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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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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)

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)

Lonely Planet Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands

Lonely Planet Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands

by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

Featuring a good overview of culture, history and nature, with excellent travel information and maps. (NGA06, $29.99)

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

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

Solomon Islands Map

by HEMA Maps

  • 2007
  • MAP
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
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A folded, colorful map of the Solomon Islands at a scale of 1:1,200,000. (PAC148, $9.95)

 
Guadalcanal, The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle

Guadalcanal, The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle


by Richard Frank

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 816 PAGES

A comprehensive account of the battle, using a variety of primary sources to flesh out the story of one of the most important battles on the Pacific front during WWII. (PAC61, $25.00)

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, $14.95)

Captain Cook, A Legacy Under Fire


by Vanessa Collingridge

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

This eloquent, persuasive book resurrects the long forgotten George Collingridge and his evidence that not the venerable Captain Cook but Portuguese navigators got to Australia first. (PAC125, $14.95)

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)

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)

South Sea Tales

South Sea Tales


by Robert Louis Stevenson

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 289 PAGES

These entertaining tales, set among both real and mythical islands, show Stevenson's keen observations of island life. (PAC15, $14.95)

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)

Birds of Melanesia

Birds of Melanesia


by Guy Dutson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

This Princeton field guide covers the Bismarck Archipelago, Bougainville, the Solomons, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. (PAC307, $49.95)

Flowers of the Pacific Island Seashore

Flowers of the Pacific Island Seashore


by W. Arthur Whistler

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1993
  • HARD COVER
  • 154 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A photographic field guide to 120 species of trees, shrubs and flowers of the tropical Pacific. (PAC20, $21.00)

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)

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