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The best guidebook for any kind of trip to Eastern Polynesia,
This review is from: Moon Handbooks Tahiti: Including the Cook Islands (Paperback)During my visits to the South Pacific, I always had one of David Stanley's guidebooks in my backpack. Stanley has been writing about these islands for 25 years. Like his other Pacific guides, this fifth edition of Tahiti Handbook (which includes the whole of French Polynesia, the Cook Islands and Easter Island) is completely packed with all kinds of information for the traveller.
While planning, Tahiti Handbook helps you find out which islands will be more interesting, easier or cheaper to visit. Stanley gives a good idea of what to expect in the islands, while you can still have a great adventure and discover things on your own. In the Pacific, this guide will save you money and trouble. Accommodations of all categories are described, often including critical commentary. The same applies for restaurants, transportation and organized activities.
The chapters on history, people and places and the references in Tahiti Handbook are an excellent starting point to learn more about Eastern Polynesia. In my opinion, some more attention could have been given to the language section. It is obvious Stanley loves the islands. Still, he does so without writing over-positive about them. Stanley will tell you about the French nuclear testing at Moruroa and Papeete traffic jams.
You can find 56 maps in Tahiti Handbook, including ones of more remote islands. Of the main islands; there are detailed maps of towns to show accommodations, restaurants, offices and more. With exception of the coloured map and the index map at the beginning of the book, the maps in Tahiti Handbook are fine.
Despite some small critical notes, I still give Tahiti Handbook five stars. There is nothing to match this guidebook. Take it when you go to French Polynesia, the Cook Islands and/or Easter Island no matter what your budget or style of travelling is.