"Tahiti Book Press Release Notes"
CONTACT: Nancy Hostler 201/748-5629 firstname.lastname@example.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Paradise is More Affordable than Ever, Says Frommer’s® Tahiti & French Polynesia Author Travel to Tahiti and its neighboring islands in French Polynesia is booming. And now, with the recent construction of several moderately priced small hotels and family pensions, these islands are ideal destinations for travelers of all budgets, not just the super-wealthy. Responding to these developments, Frommer’s, the market leader in travel guides, has released the first edition of Frommer's Tahiti & French Polynesia (Wiley; November 2006; 275 pages) by veteran South Pacific author Bill Goodwin. “It's easy to see why the eye-popping islands of French Polynesia have always attracted movie stars and well-heeled honeymooners,” says Goodwin, a former journalist and U.S. Senate staffer who wrote the first edition of Frommer's South Pacific two decades ago. “Fortunately they are now within reach of us with more modest means.” For those planning a trip but unable to decide which island to visit, Goodwin offers the following recommendations for every traveler: Tahiti: Although many visitors bypass Tahiti on their way to the other islands, it's worth spending a day to see the Paul Gauguin Museum, the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands, the Home of James Norman Hall (co-author of Mutiny on the Bounty), and the vibrant Papeete Municipal Market. Moorea: Hauntingly visible on the horizon from Tahiti and just a 30-minute ferry ride away, Moorea's jagged mountain peaks bordering two fingerlike bays should not be missed. “I'm a dangerous driver on Moorea because I can't keep my eyes on the road,” Goodwin says. Moorea's high-end resorts aren't quite comparable to Bora Bora's, so if you're on your honeymoon, begin here and work up. Bora Bora: French Polynesia's main tourist attraction now has more than a dozen super-luxury resorts and mile-a-minute tourist activities, but it remains as beautiful as ever, with its tombstone-like central mountain looming over one of the world's most picturesque lagoons. Add the romance of the islands and you have an incredible honeymoon. Huahine: The French call Huahine–the territory's third most beautiful island–“wild” because of its undeveloped state. Indeed, its only town, Fare, hardens back to the days when copra schooners plied the South Pacific, and its residents are still some of the friendliest folk in French Polynesia. After Bora Bora's more frantic pace, many honeymooners now spend their last few days relaxing at Huahine's Te Tiare, an Outrigger Resort. Raiatea and Tahaa: Several charter boat operators are based in the deep, navigable lagoon surrounding Raiatea and Tahaa, French Polynesia's prime sailing destination. If you have blue-water experience, you can tack to Huahine or run downwind to Bora Bora. Tahaa boasts Le Taha'a Private Islands & Spa, one of the French Polynesia's most luxurious resorts – another great place to "come down" after Bora Bora. -- MORE -- The Tuamotu Archipelago: Known by sailors as the “Dangerous Archipelago,” the great line of atolls northeast of Tahiti seem like a world apart from the rest of French Polynesia. Rather than high and mountainous, the islands hardly break the surface, but they enclose magnificent lagoons stocked with an amazing variety of sealife. Rangiroa, the world's second largest lagoon, has French Polynesia's best scuba diving and snorkeling, including exhilarating "ride-the-rip" trips on currents dashing from the sea into the lagoon. The Marquesas Islands: Nearly 800 miles from Tahiti, the mountainous Marquesas Islands lack the coral reefs found elsewhere, but their unique Polynesian culture and lack of development make them appealing to adventurous souls. Nuku Hiva, where Herman Melville jumped ship in the 1840s, was made famous by a 2002 edition of the Survivor television series, and both French painter Paul Gauguin and Belgian singer Jacques Brel are buried on Hiva Oa. The best way to visit the Marquesas is on a ship, especially the Aranui 3, a hybrid cruise ship/cargo freighter based in Papeete. In addition to moderate and top-end resorts (which can cost up to $1,200 a night on Bora Bora) Frommer’s Tahiti and French Polynesia covers such lagoon-side establishments as Taaroa Lodge on Tahiti, Pension Motu Iti on Moorea, Pension Mauarii on Huahine, Pension Poe Iti on Maupiti, and Sunset Beach Motel on Raiatea, where you can stay in your own humble but clean bungalow for $100 or less a night. Frommers.com offers many additional tips on traveling to Tahiti and French Polynesia, as well as booking tools to plan your trip, including flight and hotel options. A Tahiti podcast with Bill Goodwin is available for download on www.frommers.com/podcast or iTunes.com. About Frommer's® The market leader in travel guides, Frommer's has a guide for every type of traveler-from the sophisticated world traveler to the first-time student traveler on a tight budget. 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