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June 9, 2013
Thank you for your honesty about some overhyped resort areas ["So Into It," by An Amlotte, and "The Best Island in the World? Hardly," by Catharine Hamm] in your May 26 Travel section. I am tired of paying top dollar for what is promised to be an unforgettable travel experience only to find that it is unforgettable because I paid a fortune to experience the same choking traffic and rude crowds in a foreign paradise as I experience here at home in the beachside paradise of OC. It helps to use a travel agent who has made the trips him or herself and can recommend a specific itinerary.
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SCIENCE
August 9, 2013 | By Brad Balukjian
Popeye the Sailor Man wouldn't hurt a fly - at least, not this one. Scientists reported earlier this week in the journal Zootaxa that they had discovered six new species of “Popeye flies” on the islands of Tahiti. The insects are distinguished by their bulging middle legs, which resemble Popeye's buff forearms (no tattoos are visible on the bugs, however). They're also one of the most diverse groups of insects in Tahiti. The yellowish flies, in the genus Campsicnemus (Latin for “bent legs”)
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NEWS
August 19, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Kim Kardashian is set to tie the knot Saturday (in Montecito, according to the New York Post ), but she spent some serious hang time in May with hubby-to-be Kris Humphries in French Polynesia . In fact, Sunday's episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" (10 p.m. E!) kicks off a three-parter of family members visiting the islands. For part of the trip, Kim & co. stayed at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa , which features hillside rooms as well as those dreamy thatched-roof bungalows suspended over the turquoise waters of a lagoon.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Christy Khoshaba
If you've kept any tabs on Heidi Klum's recent Instagram and Twitter photos, you'll notice the German supermodel has been posting some racy photos. You know, the topless one in Bora Bora, the bikini-clad one amid a sunset and the one of her toned - and tanned - bum. Well, it turns out her mother is the one snapping those photos! “You will be surprised when you hear that my mom takes most of the photos,” the 40-year-old told Access Hollywood . “Yeah, my mom and dad. They were on holiday.
NEWS
August 11, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
No, the divers pictured here aren't wearing televisions on their heads. They've donned weighted helmets that enable them to walk on the ocean floor. Adriaan Kirchner captured this photo in June during an aqua safari in Bora Bora. The Los Angeles resident used a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with an Aquatica underwater case. To submit your photos, click the upload button below. When you upload your photos, tell us where they were taken and when. The more we know about a photo, the more likely it is that we'll feature it in "Your Scene," a weekly photo feature that appears online and in print.
TRAVEL
May 26, 2013 | By An Amlotte
BORA BORA, French Polynesia It was just after 6 a.m. when the sound of a ship's horn awakened us. My husband, Jeff, and I looked at each other sleepily, then scrambled to our knees so we could look out the window above our bed. There it was in all its glory: a massive cruise liner that overwhelmed Bora Bora's western lagoon. I felt sorry for the passengers. If the cruise ship that visited the previous day was any indication, the passengers would have only one day here, and that wouldn't be enough.
TRAVEL
June 14, 1987 | THOMAS A. HARRISON, Harrison is a La Canada free-lance writer. and
With its plentiful sunshine, it was the perfect honeymoon hideaway. Polynesian cuisine. Secluded coves on tiny coral islands. A school of sharks in a feeding frenzy. If you've never thought of dorsal fins as the highlight of a romantic getaway, you have yet to discover Bora Bora. It is the only place in the world where you can stand chest-deep in water, watching natives hand-feed black-tipped reef sharks only a few feet from your disbelieving eyes.
TRAVEL
November 24, 2002
Air-conditioning, satellite TV, Italian marble bathtubs, silver fixtures, hot tubs. On Bora-Bora? The attraction on a tropical island is not air-conditioning but trade winds, not TV but the view from the window or balcony of your room, not a marble bathtub but a rock waterfall shower. Provide creature comforts but do not insulate me from the paradise I'm paying dearly to experience, as the Bora Bora Nui has done. Jack M. Rice Long Beach
TRAVEL
April 17, 1994 | BETTY MARTIN
EXPLORING TROPICAL AUSTRALIA (Rand McNally Video Expeditions Collection, 58 minutes, 1993). For those who have never been to Australia, the typical picture of this island nation is of arid deserts and acres of sheep, with a few high hills in the background. That's why Queensland's northeast coastal region can be such a surprise. It's a tropical land of rain forests with a wondrous variety of plants and animals, some found nowhere else.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2009 | Susan King
Swedish director Jan Troell doesn't take Hollywood and its awards very seriously. "I take it with a little bit of salt," said the low-key director during a recent visit to Los Angeles for the Golden Globe Awards. His latest film, the poignant "Everlasting Moments," which opens in L.A. in limited release on Friday, had been nominated for a Globe for foreign-language film. The film, though, lost to "Waltz With Bashir."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
MENLO PARK, Calif. - It was bad enough that his multimillion-dollar wedding became a symbol of Silicon Valley excess. But then billionaire tech guru Sean Parker was blasted in the headlines as an environmental menace over party preparations that had allegedly damaged Big Sur's storied redwoods. The Napster co-founder and former Facebook president wed singer-songwriter Alexandra Lenas on June 1 in a campground owned by the posh Ventana Inn & Spa. To set the scene for their fantasy, the couple trucked in plants and flowers, dug an artificial pond and erected a stone bridge and elevated dance floor amid the old-growth forest.
TRAVEL
June 16, 2013
Hooray for Mom's worldly ways Regarding Myanmar ["Hoofing It Through the Mountains" by Lindsay Hawdon, June 9]: I want to congratulate her for exposing her sons to such wonderful worldly adventures. This is more than they would learn in a classroom. I have traveled to 75 countries, and those experiences are who I am today. Hooray for Lindsay. Rhoda Lurie Santa Monica Hotelier's best bet? Silence Regarding "Hotelier Wants to Be Helpful But Not Rude" [On the Spot by Catharine Hamm, June 9]
TRAVEL
June 9, 2013
Thank you for your honesty about some overhyped resort areas ["So Into It," by An Amlotte, and "The Best Island in the World? Hardly," by Catharine Hamm] in your May 26 Travel section. I am tired of paying top dollar for what is promised to be an unforgettable travel experience only to find that it is unforgettable because I paid a fortune to experience the same choking traffic and rude crowds in a foreign paradise as I experience here at home in the beachside paradise of OC. It helps to use a travel agent who has made the trips him or herself and can recommend a specific itinerary.
TRAVEL
May 26, 2013 | By An Amlotte
BORA BORA, French Polynesia It was just after 6 a.m. when the sound of a ship's horn awakened us. My husband, Jeff, and I looked at each other sleepily, then scrambled to our knees so we could look out the window above our bed. There it was in all its glory: a massive cruise liner that overwhelmed Bora Bora's western lagoon. I felt sorry for the passengers. If the cruise ship that visited the previous day was any indication, the passengers would have only one day here, and that wouldn't be enough.
TRAVEL
May 26, 2013
THE BEST WAY TO BORA BORA From LAX , Air Tahiti Nui and Air France offer nonstop service to Papeete, Tahiti, with Air Tahiti offering connecting service to Bora Bora. Restricted round-trip airfare begins at $1,780, including taxes and fees. Consider using a certified Tahiti specialist to book your trip, especially if you plan to visit more than one island. French Polynesia is expensive, and a travel agent who can create a package that includes airfare, accommodations and transfers will save you money and time.
NEWS
August 11, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
No, the divers pictured here aren't wearing televisions on their heads. They've donned weighted helmets that enable them to walk on the ocean floor. Adriaan Kirchner captured this photo in June during an aqua safari in Bora Bora. The Los Angeles resident used a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with an Aquatica underwater case. To submit your photos, click the upload button below. When you upload your photos, tell us where they were taken and when. The more we know about a photo, the more likely it is that we'll feature it in "Your Scene," a weekly photo feature that appears online and in print.
TRAVEL
May 14, 1989 | JERRY HULSE, Times Travel Editor
Nothing can destroy the sunrises of Bora Bora or sunsets that turn evenings aflame, or rainbows that wash across the world's loveliest lagoon. Whatever else occurs, these blessings shall remain, as will the trade winds that bathe Bora Bora, and the rains that turn the island green, and the waves that pound the distant reef like claps of thunder. In the minds of travelers the world over, Bora Bora remains their bali hai, an island almost too perfect to behold, a poem composed of color and beauty and peace.
TRAVEL
March 31, 2002 | DEBBIE SEAMAN
BORA-BORA, French Polynesia--We felt like characters out of "Peter Pan" flying over a colorful kingdom, my son, Lachlan, and I agreed later. Arms spread like wings, holding hands, we were swept along with surprising force by the ostensibly tranquil teal waters of the tropical lagoon. Wide-eyed behind our snorkeling masks, we gazed at the coral gardens below.
NEWS
August 19, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Kim Kardashian is set to tie the knot Saturday (in Montecito, according to the New York Post ), but she spent some serious hang time in May with hubby-to-be Kris Humphries in French Polynesia . In fact, Sunday's episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" (10 p.m. E!) kicks off a three-parter of family members visiting the islands. For part of the trip, Kim & co. stayed at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa , which features hillside rooms as well as those dreamy thatched-roof bungalows suspended over the turquoise waters of a lagoon.
TRAVEL
February 13, 2011 | By Rosemary McClure, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The turquoise lagoons and misty mountains of Bora-Bora have always enchanted bride-to-be Maja Sakowsky. She's so enamored of the fabled South Pacific island, in fact, that she has delayed her wedding for more than a year so that she can legally wed there. In May, Sakowsky and her groom, Zach Hosford, plan to say their vows while standing on a spit of land overlooking one of those turquoise lagoons, taking advantage of a change in French Polynesian law that simplifies the marriage of foreign visitors in Bora-Bora and the other islands of Tahiti.
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