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The Friendly Island

April 23, 2016 Destination Global No Comments Print Print Email Email

Norfolk Island is one of the friendliest places you can visit.  For a start, the locals wave to each other, and visitors, when they drive around the island.  People wave to you if you are on a tour bus and stop to ask if you need a lift if you are walking along the road with shopping bags in your hand. 

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If they see you studying a map, locals will ask if they can help you find something and mention you are interested in something, they will do what they can to make it happen.

Norfolk Islanders are passionate about their home, and they love showing it off to visitors.  You will find that the same faces keep cropping up.  The young woman who greeted you at the airport, will serve you at a restaurant and will be working out at the gym beside you.  The tour guide will entertain you at the club that night or will be acting in the play you see.

Express an interest in the unique island language, people will be happy to teach you a few words and phrases, especially their greeting, Watawieh!  Their language was created by the Bounty mutineers attempting to communicate with their Polynesian wives on Pitcairn Island, so you can hear both the old English and old Tahitian words in the mix.

The islanders are also very trusting.  Few lock their cars or their homes and you will notice that they even leave their keys in the ignition of their parked vehicles.  Many visitors recall when this was normal practice in their home towns, but is no longer possible.

On Norfolk Island, young and old alike enjoy sharing their island home with newcomers and you will be pleasantly surprised by their openness and hospitality.

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