South Pacific

19 12, 2023

BEYOND THE BEACHES : Outback Safaris reveal Dominican Republic Disparities

2023-12-19T00:44:38+00:00Categories: Caribbean, South Pacific|Tags: , |0 Comments

By Chris McBeath Hispaniola is an island divided. The larger portion comprises the Dominican Republic, best known for its lushly appointed beachside resorts set against hills of tropical rainforest. Beyond those hills, however, and a highly patrolled, barbed wire border lies hurricane-ravaged Haiti, one of the poorest and most distressed countries in the world. It's a dichotomy that rarely touches the consciousness of visitors, yet to the observant eye, [...]

14 12, 2023

Caribbean’s Conch Culture

2023-12-14T00:21:01+00:00Categories: Caribbean, South Pacific|Tags: , , |0 Comments

By Chris McBeath When I think of the Turks & Caicos archipelago, captivating images of coral reefs, dazzling white sands, aquamarine waters and cerulean blue skies seduce my thoughts. Naturally, my imagination has photo shopped them to a perfection that reflects reality. Or does it? In truth, donkeys, horses and cattle still have right of way on many of the region’s islands, cays and spits. The tempo is soft [...]

2 12, 2023

Unexpected Treasures of the Caribbean

2023-12-02T00:48:01+00:00Categories: Caribbean, South Pacific|Tags: , , |0 Comments

By Chris McBeath We landed smack down in the middle of their soccer practice, taxiing up the rough, grassy airstrip that moments before, had seen the centre forward thrust a ball headlong into the net. Islanders on Little Cayman take their soccer seriously, and with an upcoming inter-island championship, our De Haviland Otter had rudely interrupted vital practice. But when you consider the airstrip doubles as a soccer field, [...]

26 10, 2023

The Treasure of the Black Pearl

2023-10-26T01:05:52+00:00Categories: Polynesia, South Pacific|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

By Chris McBeath Say the words ‘black pearl’ and images of saucy pirate Jack Sparrow may flash into your mind. After all, black pearls have always been among the most sought jewels in the world and have, no doubt, been the treasure of many a pirate’s swag. In the Marquesas Islands, however, these luminescent gemstones are a beachside commodity. While some entrepreneurial Tahitians still dive for pearls in much [...]

25 10, 2023

Walking on the Origins of Earth

2023-10-25T19:14:36+00:00Categories: New Zealand, South Pacific|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

By Chris McBeath Lying some 50km off New Zealand’s north-eastern coast, White Island is an intimate volcanic experience. Not the X-rated genre, but the kind where you get up close and personal with steaming schisms, vents, and gaseous fumaroles that make up one of the most accessible, active marine volcanoes in the world. Coming here is to feel the rumbling origins of earth beneath your feet. Currently one of [...]

23 10, 2023

Red Cherries and Sour Sops: Antigua’s Lesser Known Delights

2023-10-23T23:33:14+00:00Categories: Caribbean, South Pacific|Tags: , , |0 Comments

By Chris McBeath If there are two things that epitomize the British, it's tea and cricket. Put them together (which the game of cricket actually does with an official 'tea interval'), and you discover a world of "sledging", "mully grubbers", "daisy cutters" and a variety of "ducks" - hairy, golden and otherwise. Such are the linguistic peculiarities of cricket, which in Antigua also constitute the language of Gods. Like [...]

20 10, 2023

Tahitian Tattoos

2023-10-20T21:07:10+00:00Categories: South Pacific|Tags: , , |0 Comments

By Chris McBeath The canvas of his entire head was magnificently adorned, its shiny surface a mosaic of intriguing lines, curlicues and sacred design. The effect was so mesmerizing that I found myself staring -- hypnotised by this ethereal being. Ornamental beauty But in the remote Marquesas Islands, body art is as captivating as it always was and, as it’s enjoying an almost frenzied renaissance as seekers discover its [...]

14 10, 2023

Curaçao’s Dark Past Shapes a Bright Future

2023-10-14T22:17:55+00:00Categories: Caribbean, South Pacific|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

By Chris McBeath The tiny Dutch island of Curaçao (pronounced cure-a-SOW) is a curious blend of architectural styles and cultures. The people range from European sophisticates to traditional medicine women. The market stalls in the streets of Willemstad, the island's picturesque capital, are filled with the catch of fishermen who cross the 35-mile stretch of open water from Venezuela. While the Spanish were the first to lay claim to [...]

19 08, 2023

“Land of the Dead” Flourishes with Life

2023-10-19T01:15:26+00:00Categories: Australia, South Pacific|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Australia’s Answer to the Galapagos  By Chris McBeath Why the indigenous people called this island Karta, or Land of the Dead, remains a mystery because Kangaroo Island, located south west of Adelaide, is one of Australia’s hottest destinations for scenic and wildlife encounters.   Measuring only 155km (96mi) by 55km (34mi), more than one third of the island is dedicated to conservation. You’ll see kangaroos and Tammer wallabies, koala [...]

5 08, 2023

Surf to Science

2023-08-05T23:21:51+00:00Categories: North America, South Pacific|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Hawaii's Hidden Dimension By Chris McBeath For many visitors, Hawaii's balmy sunshine, rolling surf and soft sand is the total story but for the curious of heart, the islands' unique and isolated position offers the inquisitive traveler much more Ancient Lava Pictographs Hiking Hawaii lava fields New Earth: Nowhere is this better experienced than on Hawaii, the Big Island. Here, tropical jungles edge up [...]

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