Five passengers on board the cruise ship Pacific Dawn are in isolation because of swine flu as the vessel is on a stop-over in the French Polynesian capital, Papeete.
The health ministry says the five have been given Tamiflu as have an unspecified number of other people who were in close contact with the five.
The ship is carrying nearly 2,000 passengers and almost 900 crew.
It arrived from Samoa and will sail to Bora Bora before continuing its voyage to Hawaii and California.
Meanwhile, the government in New Caledonia says three swine flu cases have been detected among people who have not travelled abroad or been in contact with people believed to have the infection.
This comes as the total number of swine flu sufferers in the territory has risen to 46 after the first case was recorded three weeks ago.
Swine flu fears have prompted one small island mayor to ban cruise ships from Australia which has thousands of swine flu cases.
Hilo – Hawaii
Due to it’s wide variety of terrain, vegetation, climate and attractions, many visitors find Hawaii the most interesting of all the islands. Called the Big Island, it is more than 4,000 square miles in size (twice the size of the other Hawaiian Islands combined) and, at 13, 796 feet, Mauna Kea is the highest point in the entire Pacific Basin. Hilo is the largest town on Hawaii and the countryseat.
- The ship docks alongside at Pier 1 or Pier 3.
- Local Standard Time: GMT – 10 hrs (PST – 2 hrs)
Point of Interest: Rainbow Falls, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea in Volcanoes National Park, Kaumana Cave, Lyman House Memorial Museum, the Naha Stone, University of Hawaii, Nani Maui Gardens, Liliuokalani Park, Japanese Cultural Center, Onekahakaha Beach Park, Hawaii Tropical Gardens