The Blue Continent
Camilla Andersen sets out to explore the Pacific Ocean, a body of water with a greater surface area than Earth's total landmass. Camilla follows the early settlers' migratory path and wonders what possessed those who stood on the edge of the known world to journey into this seemingly endless blue void. The early voyagers were often leaving idyllic islands behind and Camilla considers if any of these island paradises, so often associated with the region, still really exist. Never afraid to talk her way into people's hearts and homes, Camilla also learns about the triumphs of the past, the problems of the present and hopes for the future of the people living across the region. She also discovers a kind, generous and spiritual people who share deep connections with their islands. Starting in Papua New Guinea and travelling throughout the region before ending her journey in New Zealand, Camilla makes her own waves in The Blue Continent.
No. of Episodes: 6
Kicking off her journey on Mt Hagen, Camilla follows in Amelia Earhart's footsteps surveying Papua New Guinea from the air and gliding high above the jungle. She is treated to a ceremonial warrior dance before heading to the Solomon Islands to meet the so-called descendants of Noah's Ark, so named as they build huge vessels in the beautiful lagoon. Lastly Camilla joins the locals on Tetepare Island for a turtle rodeo.
After meeting the youngest Fijian chief, Camilla spends time learning about the first settlers of Fiji and is introduced to the reigning Miss Indo Fiji, Naziah Ali. She then gets hands-on experience in conserving the underwater environment along the Coral Coast, before heading to Vanuatu in search of the quintessential tropical paradise. The journey ends with a visit to Mt Yasur as Camilla gets acquainted with a cult living in the volcano's shadow.
Camilla scoots around the tiny island of Rarotonga visiting interesting local characters like fire enthusiast The Coconut King and taking in the lava fields of Savaii at sunrise. She also enjoys a bird’s eye view of the stunning blue Aitutaki Lagoon and ends up on the sandbanks of one of its deserted islands. Next up Camilla is getting into the competitive spirit in Samoa, as she attends both the traditional Fautasi races as well as observing the often entertaining distinctions between English Cricket and the very Samoan Kirikiti.
French Polynesia, perhaps best known internationally as an artist’s hideaway, has some rare thrills in store for Camilla Andersen, who doesn’t have to look long to find out what drew the likes of Gauguin to this far flung corner of the world, including a jet-ski ride on one of the most treacherous waves in the Pacific. She ends her incredible journey through the islands of Tahiti, Moorea and Hiva Oa listening to the unique song of the humpback whale, while snorkeling well above the massive creature.
At what seems the most isolated place in the entire world, the island of Rapa Nui, Camilla Andersen is faced with the baffling structures of the Moai as they are revealing themselves at sunrise. After getting a taste of age-old traditions, as well as sampling the local cooking technique, she's in for a complete culture shock in blue Hawaii. Where else would she be tearing up the asphalt in a hot red mustang with an Elvis impersonator on her side? A doors-off scenic helicopter flight follows on Maui and before leaving the island Camilla witnesses the dawn of another day, this time above the clouds at Haleakala Crater.
On her tour of Tonga Camilla is invited to an audience with The Princess Regent whom Camilla quizzes about life in the only remaining monarchy in The Pacific. Next she’s off to Tonga’s only Botanical Gardens on the island of Vava’u. The last leg of her journey through the Pacific is her home country New Zealand or Aotearoa. In Auckland, the biggest Polynesian city in the world, Camilla catches up with comedian duo The Laughing Samoans, then heads east to the Ureweras to meet Tame Iti, famed Maori activist and international theatre performer.
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