Tahiti

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 [...]

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 [...]

5 08, 2023

The Treasure of the Black Pearl

2023-08-05T21:54:18+00:00Categories: 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 [...]

31 07, 2023

Adventuring through The Marquesas

2023-07-31T22:35:41+00:00Categories: South Pacific|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

By Chris McBeath Before I was able to catch my breath, Tino’s strong tattooed arms scooped me up and, lifting me high above the crashing waves in which he stood, he delivered me over the side of the boat to shore like an irreverent feather. After nine-days of traveling together, we had all come to appreciate Tino’s dexterity and seamanship. Besides handling human cargo with a gentleness that belied his [...]

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