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Avalon Travel has released the eBook editions of Moon Fiji and Moon Tahiti, the leading travel guidebooks to the South Pacific. They are now available in the Kindle store at Amazon, in the Nook store at Barnesandnoble.com, on the Kobo at Borders, on iTunes for the Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and at the Sony Reader store.

 

Moon Fiji is the original travel guide to the Fiji Islands while Moon Tahiti covers all five archipelagos of French Polynesia. Author David Stanley has been writing about the South Pacific since 1979. Moon Tahiti is now in its seventh edition and Moon Fiji is in its ninth. Each 400-page guidebook contains over 50 maps and 100 photos.

 

By ordering online, readers receive the electronic editions of Moon Fiji and Moon Tahiti instantly worldwide without customs duties or shipping costs. In addition, each eBook costs half what is charged for the printed edition. The launch of the Fiji and Tahiti eBooks allows Pacific travelers to download their favorite guides in under a minute. For Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iTunes, and Sony users, it’s definitely the way to go!

 

About the Fiji and Tahiti eBooks

The seventh edition of Moon Tahiti and the ninth edition of Moon Fiji were published in April 2011 by Avalon Travel of Berkeley, California. Each eBook costs under $10.

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Comment by Lois Courtenay Henderson on July 13, 2011 at 1:04am

Invitation to Paradise

 

Moon Tahiti (ISBN: 978-1-59880-738-7), the 7th edition of renowned traveler Dr. David Stanley’s work in the Moon Handbooks series, is as comprehensive, up-to-date and enlightening as ever. Containing 47 detailed and easy-to-use maps, the guidebook describes the must-see sights, activities, restaurants, and accommodation available not only on Tahiti, but on all the other islands in French Polynesia as well, including invaluable insights into tourist highlights on Moorea, as well as on the Leeward, Austral, Tuamotu and Gambier, and Marquesas Islands. In addition, in his inimitable environmentally aware way, he provides an informed analysis of the land itself, its flora and fauna, its history and government, its economy, its people and culture, and the arts and entertainment opportunities granted by French Polynesia, so that the book is a valuable source of information for tourist and armchair traveler alike. For the former, he supplies a chapter on such essentials as transport, visas and officialdom, customs, and health and safety, while for those who wish to approach their trip with the added insight to be gleaned from other sources he provides a glossary, phrasebook, and a list of suggested reading and Internet resources.

 

That Stanley truly loves these islands is clear from start to finish. His intimate knowledge of the islands is rivaled only by the fluency of his writing. His balanced outlook on French Polynesia allows him to retain an objective stance throughout, enabling him to pinpoint both the merits and the demerits of the islands. For example, he doesn’t hide the fact that the cosmopolitan city of Papeete becomes a ghost town on Sunday afternoons, as “life washes out into the countryside,” so best avoid at such times. Stanley’s style is concise and factual—he provides you with a great deal of information in a limited number of words. His main intent is to give a complete picture of each place so that you can make informed decisions about how you wish to spend your time in the islands. Stanley consistently keeps the primary focus of the reader in mind, so that no matter whether you are more interested in sports, culture and the arts (his references to the leading French Post-Impressionist, Paul Gauguin, are numerous), the natural beauty of the islands, or the more historic and religious aspects of French Polynesia, you are bound to find much that appeals to your palate.

 

Moon Tahiti is well illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs of local architecture and scenes, in addition to maps of many of the 118 islands and towns that form part of this archipelago set in the South Pacific Ocean. Stanley also provides a great deal of background information on various cultural practices, aspects of island lifestyle and fascinating biographical overviews of outstanding local characters that he sensibly sets aside in text boxes scattered throughout the main text, so that they do not disrupt the flow of his central argument.  If you have ever dreamed of listening to the rustling of palm trees swaying in the breeze while watching islanders gyrate their sinuous bodies in time to the rhythm of exotic melodies, this book is for you. As Stanley writes, “Welcome to paradise!”   

 

No Need to Fear Being Eaten Alive on Cannibal Islands (If You’re Fleet Enough of Foot, That Is…)

 

In a personal essay included in the March/April 2005 issue of Pacific Magazine (Honolulu), inveterate traveler Dr. David Stanley describes how he was once chased down a street in Fiji by an irate hotel owner who, after answering a barrage of questions from the author, had received a mere thanks in exchange

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