November 2, 2003
"Polynesia: Afloat on Society's Fringe" [Oct. 19] brought back memories: In October 1964, on the way to Australia, I flew UTA French Airlines to Tahiti. Upon landing, I was surprised to find myself welcomed as Tahiti's first American jet tourist. It was night, and they put me up in a lovely hotel on Papeete's outskirts, where I awoke to a virgin paradise. Papeete was different then. I moved to the Green Hotel, six rustic rooms on the waterfront, with Stirling Hayden's Wanderer moored beside it. Jack Carpenter San Juan Capistrano Send letters to Travel, L.A. Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; fax (213)
September 20, 1987 |
Like a coral necklace dropped from the sky, Manihi, the farthest atoll in the South Pacific Tuamotus Archipelago, is the Polynesia of romantic myth. Until recently it was isolated from the outside world, known to few besides the people who were born at Paumotu, the island's one small village. Treasure lies within the circlet of this reef, for a quirk of nature has made the floor of the lagoon the breeding ground of the only oysters in the world that bear black pearls.
November 23, 1986 |
Misconceptions about destinations continue to plague travelers who sometimes don't pay enough attention to what items they should or should not take with them, and what to expect and not expect during their travels. Enjoying the "paradises" of the world, which includes coping with both culture shock and expense shock, can be greatly enhanced by information and preparation.
January 4, 2009 |
On a recent South Pacific cruise aboard the Star Flyer, a sailing ship somewhat bigger than a 19th century whaler and a lot comfier, I brought along Herman Melville's "Omoo." Melville had launched his writing career while racketing around the Marquesas and the Society Islands in his early 20s. In that languorous climate, he might well have gone the other way -- to seed, like the classic South Pacific remittance man -- but there was no avoiding his gift.
September 20, 2002 |
The FBI's ability to identify a comatose man in a Chula Vista medical center Thursday marked an apparent breakthrough in the mysterious disappearance of a former NBA player and two others off Tahiti. Miles Dabord, wanted in Phoenix on fraud charges and sought by the FBI and law enforcement officials in Tahiti in connection with a murder investigation, has been in a coma and listed as a John Doe since he was brought to the hospital Sunday, the FBI said Thursday.
July 26, 1990 |
For Hong Kong residents desperate to flee before China takes over in 1997, the Federal Republic of Corterra sounded perfect. The tiny Pacific island nation was described as lying between Tahiti and Hawaii, with 80,000 citizens who enjoy democratic government, a British-style legal system and no income tax. Best of all, a newspaper ad here boasted, passports are bargain-priced at only $16,000. Three local businessmen quickly paid the $5,000 application fee. Then they discovered the catch.