- Series: Moon Handbooks
- Paperback: 1136 pages
- Publisher: Moon Travel; 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: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
From the Author
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.
Top customer reviews
This guide covers all the major topics as on overview for all of the South Pacific Islands with Pitcarin Islands being the most easterly and the Solomon Islands being the most westerly.
If you only take one book with you while in the South Pacific, this would be a good recommendation. As I love guide books and learning as much as possible about the islands we sailed to, I also got other "destination" guides to complement this Moon Handbook.
Diana Young- World Traveler - currently sailing in the South Pacific for six months and #1 Amazon Best-selling author of Financial Fitness for Beginners.
to entirely believe what I read in them, but they are true. Usually, when
I buy a "travel book," I think of Fodor's or something from AAA. But this
is a work of fine literature. It has the stamp of a warrior poet, not just
a travel maven. Mr. Stanley delivers crafted lectures in this book, and I
feel he is sitting right next to me as I read it. Now, I know he wants me to
actually go to these islands myself, but he does such a masterful job of
discussing the experience and preparing the traveler intellectually and
emotionally for the trip that sometimes as I read it I feel as if I really
don't have to get on the plane,that I've been there! Of course, I do plan to
go, but with this book I feel as if I am extremely well-equipped to
make the journey. The discussions of historical geology, culture, and
the extremely thorough descriptions of the islands and their people make
this book a genuinely living thing. Sometimes books are titled "The thus-and-
such "COMPANION."" This book should be called "Your South Pacific Traveling
Companion." It is a living thing.
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.