THE ‘P’ FACTOR

Since the 16th century, the Blue Continent has been a playground for adventure-seeking travellers. Early navigators’ quest for knowledge (officially) and glory (unofficially) prompted them to undertake hazardous voyages in search of new lands in the vast Pacific Ocean. White traders saw the islands as a source of wealth. Missionaries came to convert the cannibals and wild savages into civilized, God-fearing men. Artists, poets and writers simply searched for inspiration somewhere among the swaying palm trees and little lagoons. And ordinary tourists… What really attracts us? Why are we drawn to this corner of the globe? Well, there are more than plenty of reasons, but let me name just a few of them.

‘And that Palau is where? Oh right, it’s at the end of the world!’

Exactly, the end of the world. Let’s be honest, every once in a while we all have this thought: to leave it all behind and travel to a distant land where everything is new and different. Pacific Islands are the most remote, isolated location on the planet Earth. And even though the world doesn’t really end there, it is still fun to be able to enjoy this exceptional feeling of freedom.

‘C’mon, don’t you wanna go to a place where everyone goes?’

No, not really. I need some privacy; I’m tired of being surrounded by thousands of people. Do you know that feeling? Well, the islands are perfect, because they are completely off the beaten track. Visiting the South Seas gives you the opportunity to explore places far away from the usual tourist routes. Go there and you’ll get something more than a typical all-inclusive holiday by the pool.

‘Kiri-what? Ah, Kiribati. Yeah, that sounds kinda exotic!’

Oh yes, we all like those exotic-sounding names. Somehow they seem to represent things that are more unique, more unusual. And when it comes to the Pacific Islands, they are as extraordinary as they sound.

‘Paradise doesn’t exist!’

Maybe it doesn’t, but if there’s any place that resembles Eden, that’s the Blue Continent. It is the land of eternal beauty and utter perfection (well, most of it anyway). It’s so easy to fall in love with all the sights, sounds, tastes and colours. And believe me, this love lasts forever (and ever, and ever, and ever…).

‘Those overwater huts are quite romantic!’

Not just them. Dreamy locations, beautiful beaches, magnificent sunsets and sweet aromas of tropical flowers are perfect for loved-up couples. But, just to be clear, you don’t need a partner to be able to enjoy this exceptional scenery! If you are in the mood for love – Pacific region is the right place to go.

‘It’s like it’s Photoshopped!’

There’s no need for Photoshop in the Pacific! The islands are filled with picture-perfect scenery, so every snap (well, ok, almost every snap) taken looks like a postcard. So, what were you saying about that Photoshop…?

‘Do you realize they eat people???’

In the South Seas you get a chance to encounter some of the most unique cultures in the world. So many islands, so many traditions. Every single one is different; every single one is totally captivating. Indigenous Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian folkways are well worth exploring. Oh, and don’t be afraid, you’ll come back alive…

‘Yeah, they are good-looking; but friendly? I don’t think so.’

‘Friendly’ doesn’t even describe how amazing Pacific Islanders are. They are warm-hearted, welcoming and hospitable. Known to be very family oriented, they always make sure that any guest feels at home and as comfortable as it is possible. Only in Pasifika can you arrive as a visitor and leave as a member of the community.

‘But what will you eat there? And what will you drink?’

And who cares? The Pacific diet may be a little unvaried, but at least you know there’s one thing you can never run out of: fresh coconuts! And by ‘fresh’ I mean a coconut straight off the tree. You just have to ask one of the very friendly Islanders!

‘Yeah, so.. Ok… Maybe it is an incredible place…’

If you don’t live near the Pacific Islands, it is quite probable that your visit there was, is or will be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. But even the shortest trip leaves great memories. Memories that are to be cherished forever.

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