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The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean
by Paddy Ryan
This take-along guide covers coral reefs, fish, invertebrates and plants of the Indo-Pacific and includes 200 color photographs.
by Peter Hendrie
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.
Mutiny on the Bounty
by James Norman Hall, Charles Nordhoff
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.
Reef Fish Identification, Tropical Pacific
by Paul Humann, Ned Deloach, Gerald Allen, Roger Steene
This comprehensive guide to Indo-Pacific reef fishes features 2,500 color photographs.
by HEMA Maps
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.
by Michele Westmoreland, Sylvia Earle (Introduction)
This stunning portfolio of sea life celebrates the ocean's biodiversity with great color photographs and informative text.
Lonely Planet Fiji
by Robyn Jones
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.
Tales of the South Pacific
by James Michener
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."
by Nicholas Thomas
A concise, cogent and colorful overview of the gorgeous art of the Pacific Islands. Organized thematically with 182 illustrations, 26 in color.
We, the Navigators, The Ancient Art of Landfinding in the Pacific
by David Lewis
This engaging classic examines how Stone Age Polynesians may have navigated the Pacific. The scholarly volume will appeal to seafarers and modern Pacific travelers.
by Sylvia A. Earle
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.
South Pacific Islands Map
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.
Getting Stoned with Savages, A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu
by J. Maarten Troost
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 Fijian Phrasebook
by Lonely Planet
This handy pocket phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary.
The Happy Isles of Oceania
by Paul Theroux
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.
Fiji's Natural Heritage
by Paddy Ryan
A superbly illustrated, comprehensive survey of the natural history of Fiji with 500 color photos.
A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific
by H. Douglas Pratt
This landmark field guide with chapters on the islands and habitats features superb color plates by Pratt and a checklist of birds.
Coral Reef Fishes
by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
This compact handbook features 2,500 illustrations of shallow-water fishes around the world.