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Frommer's Tahiti and French Polynesia [Paperback]

Bill Goodwin
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Nov. 23 2010 Frommer's Complete Guides (Book 249)
You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go--they've done the legwork for you, and they're not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. No other series offers candid reviews of so many hotels and restaurants in all price ranges. Every Frommer's Travel Guide is up-to-date, with exact prices for everything, dozens of color maps, and exciting coverage of sports, shopping, and nightlife. You'd be lost without us!

Our expert author has been covering these exotic islands for years, and he's personally checked out every hotel, every restaurant, every beach, and every activity he recommends. He gives you a feel for the islanders' way of life, and offers a wonderful introduction to the region's unique blend of cultures.

Tahiti is only the gateway to French Polynesia, there are many islands and hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so of Frommer's Tahiti & French Polynesia compares all the options, helping you find the tropical getaway that's right for you. Rely on us for in-depth, honest reviews of lavish honeymoon resorts, intimate inns, simple bungalows, family-friendly motels, and more, with selections in every price category.

We'll point you to the loveliest secluded beaches, and send you to the best places for snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, deep-sea fishing, and more. You'll also get the latest trip-planning information, including tips on finding the best airfare or package deal.

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The stone tikis at Taiohae testify to the importance of carving in the modern Marquesas Islands. See chapter 12.

Detailed maps throughout

  • Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information

  • Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife

  • Itineraries, walking tours, and trip-planning ideas

  • Insider tips from local expert authors

About the Author

Bill Goodwin began his writing career as an award-winning newspaper reporter and then served as legal counsel and speechwriter for two influential U.S. senators—Sam Nunn of Georgia and the late Sam Ervin of North Carolina. In 1977 he and a friend took a long break from office life and sailed a 41-foot yacht from Annapolis, Maryland, through the Panama Canal to the Marquesas Islands, the Tuamotu Archipelago, and Tahiti. He left the boat in Papeete and, with a girlfriend and backpack, explored Tahiti, Moorea, and the Society Islands for as long as the local immigration authorities would allow. He has returned for extended visits many times since, most devoted to researching and writing this book and its forerunner, Frommer's South Pacific. He also is author of Frommer's Fiji and at home, Frommer's Virginia. Find out more at www.billgoodwin.com.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book...... April 9 2012
By granths
Tahiti is a series of small islands so to pick a book that covers all the pertinent islands was difficult. This book was as good as any and covered all the places we visited. I wish a bit it had a bit more history but spending time with the locals helped fill in any and all gaps.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From a Passionate Tahiti Aficionado, But Not Enough July 18 2011
By fredmango - Published on Amazon.com
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I've visited Tahiti twice in the past 5 years and purchased the main books on the topic: Frommer's, Lonely Planet, Moon.

The Moon guide is the better one of the three. But all books have something to contribute. The Frommer's guide is the most personal of all three. It's written from the direct voice of the author, not some conglomerate of anonymous writers, and you'll enjoy reading about his personal experience visiting this beautiful country many times since the late 70s.

So the greatest strength of this book is its personality. It's like having direct recommendations from a friend.

However, if you try to rely on this book as your source of information on Tahiti you will have missed many important facts, as the guide skips many restaurants, hotels, and activities. Also it only covers the main islands that most people are realistically going to visit.

The Kindle version of this book is excellent and the maps are pretty decent but fairly basic. The better maps are in the Lonely Planet. The Moon guide is the most complete one with the most information.

If you're serious about Tahiti I would recommend you to purchase all three books. It will cost you less than just dinner without drinks at an average restaurant in Tahiti and you'll be armed for success! However if you just want to get one book I would get the Moon guide instead.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Place to Start, but Give Me More! March 8 2007
By Kelly Berman - Published on Amazon.com
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It appears this is the first edition of the Tahiti and French Polynesia guide, and the only version I could find on Amazon was the Portable version. Maybe a more full version will come out in the future, but for now I just picked up the portable. We're planning our honeymoon to Tahiti, and the book has been invaluable in doing so. You can kind of tell it's a first edition though -- there are even some typos I've come across! Also, there is definitely a lot less information than other guides I've used from Frommer's, but I'm guessing that is the point of the "Portable" line of guides to keep them more travel-sized. Some of the information is a little outdated (already!), but using it as a starting point allows you to take what you learn from there and do the rest of the research online. For example, the exchange rate between XPF & USD is already off by about 10% (not in the favor of the USD), and the Sofitel Moorea they speak of was closed through all of 2006 for renovations, making me think even though this is a first edition, the information was put together in 2005 at the latest because there is no mention of the renovation -- and the hotel would obviously need to be re-evaluated by Frommer's after re-opening.

All in all though, there are some great money saving tips, a lot of information about places to eat, foods to try and sights to see, all in one portable book that we will definitely be taking with us when we go in July. Can't wait! Thanks, Frommer's for helping us save money by planning this ourselves instead of enlisting the help of a travel agent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Frommer's first try with Tahiti... Jan. 3 2007
By G. Porecki - Published on Amazon.com
is suprisingly good! Probobly because it is based on the Tahiti section of the South Pacific guide (now in 10th edition) it doesn't contain most of the first edition problems - inacurate info, little info etc. It is really nicely researched and though it is quite a slim volume it is really helpful. One of the best guides to Tahiti & Her Islands.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frommer's Tahiti & French Polynesia May 31 2008
By Bill A. Belt - Published on Amazon.com
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Finding this book in Dallas at a major bookstore was next to impossible.Seems like there is little demand for books on the South Pacific. This may be due to expensive airfare to the area and lack of crusie ships traveling in those waters. The book contains the regular Frommer sections and much of it we have "tossed" since we are traveling on a cruise ship. Dining out, hotels, ect. won't be of much use. When I searched various web sites I did not find a lot of great information. This book at least puts the reader in touch with what's worth seeing in Tahati, Moorea and Bora Bora---these are stops our ship will make.The book has a copyright date of 2007 and the sites discussed throughout the book won't be changeing.We found the reading and recommedations to be good. Now we just have to see how accurate they are when we visit. If you are traveling to French Polynesia, this is the best book we have been able to locate. Hotel and dining prices are changeing so rapidly throughout the world I would personally not count of the book prices as being up to date.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Would not buy again Sept. 6 2012
By JSU - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Purchased the kindle edition during a 5 week visit to French Polynesia. Although its clear the author has visited the islands, we found the information in the book to be quite high level and not giving us much information we had not been able to find out ourselves from simply being at the location. We found Lonely Planet to be more informative in terms of recommending more off the beaten path restaurants, hotels, etc.
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