I managed to salvage the missed Tonga flight. I went to the Air New Zealand office in Apia and got the ticket changed to July 11, which is when I should be arriving back from Tokelau.
If the Tokelau boat can’t get fixed before then, I can move the date up a week.
I also went into a travel agent in town and asked them handle my tickets for Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and PNG. I’m not going to bother trying to arrange my own travel in the Pacific anymore. That should give me a month planned ahead, which is far more than I’ve had so far in the trip.
The only big mystery for me now in the Pacific is Kiribati. I know I can get there from Nauru (or at least I think I do. I shouldn’t assume any flight schedules are true around here). I don’t know if i can go from Kiribati to Guam or the Marshall Islands, however. If I can figure that out, then I should be set on everything up to Japan.
I now need to work on getting my visas for China and Kiribati. I have to get the Kiribati visa in Suva, Fiji (they only have like 3 embassies in the world) and I can probably apply for the China visa there too.
I’m going to go around the island of Upalu today and then try to go to Savai’i over the weekend. Savai’i is supposed to have the western most point on Earth…which considering it’s sphere really means its the western most point of land on this side of the International Date line.