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Cruise Hawaii & Tahiti

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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Questar
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2005
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CBXZO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,037 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This spectacular cruise takes you to six islands in both Hawaii and French Polynesia. You'll comb powdery white-and-black-sand beaches, hike through lush forests, approach once mighty volcanoes, and witness waterborne adventures of every kind. You'll also experience the unexpected: probing the culture and history that makes each island - and its people - so unique. Your itinerary includes "Big Island" Hawaii, where Volcanoes National Park includes the still spewing Kilauea; "Garden Isle" Kauai, where lushness provided atmosphere to the films "South Pacific" and "Jurassic Park;" village-like Lanai, which once served as a big pineapple plantation; beautiful Maui, where historic town of Lahaina was an Hawaiian king's capital; peaceful Molokai, the island where the king banished victims of leprosy in the 19th century; cosmopolitan Oahu, which includes the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor and illustrious Waikiki Beach; French Polynesia's Bora Bora where a crystal-blue, marine life-rich lagoon seizes the imagination; traditional Huahine, where - according to legend - residents descended from the marriage of an eel and a lovely maiden; mountainous Moorea, the stunning place on which James Michener may have based his "Bali Hai;" spiritual Raiatea, the religious, political, and cultural center of ancient Polynesia; picture-perfect Rangiroa; and romantic Tahiti, where flowing, pulsating Polynesian dance is still king - and queen. Extra Feature: Top 10 Attractions - Ever dream of swimming with the sharks? You can do exactly that in Bora Bora, floating just a few feet away from where guides are feeding hungary reef sharks. Along with visiting the 3500-foot deep Waimea Canyon on Kauai and jumping on a surf board ar Waikiki Beach on Oahu, it comes highly recommended to anyone who plans a cruise to these dramatic islands.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair = C March 14, 2005
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This is a fair DVD travel video that looks at Hawaii and Tahiti. It spends about 10 minutes on each island giving a quick overview.

It seems that this product falls short in both video quality and what they highlight.

The quality is at time 'good' and at others to be rather 'poor', washed out and muted. I checked various shots from the DVD aginst other material and found dramatic differences in the richness and color. Having lived in or vistited all of the Hawaiian Islands, I noticed this problem the first time I watched the DVD.

Their choice of what they covered is also aimed at a 65+ viewer, lots of glass bottom boats, churches, and 'educational' tours. Light on the beaches, surfing, adventure, and FUN!

On Hawaii (the Big Island), they never show you any of the great Kohola beaches and resorts! Not Hapuna beach, Mona Kea beach, or A-beach, all great beaches! This is what most visitors spend much of their time at, not the Painted Church or the Jager reserch center.

The half of the DVD dealing with Tahiti has better video quality and seems more helpfull.

Overall score: C

Video quality: D-/C+ Sound/Music: C- Enjoyment: C

Commintary: C- Knowlege of Subject: C- (Hawaii)/ B (Tahiti)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No cruise info, but good travel guide otherwise July 11, 2004
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Despite the title "Cruise Hawaii & Tahiti", the DVD actually tells you nothing about cruising the islands. For me, that was OK because I didn't care about that; if you do, you will be disappointed.
However, if you are looking for a comprehensive description of sights worth seeing, this is a good DVD.
I have only previously traveled to The Big Island, Oahu, and Kauai. For each of those islands, the DVD did a great job of covering all the highlights I had seen, and some besides.
The DVD also covers Lanai, Molokai, and Maui in the Hawaiian chain.
It covers Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea (and quick mention of Tahaa), and Bora Bora from the Society Island chain of French Polynesia, and Rangiroa in the Tuamotus.
Since I haven't been to any of those yet (I'll have done that after this Fall), I can't vouch for how thorough they were covered, but based on the three islands that I can compare to, I think they've done a good job.
The DVD does not cover practical travel tips, such as transportation, hotels, dining, currency, and such. If you want one of those, go check out the Globe Trekker series.
---- UPDATE ----
Have returned from my trip to Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Taha'a, Bora Bora, Maupiti, and Rangiroa.
Looked at this DVD again after returning home, and can confirm that it does a pretty good job of covering the sights in the Society Islands and Rangiroa (but, as stated before, no practical traveler info).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good April 12, 2012
By Mudiwa
This is a pretty good quick overview of a lot of islands in Hawaii and French Polynesia. On the plus side, there is some very nice photography, occasionally gorgeous. The material is varied enough to give you a good feel for each island - you can clearly sense the differences between them. The material is organized by island which is convenient, though if you watch this through, there is repetition. For example, many of them feature good snorkeling, and that activity is covered in a very similar way across the board.

On the down side, the narrator is insipid. She sounds like a storyteller on a 1950s kiddie record. Almost condescending, and overflowing with gushing descriptions that sound nicked from old-fashioned puffery. The content focuses on scenery and some island culture (e.g. pearls & pineapples), which I liked. However, there is almost nothing about resorts, shopping, night life, transportation. The major attractions are covered, such as volcanoes, Bishop Museum, 4x4 tours, but as another reviewer commented, it feels geared toward the seasoned citizen. The music is old royalty free stuff you've heard in your home movie software. Aside from some coverage of Father Damien, there is not much information here - just a breezy gloss. The featurette on top 10 activities was pretty random. As they count down towards Number One you wonder what criteria they used to rate the activities. Doesn't matter - it's the same footage you've seen from the rest of the program.

Overall I enjoyed this, and will watch again the parts on islands of personal interest. Despite the shortcomings, it is very alluring - you can almost smell the tradewinds as they caress you with perfumes of plumeria and frangipani - which I thought were the same thing, but now I'm sounding like the narrator.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me want to go today!!! February 20, 2014
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I totally enjoyed this DVD!! We are planning a trip to Tahiti and Hawaii next January and this gave us a preview of what to expect. Loved the video!!
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