Moon Handbooks South Pacific

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David Stanley, Dec 3, 2004 - Travel - 1136 pages
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From lagoon swimming in the Cook Islands to witnessing the race of the banana bearers in the Heiva i Tahiti festival, travelers will find the best of the South Pacific—both popular and obscure—in this guidebook. Moon Handbooks South Pacific provides in-depth coverage of outdoor recreation, with specifics on swimming, diving, yachting, kayaking, biking, hiking, camping, climbing, caving, and horseback riding. Complete with helpful maps, photographs and illustrations, as well as useful advice on practicalities such as food, entertainment, shopping, visas, money, health, packing, and inter-island travel, this guidebook offers the tools you need for a uniquely personal experience.
 

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Moon Handbooks South Pacific, first published in 1979, was the original single-volume guide to the 15 countries and territories of Polynesia and Melanesia: French Polynesia, Pitcairn Islands, Easter Island, the Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga, American Samoa, Samoa, Fiji Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Wallis and Futuna, and Tuvalu. This 2004 edition provides an intelligent discussion of the region's economies, cultures, and peoples enabling visitors to comprehend the South Pacific of today. 

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David has produced a great book on Vanuatu albeit it is naturally now out of date. The National Tourism office is now www.vanuatu.travel and the equaly most comprehensive up to date site on Vanuatu travel is www.vanuatu-hotels.vu. Also for the largest photo library on the country see: http://picasaweb.google.com/vanuatutravel. 

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Page 470 - Washington's Birthday, third Monday in February; Memorial Day, last Monday in May; Independence Day, July 4; Labor Day, first Monday in September; Columbus Day, second Monday in October; Veterans Day, November 11: Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November; Christmas Day, December 25.
Page 518 - UNDER the wide and starry sky, Dig the grave and let me lie. Glad did I live and gladly die, And I laid me down with a will. This be the verse you grave for me: Here he lies where he longed to be ; Home is the sailor, home from sea, And the hunter home from the hill.
Page 124 - Bastille Day (July 14); Assumption Day (August 15); All Saints' Day (November 1); Armistice Day (November 11); and Christmas Day (December 25).
Page 74 - The famous dame of nursery mythology, who went to the cupboard to fetch her poor dog a bone ; but when she got there the cupboard was bare, ao the poor dog had none.
Page 112 - Tahiti to observe the transit of the planet Venus across the face of the sun, which was due to take place in 1769.
Page 610 - Minister, 6 by the leader of the opposition, and one by the council of Rotuma (the small northern island peopled by Polynesians).
Page 321 - ... certain roots, which must form their bread. All the rest is a large and thick palm grove, which is the chief sustenance of the natives.84 As to the inhabitants of this island, of whom some 500 were seen assembled on the beach, they were 'the most beautiful white and elegant people...
Page 291 - I have now lived on the island thirty years, and have a wife and four children, and considering the occasion which brought me here, it is not likely I shall ever leave this place. I enjoy good health, and, except the wound which I received from one of the Otaheiteans when they quarrelled with us, I have not had a day's sickness. I understand it is the intention of the Missionary Society...
Page 23 - An Act for providing a public Reward for such Person or Persons as shall discover the Longitude at Sea...
Page 266 - Centre de documentation et de recherche sur la paix et les conflits, 1997.

About the author (2004)

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.

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