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Fiji (Moon Handbooks) Paperback – 18 Aug 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 Publisher
Open Fiji Handbook and write your ticket to paradise.
The original guide to this enchanting 322-island archipelago is as reliable, unbiased, and crammed with money-saving tips as ever. Veteran South Pacific writer David Stanley updates his classic guide to include candid reviews of island lodgings, restaurants, nightlife options, and recreation activities ranging from hiking and river running to surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Stanley's fascinating introduction to Fiji's history, customs, and diverse population should be required reading for island visitors. Fiji Handbook is an indispensable guide for anyone interested in exploring the South Pacific's favorite country. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is also exquisitely composed. Computers have enhanced the publishing process, but Stanley and his colleagues at Avalon Travel publishing company have tended to the old-fashioned perfection of composition--typesetting, proofreading, indexing, pagination, illustration, layout.
You'll use this book three times, to plan the trip, to enjoy the trip, and to relive and retell the trip.
Going to Fiji without this guidebook would be like going to history class without your textbook, except class only lasts one hour. If you are planning to spend a week or more in Fiji, use this book as your menu for a luscious experience. It is indispensable.
forget the world and all its problems?
Then why not immerse yourself in Fiji? Get lost... in any one of 322
And what better way to be guided around this archipelago than with David
Stanley's 'Fiji Handbook'? Get the low down in this, the sixth, and
latest edition, containing all the know how you could possibly need for
island hopping . Getting there, getting around, on the road.
Accommodation, transport, food. Beaches, rainforests, coral
reefs.Diving, surfing, sailing. Culture, traditions, history. Whatever
your needs and wants, you'll find them all satisfied here.
If you like to get off the beaten track, avoid the tourist hordes and
get to know the real Fiji, then this is the book for you. Experience the
green garden island of Taveuni, relive the life of Somerset Maugham at
Levuka's Royal Hotel, suck up the atmosphere in Vanua Levu's
rainforests, enjoy jazz, country and western, Indian Curries or spicy
Sichuan in Suva or just laze on bleached white Yasawa Island beaches.
You won't find yourself surrounded by users of other travel guides I
could mention and you'll recoup the cover price before a Fijiian can say
"VINAKA". Get yourself to Fiji and don't forget to take the Fiji
Handbook with you!
But this guide is not a mere list of hotels, restaurants, entertainment and means of transportation. Islands without tourist facilities are also described and there is a lot of information about the country itself. Stanley's chapters on Fiji's history are very informative and include recent developments. In hospitable Fiji chances for going local a great: Stanley gives important insights. In his paragraph on conduct he gives wise travel advice for anyone. Only the two-page language section - Fijian and Hindi - deserves be bigger. True, almost everyone in Fiji speaks English, but some effort to learn these two languages will be greatly appreciated by the locals.
Maps in Fiji Handbook are clear and useful. The coloured ones don't add much to this - not even relief. Many photos though, would have looked better in colour. Of course, black and white photos keep the price of the book down. With Stanley's entertaining style of writing, the "colorful crossroads of the South Pacific" will come to live anyway.