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You'll meet some of the friendliest people in the world in the South Pacific, and photographers are welcome. Our travel pictures introduce the Polynesian islanders of Tonga, Samoa, Bora Bora, and the Cook Islands, and the Melanesians of Fiji and the Solomon Islands.

All photos on are by David Stanley, author of Moon Handbooks South Pacific. The images on this page are details. To view the complete photos, click on the thumbnails.

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Banana Bearer, Fiji

Banana Bearer, Beqa Island, Fiji

A Beqa resident carries a load of cooking bananas or plantains back to his village. The men of Beqa still practice the ancient art of Fijian firewalking, parading across heated stones while chanting a ritual song.
Schoolgirl, Tonga

A schoolgirl in her bright red uniform, Lifuka, Haapai, Tonga.

Underground Oven, Fiji

Heating stones for an underground oven on Viti Levu, Fiji.

Market Vendors, Solomon Islands Bora Bora, French Polynesia Musicians, Atiu, Cook Islands

Peanut vendors at Rove Market, Honiara, Solomon Islands.

A young couple working together on Bora Bora, French Polynesia.

Musicians at a tumunu (bush beer school), Atiu, Cook Islands.

Tattoo Studio, Samoa Tapa Making, Samoa Villagers, Taveuni, Fiji

Body art is applied to a teenager at a tattoo studio in Apia, Samoa.

A master craftswoman making tapa (bark cloth) on Savaii, Samoa.

Fijian villagers on Taveuni enjoying a moment together.

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