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Lonely Planet Rarotonga, Samoa & Tonga is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Experience spectacular scenery while hiking Rarotonga's Cross-Island Track, kayak to Tonga's remote sandy islands, or descend into the crystalline waters of To Sua Ocean Trench; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Rarotonga, Samoa, and Tonga and begin your journey now!
Inside Lonely Planet Rarotonga, Samoa & Tonga Travel Guide:
- Colour maps and images throughout
- Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
- Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
- Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
- Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
- Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including customs, language, history, art, literature, music, dance, architecture, politics, wildlife, and cuisine
- Over 36 local maps
- Useful features - including Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar), Outdoor Adventures, and Travel with Children
- Coverage of Apia, Pago Pago, Nuku'alofa, Avarua, 'Atiu, the Cook Islands, 'Upolu, Savai'i, American Samoa, Tutuila, Manu'a Islands, Tongatapu, 'Eua, the Ha'apai group, Palmerston, Mitiaro, Mangaia, Manihiki, and more
The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Rarotonga, Samoa & Tonga, our most comprehensive guide to Rarotonga, Samoa, and Tonga, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.
- Looking for more coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's South Pacific guide for a comprehensive look at what the whole region has to offer.
Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Craig McLachlan, Brett Atkinson, and Celeste Brash.
About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.
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Most helpful customer reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
By Ronald R. Miller
Just received this, the 7th Edition, published December 2012, and I am quite disappointed! I have the earlier 4th Edition (2003) which, now in retrospect, is far superior. This edition covers not only Rarotonga and other Cook Islands but also many other of the South Pacific Islands. Detail has suffered - a lot! This is NOT the new and improved updated edition I had hoped for. Maps are small and poorly documented; indices are most confusing. Overall, worthless! My search for a better guide will continue.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
If you're thinking remote south pacific island and not sure which, this helps compare & contrast.
We specifically selected Samoa and this was one of the few books (or rather the only recent book) covering Western Samoa. As it covers both Samoas, the Cook Islands and Tonga, it's has a handy section to help select why one might pick one spot over another (depending on what you're after in your vacation). It lists a range of accommodations (from really cheap to luxury), restaurants, and provides highlights of things to do in each locale. Main suggestion for improvement would be to include some detailed maps of walks, hikes, etc. Many of these are often described in a couple sentences which aren't terribly adequate.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
wanting info on American Samoa
Lonely Planet- you're going down-hill!
They've categorized and summarized several regions into one book. I am traveling just to American Samoa, and this book only provides 20 pages :-( Additionally, publications also used to provide pretty glossy photos of the location which would heighten the anticipation of the trip... of which this newer addition has considerably minimized. I know an older publication only focused on the Samoas, and I am sad to see profit as become more of a driver than thoroughness for this brand.