Tonga:

Star Ferry, Hong Kong Island

Between Flights

4 January 2016 | Living

In yesterday’s blog I raised the ‘what does it take to say you’ve visited a country’ question. And like Ask the Pilot Patrick Smith I agree that you can’t say you’ve been there if you’ve only been to the airport. But could you ‘visit a country’ between flights? I r...

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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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