South Pacific

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With 10 authors hitting the islands everywhere from the Solomons to Pitcairn and Easter Island, Lonely Planet's South Pacific is more comprehensive and more rigorously researched than any other guidebook. See inside for the real story on tropical beaches, island resorts, blue lagoons and friendly Pacific cultures.

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Overview

With 10 authors hitting the islands everywhere from the Solomons to Pitcairn and Easter Island, Lonely Planet's South Pacific is more comprehensive and more rigorously researched than any other guidebook. See inside for the real story on tropical beaches, island resorts, blue lagoons and friendly Pacific cultures.

Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip.

In This Guide:

Honest assessment of resorts. Read this book before you book!
Diving chapter takes you to the best of the Pacific beneath the waves Unique Green Index to help make your travels ecofriendly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781741047868
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Multi Country Travel Guide Series
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

On the Road 4

South Pacific Experience 6

Destination South Pacific 24

Getting Started 26

Itineraries 31

History 35

The Culture 48

Food & Drink 58

Environment 63

South Pacific Diving 73

Easter Island (Rapa Nui) 81

Costs & Money 82

History 82

The Culture 84

Arts 84

Language 84

Environment 85

Hanga Roa 85

Orientation 85

Information 85

Transport 85

Sights 85

Activities 89

Easter Island for Children 89

Tours 89

Sleeping 89

Eating 91

Drinking 92

Entertainment 92

Shopping 92

Easter Island Directory 92

Accommodation 92

Activities 92

Business Hours 93

Embassies & Consulates 93

Festivals & Events 94

Internet Resources 94

Maps 94

Money 94

Telephone 94

Time 94

Tourist Information 94

Visas 94

Transport in Easter Island 94

Getting There & Away 94

Getting Around 95

Fiji 96

Climate & When to Go 97

Costs & Money 97

History 97

The Culture 100

Religion 102

Arts 103

Language 104

Environment 105

Viti Levu 105

Orientation 105

Dangers & Annoyances 105

Transport 105

Nadi 108

Lautoka 116

Southern Viti Levu & the Coral Coast 117

Suva 125

Viti Levu's Kings Road 132

Mamanuca Group 135

South Sea Island 137

Bounty Island 137

Beachcomber Island 138

Treasure Island 138

Vomo 138

Navini 138

Malololailai 138

Malolo 139

Castaway Island 140

Mana 140

Matamanoa 140

Monuriki 141

Tokoriki 141

Tavarua & Namotu 141

Yasawa Group 141

Kuata 143

Wayasewa 143

Waya 143

Naviti & Around 144

Tavewa 144

Nacula 145

Nanuya Lailai 145

Matacawalevu & Yaqeta 146

Sawa-I-Lau 146

Rotuma 146

Transport 146

Sleeping & Eating 146

Ovalau & The Lomaiviti Group 147

Levuka147

Caqalai 150

Leleuvia 150

Vanua Levu 150

Savusavu 151

Tunuloa Peninsula 155

Labasa & Around 155

Namenalala 156

Taveuni 157

Waiyevo, Somosomo & Around 159

Southern Taveuni 160

Matei & Around 161

Eastern Taveuni 162

Offshore Islands 163

Kadavu 163

Activities 164

Transport 164

Sleeping 165

Lau Group 165

Vanua Balavu 166

Fiji Directory 166

Accommodation 166

Activities 167

Business Hours 167

Children 167

Embassies & Consulates 168

Festivals & Events 168

Internet Access 168

Internet Resources 168

Maps 168

Money 169

Telephone 169

Time 169

Tourist Information in Fiji 169

Visas 170

Transport In Fiji 170

Getting There & Away 170

Getting Around 171

New Caledonia 174

Climate & When to Go 175

Costs & Money 175

History 176

The Culture 177

Sport 178

Arts 178

Language 178

Environment 178

Noumea 180

Orientation 180

Information 180

Getting There & Away 181

Getting Around 181

Sights 182

Activities 186

Noumea Walking Tour 187

Noumea for Children 187

Tours 188

Sleeping 188

Eating 189

Drinking 191

Entertainment 191

Shopping 192

Grande Terre 192

The Far South 192

Central Grande Terre 196

Northwest Coast 201

The Far North 203

Northeast Coast 203

Loyalty Islands 206

Maré 206

Lifou 210

Ouvéa 213

&Ihat;le Des Pins 216

Vao 216

Kuto 218

The West Coast 219

Baie D'oro & Around 219

New Caledonia Directory 220

Accommodation 220

Activities 220

Business Hours 222

Children 222

Dangers & annoyances 222

Embassies & Consulates 222

Festivals & Events 222

Internet Access 222

Internet Resources 222

Maps 223

Money 223

Telephone 223

Time 223

Tourist Information 223

Visas 223

Transport in new Caledonia 224

Getting There & Away 224

Getting Around 225

Niue 227

Climate & When to Go 228

Costs & Money 229

History 229

The Culture 229

Arts 230

Language 230

Environment 230

Alofi 231

Around the Island 231

Activities 233

Niue for Children 234

Tours 234

Sleeping 235

Eating & Drinking 235

Niue Directory 236

Business Hours 236

Festivals & Events 237

Internet Access 237

Internet Resources 237

Maps 237

Medical Services 237

Money 237

Post 238

Telephone 238

Time 238

Tourist Information 238

Travel Agencies 238

Visas 238

Transport in Niue 238

Getting There & Away 238

Getting Around 238

Pitcairn Island 240

History 241

The Culture 241

Religion 243

Language 243

Environment 243

Pitcairn Island 243

History 243

Sights & Activities 245

Sleeping & Eating 246

Shopping 246

Getting Around 247

Other Islands 247

Oeno Island 247

Henderson Island 248

Ducie Atoll 249

Pitcairn Island Directory 249

Accommodation 249

Internet Resources 249

Money 249

Post Office 249

Telephone & Fax 249

Time 250

Visas 250

Transport in Pitcairn Island 250

Getting There & Away 250

Getting Around 250

Rarotonga & the Cook Islands 251

Climate & When to Go 252

Costs & Money 252

History 252

The Culture 253

Arts 254

Language 255

Environment 255

Rarotonga 256

History 256

Orientation 256

Information 257

Transport 257

Avarua 260

Around the Island 261

Activities 264

Rarotonga for Children 265

Tours 266

Sleeping 266

Eating 269

Drinking & Entertainment 271

Shopping 272

Aitutaki 273

History 273

Orientation 273

Information 273

Transport 275

Around the Island 275

Activities 275

Tours 276

Sleeping 276

Eating 278

Drinking & Entertainment 278

Palmerston 278

'Atiu 279

History 279

Information 279

Transport 279

Sights 279

Tours 281

Sleeping 281

Eating & Drinking 282

Shopping 282

Ma'uke 282

Information 282

Transport 282

Sights 283

Tours 283

Sleeping 284

Eating & Drinking 284

Mitiaro 284

Information 284

Transport 284

Sights 284

Sleeping & Eating 286

Mangaia 286

History 286

Orientation 286

Information 286

Transport 286

Sights 287

Tours 288

Sleeping 288

Eating & Drinking 288

Shopping 288

Northern Group 289

Transport 289

Manihiki 289

Rakahanga 289

Penrhyn 289

Pukapuka 289

Suwarrow 290

Rarotonga & The Cook Islands Directory 290

Accommodation 290

Activities 290

Business Hours 291

Children 291

Customs 291

Dangers & Annoyances 291

Embassies & Consulates 291

Festivals & Events 292

Holidays 292

Internet Access 292

Internet Resources 292

Money 292

Photography & Video 293

Post 293

Telephone 293

Time 293

Tourist Information 293

Visas 294

Transport on Rarotonga & The Cook Islands 294

Getting There & Away 294

Getting Around 295

Samoa 296

History 297

The Culture 298

Sport 300

Arts 300

Language 302

Environment 302

'Upolu 302

Apia 305

Around Apia 314

Eastern 'Upolu 315

South Coast 317

Northwestern 'Upolu 319

Manono 320

Apolima 320

Savai'i 321

Salelologa & the East Coast 321

Central North Coast 324

Northwestern Savai'i 326

South Coast 328

Samoa Directory 329

Accommodation 329

Activities 330

Business Hours 331

Children 332

Embassies & Consulates 332

Festivals & Events 332

Internet Access 332

Internet Resources 333

Maps 333

Money 333

Telephone 333

Time 333

Visas 334

Transport in Samoa 334

Getting There & Away 334

Getting Around 335

American Samoa 337

Climate & When to Go 338

History 338

The Culture 339

Arts 339

Language 339

Environment 339

Tutuila 340

Orientation 340

Information 340

Getting There & Away 342

Getting Around 342

Pago Pago 343

Western Tutuila 344

Eastern Tutuila 346

Aunu'u 347

Tutuila for Children 347

Sleeping 348

Eating 349

Drinking 349

Entertainment 350

Shopping 350

Manu'a Islands 350

Information 350

Getting There & Away 350

Getting Around 350

Ofu & Olosega 351

Ta'u 352

American Samoa Directory 353

Accommodation 353

Activities 353

Business Hours 355

Children 355

Embassies & Consulates 355

Festivals & Events 355

Internet Access 355

Internet Resources 356

Maps 356

Money 356

Telephone 356

Time 356

Visas 356

Transport in American Samoa 357

Getting There & Away 357

Getting Around 357

Solomon Islands 359

Climate & When to Go 360

Costs & Money 360

History 360

The Culture 363

Religion 364

Arts 365

Language 366

Environment 366

Guadalcanal 366

Orientation 367

Dangers & Annoyances 367

Transport 367

Honiara 367

East of Honiara 373

West of Honiara 373

Eastern Guadalcanal 374

The Weathercoast 374

Central Province 375

Nggela Islands 375

Savo 375

Western Province 375

West New Georgia 376

Marovo Lagoon 378

Ghizo Island 380

Islands around Ghizo 383

Malaita Province 383

Malaita Island 383

Rennell & Bellona Province 386

Rennell Island 387

Bellona 388

Solomon Islands Directory 388

Accommodation 388

Activities 389

Business Hours 391

Children 391

Dangers & Annoyances 391

Embassies & Consulates 391

Festivals & Events 391

Internet Access 391

Internet Resources 391

Maps 392

Money 392

Telephone 392

Time 393

Tourist Information in the Solomon Islands 393

Visas 393

Women Travellers 393

Transport in the Solomon Islands 393

Getting There & Away 393

Getting Around 394

Tahiti & French Polynesia 395

Climate & When to Go 396

Costs & Money 396

History 396

The Culture 400

Arts 402

Language 404

Environment 404

Tahiti 405

Orientation 405

Information 405

Transport 408

Pape'ete 409

Mo'Orea 420

Orientation 420

Information 420

Transport 420

Sights 422

Activities 422

Sleeping 423

Eating 425

Drinking & Entertainment 425

Shopping 425

Huahine 426

Orientation 426

Information 426

Transport 426

Huahine Nui 426

Huahine Iti 428

Activities 428

Tours 428

Sleeping 428

Eating 430

Drinking & Entertainment 430

Ra'iatea & Taha's 430

Ra'iatea 431

Taha'a 436

Bora Bora 438

Orientation 438

Information 438

Transport 438

Sights 439

Activities 439

Sleeping 442

Eating 444

Drinking & Entertainment 445

Shopping 445

Maupiti 445

Orientation & Information 445

Transport 445

Sights 446

Activities 446

Sleeping & Eating 448

Tuamotu Islands 448

Transport 450

Rangiroa 450

Fakarava 453

Tikehau 454

Mataiva 456

Manihi 456

Ahe 457

Marquesas Islands 457

Nuku Hiva 458

'Ua Huka 462

'Ua Pou 463

Hiva Oa 465

Tahuata 468

Fatu Hiva 469

Austral Islands 469

Rurutu 470

Tubuai 471

Raivavae 471

The Gambier Archipelago 472

Transport 472

Sights & Activities 472

Sleeping & Eating 473

Tahiti & French Polynesia Directory 473

Accommodation 473

Activities 474

Business Hours 476

Children 476

Consulates 476

Festivals & Events 477

Gay & Lesbian Travellers 477

Internet Access 477

Internet Resources 478

Money 478

Telephone 478

Time 478

Tourist Information in Tahiti & French Polynesia 478

Visas 479

Volunteering 479

Women Travellers 479

Transport in Tahiti & French Polynesia 480

Getting There & Away 480

Getting Around 481

Tokelau 485

Climate & When to Go 486

History 486

The Culture 487

Sport 488

Religion 488

Language 489

Environment 489

Food & Drink 489

Tokelau Directory 490

Accommodation 490

Activities 491

Internet Resources 491

Money 491

Telephone 491

Time 491

Visas 491

Transport in Tokelau 491

Getting There & Away 491

Getting Around 492

Tonga 493

Climate & When to Go 494

Costs & Money 494

History 494

The Culture 496

Religion 497

Arts 497

Language 498

Environment 498

Tongatapu 499

Information 499

Getting There & Away 501

Getting Around 501

Nuku'alofa 502

Around the Island 508

Offshore Islands & Reefs 510

Ha'apai Group 511

Lifuka Group 513

Vava'u Group 516

Neiafu 519

Around Vava'u 525

Southern Vava'u Islands 526

Eastern Vava'u Islands 527

The Niuas 527

Niuatoputapu 528

Tafahi 529

Niuafo'ou 529

Tonga Directory 530

Accommodation 530

Activities 530

Business Hours 530

Children 531

Dangers & Annoyances 531

Embassies & Consulates 531

Festivals & Events 532

Gay & Lesbian Travellers 532

Holidays 532

Internet Access 532

Internet Resources 532

Money 532

Telephone 533

Time 533

Tipping 533

Tourist Information 533

Visas 533

Transport in Tonga 534

Getting There & Away 534

Getting Around 534

Tuvalu 536

Climate & When to Go 537

Costs & Money 537

History 537

The Culture 539

Sport 540

Religion 540

Arts 540

Language 541

Environment 542

Funafuti Atoll 542

Orientation 543

Information 543

Transport 543

Fongafale Islet 545

Fongafale by Bicycle 546

Around Funafuti 546

Sleeping 547

Eating 548

Drinking 548

Shopping 548

Outer Islands 549

Nukufetau Atoll 549

Vaitupu 549

Nui Atoll 549

Nanumaga Atoll 549

Niutao Atoll 550

Nanumea Atoll 550

Nukulaelae Atoll 550

Niulakita 551

Tuvalu Directory 551

Accommodation 551

Activities 551

Business Hours 551

Children 551

Embassies & Consulates 551

Festivals & Events 552

Internet Access 552

Internet Resources 552

Money 552

Telephone 552

Tourist Information 552

Time 552

Visas 553

Transport in Tuvalu 553

Getting There & Away 553

Getting Around 553

Vanuatu 554

Climate & When to Go 555

Costs & Money 555

History 555

The Culture 558

Arts 559

Language 561

Environment 561

Efate 562

Maps 564

Information 564

Transport 565

Port Vila 565

Around Efate 575

Nguna & Pele 577

Epi 577

Transport 578

Sights & Activities 578

Sleeping & Eating 579

Tanna 579

Orientation 579

Information 580

Transport 581

Mt Yasur 581

West Tanna 582

East Tanna 583

Malekula 585

Information 587

Transport 587

The Dog's Head 587

East Malekula 588

The Southeast Coast 588

The Maskelynes 589

South West Bay 590

Ambrym 590

Festivals 590

Transport 590

Volcanoes 590

West Ambrym 592

South Ambrym 592

East Ambrym 593

North Ambrym 593

Espiritu Santo 593

Information 595

Transport 595

Luganville 596

The East Coast Road 600

The Central Road 601

Pentecost 602

Transport 603

North Pentecost 603

South Pentecost 603

Vanuatu Directory 606

Accommodation 606

Activities 606

Business Hours 607

Children 607

Embassies & Consulates 607

Festivals & Events 607

Internet Access 608

Internet Resources 608

Money 608

Telephone & Fax 608

Time 609

Tourist Information 609

Visas 609

Transport in Vanuatu 609

Getting There & Away 609

Getting Around 610

Wallis & Futuna 611

Costs & Money 612

History 612

The Culture 612

Religion 613

Arts 614

Language 614

Environment 614

Wallis Island 615

Information 615

Transport 616

Mata'utu 616

Around the Island 616

Around the Lagoon 617

Activities 617

Wallis for Children 617

Sleeping 618

Eating & Drinking 618

Futuna & Alofi 618

Leava 618

Wallis & Futuna Directory 620

Accommodation 620

Activities 620

Business Hours 620

Children 621

Embassies & Consulates 621

Festivals & Events 621

Internet Access 621

Internet Resources 621

Money 621

Telephone 621

Time 621

Visas 621

Transport in wallis & Futuna 622

Getting There & Away 622

Getting Around 622

South Pacific Directory 623

Accommodation 623

Activities 625

Business Hours 626

Children 627

Climate Charts 627

Dangers & Annoyances 628

Disabled Travellers 628

Embassies & Consulates 629

Gay & Lesbian Travellers 629

Holidays 629

Insurance 630

Internet Access 630

Money 630

Post 632

Telephone 632

Time 633

Tourist Information 633

Visas 633

Volunteering 633

Work 634

Transport in the South Pacific 635

Getting There & Away 635

Air 635

Sea 640

Tours 640

Getting Around 640

Air 640

Boat 641

Local Transport 642

Tours 643

Health 644

Before You Go 644

Insurance 644

Recommended Vaccinations 644

Medical Checklist 644

Internet Resources 645

Further Reading 646

In Transit 646

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) 646

Jet Lag & Motion Sickness 646

In the South Pacific 646

Availability & Cost of Health Care 646

Infectious Diseases 647

Traveller's Diarrhoea 649

Environmental Hazards 649

Traditional Medicine 652

Glossary 653

The Authors 657

Behind the Scenes 660

Index 664

Greendex 678

Map Legend 680

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