French Polynesia is where to find Paradise - UK - Lucy Williams Global

If you are looking for paradise, the French Polynesian islands is where to find it. They are located in the South Pacific Ocean miles away from anywhere!

On the Hawaiian and French Polynesian cruise we finally got down to the French Polynesian islands after many days at sea. Even from Hawaii it was six days at sea to get there.

Pago Pago

We did stop in Pago Pago in American Samoa which took four days at sea from Hawaii to get to, that broke up the six days! Pago Pago is a beautiful little tropical island in the South Pacific Ocean.

The island has nice little sandy beaches and is full of lush greenery and exotic flowers.

 

Bora Bora

After two more days at sea the first island we reached was Bora Bora, one of my favourite places in the world. Being from the UK this is so far away!

When you picture paradise, if it is clear blue skies, crystal clear water and white sands then Bora Bora is the place for you.

 

We went to Matire Beach and the morning we were there rained! So I was sitting on the beach with my umbrella up, but it did match my bikini! But it was only for an hour, then the sun came out and it was fantastic.

I love just been in the water as it is like being in a huge infinity pool, but it is the reef. The water is warm, calm and crystal clear so you can see the fish swimming and if you are lucky see stingrays, but they are very quick swimmers!

 

Also the water is quiet shallow so can you relax if you are not a good swimmer. 

On the beach there are a few bars and restaurants. I had to have a coconut water. Here, they just cut the top off, put a straw in and the coconut is ready to drink!

The local dish is raw fish (usually tuna or white fish), soaked in coconut milk with carrots or cucumber. It is a delicious a dish and is good for no bloating on the beach!

Moorea

This island is beautiful, surrounded by a reef with green lush mountains. In Morrea you can enjoy tours of the mountains to get amazing views of the reef.   

 

I did a tour of the island in a 4×4 Land Rover up the mountains and all around. At the top of Magic Mountain (not the Disney type!) the view was breath taking.

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We hiked the last 300ft, steep, but it was worth it. After, we went to a juice and liquor factory.

This was a treat, we tasted the mango juice and also two local cocktails very pleasing on the tongue! 

 

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Tahiti

Tahiti is the biggest island in French Polynesia and where you will find a city. We docked in Papeete, which is the ‘big city’ of French Polynesia.

Tahiti is a beautiful island and once you get out of the city area it idyllic like the other islands.

The best thing to do in Tahiti is go on a tour of the island to get some great photos of the reef and see the tropical side of the island.

I have a Polynesia friend that lives here, so she took me around the island to see the beautiful view points.

 

She also offers tours around the island from the cruise terminal or from hotels. It is a circle tour that stops at Marae Arahurahu, Vaipahi Botanical Garden, Taravao View Point, Faaone Vaihi Waterfalls, Archoho Blow Hole, Point Venus and Tahara’a View Point.

The tours are all with local guides and are in air conditioned brand new mini buses. For more infomation go to the their Facebook Page Maohi Nui Tours or email them at: maohinuitours@gmail.com.

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Essential Info

  • Weather: 23*C – 31*C
  • Language: French (English is spoken)
  • Currency: Polynesian Francs (Also US Dollars and Euros are excepted)
  • Top tips: Wear lots of sunscreen and drink lots of water
  • Here are my recommendations for French Polynesia: sunscreen, water bottle and a waterproof camera, swimsuit, hat, cover-up, flip flops or gym kit and trainers if hiking. All available on Amazon:

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Love Lucy x

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How to Make Your Cabin or Hotel Room More Festive Over Christmas

I have spent many Christmas’s away on a cruise ship and most of those years I was working onboard and even worked on Christmas day!

So I found it hard to get in the Christmas spirit. But, to get me in the mood I decorated my cabin so it was full of Christmas cheer!

This is why I decided to share how to make where ever you are whether it be your cabin, hotel room, or where ever that is not home, more festive with these little decorations.

Bear in mind that some cruise lines and hotels may have regulations to what decorations you can use, so check first before you start burning candles!

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Advent Calendar

I love an advent calendar! Who doesn’t love a small piece of chocolate every morning? Or maybe you just love little beauty gifts everyday! An advent calendar will get you in the Christmasy mood! The Lindt Bear Advent Calendar and  Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar are both great fun.

Christmas Candles or Diffuser

Make where you are smell like Christmas! I love Yankee Candle’s in Sparkling Cinnamon as they smell just like Christmas. But if candles are not allowed in your room this Yankee Candle Sparkling Cinnamon Reed Diffuser is the same smell without the burning!

Stockings

Christmas is not Christmas without a stocking! One these with dress up your room or even get a pre-filled one to open on Christmas morning!

Chocolate

This is my favourite part of Christmas! As it is Christmas we can eat what we like! Just get your own box of choccies!

Fairy Lights

Brighten up the room with fairy lights. Use traditional plug-in or use battery-powered.

Small Christmas Tree

A small Christmas tree is a nice touch and now you can even get a Fibre Optic Christmas Tree  to light up the cabin or hotel room or opt for traditional pre-decorated tree like this Small Christmas Desk Tree.

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The 2017 Liebster Award - Lucy Williams Global

I am very excited to announce I have won another blogging award. I was nominated for the 2017 Liebster Award by the blog Beyond Latitudes.

I am very pleased to accept this award from Beyond Latitudes, it is such an honor to be nominated.

I only started blogging at the beginning of this year and I am now very pleased to have three awards under my belt!

When I am writing, sometimes I think is anyone going to read this? So, when I get nominated for these awards it makes it all worth it and to know someone likes what I am writing!

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What is the 2017 Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award focuses on recognizing new online bloggers who have shown potential. The Award is only offered online and seeks to promote other online bloggers.

Rules of the Award

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to them.
  • Upload the award to your blog. It can be done as a blog or on the sidebar.
  • Answer the questions you have been asked.
  • Nominate 5 or more blogs who you believe deserve to receive the award.
  • Notify the nominated bloggers so that they can accept the award.

Questions from my Nominator

What has been your biggest challenge while blogging?

Learning all about blogging! There is so much more to it, than just writing an article and adding a few photos.

What is your number one tip for other bloggers?

Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing, just concentrate on what you are doing. There is so much noise out there, don’t compare yourself to others.

What are your hobbies other than blogging?

I love to cook and of course travelling!

What successful entrepreneur do you admire and why?

Richard Branson, because of the empire he has achieved.

Who is your favourite blogger and why?

I have two! Helene from Helene in Between because she is very normal and shares all her blogging knowledge, travels and keeps it interesting.

My other favourite blogger is Lauren from The Skinny Confidential as she offers lots of health and beauty tips and easy recipe ideas.

Tell us about your blog and why you started blogging?

My blog is all about travel, cruising and packing tips. The reason why I started my blog was that I wanted to share more than just a few photos on Facebook of my travels.

I went on a world cruise in January this year and I really wanted to share my experiences and tips on what to do in each of the ports I was visiting and that was the start of ‘The Travelling Wife Cruising Around the World’.

An item you can’t live without.

My iPhone, as I can never put it down!

What and/or who motivates you to write?

I feel I have a lot to share as I am always travelling and I know a lot about the cruise industry and I haves lots of travel/cruise tips. While I am travelling or at home I get asked a lot of questions so this keeps me motivated to write, as hopefully I am answering someone’s question.

Drum Roll for My Nominations!

Congratulations to my nominees for the next Liebster Award!

Sakan Travel  – www.sakanatravel.com

Tanya Travels – www.tanyatravels.blog

The Chronicles of a Happy Divorcee – www.tinderellaanna.com

Seesaw Travels – www.seesawtravels.wordpress.com

The Globe Trotting Gal – www.globetrottinggal.com

Adventures Abroad – www.sbazzini.com

In the Wrong Boots – www.inthewrongboots.wordpress.com

Digi Gran Biz – www.digigran.biz 

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Questions for my Nominees

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. Where is your favourite travel destination?
  3. Which three places are on your bucket list to see?
  4. What keeps you blogging?
  5. What is your blogging tip to new bloggers?
  6. What is your favourite blog?
  7. What is the one thing you cannot live without?
  8. Which blog post are you most proud of?

Congratulations to the nominated bloggers! Now it is your turn to write a Liebster Award blog post and answer my questions if you accept the award. Looking forward to reading!

Thank you again to the blog  Beyond Latitudes for awarding me the 2017 Liebster Award.

Happy Travels

Love Lucy x

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6 Things You Need To Know Before Going On a Cruise

Guest blog post by Isabel Leong a Travel Writer from Bel Around The World.

Cruises are undeniably one of the best ways to see the world. Being looked after upon a ship as you travel from country to country sounds like a life of luxury – but with that being said, there are a few things to be aware of before you board, especially if it’s your first time.

Here are six things to bear in mind before boarding a cruise.

You can disembark at any port of call in case of an emergency

You may be wondering – what happens if an emergency arises and I’m stuck on the boat? Don’t worry, because if you need to you’re able to disembark and return home upon arrival at a port of call. Committing to a cruise doesn’t mean you have to see it through to the end.

If you get a call from home that requires you to return, you’ll need your passport and a photo ID to do so – and you have to make the request with guest services during the first 24 hours at sea. If you do it afterwards, the cruise line likely won’t assist to a full extent in getting you home.

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There’s rooms suited to those with motion sickness

 If you’re worried about the dreaded mal de mer, rest assured there’s rooms in the ship better suited to you. Opt for a room towards the middle of the ship and upon a higher deck to decrease the potential for sea sickness – the movement here will be minimal and bearable for most.

Consider other ways to decrease the motion sickness, too. Bands to wear upon your wrist are one of the most common and effective remedies, often sold upon the ship itself to ensure you’re not left compromised. A cruise is an amazing experience – don’t let sea sickness get in the way of that.

You’ll be seeing some of the world’s best sights

 It doesn’t matter which cruise you board and which route it takes – you’ll always be discovering new and exciting parts of the world that’ll likely blow your mind. From the luscious, warm scenery of the Caribbean to the depths of the wondrous New Zealand, there’s no limit to how far you’ll go.

Be sure to thoroughly research the cruise routes on offer – if there’s a few that visit the destination you want to see the most, consider the other ports of call during the journey and choose the one that sounds the most appealing to you. After all, the main highlight of a cruise is being able to visit more than one destination with ease.

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Hand luggage is still a necessity

Although there’s no flight or equivalent process to get to the ship, hand luggage is still recommended. On the first day when you board the ship, you won’t immediately be able to get to your luggage – so consider a small bag to keep with you, that you can put toiletries and a change of clothing in.

It’s also a good idea to have this small bag packed ready for when you disembark at various ports of call. Wandering around a city all day without a bag could prove to be difficult, so ensure you have one ready for your days exploring.

Reserve restaurants and events immediately to avoid disappointment

As soon as you board the ship, get your bearings and figure out which shows, restaurants and events are on offer for you to reserve. Keep in mind every other passenger will likely be doing the same, so if you want to secure a certain somewhere or something, this is the best way to go about it.

It’s common knowledge that the food on the majority of cruise ships is delectable. With some cruises even being catered by chefs who have received Michelin stars in the past, there’s no doubt you’ll be lapping up some beautiful meals during your stay.

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The pool will be busy

 Be prepared for the top deck to get crowded. Whilst you’re cruising and the weather is warm, expect guests to flock in their masses to the poolside – and divert to other areas of the ship to avoid the crowds. Often cruises offer adults-only areas, meaning you can escape the loud families and busy crowds and relax in your own quiet, secluded section.

Another way to make the most of the ship’s facilities is by staying on board once you arrive at a port of call. Whilst many guests will disembark to explore, if you want  a day of quiet relaxation, stay on the ship and you’ll find you have it pretty much all to yourself.

This was a guest blog post by Isabel Leong a Travel Writer from Bel Around The World. Follow her at belaroundtheworld.com

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A Bora Bora Love by Jim ferris

As I have just been to the beautiful French Polynesian island of Bora Bora, I asked my dear friend Jim Ferris to write a guest blog post, as it is his favourite place in the world.

A Bora Bora Love by Jim Ferris

I talk about French Polynesia all the time and the islands of the South Pacific are close to my heart.

But, just ask anyone and they will say that Bora Bora is the heart of the soul of French Polynesia in spite of the many hotels that have sprung up.

We started going to French Polynesia in the early 70’s mostly to Bora Bora. It is only 18 miles around (30 kilometres) and the people who live here are very friendly.

More specifically it is very easy to get to, either by cruise ship or by plane. By cruise ship, all you have to do is get off the tender boat and walk thru the shell and curio shop to the main road.

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I always suggest to people to turn left and go to the local store (chin li) to enjoy the flavour of what a small island community has to offer the villagers.

It is a short 6 miles to one of the loveliest beaches in the world, Matira Point.

After 25-30 visits to the islands, one never tires of just walking around and talking to the local people.

If you ever have the opportunity to be in French Polynesia on a Sunday visit the local church to listen to the singing.

The shoreline has not changed on any of the islands for as long as I have been going.

There are rules and laws some of which I feel should be adopted my other island communities.

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You cannot fly or sail into French Polynesia without a return ticket or be prepared to post a bond showing that you have funds to leave.

Did you know that developers cannot construct a building higher than the highest coconut tree, which is why you see hotels built from the top of a hill down toward the sea?

Yes, things are very expensive in French Polynesia, but it is like everything on small islands 90% of everything consumed is brought in by ship or plane.

Enjoy Bora Bora!

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Jim Ferris

Jim Ferris is an experienced cruiser and loves nothing more than to be onboard. If you have any questions for him, please comment below.

Essential Info

  • Weather: 23*C – 31*C year round
  • Language: French (English is spoken)
  • Currency: Polynesian Francs (Also US Dollars and Euros are excepted)
  • Top tips: Wear lots of sunscreen and drink lots of water. The water flask and sunscreen are available on Amazon.

 

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