Mantaray Island Resort
Fiji

Mantaray Island Resort

Manta Ray Resort was one of my favorite stops in Fiji.  We visited twice, and each time found the grounds beautiful and the staff very friendly. We visited while cruising Fiji on our sailing catamaran, Starry Horizons.  The first time we came, we had David’s brother, Thomas, on board with us.  Then, the second time,…

Fijian Hitchhikers!
Fiji

Fijian Hitchhikers!

Getting to and from Fulaga is challenging. There is a supply ship that comes on a (somewhat) regular basis, but it makes stops along the way. Tui, our guide in Fulaga, told us it took him 5 days to get to Suva via the supply ship. The other option, which our new friend Alifreti has…

Cultural Immersion in Fulaga, Fiji
Fiji

Cultural Immersion in Fulaga, Fiji

Fulaga (pronounced Fulanga) is an island on the very southeast section of Fiji.  It is the most remote inhabited island we’ve been to.  There is no airport, no ferries operate to the mainland, and while there is a supply ship, it’s irregular at best.  Nevertheless, the villagers of Fulaga have one of the most interesting ways…

Vanua Balavu, the Lau Group of Fiji
Fiji

Vanua Balavu, the Lau Group of Fiji

While Fiji has a pretty extreme number of tourists every year (700,000 tourists a year, with a population of just 900,000), most tourists flock to the western side of Fiji.  We are getting to explore the east side, a rarely-seen and hard-to-get-to area.  It’s much easier to visit this part of the world via your…

Fiji Travel Guide:  Notes from Four Months
Cruising Lifestyle | Fiji

Fiji Travel Guide: Notes from Four Months

In 2016 and 2017, we spent a total of four and a half months in the Pacific Island nation of Fiji. Fiji is a wonderful place that we loved, with a strong, unique culture and stunning natural beauty. Fiji is modern, with amazing hospitality and nature, which makes it one of our top five destinations….

Ha’apai, Tonga: Untouched in the South Pacific
Tonga

Ha’apai, Tonga: Untouched in the South Pacific

We’ve been full-time traveling around the world since October 2014.  Tonga was our 21st country/territory to visit on our boat, Starry Horizons, and it’s definitely on my Top 5 list – because of the Ha’apai group. About the Ha’apai Group Tonga is divided up into five island groups. The capital of Tonga is Nuku’alofa, located…

Cruising the Ha’apai Group of Tonga
Tonga

Cruising the Ha’apai Group of Tonga

When we decided to spend this extra year in the South Pacific, we wanted to find quiet places similar to the Tuamotus group of French Polynesia, where we were for two weeks in 2016.  Two of the main island groups we missed that are less-traveled are the Ha’apai group of Tonga and the Lau group…

Sailing the Vava’u Islands of Tonga
Tonga

Sailing the Vava’u Islands of Tonga

Tonga is one of our favorite cruising grounds in the world! It’s underdeveloped compared to many other places we’ve been to. Its people are friendly, and it holds onto its culture. Plus, Tonga is where humpback whales come to give birth and raise their young every year. Tonga Sailing Itineraries You should spend at least…