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Moon Handbooks South Pacific Paperback – December 3, 2004

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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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Sadly, the 8th edition of Moon Handbooks South Pacific was the last of the series. Changing travel patterns and the many new ways travelers have of obtaining information made producing a 9th edition economically untenable. After the 8th edition was published in 2004, I did produce new editions of Moon Fiji and Moon Tahiti, and much of the text on the other 13 destinations covered in the handbook is available on my website southpacific.org. Although the 8th edition is officially out of print, you'll find that the used copies sold here are quite a bargain, offering 119 maps, 31 charts, and 1,091 pages of information. Feel free to drop me a line through my website if you'd like to get in touch. - David Stanley, Vancouver Island, Canada --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Moon Handbooks
  • Paperback: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; 8th edition (December 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566914116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566914116
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since 1979 David Stanley has authored numerous travel guidebooks to the Pacific Islands, Alaska, Canada, Cuba, and Eastern Europe for Lonely Planet and Moon Handbooks. Over the years he has visited almost every country in the world. He currently lives on Vancouver Island, Canada. If you'd like to get in touch, use the "Contact Us" button on Stanley's website www.southpacific.org.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By JRK on January 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a big book... a really big book! It weighs in at over 1,000 pages and in my opinion, is the most comprehensive book on the South Pacific. It is definitely geared more toward the island hopper and/or complete South Pacific traveler, as there are individual books on the different islands available.

I'm not sure how this title relates to the Lonely Planet South Pacific (I'd consider these two as the leading authoritative sources), but I chose Moon over Lonely Planet because (1) there are 250+ more pages in Moon, and (2) this guide has been out from Moon for 8 editions, since 1979, compared to 2 editions for Lonely Planet. I haven't been let down by this book.

As expected, there are two substantially large chapters devoted to French Polynesia and Fiji. The 13 other islands are also covered in great detail (for example, about 80 pages dedicated to Vanuatu!)

Whereas I consider Lonely Planet guides to be more for the frugal traveler or backpacker, Moon covers a wide variety of accommodations, anywhere from $250 and night and up, down to your basic bungalow. This is helpful because let's face it, in some places I want to splurge for the overwater bungalow! I'd also comment that Moon is a great choice for the active traveler. There are tremendous sections on how to find kayaking, scuba, and surfing tours.

For most people, a guide on a single country or island is going to suffice. However, if you are planning or dreaming of a trip to multiple islands across the South Pacific, I'd take this guide as it has certainly been around the longest and is the most comprehensive choice out there.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Peter Swanson on March 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
I sailed the South Pacific in '99. Stanley gets a little deeper into the heart of the islands than the L.P. books, and he's not so timid when dealing with the grittier issues. Always compared the two, and always thought he was a step up.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By John Penisten on August 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
About the best desciption for this 900+ page guidebook is exhaustive. I felt exhausted after going through all 900+ pages. And I am sure David Stanley was exhausted after visiting all these remote islands and compiling all this information. Being something of a seasoned island-hopper myself, I can appreciate the nature of what he has achieved with this book. Stanley has covered the vast South Pacific about as well as it could be covered. His coverage is candid, comprehensive and detailed. There probably aren't too many things that he's left out. The contents and arrangement of subjects make for a very usable book with tons of information on most any question a traveler would have about the South Pacific islands. The Introduction background material is both informative and essential for the first-time South Pacific traveler. The On the Road section provides important detail on getting there and getting around within the islands. Each island nation has its own section divided by main islands and/or groups. Each island section then has detail on the nuts and bolts of accommodations, food, transportation services, activities, tours, entertainment, events, etc. all the things a traveler needs to know. This pattern is followed for each island country and provides a perceptive and insightful view of each area. First-time South Pacific travelers will appreciate this book for its simple completeness. It has about everything one needs to know about this fascinating world of islands. Experienced island hoppers will also appreciate the fact that Stanley covers so much in so much depth. It is a credit to his resilience and work ethic as a writer and reporter. The last section of the book is Resources.Read more ›
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By steve schlein on May 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
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. I fell in love with it and have purchased every edition since. This is not just a travel book: it is an adventure in itself.
It's a challenge to find adequate words to describe this book. It seems to me to be a scholarly or encyclopedic work because of its depth and scope, but the information is so well organized and clearly presented that everything falls comfortably in place. You can quickly find what you want to know.
I am writing this comment with the 7th edition of the South Pacific Handbook next to me. The first part of the book, through page 123, provides an extensive background to the South Pacific. Subjects covered include the formation of coral reefs, flora and fauna, the history of discovery, exploration, settlement, colonization by Europe and The Pacific today, government, economy, the people of the South Pacific, conduct and customs, health, food and drink, and much, much more.
David Stanley (the author) devotes the next 800 pages to the islands of Tahiti-Polynesia, the Pitcairn Islands, Easter Island, the Cook Islands, Niue, the Kingdom of Tonga, American Samoa, Samoa, Tokelau, Wallis and Futuna, Tuvalu, Melanesia (Fiji), New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands. Reading these pages, you will feel as though you are there. I don't think anything has been left out.
At the end of the book, under the general heading of Resources, is a list of all the information offices (including web sites and e-mail addresses) for all the island groups discussed in the book.
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