doers! I am wondering if anyone wants to share the favorite or least favorite places to visit/explore when doing the Baja Haha, and French Polynesia, and onwards to Aussie? So many islands....so little time! Please ... be opinionated and tell me why you loved a place, or thought it was totally over-rated! Thanks!
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Re: Doing PPJ in 2014 Favorite islands???

A few tips:

With so much to see and do, please consider applying for a long stay Visa for French Polynesia, do this well in advance, ours took a solid 4 months for approval. It's not possible to extend once you arrive. Ask for a year.

Check out the 'compendiums' at S/V Soggy Paws - Useful Files and Links for the best anchorages and so much more.

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Check out our blog with over 2000 posts many covering our time in the South Pacific, many well of the beaten path in area poorly covers by cruising guides. Sailing Adventures of David & Kathy

Join the Yahoo PPJ group an incredible resource.

Pick up a copy of Charlie's charts which are mostly out of date, but still very useful for picking your anchorages.
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Old 13-09-2013, 14:19   #3
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Re: Doing PPJ in 2014 Favorite islands???

Our favourites were Galapagos, Easter Island, Pitcairn, Gambier, Moorea, Suvarov, and Vanuatu. Only place we really did not like was Bora Bora
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Our favourites were Galapagos, Easter Island, Pitcairn, Gambier, Moorea, Suvarov, and Vanuatu. Only place we really did not like was Bora Bora
Why didn't you like bora bora?
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Why didn't you like bora bora?
And thank you for your feedback! Hope your hand heals well and Fast!
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A few tips:

With so much to see and do, please consider applying for a long stay Visa for French Polynesia, do this well in advance, ours took a solid 4 months for approval. It's not possible to extend once you arrive. Ask for a year.

Check out the 'compendiums' at S/V Soggy Paws - Useful Files and Links for the best anchorages and so much more.

or

Check out our blog with over 2000 posts many covering our time in the South Pacific, many well of the beaten path in area poorly covers by cruising guides. Sailing Adventures of David & Kathy

Join the Yahoo PPJ group an incredible resource.

Pick up a copy of Charlie's charts which are mostly out of date, but still very useful for picking your anchorages.
Wow, I have spent a couple of hours so far looking soggy paws site. Incredible resource! Thanks a bunch. Will definitely take much more time to look over the other recommendations, too. We are now considering the 1 year option for French Polynesia too. Great input indeed.

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Re: Doing PPJ in 2014 Favorite islands???

G'Day missaussierules (an odd screen name for an apparent Canuck, that!)

You know, we managed to find something special about just about every island we've visited in the SP!

But places that stand out in my memory... several of the less visited atolls in the Tuamotus, all of the islands in the Marquesas (and there are a lot of them!), Rarotonga (although the anchorage is lousy), Niue, the Haapai group in Tonga, Kandavu Is and Vianni Bay in Fiji, Mt Yasur on Tanna (active volcano that you can get REALLY close up and personal with), the Banks group in Vanuatu, many places in New Cal, especially in the Northern lagoon, nearly everywhere in New Zealand, the Western province in the Solomons, the central and northern coasts of Queensland, and of course, Tasmania.

This area is, to us, a wonderland of varied experiences... maybe that's why we've been stuck there since 1990!

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Why didn't you like bora bora?
We just found the people to be quite unpleasant. It felt very touristy and the locals treated you the way tourists often get treated. Pretty place but not like rest of FP.
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G'Day missaussierules (an odd screen name for an apparent Canuck, that!)

You know, we managed to find something special about just about every island we've visited in the SP!

But places that stand out in my memory... several of the less visited atolls in the Tuamotus, all of the islands in the Marquesas (and there are a lot of them!), Rarotonga (although the anchorage is lousy), Niue, the Haapai group in Tonga, Kandavu Is and Vianni Bay in Fiji, Mt Yasur on Tanna (active volcano that you can get REALLY close up and personal with), the Banks group in Vanuatu, many places in New Cal, especially in the Northern lagoon, nearly everywhere in New Zealand, the Western province in the Solomons, the central and northern coasts of Queensland, and of course, Tasmania.

This area is, to us, a wonderland of varied experiences... maybe that's why we've been stuck there since 1990!

Cheers,

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Hey Jim thene stems from my fella being an Aussie and our boat named"Aussie Rules". Me being the Miss....nearly Mrs!
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