The classic comprehensive guide to travel around hundreds of islands, Moon Handbooks: South Pacific is loaded with insider information about Polynesia and Melanesia, not just the hot spots.
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Moon Handbooks South Pacific
In this fully revised 8th edition of his recognized masterwork, famed South Pacific travel writer David Stanley provides:
Unbiased evaluations of virtually every guesthouse, hostel, hotel, and resort in the islands
Practical advice on food, entertainment, shopping, visas, money, health, packing, and interisland travel
Special attention to outdoor recreation: swimming, diving, yachting, kayaking, biking, hiking, camping, climbing, caving, horseback riding, and more
Ecotravel information: profiles of local flora and fauna, environmental issues, and ecotour providers
119 carefully labeled maps
The liquid continent of Oceania is divided between Melanesia with several chains of relatively large, mountainous landmasses, and Polynesia consisting of scattered groups of volcanic and coral islands. North of the equator are the coral and volcanic islands of Micronesia. It's believed that some 30,000 islands dot the Pacific basin - more than are found in all other oceans and seas combined.
There's something about the South Pacific islands that has always fascinated humans and made them want to learn what's there. Each island is a cosmos with a character of its own.