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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 8, 2000
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.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 1999
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.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2001
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2007
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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.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2001
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2007
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My husband and I travelled to Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea and Bora Bora. This book was fantastic! I usually only use Lonely Planet tour books when we travel - but I have to say this book was 5 times better than the Lonely Planet Tahiti book! Every island we went to this book directed us to little travelled - non touristy places and we feel we really got to know the islands! I highly reccommend it!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2013
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I bought this book for an upcoming honeymoon to Moorea and Bora Bora and wanted something on hand at the islands I could refer to. But most of the information you find in this book, you could find on the internet at a site like tripadvisor or something similar. I really wanted to use this book for good snorkeling spots/hiking spots and activities. This book would be worth it if it had pictures of the various sites or even just the most recommended sites to see. But unfortunately it doesn't. For example, if it had a dive/snorkel spot in tahiti and showed the picture featured on the cover, that would have been excellent. Except this book has no pictures and would describe it as something like "this is a popular snorkeling spot with nice corals and some fish". Words cannot properly describe the scene on the cover. The book covers most of the islands in the french polynesia which is why I imagine there are no pictures in the book (probably would have been too expensive to print) But in any case, I would skip the book and have just stuck to researching information online.
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on October 23, 2013
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I don't think you could find a better overall travel guide for Polynesia. It covers every aspect of travel throughout the
many islands and atolls of the huge French Polynesian area.
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on January 23, 2014
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This was quite helpful on our trip to Tahiti and the South
Pacific islands. Wonderful time and would love to revisit.
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on November 6, 2013
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Excellent, as I wanted. I was interested in particular to Bora Bora. That's the book ! All OK, thanks for all
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