Gibbings, who has made his own British Isles so beguiling, returns to the South Seas. Here he shares his experiences of an 18 months' stay, and has produced one of his handsome, readable travelogues to delight his special audience. Here are tales of sharks, of turtles, of island customs and characters; there is some history and local biography; there is much of food and details of daily living ""over the reefs"". From Tonga to Tahiti, he is shown old tombs, native heirlooms, made a part of the activities his friends, old and new, enjoy; he is officially made chief of a village, discusses religion and sketches everything of interest for his readers' delight. Just the book for really leisured armchair relaxation -- journeying to distant places with a delightful guide. The wood engravings are familiar technique for all who know and love his earlier books.