The Great Polynesian Triangle of the Pacific, centered on Tahiti, and ranging from Easter Island in the east to New Zealand in the west, and as far north as Hawaii ...


The Polynesians’ myths say they traveled to escape overpopulation, land disputes, and warfare – the usual island plagues. But anyone mesmerized by an empty horizon knows they must also have been restless and curious, sailing beyond their reef for the same reason boys who grow up hearing train whistles in prairie towns head for Chicago.             Thurston Clarke


One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.

Andre Gide


What is traveling?
Changing your place?
By no means.
Traveling is changing
your opinions and your prejudices.

Anatole France


The schooner turned upon her heel, the anchor plunged. It was a small sound, a great event; my soul went down these moorings whence no windlass may extract nor any diver fish it up; and I, and some part of my ship’s company, were from that hour the bond slaves of the isles …

Robert Louis Stevenson


The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes,
but in having new eyes.                                                             Marcel Proust


… an island whose horizon is empty in every direction resembles a self-contained universe,
floating in water instead of space and capable of setting its own rules …
But however they do it,
some remote islands can provide the ultimate freedom, from time itself.               Thurston Clarke




















No life can be barren which hears the whisper of the wind in the branches,
or the voice of the sea as it breaks upon the shore ...               William Winter



We are born with a destiny.  The destiny is bliss, absolute, sensuous, blissful, carnal
knowledge of the universe, fleshly union with all things.                       Nina Fitzpatrick
















You cannot avoid paradise. You can only avoid seeing it.               Charlotte Joko Beck