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Moon Handbooks South Pacific [Paperback]

David Stanley
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Nov. 15 2004 Moon South Pacific
From lagoon swimming in the Cook Islands to witnessing the race of the banana bearers in the Heiva i Tahiti festival, travelers will find the best of the South Pacificboth popular and obscurein this guidebook. Moon Handbooks South Pacific provides in-depth coverage of outdoor recreation, with specifics on swimming, diving, yachting, kayaking, biking, hiking, camping, climbing, caving, and horseback riding. Complete with helpful maps, photographs and illustrations, as well as useful advice on practicalities such as food, entertainment, shopping, visas, money, health, packing, and inter-island travel, this guidebook offers the tools you need for a uniquely personal experience.

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The latest in the batch of Moon Handbooks releases proves again that Moon is one of the finest travel series around. What sets Moon apart from most guidebooks is the attention to detail, and more importantly, a respect for the topic.

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Imitators abound, but Moon Handbooks South Pacific was the first - and is still the best - detailed, reliable source of information on travel around hundreds of Polynesian and Melanesian islands. It's loaded with insider information about places on and off the beaten track, not just the hot spots. In this edition of his recognized masterwork, David Stanley provides:

Chapters on American Samoa, Cook Islands, Easter Island, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Niue, Pitcairn, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis & Futuna

Unbiased evaluations of guesthouses, campgrounds, hostels, hotels, and resorts on all the islands

Practical advice on food, entertainment, shopping, visas, money, health, packing, and interisland travel

Special attention to outdoor recreation: swimming, diving, snorkeling, yachting, kayaking, biking, hiking, camping, climbing, caving, horseback riding, and more

Ecotravel information: profiles of local flora and fauna, environmental issues, and ecotour providers

147 detailed maps and charts, 976 pages --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars South Pacific Oct. 7 2007
Moon Handbooks South Pacific is the ultimate overview for traveling on any of the island groups of the South Pacific. This 1091 paged book is full of detailed travel information but is still practical sized to tuck in a daypack for easy reference. Furthermore, this book has plenty of fairly detailed maps, complete with accurate distance scales, for easy travel planning or reference while you travel.

There are eighteen chapters in Moon Handbooks South Pacific: Introduction; Exploring the Islands; French Polynesia; Pitcairn Islands; Easter Islands; Cook Islands; Niue; Kingdom of Tonga; American Samoa; Samoa; Tokelau; Wallis and Futuna, Tuvalu; Fiji Islands; New Caledonia; Vanuatu; Solomon Islands, and Resources. The introduction chapter contains an overview on the South Pacific area. This detailed information includes geology, climate, flora, fauna, history, economy, and the government of these islands. The next chapter, Exploring the Islands, contains general information on sports and recreation; entertainment; public holidays and festivals; arts and crafts; accommodations; and food as well as contacts for information and services; health; getting there; and getting around while in the south pacific. This chapter also includes a what to take section. The Resources chapter contains further information on suggested readings and internet resources.

The rest of the chapters in Moon Handbooks South Pacific focus on particular geographical regions, islands, or groups of islands within the South Pacific island groups. The first paragraph or page of each regional section describes a little about the region. After this overview, individual sights, recreation areas, special events, accommodations, food services, information services, and transportation services are depicted in detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Can't Get Any Better Feb. 1 2005
Everything you need to know about travelling around the South Pacific is in the 8th edition of the Moon guide to the South Pacific, yet another informative and comprehensive guidebook from the number one South Pacific expert. This edition covers all the islands of your dreams, from well-known holiday destinations such as French Polynesia to lesser-known places such as Pitcairn Island and Niue. It is full of thoroughly researched and practical information on travelling to and around the Pacific, covers everything from where to stay to where to eat, from background history to contemporary culture and traditions, and is a delight to read regardless of whether you are planning a trip to the South Pacific or not. It is the definitive guide for everyone, from the luxury traveller to the backpacker to the adventurer to the armchair dreamer.
Even though I travel often to the South Pacific, I can always rely on David Stanley's guidebooks to introduce me to some new area of interest, a different place to hang out, or an idea for an activity or excursion I hadn't previously thought about. It gives a whole new meaning to "don't leave home without it."
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It was this book that triggered my Pacific Island madness. I got it to read more about Fiji, but I ended up with a fascination for the entire region. I should never have opened this eighth edition of South Pacific Handbook. Immediately my head was filled again with plans for my next trip: French Polynesia maybe, back to Fiji?
That Oceania is a fascinating part of the world might be obvious to many, but you need a good writer to bring this message across in a down-to-earth and readable manner - David Stanley did it. In South Pacific Handbook you get the ups and downs of "paradise". While reading you notice the diversity of the islands and sense the adventure you can have. It would cost you years to visit all the places included in this book. Not only the main islands, but also those without tourist facilities are described. There are excellent chapters on history (including recent developments), people, environment and more. All this, combined with good maps and many resources, makes South Pacific Handbook a fine piece of reference.
From the practical chapters, you will understand that the Pacific can be affordable. I carried earlier editions on my two backpacking trips to the islands. Stanley gives helpful advise on arriving at strange airports and harbours, about staying with local people and he names cheap hostels (often with critical commentary). When my family came over to Fiji for two weeks, we were able to find good middle class accommodation thanks to South Pacific Handbook. For those who can afford it, even thousand-dollar-a-night resorts are described.
David Stanley has more than 25 years of experience travelling in, and writing about these islands. For every new edition he makes new research trips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars South Pacific Handbook Review Feb. 10 2001
The seventh and latest edition (January 2000) of David Stanley's "South Pacific Handbook" is now available. Still packed with everything that you could possibly need to know about the South Pacific, but were afraid to ask. Inside, you'll find information on islands that you've probably heard of such as Fiji, the Solomon Islands or Tahiti and some that you probably haven't.
Have you ever thought of playing tropical cricket in the Tokelau Islands, or spelunking underground or underwater caverns on Niue island? Perhaps you might prefer island hopping in Tuvalu, or checking out some heads on Easter Island. New for this edition is the second home of the Pitcairn Islanders (of Mutiny on the Bounty fame) - Norfolk Island.
Whatever your thing, if you like the sound of warm, tropical islands, beautidul beaches and azure blue seas sparsely populated with the world's friendliest people, then the South Pacific is for you. As guidebooks go, David Stanley's "South Pacific Handbook" is about as handy on the region as they get. It's not exactly pocket size or lightweight, but you'll never be short of information, or an opinion, on those far-flung Pacific destinations you've always dreamed of visiting.
At the very least, it makes an excellent emergency pillow if you find yourself sleeping on deck, under starry Southern skies, on a schooner bound for Samoa.
Garry Hawkins, Northampton. England. U.K.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have guide for the South Pacific
My edition is now totally dog-eared and in rough condition, which means of course that it is a great book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Diana E. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Guide
Brilliant. Over the last couple of years I have become a huge fan of David Stanley guides to the South Pacific. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2005 by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Take this book on your South Pacific adventure!
This is by far the best South Pacific guide. Stanley has an engaging writing voice and it is clear that he feels very passionate about this special part of the world. Read more
Published on June 12 2003 by Casey
4.0 out of 5 stars Moon Publications "South Pacific"
I used this book recently in my travels to the South Pacific. Although alot of the prices are outdated(which is difficult to keep up with as travel books are concerned , 4 stars... Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2002 by Ron Axelrod
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT to be missed
This book is your bible to the South Pacific. If you have special (return)feelings about the South Pacific like we have, you must read this book. Read more
Published on July 20 2001 by Arthur Zeeuw & Jane Toredjo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent info on the Cook Islands
Hi--- I live on Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands.
I think David Stanley's chapter on the Cooks is excellent. If you are planning to visit here, I suggest you get his guidebook.
Published on Feb. 11 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars South Pacific Handbook: Don't Leave Home Without It
This guide is comprehensive, and suggests trip strategies for a wide range of travelers, from luxury-seeking honeymooners to budget-conscious adventure travelers. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2000 by Arthur Hoyle
5.0 out of 5 stars One word that best fits this book is exhaustive.
About the best desciption for this 900+ page guidebook is exhaustive. I felt exhausted after going through all 900+ pages. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2000 by John Penisten
5.0 out of 5 stars South Pacific Handbook
In the late 1970s, on my first trip to the South Pacific, someone showed me a copy of an early edition of the South Pacific Handbook. Read more
Published on May 4 2000 by steve schlein
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