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Hidden Tahiti: 3rd edition [Paperback]

Rob Kay
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Aug. 1 2000 Hidden Tahiti & French Polynesia
Rob Kay is a successful travel writer who has lived, worked and traveled in Tahiti for more than 25 years. Rob has seen Tahiti grow up with tourism and knows its most popular beaches, most spectacular resorts and top attractions. He also knows that much of French Polynesia remains in an untouched state of tropical splendor. This guide is his invitation to discover the best of both worlds. Hidden Tahiti and French Polynesia fully details the Society Islands, dedicates full chapters to the Tuamotus, Australs, and Marquesas, and describes lodging choices ranging from 25 of the world's top resorts to 160 local fares and beach bungalow hotels. "Covers the gamut from Papeete (including where to get a Polynesian tattoo) to remote atolls." - USA Today

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Rob Kay lives in Honolulu.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The only book we used... Aug. 19 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
We bought 3 books and always seemed to rely on this one. Mr Kay gives great info on restaurants and hidden lodgings, which are the 2 most important topics for us. We actually stayed in one place that he labeled "hidden" and he was right! We could not find the entrance and when we did they were not open to the public, but they decided to let us stay and we were the only guests for a week. No other guide book listed this hidden lodging. Mr. Kay has a more personal approach and gives great descriptions, which the other guide books lack. And as far as not giving exact prices, it's useless to do so as these things change so much anyway. All you need to know is this: you stay in a big hotel where all the other tourists stay you will pay big money for not so much, if you venture out to where the real people live, you pay less and get better service, food, and memories.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Tahiti: Not all that hidden July 17 2001
By Oksana
Format:Paperback
As a two time, three island visitor to the islands of Tahiti, I did not find this book helpful because it lacks prices and it focuses on upscale lodging/food. On both trips, I've found David Stanley's TAHITI (by Moon Pub.) to be the BEST guide, providing you purchase the most recent edition, as Tahiti's hotels change with the seasons. David Stanley's guides are full of detailed maps, reviews of hikes, beaches, accomodations (from hostels to resorts), food... His advice has never steered us wrong! We owe some great travel experiences to his guide book; TAHITI by D. Stanley is the only one that you will need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide! April 23 2012
By Wind
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This guide gave us so many ideas about what we would like to do on the four islands we will be visiting, it was really great. It also gave reviews and cautions that were helpful. At the beginning there are some pages talking about highlights. That's helpful when there's so much information it's a bit daunting to make choices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate sourcebook Jan. 8 2000
By K. Bortz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My wife and I took the first edition of this book on our honeymoon in 1997. Let's just say that another couple we hooked up with wound up not doing a thing without consulting "the book". We are not adventure travellers per say, but we don't like exquisite resorts that cater to you hand and foot. We like to explore, meet/see the people, etc. Well, this book got us to a waterfall on Moorea, the lagoon passes of Rangiroa, the village on Manihi, and nothing it recommended led us astray.
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stylish Guide to Some Stylish Islands Oct. 15 1999
By David Stanley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As the author of Moon Handbooks Tahiti and one of Rob Kay's competitors, I'd like to say that his book has class and I recommend it to the traveler who carries two guides. Rob's coverage of top end food and lodging is unrivaled, and his cultural and historical vignettes convey the full flavor of Polynesia. It's great pre-trip reading and very useful in deciding when and where to splurge. It complements well the web and email addresses, tour and transportation listings, budget tips, and detailed maps in my book. After checking accommodations prices (which Rob doesn't provide) in Moon Handbooks Tahiti, you can get a well thought out second opinion about conditions on the ground from Hidden Tahiti. I hope this helps bring our 'rival' titles into focus.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The only book we used... Aug. 19 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
We bought 3 books and always seemed to rely on this one. Mr Kay gives great info on restaurants and hidden lodgings, which are the 2 most important topics for us. We actually stayed in one place that he labeled "hidden" and he was right! We could not find the entrance and when we did they were not open to the public, but they decided to let us stay and we were the only guests for a week. No other guide book listed this hidden lodging. Mr. Kay has a more personal approach and gives great descriptions, which the other guide books lack. And as far as not giving exact prices, it's useless to do so as these things change so much anyway. All you need to know is this: you stay in a big hotel where all the other tourists stay you will pay big money for not so much, if you venture out to where the real people live, you pay less and get better service, food, and memories.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and informative Jan. 3 2007
By Gerry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I chose this book sight unseen because it included the Marquesas which weren't mentioned in the descriptions of most other guides. I cruised the islands on the Tahitian Princess. For each island stop this book was accurate. I followed several tips that maximized the onshore experience.

Most of the islands in French Polynesia are not heavily developed or populated. If you are thinking about a land based vacation I recommend this book because the description of each island and its facilities should give you a feeling of whether you will enjoy your vacation.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Tahiti: Not all that hidden July 17 2001
By Oksana - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a two time, three island visitor to the islands of Tahiti, I did not find this book helpful because it lacks prices and it focuses on upscale lodging/food. On both trips, I've found David Stanley's TAHITI (by Moon Pub.) to be the BEST guide, providing you purchase the most recent edition, as Tahiti's hotels change with the seasons. David Stanley's guides are full of detailed maps, reviews of hikes, beaches, accomodations (from hostels to resorts), food... His advice has never steered us wrong! We owe some great travel experiences to his guide book; TAHITI by D. Stanley is the only one that you will need.
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