Discover the Cook Islands: The South Pacific’s Best Kept Secret

Paradise-like Aitutaki Lagoon in the Cook Islands

Paradise-like Aitutaki Lagoon in the Cook Islands

Scenery so magnificent it inspired a mutiny. “Over there…,” Katu Moturakau, the Te Vaka Lagoon Cruise captain, pointed to a cove across the sapphire waters, “is where the HMS Bounty anchored in 1789. A few days after they set sail from here, the crew rebelled in what has become the world’s most famous mutiny—depicted in the 1962 movie, ‘Mutiny on the Bounty,’ starring Marlon Brando.”

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Daku Resort: Fiji’s Hidden Paradise

Aerial shot of Fiji’s Daku Resort

Aerial shot of Fiji’s Daku Resort

There are a handful of destinations that carry a certain mystique, which serves to attract visitors from around the world. Fiji is certainly one of those exotic locations. Just saying “Fiji” out loud can put your mind in vacation mode. The islands of Fiji have capitalized on their mystique and created a wide variety of tourist experiences that have one thing in common: relaxation. After all, when you visit the islands, it’s all about “Fiji Time.”

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Beautiful Bali: Rain or Shine

Looking out from the Viceroy Bali

Looking out from the Viceroy Bali

Balinese greetings are smiles, bows, and frangipani flower necklaces. Balinese air is fragrant, and the land is washed intermittently in warm downpours and sunlight. In Bali, subtle pleasures and indulgences are delivered in myriad ways. Here you feel light and floating on air, like a flower petal.

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Sydney: An Explorer's Take

View of the Opera House from the Manly Ferry

View of the Opera House from the Manly Ferry

My wife and I headed to Sydney to transform ourselves—to become people we are not. To wander the streets, climb the bridges, and be impulsive. We were there to become the urban explorers we’ve always talked about being (but could never quite become) back home in Los Angeles.

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