The fifth edition of this sailing standard includes updated charts and text reflecting changes in regulations and facilities for most countries and specific ports of entry. New appendices include procedures for entry to Australia, which are more exacting than most Pacific landfalls, and an extensive list of information sources: cruising guidebooks, important general tourist guides, chart suppliers, and key web sites for the countries covered by ""Landfalls of Paradise"".
Earl R. Hinz has sailed Pacific Ocean waters since 1958, gaining extensive experience while accumulating 40,000 nautical miles in racing and cruising boats. He is the author of numerous books and hundreds of articles on sailing. In 2001 he was awarded Cruising World magazine's medal for ""Outstanding Contributions to Voyaging and Seamanship."" Jim Howard began his Pacific experience in 1986 after passing through the Panama Canal on the way to Korea and Japan. He has written several books on cruising and since 1989 has written for the Japanese cruising magazine KAZI and more recently for Multihulls Magazine.