Q: What is your favorite.....?
A: Everywhere has been filled with once in a lifetime experiences, friendly people, culture, and gorgeous nature. It is hard to pick just one place. Our favorites within various categories are as follows:
Warmest Welcome: Manihi, French Polynesia; Tual, Indonesia; Badas, Indonesia
Best for chartering a sailboat: Tonga or Raitaeah/Tahaa/Bora Bora
Best anchorages: Moorea, Society Islands; Hanamoena Bay, Tahuata, Marquesas; All of them in Vava'u Group, Tonga; South Rinca, Komodo
Best hike/view: Maupiti, French Polynesia; Padas, Komodo
Best swimming holes: Niue
Most magical/best preserved culture: Vanuatu
Best volcano: Vanuatu
Least spoiled by tourism: The Marquesas, the eastern islands of Indonesia
Best wildlife: Galapagos
Best scuba diving: Fakarava (Sharks!), Niue (water clarity, caves, snakes, whales), Tonga (tiny colorful creatures, swim throughs), Fiji (Sea Turtles), Vanuatu (Coolidge Wreck), Kei Islands (Coral and Sponge Diversity/Condition) Komodo Indonesia (EVERYTHING! Turtles, Mantas, Nudibrach, Variety of Coral)
Best manta rays: Maupiti, Society Islands; Komodo, Indonesia
Best fat and friendly eel named Princess: Bora Bora, Society Islands
Best beach food: Mexico or Galapagos.
Best food, generally: Mexico, Indonesia
Best fresh veggies and fruit: New Zealand
Best hamburger: Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Best French Pastries: Huahine, French Polynesia; Port Vila, Vanuatu
Best beer: New Zealand has great craft beers, but they are ungodly expensive.
Best Beer Label: Papua New Guinea
Q: What are your favorite sailing movies?
#1, BEST SAILING MOVIE EVER MADE: Captain Ron.
If you have to watch anything else (which, you don't) then Wind, a 1980s movie about Americas Cup. But it is best viewed in the company of Australians. I don't think they've made any good sailing movies since the 80's. Tell me if you find something new!