Welcome!

Enrich Your Travels with Longitude

We've got the classic, new and hard-to-find books and maps to help you get the most out of your adventures.

SIGN UP FOR

Longitude News

Get our monthly e-mail update

GET A

Catalog

SOUTH PACIFIC

South Pacific

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

  • E-MAIL
  • PRINT

Kids

Books for

Essential Reading

Item EXPAC214. Buy these 4 items as a set for $95 including shipping, 15% off the retail price.
With free shipping on anything else you order.

ADD SET
TO BOOKBAG

Pacific Journeys

Pacific Journeys

by Peter Hendrie

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

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. (PAC183, $45.00)

Lonely Planet South Pacific

Lonely Planet South Pacific

by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 614 PAGES

A comprehensive, detailed and practical guide to travel in the South Pacific from the Solomon Islands across to Pitcairn. (PAC120, $28.99)

The Happy Isles of Oceania

The Happy Isles of Oceania

by Paul Theroux

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

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. (PAC03, $15.95)

South Pacific Islands Map

South Pacific Islands Map

by Nelles

  • 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. (PAC164, $13.95)

 
Reference Map of Oceania, The Pacific Islands of Micronesia, Polynesia, Melanesia

Reference Map of Oceania, The Pacific Islands of Micronesia, Polynesia, Melanesia


by James A. Bier

  • 2009
  • MAP

This double-sided sheet shows the whole Pacific from Hawaii west to French Polynesia, Micronesia and Papua New Guinea (1:17,460,000) with detailed maps of 52 islands and island chains on the reverse. (PAC07, $9.95)

Lonely Planet Samoa & Tonga

Lonely Planet Samoa & Tonga


by Peter Dragicevic

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A practical, comprehensive guide in the popular series. (PAC136, $18.99)

Lonely Planet Vanuatu & New Caledonia

Lonely Planet Vanuatu & New Caledonia


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 186 PAGES

A comprehensive guide book to the region with 47 maps, a good cultural overview and much practical information. (PAC99, $18.99)

A History of the Pacific Islands

A History of the Pacific Islands


by David Hackett Fischer

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

A brief, authoritative history of the Pacific Islands from earliest habitation, through European influence, to the emergence of modern independent island nations. (PAC04, $30.00)

A Traveller's History of New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands

A Traveller's History of New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands


by John Chambers

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES
  • COMING IN FEBRUARY

A brisk portrait of New Zealand and its culture, economy and society, this concise history also covers the settlement of the Pacific Islands. (NZL60, $16.95)

Islanders, The Pacific in the Age of Empire

Islanders, The Pacific in the Age of Empire


by Nicholas Thomas

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 356 PAGES

Thomas explores the rich and surprising history of encounters, not only between Islanders and Europeans, but among Islanders, in the wake of the discoveries of Captain Cook. (PAC234, $24.00)

Mutiny on Board HMS Bounty

Mutiny on Board HMS Bounty


by William Bligh

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES
  • MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)

A storied history of sea navigation, mutiny and justice. When his crew accuses him of unjust punishment and takes over his ship, Captain William Bligh is forced to navigate a small boat 3,618 miles from Timor to England. (PAC327, $14.00)

The Pacific Islands, An Encyclopedia

The Pacific Islands, An Encyclopedia


by Br Lal

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2000
  • HARD COVER
  • 704 PAGES

Dozens of scholars and writers contribute to this authoritative, wide-ranging survey of the nature, cultures and history of the Pacific. (PAC204, $117.00)

The People of the Sea, Environment, Identity, and History in Oceania

The People of the Sea, Environment, Identity, and History in Oceania


by Paul D'Arcy

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 292 PAGES

D'Arcy looks at the oceangoing traditions of the peoples of the Pacific from 1770 to the present in this scholarly but accessible overview. (PAC310, $25.00)

The Trial of the Cannibal Dog

The Trial of the Cannibal Dog


by Anne Salmond

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 536 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

The remarkable story of Captain Cook's encounters in the South Seas, told with authority and verve by a leading historian. (PAC138, $25.00)

Architecture of the South Pacific


by Jennifer Taylor

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Taylor organizes this beautifully illustrated survey into a series of themed essays on the story of architectural development in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji, Wallis and Futuna, Tonga, the Cook Islands, Samoa, American Samoa and French Polynesia. (PAC322, $75.00)

Arts of the Pacific Islands

Arts of the Pacific Islands


by Anne D'Alleva

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Organized by island group, this authoritative, generously illustrated overview covers the well-known textiles, sculptures, jewelry, paintings, architecture and dance of New Guinea, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. (PAC81, $22.00)

Kon-Tiki, Across the Pacific by Raft

Kon-Tiki, Across the Pacific by Raft


by Thor Heyerdahl | F. H. Lyon

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

The hugely popular account of a daring 1947 voyage that sailed along the Humboldt and Equatorial currents from Peru to Tahiti. Apart from the sheer adventure, Heyerdahl wanted to show the world that Polynesians could have settled the region. With photographs. (PAC10, $5.99)

Oceania, Art of the Pacific Islands in the Metropolitan Museum of Art


by Eric Kjellgren

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER

Features about 200 masterworks chosen from the 2,600 objects in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection, organized by region. (PAC206, $45.00)

Oceanic Art

Oceanic Art


by Nicholas Thomas

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

A concise, cogent and colorful overview of the gorgeous art of the Pacific Islands. Organized thematically with 182 illustrations, 26 in color. (PAC06, $19.95)

On the Road of the Winds

On the Road of the Winds


by Patrick Vinton Kirch

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES

An excellent scholarly review of the prehistory and archaeology of Pacific civilizations before European contact. (PAC101, $41.95)

The Cruise of the Snark

The Cruise of the Snark


by Jack London

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A facsimile edition of London's richly evocative account of his ambitious 1906-1907 voyage aboard a 43-foot ketch from San Francisco to Hawaii, the Marquesas, Tuomotos, Fiji and the Solomon Islands with his wife and two crew members. Includes 119 original photographs of places and people. (PAC17, $15.95)

The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia

The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia


by Adrienne L. Kaeppler

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 210 PAGES

Kaeppler covers the range of textiles, bark cloth, body ornament carving and ornament found throughout the Pacific in this lively, authoritative survey. With 100 illustrations, most in full color. (PAC214, $27.95)

Vaka Moana, Voyages of the Ancestors: The Discovery and Settlement of the Pacific

Vaka Moana, Voyages of the Ancestors: The Discovery and Settlement of the Pacific


by R. K. Howe

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 368 PAGES

This richly illustrated collection of scholarly articles on Pacific voyaging, past and present, features 400 color and black-and-white photographs, maps and diagrams, along with contributions by Ben Finney, Sam Low, Anne Salmond and other experts. (PAC177, $61.00)

We, the Navigators, The Ancient Art of Landfinding in the Pacific

We, the Navigators, The Ancient Art of Landfinding in the Pacific


by David Lewis

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

This engaging classic examines how Stone Age Polynesians may have navigated the Pacific. The scholarly volume will appeal to seafarers and modern Pacific travelers. (PAC35, $31.99)

Blue Latitudes, Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before

Blue Latitudes, Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before


by Tony Horwitz

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Sailing on a replica of Endeavour, Horwitz mixes history, fun and adventure in this hilarious recap of Cook's daring voyages around the world. (EXP31, $18.00)

Captain James Cook

Captain James Cook


by Richard Hough

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 398 PAGES

This fine, vividly written narrative includes a gripping account of Cook's discoveries throughout the Pacific. (PAC24, $18.95)

Headhunters on My Doorstep

Headhunters on My Doorstep


by J. Maarten Troost

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

In his latest wry and witty tale of Pacific adventure, the newly sober Troost heads for the Marquesas, the Tuamotus, Tahiti, the Gilberts and Samoa -- a copy of Robert Louis Stevenson's In the South Seas in hand. (PAC316, $17.00)

Tales from the Torrid Zone

Tales from the Torrid Zone


by Alexander Frater

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Born in Vanuatu, Frater (Chasing the Monsoon) is most at home among scattered islands and tropical outposts, hop-scotching from the Solomon Islands around the world. (PAC172, $14.95)

The Fragile Edge, Diving and Other Adventures in the South Pacific

The Fragile Edge, Diving and Other Adventures in the South Pacific


by Julia Whitty

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Whitty illuminates coral reefs, their inhabitants and the pleasures of diving in this memoir of underwater adventures in Rangiroa, Tuvalu and Moorea. Winner of the 2008 Kiriyama Prize and John Burroughs Medal. (PAC173, $18.95)

The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific


by J. Maarten Troost

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Dragged unwittingly with his wife to Kiribati, the author settled down to explore the island and its eccentric inhabitants in this hilarious, disturbing first book. It's a fascinating, decidedly unromantic glimpse into island life. (PAC146, $14.00)

Where Fate Beckons, The Life of Jean-Francois de La Perouse


by John Dunmore

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

Second in a series, this lively, short biography traces the life and discoveries of the great 18th-century explorer of the Pacific. (PAC213, $24.95)

30 Days in the South Pacific, True Stories of Escape to Paradise

30 Days in the South Pacific, True Stories of Escape to Paradise


by James O'Reilly | Sean O'Reilly | Larry Habegger

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 226 PAGES

This anthology, which presents its stories as a month-long journey, features 30 tales of visitors and vagabonds taken in by the South Pacific. (PAC159, $14.95)

Mister Pip

Mister Pip


by Lloyd Jones

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Jones sets his poignant tale of children, teachers and the transcendent power of storytelling in the midst of the 1990s civil war in Bougainville that pitched the islanders against the government of Papua New Guinea. He spins magic with gunfire and Great Expectations. (PNG22, $15.00)

Mutiny on the Bounty

Mutiny on the Bounty


by James Norman Hall | Charles Nordhoff

  • LITERATURE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 379 PAGES

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. (PAC11, $15.99)

South Sea Tales

South Sea Tales


by Jack London

  • LITERATURE
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

London draws on his voyages aboard the Snark in 1907-09 though Polynesia and the Solomons for these eight tales, vividly evoking the turn-of-the-century colonial Pacific. (PAC85, $13.00)

Tales of the South Pacific

Tales of the South Pacific


by James Michener

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

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." (PAC18, $16.00)

Typee, A Peep at Polynesian Life

Typee, A Peep at Polynesian Life


by Herman Melville

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

First published in 1846 and the most popular of Melville's books during his lifetime, this partly autobiographical work tells the story of Tommo, a Yankee sailor who jumps ship and enters the flawed Pacific paradise of Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas. (PAC14, $14.00)

Ocean Duets

Ocean Duets


by Michele Westmoreland | Sylvia Earle

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

This stunning portfolio of sea life celebrates the ocean's biodiversity with great color photographs and informative text. (OCE107, $12.95)

Planet Ocean

Planet Ocean


by Laurent Ballesta | Pierre Descamp

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 368 PAGES

Ballesta's exquisite photographic portraits celebrate the diversity of life under the sea, from bizarre Antarctic fish and odd benthic creatures to multi-colored reef beauties, turtles, sharks and rays. (OCE115, $40.00)

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean


by Paddy Ryan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

This take-along guide covers coral reefs, fish, invertebrates and plants of the Indo-Pacific and includes 200 color photographs. (DIV18, $21.99)

A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific

A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific


by H. Douglas Pratt

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 409 PAGES

This landmark field guide with chapters on the islands and habitats features superb color plates by Pratt and a checklist of birds. (HWI32, $47.50)

Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific, New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands

Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific, New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands


by John Randall

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 770 PAGES

This extraordinary handbook by leading authority John Randall features 2,018 color illustrations of South Pacific fishes. (PAC161, $77.00)

Reef Fish Identification, Tropical Pacific

Reef Fish Identification, Tropical Pacific


by Paul Humann | Ned Deloach | Gerald Allen | Roger Steene

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 450 PAGES

This comprehensive guide to Indo-Pacific reef fishes features 2,500 color photographs. (DIV49, $48.00)

More Recommendations

Longitude provides recommended reading for travelers in partnership with the leading tour operators and travel programs for hundreds of destinations worldwide. We've got the classic, new and hard-to-find books and maps to help you get the most out of your adventures.