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Vanuatu and New Caledonia (Lonely Planet Country Guides) Paperback – 1 Jul 2006
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...for the adventurous traveler who wants to live like a native.' --Real Simple Magazine, June 2005
Written by one of the Pacific's widely travelled dive experts, this guidebook features a section that combines greatest diving spots in both countries. It also includes chapters written by locals.
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I was very disappointed in the quality of information presented in this "completely" rewritten edition. Most historical, political, or other contextualizing information is now gone (I suppose due to space constraints?). Some descriptions were oddly incomplete. For instance, the guide did not specifiy how long a certain hike might take, or how far you would need to walk in what sort of conditions.
Since this edition is both a guide on Vanuatu and on New Caledonia, the index and other shared sections of the book are extremely confusing to use. It was not always clear which country a particular entry or health comment was talking about.
However, this edition contains updated telephone contacts and other new information that is simply not available elsewhere. My recommendation is to buy both this AND the previous New Caledonia edition.
if you are going to NC then get the book and read it. however, be prepared to investigate NC beyond the limits of the book otherwise you might have a pretty average holiday.