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i'm only doing one of those a day ;)
i'll be flying from LAX most likely. do you fly to one main island then do short hops or boats to the others?
info on best islands, how to get there etc. what to do?
Aren't they actuall destinations in there own right. I'm not sure how many miles but google maps could not calculate directions between samoa and hawaii.
I imagine it's a long way. There's a lot of blue inbetween.
my friend said hey where you want to got this year.
I said SOCAL and north japan for snowboarding.
He said NZ and Hawaii.
So we compromised at SOCAL with a trip to tijana and Hawaii. So far this is the sum of our thoughts.
budget personally id like 2-3 for all at like 1500 but 2000 max i guess.
The town main street is split across two state borders (California or Nevada I think) with casinos on the Nevada side and other stuff on the other side. Also, the amount of snow they have is crazy. Looks amazing.
I've a mate who's just been living in Japan. You can go snowboarding in the mountains for a bit then to somewhere like Tokyo for the social afterwards. I imagine that would be all kinds of fantastic and is on my list of places to go.
but i had to settle for scuba instead
It was brilliant.
Helicopter flight over a volcano with a fellow passenger called Ned Nugent.
Snorkeling - my dad kicking out a lion fish with his flippers, not realising they were poisonous.
Good times. Over 20 years ago so probably not much help.
I'm hoping that Magnum was set on Hawaii.
(As an aside, they once filmed some parts of an episode for Hettie Wainthrop in the North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood when I used to work there).
i spent six weeks in the cook islands last summer. It was awesome. Rarotonga is 4 hours from auckland, or you might be able to fly straight from LAX (i got a much cheaper deal on STA by going through auckland). Flights were about £890. Stunning beaches and lots of snorkelling and stuff, and I loved the polynesian culture - dancing etc. much of this on the main island (rarotonga) just revolves around tourists nowadays, with shows in hotels, although they do also have dancing competitions between islands(try to get to the constitution celebrations in august). There is a massive tourist takeover though - you can get a bus around the island and it just stops at one hotel after another. So i would definitely recommend hopping on an air rarotonga flight to one of the outer islands. I went to mitiaro (i was doing research there), and it's not the most beautiful of the islands (it's rocky), but there are absolutely zero tourists, with people just doing what they always have done - growing their fruit & veg, fishing, killing the odd pig and sitting outside their houses chatting. Then there were dance rehearsals and drumming in the evenings. There's nothing to do except sit about and watch the waves and talk to the locals (there are around 187), but I liked it so much more than rarotonga. I wanna go again and get to one of the islands in the northern group that are stunning atolls with little villages on them, but they're like 5 hours away and planes don't go there much and it would cost a bomb. Aitutaki (where they filmed shipwrecked) and atiu are near rarotonga and have some tourism (especially aitutaki) and places to stay and organised activities and stuff if you don't wanna go somewhere where there's absolutely nothing. Sorry this was really long. Once i start talking about the cook island i never stop. Oh and i don't really know anything about other pacific islands, except that hawaii is on approx. the same longitude as the cooks, but on the opposite side of the equator, so a very long way north.