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May the Honeymoon Never End

Of all the idyllic islands in the South Pacific, none are more famous as honeymoon destinations than Tahiti and her sister islands. In fact, the starry-eyed newlyweds who jet in from all over the world to celebrate comprise a huge percentage of French Polynesia’s annual tourism tally.

When we met Sue and Bill in La Cruz last month it was obvious that they were lovers, but we didn’t realize they’d soon be getting officially hitched.

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On rare occasions, honeymooners also arrive by sailboat — such as Bill Teasdale and Sue Dalton of the Bellevue, WA-based Jeanneau 49 DS Dilligaf. They just tied the knot last week in Seattle after a 10-year ‘courtship’ and will soon set sail from Banderas Bay for the sun-kissed landfalls of French Polynesia on an open-ended itinerary. So, contrary to the norm, this is one honeymoon that will begin with a 3,000-mile ocean crossing.

But that will only be the beginning. Because they’re both avid scuba divers, they plan to take their time diving and exploring the less-traveled corners of the Pacific. And you might say that doing so will bring them full circle, as they met in 2001 during a scuba trip at remote Truk Lagoon. We offer our congrats and wish them the best of luck. And may the honeymoon never end!

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