Tribute to a Tribute
I have been an islands lover and subscriber for a long time. I have also enjoyed editor at large Ty Sawyer's writing very much. His article "From the Edge" in the September/October 2008 issue is his best ever and the most beautifully written and most moving piece I have ever seen in the magazine. My condolences to Ty on the loss of his father. I am happy he was able to make that healing trip to Tahiti. It was a wonderful pilgrimage and tribute.
-- Clare Martin, via e-mail
Nuku Hiva Remembered
I love the article about Tahiti and, in particular, Nuku Hiva ("From the Edge"). I spent three days on the "Land of Men" in March 2006. I also stayed at the Keikahanui Pearl Lodge and had the pleasure of Jean-Pierre as my guide, the same experience Ty Sawyer mentions. However, I believe the article misstated the village of Hatiheu as the village of Anaho. -- Mark Biehl, St. Louis, Missouri
Editor's note: Good catch, Mark. That bayside temple and restaurant mentioned in the article are located in the village of Hatiheu.
Better Undiscovered BeachesHow did you come up with Pompierre Beach on Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe, as one of "The Best Undiscovered Beaches" (September/October 2008)? It doesn't hold a candle to some beaches in the U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands. You need to try Smuggler's Cove on Tortola, Hawksnest on St. John, White Bay Beach on Jost Van Dyke or Lindquist Beach on St. Thomas. Those beaches are as good as it gets, and that's just to name a few. -- Corky Gullo, via e-mail
Back to the BVI
I opened the September/October 2008 issue to see a brilliant article about the British Virgin Islands ("Virgin Territory"). My husband and I were part of the BVI community for so long, and we miss it dearly. Your article gave us a look at how it is now and all the beauties that are there for all to see. Thank you for taking me back to the lovely BVI. -- Danica Lamza, via e-mail
Love at First Read
I've been fascinated with islands for as long as I can remember, particularly ones that seem so secluded. So I was very excited when I learned of your magazine. I just received my first issue (September/October 2008), and it did not disappoint. From Ronna Goldstein's life on Taveuni ("Fijian Fairy Tale") to soldiers protecting the black crabs of Providencia ("Secret Islands") to the soccer game on Fernando de Noronha ("Pure Brazil"), I couldn't get enough. -- Kevin Wilhelm, Glendale, Ohio
What's Next Winner
Michael Johnson of Austin, Texas, saw the cliff-perched pool on the last page of the September/October 2008 issue ("Pool of Tranquility") and thought of his family. "It was the first pool our daughter swam in at the age of 5½ weeks old," he says. Johnson was selected from readers who correctly identified the photo as the Rosewood Little Dix Bay, a resort and spa on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. He wins a prize package courtesy of ISLANDS and Rosewood Little Dix Bay. To enter this issue's contest, guess the location pictured on page 104, or click here.
In the June issue, an article on page 17 should have stated that the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa is to the west of Cook and Opunohu Bays. In the September/October issue, a Tahitian greeting on page 83 should have been spelled "ia orana."
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