Pacific Travel

Mount Kinabalu in the morning light.Photo by Jessie Williamson for The Washington Post<br>

Biodiverse Borneo offers thrills for divers and birders

The Indonesian archipelago is a paradise for birders and scuba divers, and we chose Sabah, a province in the Malaysian half of Borneo known for its national parks both on land and in the water.

'Mighty Mo' stands as a memorial to a bygone era of battleships

From the gangway leading onto the USS Missouri, the battleship appears as a hulking, armored dinosaur. Its nine massive cannons rise like the spiny blades of a stegosaurus, and its bow stretches far ahead with the neck of a brontosaurus.

Tokyo's iconic Tsukiji fish market gets a reprieve

"Construction costs had ballooned," Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike told reporters, saying she was "astonished" at the 588.4 billion yen ($5.7 billion) price tag of relocating the iconic Tsukiji fish market to a new site.

New Zealand's South Island treats visitors to wildlife and landscapes

As a chilly dusk fell on this tiny bay famous for wildlife and Jurassic-era fossilized trees, a white-coated figure waddled gingerly across tide-slicked rocks — me, trying to get out of sight to prevent scaring off yellow-eyed penguins I hoped would come ashore.

Climbing Mount Fuji isn’t cheap or easy, but it’s worth doing

A last-minute decision to climb Japan’s highest peak had me scrambling around Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo — from the Outdoor Recreation Center to the base’s Exchange store — preparing for the trip.

pacific quick trips

Pottery's a passion at village in Okinawa

Crockery collectors can hunt for the perfect coffee mugs, pots, plates, vases, jars and Okinawa's famous "shisa" dogs at Yomitan, a small village north of Kadena Air Base, Japan, where 45 artists produce pottery unique to the island.

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Mucho Modern Mexicano, a short walk from Tokyo Station, offers decent, affordable Mexican fare

For American expatriates, comfort food is often Mexican, and lack of good, spicy fare from south of the border is a chief complaint among many military personnel stationed in Japan.

festivals and events

On-base activities

A calendar of events on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.

Off-base events

A calendar of nearby events of interest to people living on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.

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