David Stanley has done it again. Following his excellent and thorough guides on Fiji and Tahiti, he has put out THE guide to Tonga and Samoa in the South Pacific. This 320+ page tome is in fact indispensable to travelers intending to see and experience Tonga and Samoa. From his intro section on the land, flora & fauna, history, people, etc. through travel tips etc. Stanley seems to leave no stone unturned. The country sections include thorough and detailed descriptions of the towns, districts, areas, etc. plus recommendations on lodging, restaurants, activities, etc. Whether a backpacker looking for budget digs or a traveler seeking a holiday resort experience, you'll find it and more in these pages. Stanley shares his wealth of knowledge of and about travel in Tonga, Samoa, American Samoa and Niue with an eye for detail. He covers just about every possible aspect of travel in the islands. The book is loaded with excellent detailed maps that are easy to read and follow. There are also very helpful and practical sections on Resources-Information Offices, a great Bibliography, and an Internet list with numerous contacts for South Pacific culture, history and information, lodging, travel, dining, activities, tours, etc. For travelers planning to visit Tonga and Samoa, this is the one guide you need to have. It'll be in my bag next trip to the islands.