Tahiti & French Polynesia Guide Paperback – Dec 13 2011
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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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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.
A lot has changed in the last several years with the depressed economy, so blogs on TripAdvisor were more useful.