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Airlines & Airports – the good, the bad

27 February 2014 | Transport

Over the last 12 months I’ve flown with 18 different airlines on 9 different aircraft types. They included Boeing 737s, 747s, 767s and 777s, but I’ve still not flown on a 787. Some highlights and lowlights: ▲ The Most Heavily Loaded Flight – The last flight of ...

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Tonga, Ha’apai Islands & Cyclone Ian Appeal

3 February 2014 | Living

Last month, January 2014, I was in Tonga and on Foa Island in the Ha’apai Group just before Cyclone Ian hit it with Category 5 violence causing huge damage. The Ha’apai Group featured in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 as one of the Top 10 Regions of the world. ...

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Vava’u Island in Tonga

19 January 2014 | Places

My early January Tongan trip – which ended in the Ha’apai Islands group just before Cyclone Ian arrived – also featured Vava’u, the main island in the Vava’u group. ▲ The picturesque St Joseph’s Cathedral, overlooking Neifau, the island’s main town. Well only t...

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Whale Watching in Tonga

15 January 2014 | Living

I've posted several reports over the last few days on my recent visit to Tonga, I departed just as Cyclone Ian arrived.   ▲ Whale watching is the big Tongan tourist attraction although I turned up in the wrong season, July through September is the prime time for...

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Tonga – Ha’apai Islands & Cyclone Ian

14 January 2014 | Living

The remote Ha’apai Islands in Tonga were one of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel top 10 regions for 2014 and they were the last stop on my recent Tongan travels. I flew out of Ha’apai to Tongatapu, the main island, and on to New Zealand on Thursday 9 January, the next d...

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