BORA BORA’S Ultimate Beach Party

Each December, top athletes and festive travelers gather for a magical mix of watersports, local culture and toes-in-the-sand celebration. Other than ‘sign me up,’ what else can you say about an event that’s equal parts Ironman competition, Polynesian cultural experience and ultimate beach party held on the idyllic South Pacific island of Bora Bora. Held each December on the southern portion … [Read more...]

SAMOA: MicroAid International Makes A Difference

MicroAid International founder and project manager Jon Ross talks to wandermelon about helping out communities, launching canoe fleets, and being made a chief in Samoa. You've just returned from eight weeks in Samoa with MicroAid International—what were you doing there? I was doing disaster recovery projects related to the 2009 tsunami. MicroAid stays focused on victims of disasters after … [Read more...]

Aquatic Adventures In Paradise: The Bora Bora Liquid Festival

Escape winter this December and come play in paradise instead at the inaugural Bora Bora Liquid Festival! Bora Bora has long been renowned as the ultimate romantic hideaway. Its soaring green peaks and azure waters seduce lovers who escape here to live out their tropical hideaway fantasies. But what few people recognize is Bora Bora is more than just a romantic retreat – it’s also an … [Read more...]

Direct Flights from Sydney to Rarotonga

If you have ever wanted to visit the Cook Islands, now is the time! Air New Zealand is offering a special deal on their new direct service from Sydney to Rarotonga, the capital of the Cooks. Until 30 September the direct services are on sale from AU$380 one-way, for travel 18 October to 16 December 2011.The Saturday flight takes six hours. Laze on some of the world's best beaches if you want, … [Read more...]

Volcanic Hot Deal in Vanuatu

Ratua Island makes the Condé Nast Traveler Hot Hotels List 2010. We called it a year ago in our story Paradise Found, but Ratua Island just made the Condé Nast Traveler Hot Hotels List 2010. Known as the list that launches a thousand room reservations, get in line quick to catch this volcanic hot “Special Opening Preview” deal with 50% off Ratua’s standard rates. No longer a staggering … [Read more...]