Bligh was a top notch navigator, officer and an educated man. His crew were just like the crews of all ships back then. I believe he was an officer with Cpt. Cook some time earlier (or was it another Bligh perhaps?).
There was no fondness of any sailors there, there was fondness of the metal nails that were traded by the sailors in exchange for sex. Daughters and wives were offered to them by their fathers, who were fond of fishing
. Apparently metal nails make good hooks.
To get this kind of 'hospitality' today you will have to go to Thailand
, which is what many sole male sailors do anyway (maybe sole female sailors too, but I have only met men
You can google
up the rest of the Thailand
paradise for yourself.
Hospitality in Polynesia varies and we found French Polynesians and Cook Islanders very friendly and joyful, while Tongans were much more reserved. I believe this may be related to which imperial power occupied / occupies the place, and specifically - which religion dominates.
Make sure when you go to French Polynesia
you speak French as a minimum and some Polynesian vocabulary will go a long way towards making a good start in any relationship with local people. The same applies though elsewhere - otherwise how would one know what local people say while they are smiling at you (yes, a common problem with many cruisers - claiming a place is a paradise - they don't speak the language but they have thick wallets, so they are 'welcomed' everywhere ;-)).
A handful of first hand, thus biased, observations.