Suggested Reading List
A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific
Author: H. Douglas Pratt
Description: This landmark field guide with chapters on the islands and habitats features superb color plates by Pratt and a checklist of birds.
Author: Sylvia A. Earle
Description: In this informative, dazzling collection of photographs, maps and essays, deep-sea crusader Sylvia Earle pays tribute to the ocean. Her aim: to encourage us to love the ocean -- all life on Earth, she writes, depends on it.
Coral Reef Fishes
Author: Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
Description: This compact handbook features 2,500 illustrations of shallow-water fishes around the world.
Author: HEMA Maps
Description: A true, in-depth tourist map to the islands of Fiji, single-sided, scaled to 1:625,000. Side one includes laundry lists of resorts, charters, golf courses and other helpful tourism info. The map features Vanua Levu, Viti Levu, Kadavu I, North Lau Group, South Lau Group and other satellite islands.
Fiji's Natural Heritage
Author: Paddy Ryan
Description: A superbly illustrated, comprehensive survey of the natural history of Fiji with 500 color photos.
Getting Stoned with Savages, A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu
Author: J. Maarten Troost
Description: Troost (Sex Lives of Cannibals) follows up his hilarious account of life in Kiribati with an equally amusing romp in Fiji and Vanuatu. Coaxed back to the islands by promises of a simpler life, Troost faces dangerous weather, potent drugs and tribal chiefs with his wit intact.
Lonely Planet Fiji
Author: Robyn Jones
Description: This comprehensive guide features maps, a good overview of Fiji's culture, history and nature, and information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. It also includes information on outdoor and adventure activities.
Lonely Planet Fijian Phrasebook
Author: Lonely Planet
Description: This handy pocket phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary.
Mutiny on the Bounty
Author: James Norman Hall, Charles Nordhoff
Description: The well-known (and loved) fictional account of the voyage of the HMS Bounty, greatly enjoyable despite its probable lack of accuracy regarding Bligh's personality.
Author: Michele Westmoreland, Sylvia Earle (Introduction)
Description: This stunning portfolio of sea life celebrates the ocean's biodiversity with great color photographs and informative text.
Author: Nicholas Thomas
Description: A concise, cogent and colorful overview of the gorgeous art of the Pacific Islands. Organized thematically with 182 illustrations, 26 in color.
Author: Peter Hendrie
Description: A striking portfolio of 330 color photographs of the people, nature and landscape of the region, Hendrie's gorgeous book includes images from his many journeys to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, to Tahiti and the Marquesas, Tonga, Fiji, Easter Island and Hawaii over the last 20 years.
Reef Fish Identification, Tropical Pacific
Author: Paul Humann, Ned Deloach, Gerald Allen, Roger Steene
Description: This comprehensive guide to Indo-Pacific reef fishes features 2,500 color photographs.
South Pacific Islands Map
Description: Covering the Pacific from Pitcairn to Papua New Guinea at a scale of 13:000,000. With 30 individual island maps, including Easter Island, New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands, Marquesas, French Polynesia, Vanuatu and Fiji.
Tales of the South Pacific
Author: James Michener
Description: The first of the big Michener novels, set in World War II Polynesia. It's great fun, and the basis for the Rogers & Hammerstein musical "South Pacific."
The Happy Isles of Oceania
Author: Paul Theroux
Description: The peripatetic author flies off to Australia and New Zealand with a kayak and ends up exploring much of Melanesia and Polynesia, including Tonga, Fiji and the Marquesas, in this wickedly funny, wide-ranging tale.
The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean
Author: Paddy Ryan
Description: This take-along guide covers coral reefs, fish, invertebrates and plants of the Indo-Pacific and includes 200 color photographs.
We, the Navigators, The Ancient Art of Landfinding in the Pacific
Author: David Lewis
Description: This engaging classic examines how Stone Age Polynesians may have navigated the Pacific. The scholarly volume will appeal to seafarers and modern Pacific travelers.