Frommer's Tahiti and French Polynesia Paperback – Nov 23 2010
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From the Back Cover
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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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.
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.