Although arguably not as famous as the Lonely Planet books, Moon Handbooks have been in production for over 30 years and are renowned for their wide appeal, from families through to solo adventurers. †Landing on my desk recently was their guide to Tahiti written by David Stanley.
The first thing to note is that the author is a travel writer who has travelled extensively and spent a considerable amount of time in the Pacific. (He’s also written Moon Fiji and Moon South Pacific.) Indeed, he’s visited well over 200 countries and it’s clear that the research he carries out is meticulous.
There is extensive background information on the history of the various islands, some insights into the culture, as well as practical information on the sights not to be missed and the best places to stay for a variety of different budgets. The maps and pictures – an essential ingredient of any good travel book – are very clear, albeit mostly in black and white.
Tahiti isn’t actually somewhere I’ve ever been, but this book – now in its 7th edition – nevertheless makes for very enjoyable reading and certainly whets the appetite for making a trip there one day. †If on the other hand you are already booked to go, I’m sure you’ll find the publication invaluable.