South Pacific

Aloha everyone!  We have made it back into Canada after spending 5 days on Oahu, getting on a ship and spending three port days at three of the other islands (Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island (Hawaii) ), and then five days at sea.

So, firstly, I got into trouble for not posting pictures from our time in the South Pacific.  We got on a cruise ship in Sydney, Australia and had 16 days of sailing through the South Pacific over to Honolulu.  This cruise was the only one that we had booked waaaaay back last January before we left home.  We started with 2 days at sea, which was a nice way to get to know the boat and our fellow travellers.  We had a really nice group of people to travel with on this boat.  Everyone (except one grumpy old man), was super nice, friendly and easy going.  And the itinerary was awesome.  We stopped in Isle des Pins, New Caledonia; Lifou, New Caledonia; Port Vila, Vanuatu; Lautoka, Fiji; Dravuni Island, Fiji; Pago, Pago, America Samoa; and crossed the International Dateline, getting to live April 21 two times.  We also got to take part in a “swim across the equator,” which is for first time sailors crossing the equator.  We swam across the pool and then kissed a fish at the end…salty and gross, but fun.  I washed my mouth out with soap after getting the pic 😉  At the different ports we snorkelled, hiked, checked out local markets, and hung out with friends from the ship.  We spent the days at sea going to lectures on the history of the islands, and learning about the different geology and animals found on the islands.  One of the things we really enjoy about the long cruises are the speakers they bring on board.  There was also a cultural team onboard for the first week from the French Polynesian Islands, who taught us different words, dances and some of their traditions.  The cultural team for the second week were native Hawaiians who taught us the history, dances, songs and traditions of Hawaii.  We learned a lot, went to trivia (yes, the boys answered quite a few questions that we had no clue what the answer was), watched the world go by, and made some good friends along the way.  As you can imagine, the scenery was impressive, but I think we enjoyed the friends we made even more.

Anyways, I hope you are all doing well, and as always, thanks for taking the time to read and travel along with us.  It’s hard to believe we are almost done with this year of travel. Your emails, messages, and comments have truly helped us along the way as we felt like you were with us, and not far far away.  I have a few more things to write about, and if there are any questions or topics you would like me to write about, please email me or let me know in the comments here.

Happy Spring, and enjoy the weekend 🙂

 

 

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