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Re: Some let downs in South Pacific

we spent 6 weeks in Galapagos in 01, only the 2nd year it was open to cruisers, very different back then, we went every where without a guide. Got 90 day visa's. Dove with hammerhead sharks, we asked for forgiveness instead of permission on mot things. Not everything was as regulated. The masses who have moved there to cash in on tourism are ruining it for all. also the unregulated fishing...increase in trash etc, etc, etc.

We spent very little time in Papeete, knew it was a big city with all it's problems. Marquesas and Tuamotus the highlight, met some great folks on small, un visited islands, stop looking at charlies charts...things get a lot more interesting.

Tonga wonderful. Fiji even better. Think it keeps getting better the farther West you go....
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