Travellers have long associated islands with escape, adventure, excitement, romance and warmth - but really appreciate that the scope for adventure in the Pacific represents a colossal challenge.
Just a whisper of a planned trip to "the islands" drops the metabolism to "cruise," worries are evicted and deep, perhaps primitive, passions are stirred.
|Arrival triggers the first stage, the metamorphosis from dream to reality. It's time to surrender to the embrace of the tropical heat, the influence of the happy faces and relaxed lifestyles.
Be warned - this process is contagious and extraordinarily virulent. Within minutes, rather than hours, our body clock has switched to island time."
We discard our watches and take our time from the sun.