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Tahiti & French Polynesia Guide Paperback – Dec 13 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 632 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road; 6th edition (Dec 13 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593601506
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593601508
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #211,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Jan Prince has lived in French Polynesia for nearly 40 years and has written on Tahiti for Fodor’s, Time Magazine, the LA Times, and many other outlets. She is referred to internationally as “Tahiti’s foremost travel expert” and our guidebook to Tahiti is called “the bible of Tahitian travel.”

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive! June 18 2012
By Mudiwa - Published on
This is a must-read, especially while deciding where to go and stay. It has a lot more information than other books, overall. There are many intimate details, including a lot of personal recommendations.

On the downside, the maps are few and sketchy. The update for 2012 has the newer material sort of pasted on; this is not a rewrite. Not a big deal. For me, the biggest drawback is the care the author takes not to give anyone a poor review. There are some glowing ones, but everything else is neutral to a fault. I understand that the author lives in the neighborhood described and does not want to burn any bridges - it is precisely her intimacy that gives this book a leg up over the others. Also, any negative reviews might be quickly obsolete - a print book offers no way to retract. Still, it should not be anyone's only source of information. My recommendation in this regard is to complement this book with a thorough use of TripAdvisor. Best of both worlds.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Severally outdated and useless Feb. 15 2015
By melissa Loop - Published on
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I found the guide to be completely useless once I arrived in the French Polynesia. A lot has changed since it's originally writing pre rescission. Meaning at least a third of tourist businesses have pulled out altogether. Many of the attractions are closed or marked incorrectly on the map. None of the numbers for cab drivers worked on Moorea. Places were marked incorrectly on the maps. I also talked to a person who used to run a hostel on Huahine about my frustration with the book. She pointed out that the author hasn't actually visited any of the places in many years. She just calls the establishments to get updates. Which explains the differences considering one of the places she gushes about is half abandoned all together. Luckily I was able to come across a Lonely Planet guide so I was able to sort some things out and make my own maps as well.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Tahiti & French Polynesia Guide by Jan Prince May 4 2012
By robert anthony welch - Published on
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I just purchased this book and what I recieved was a volume with a copyright of 1998!! It obviously had not been updated since before the 2008 recession and contained out of date and useless information.
Tahiti & French Polynesia Guide March 19 2013
By Sara - Published on
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Great guide, Jan has the insight that I havent read before. She has been everywhere in the French Poly. I would like more advice on where to stay, rather than just hotel descriptions...I sitll cannot decide! Will bring this book along with us on our trip.
Very informative, but could use more maps and pictures Dec 27 2012
By Ron - Published on
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More informative than Frommer's (I bought both), but also could have used more pictures and maps.
A lot has changed in the last several years with the depressed economy, so blogs on TripAdvisor were more useful.

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