Submitted by "Perlemeister".
I was perusing some experimental pearls from harvests in Pohnpei the other day– lovely lighter hues of blues, grays and greens that are being deliberately sought after rather than the blacks and dark colors of traditional Tahitian SSPs– when I harkened back to days of yore when I first traveled through Micronesia, and penned this fond remembrance:
THE KING OF TONGA– all 400 rippling pounds of him– refused to stay overnight because he was afraid his waterbed would burst.
An Italian judge makes his way here every two years to play Arriverderci Roma on the bagpipes.
The bar, looking like a page out of Somerset Maugham, is named after a 19th Century castaway who managed to save his hide by dancing a jig and marrying the daughter of one of the island chieftains.
And the most prominent local resident is a camel-gaited Irish Wolfhound named Ossiferous who looks like Spanish Moss walking.
This cast of characters is headed by the Arthurs– Bob and Patti– who, dozens of years ago, succumbed to an unscratchable itch for adventure and abandoned their comfortable, workaday world of Southern California. For a full year they scoured the Pacific for the one perfect spot, found it on a tiny speck of land called Pohnpei located about halfway between Manila and Hawaii, and carved out what is, today, one of the most unusual stopping-off places in the whole Pacific.
The fruit of their labors is called The Village. You really can’t call it a hotel, although it’s listed that way in the guidebooks. It’s a place to relax, time sunsets, scuba in waters teeming with color and movement. To numb your mouth with sakau, visit a lost civilization and–above all– enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime brand of hospitality dished out by your hosts whose hero is, still, Robinson Crusoe.
If you’re looking for a place that’s nothing like a hotel, but wins awards for being one, it’s worth the time and effort to get here.
And be sure to look up Masahiro Ito of The College of Micronesia to see what these friendly folks are doing to build up a thriving cultured pearl industry in this magical setting.