Lonely Planet Publications. Samoa, an idyllic travel destination in its own right, also contains the strongest and proudest of Polynesian cultures. US Samoa is an opportunity to see the melding of two cultures and the unique result, plus a chance to visit the "home" of Polynesia, in the mystical Ta'u island group. Tap into Apia's buzzing cafe scene or Nuku'alofas kava ceremonies. Whatever your island scene, take this bestselling guide along! Pick & Mix: buy and download individual chapters from this book A TRIPLE TREAT of Polynesian destinations: the kingdom of Tonga, the independent nation of Samoa, and the territory of American Samoa. ELIMINATE THE GUESSWORK - whatever your accomodation choice, make your decision based on honest, opinionated reviews. LEARN THE LOCAL LORE with expert culture, history and other background chapters written by authors who have actually lived here. GET ACTIVE - or not: everything you need to know about snorkelling, diving, sailing, hiking and more.
Moon Publications. 1st edition. Long recognized as the premier travel writer to the South Pacific, author David Stanley narrows and deepens his focus in Moon Handbooks: Tonga~Samoa. Covering the lush, tropical Samoas, the ancient kingdom of Tonga, and lonely little Niue, this book provides: - - - $_$_START_LIST ? Penetrating coverage of the unique histories, cultures, and mores of the region $_$_END_LIST $_$_START_LIST ? Practical tips on flights to Tonga-Samoa and interisland travel $_$_END_LIST $_$_START_LIST ? Extensive accommodations listings, from the colorful International Dateline Hotel in Nuku'aloa to low-budget guesthouses in Apia $_$_END_LIST $_$_START_LIST ? Tips on where and what to eat: traditional Samoan palusami, the gargantuan Tongan feasts of Vava'u, and the pizzerias and mountainous ice-cream cones of Pago Pago. $_$_END_LIST