Guidebook writer David Stanley has launched two one-stop websites to share his travel writings, photos, and maps of Tonga and Samoa. TonganHoliday.com and SamoanHoliday.com bring these colorful South Pacific destinations into sharp focus.
http://www.tonganholiday.com is dedicated to Tonga, kingdom of Polynesia, and Niue, a small New Zealand dependency east of Tonga. This Tongan holiday planner features travel guides and island maps of both Tonga and Niue.
http://www.samoanholiday.com introduces the Samoas, independent Samoa and American Samoa, heart of Polynesia. There are maps, photos, and general introductions to this ecotourism paradise still unspoiled by mass tourism.
Both sites outline the geography, weather, flora and fauna, sightseeing highlights, visitor activities, special events, visa requirements, and currencies. Viewers receive tips on getting there and getting around, lists of public holidays, and datelines of local history. The fast facts charts tell the wheres, whens, whys, and hows of island travel.
The country maps of Tonga, Niue, Samoa, and American Samoa are handy for orientation. In addition, the detailed island maps of Tongatapu, Vavau, Upolu, Savaii, Tutuila, Ofu, and Olosega indicate main roads and villages. Descriptions below the maps provide travel information and vacation planning tips.
The picture galleries display travel photos of these four South Pacific countries and territories, including coastlines, beaches, waterfalls, cliffs, mountains, music, dancing, buildings, and boats.
Veteran travel writer David Stanley answers frequently asked questions, such as how to get there by air, how to get around by sea, the climates, the costs of living, and how to adapt to the local cultures.