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Tahiti & French Polynesia

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TAHITI & FRENCH POLYNESIA. Buy these 3 items as a set for $50 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

The Happy Isles of Oceania

PAC03
Paul Theroux
Mariner Books
2006
480
061865898X
PAPER
Exploration
0
1
0
0
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.
$16.95

Lonely Planet Tahiti and French Polynesia

PAC86
Celeste Brash, Jean-Bernard Carillet
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
256
1786572192
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This practical guide to Tahiti and French Polynesia includes a good overview of history, culture and nature and helpful travel details for your journey.
$22.99

Tahiti Travel Reference Map

PAC326
ITMB
ITMB
2008
1
1553414268
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed traveler's map (1:100,000) of Tahiti and nearby Society Islands, including Bora Bora, Moorea, Tahaa and Raiatea.
$12.95

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

PAC07
James A. Bier
University of Hawaii Press
2009
2
082483108X
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
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.
$9.99

Noa Noa, The Tahiti Journal

PAC13
Paul Gauguin, John Miller (Editor)
Dover Publications
1985
96
0486248593
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Gauguin’s impressions of two years in French Polynesia, originally published in 1919. With 24 black-and-white illustrations.
$5.95

Pacific Journeys

PAC183
Peter Hendrie
University of Hawaii Press
2003
224
0957740204
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$45.00

Polynesian Navigation and the Discovery of New Zealand

PAC329
Jeff Evans
Aa Balkema
2014
128
1877514152
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The Polynesian navigator Kupe is credited with the discovery of the land his expedition named Aotearoa, "country of the long white cloud," now known as New Zealand. By examining myth, star charts and contemporary Polynesian seafaring, Jeff Evans traces the methods by which the early Polynesian explorers made their epic voyages.
$32.95

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

PAC310
Paul D'Arcy
University of Hawaii Press
2008
292
0824832973
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
D'Arcy looks at the oceangoing traditions of the peoples of the Pacific from 1770 to the present in this scholarly but accessible overview.
$25.00

Kon-Tiki, Across the Pacific by Raft

PAC10
Thor Heyerdahl, F. H. Lyon (Translator)
Simon and Schuster Inc.
1990
304
0671726528
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$7.99

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

PAC35
David Lewis
University of Hawaii Press
1994
464
0824815823
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
This engaging classic examines how Stone Age Polynesians may have navigated the Pacific. The scholarly volume will appeal to seafarers and modern Pacific travelers.
$32.99

All Good Things, From Paris to Tahiti

PAC321
Sarah Turnbull
Gotham Books
2014
336
1592408834
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Her French husband posted to French Polynesia, the chipper Australian Turnbull, said husband and West Highland Terrier, Maddie, decamp from Paris to Moorea in this endearing memoir, which is about, among many things, her newborn son.
$17.00

In the South Seas

PAC147
Robert Louis Stevenson
Penguin
1999
283
0140434364
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A set of Stevenson's personal sketches describing a year of travels in the Marquesas, Paumotus and the Gilberts, first written as magazine articles and then reworked to incorporate detail on local peoples and history, published posthumously.
$17.00

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

PAC173
Julia Whitty
Lightning Source
2008
304
0618197168
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.95

Mutiny on the Bounty

PAC11
James Norman Hall, Charles Nordhoff
Little Brown and Company
1989
379
0316611689
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.99

South Sea Tales

PAC15
Robert Louis Stevenson
Oxford University Press
2008
289
0199536082
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
These entertaining tales, set among both real and mythical islands, show Stevenson's keen observations of island life.
$14.95

Tales of the South Pacific

PAC18
James Michener
Random House
2014
384
0812986350
PAPER
Literature
9/9/2014
0
0
0
0
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."
$16.00

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

DIV18
Paddy Ryan
University of Hawaii Press
1994
184
0824816056
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
This take-along guide covers coral reefs, fish, invertebrates and plants of the Indo-Pacific and includes 200 color photographs.
$21.99

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

HWI32
H. Douglas Pratt
Princeton University Press
1987
409
0691023999
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This landmark field guide with chapters on the islands and habitats features superb color plates by Pratt and a checklist of birds.
$49.95

Reef Fishes of the Indo-Pacific

DIV63
Matthias Bergbauer
John Beaufoy Publishing
2015
352
1909612316
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A handy field guide to over 800 species of reef fish common to the Indo-Pacific. In beautiful John Beaufoy style, the guide’s colorful and high-quality photographs are accompanied by detailed information on identifying features, size, biology and distribu
$35.00

For Kids

Call It Courage

PAC218
Armstrong Sperry
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2008
128
141695368X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
This moving tale follows the journey of Mafatu, a young Polynesian boy living on the atoll of Hikueru. Mafatu sets off on an adventure and leaves his coral island behind to overcome his terrible fear of the sea and live up to his name, which means Stout Heart.
$7.99

Mutiny on Board HMS Bounty

PAC327
William Bligh
Bloomsbury USA
2014
320
1472907213
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.00

The Impossible Voyage of Kon-Tiki

PAC334
Deborah Kogan Ray
2015
40
1580896200
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
This is the first children’s book account of the world-famous Kon-Tiki expedition, showing how Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl sailed a raft 5,000 miles from South America to the South Pacific. Filled with the author’s lovely hand-drawn illustrations, the book is written for ages 7 to 10.
$16.95

More Books

Captain James Cook

PAC24
Richard Hough
W. W. Norton & Company
1997
398
0393315193
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This fine, vividly written narrative includes a gripping account of Cook's discoveries throughout the Pacific.
$24.95

The Cruise of the Snark

PAC17
Jack London
Dover Publications
2000
320
0486412482
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

Oceanic Art

PAC06
Nicholas Thomas
Thames & Hudson
1995
216
0500202818
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A concise, cogent and colorful overview of the gorgeous art of the Pacific Islands. Organized thematically with 182 illustrations, 26 in color.
$19.95

South Sea Tales

PAC85
Jack London
Modern Library
1985
384
0486419126
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Moon and Sixpence

PAC16
Somerset Maugham
Penguin
2005
204
0143039342
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Maugham's well-regarded 1919 novel, inspired by the life of Gauguin. It's the powerful story of a man who relinquishes his family to pursue his dream of becoming a painter, eventually moving to the South Pacific.
$14.00

Robinson Crusoe

PAC30
Daniel Defoe
Penguin
2003
320
0141439823
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
It's worth revisiting this classic before exploring Selkirk Island.
$9.00

Typee, Omoo, Mardi

PAC62
Herman Melville
Viking
1982
1333
0940450003
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Melville's South Pacific trilogy featuring a Yankee sailor who jumps ship and enters the flawed Pacific paradise of Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas.
$45.00

Omoo

PAC93
Herman Melville
Penguin
2007
336
0810117657
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The second entry in Melville's triology set in the Marquesas and South Pacific.
$16.00

The Long Way

WLD35
William Rodarmor (Translator), Bernard Moitessier
Sheridan House
1995
256
0924486848
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The daring adventures of a long-distance French sailor and the first Golden Globe race, where he skipped past the finish line -- continuing on his mostly merry way for another three months. He loved to sail.
$16.50

The Trial of the Cannibal Dog

PAC138
Anne Salmond
Yale University Press
2003
536
0300100922
HARD COVER
History
0
0
1
0
The remarkable story of Captain Cook's encounters in the South Seas, told with authority and verve by a leading historian.
$25.00

Reef Fish Identification, Tropical Pacific

DIV49
Paul Humann, Ned Deloach, Gerald Allen, Roger Steene
New World Publications
2015
450
1878348604
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive guide to Indo-Pacific reef fishes features 2,500 color photographs.
$48.00

The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

PAC146
J. Maarten Troost
Broadway Books
2004
288
0767915305
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.00

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

PAC177
R. K. Howe (Editor)
University of Hawaii Press
2007
368
0824832132
HARD COVER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$61.00

The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe

FRN995
Glynis Ridley
Broadway Books
2011
291
0307463532
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Ridley (Clara's Grand Tour) delivers rich historical drama in this sparkling biography of the young French peasant -- and knowledgable plantswoman in her own right -- who disguised herself as a teenage boy to join her lover, the brilliant, wily botanist Philibert Commerson, on commander Louis-Antoine de Bougainville's 1765 expedition around the world.
$15.99