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Dive: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Top Dive Locations [Paperback]

Monty Halls
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Oct. 10 2008

A guide to 250 dives in the world's 70 best locations.

Diving vacations are expensive, and good advance planning is critical. Lavishly illustrated, Dive provides comprehensive information on each destination -- its history, geography, marine life and special attractions. Informative maps pinpoint the diving sites. Quick reference charts list general conditions, such as water temperatures, visibility, "must sees," strong currents and travel advice.

The expanded new edition includes up-to-date information, as well as new -- and more accessible -- sites. Among the book's features are:

  • More than 300 spectacular underwater photographs
  • A grading system ranging from beginner to expert
  • Authoritative diving notes from experts
  • Support facilities such as dive centers, hospitals and recompression chambers
  • Important safety information for each site
  • Practical travel advice: how to get there, visa requirements, equipment availability.

Dive is organized into specific dives in 11 regions: North America, Pacific Ocean, Caribbean, Atlantic Ocean, Britain, Mediterranean, Red Sea, Africa, Indian Ocean, Australia and Southeast Asia. Destinations range from basic to extremely hazardous dives, making Dive a valuable reference for even the longest diving career.


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This color-illustrated guide to the 70 best scuba diving locations around the world describes 300 diving sites in six oceans and seas around the world. The guide opens with introductory material on facts about the ocean, the world of diving, and protecting the aquatic environment. Entries provide descriptions of dive sites and give information on visibility, water temperatures, and marine life. They also offer information on getting there, visa requirements, and currency, and give contact information for key support facilities at each dive site, including dive centers, organizations, recompression chambers, hospitals, and conservation societies. There is also information on nearby activities and places of interest for rest days and non-divers. Most of this supplemental information is contained in margin boxes. Notes on safety, a list of diving organizations, and a glossary are included. This second edition adds 15 new destinations, and contains color photos on every page. (BookNews 2010-02-00)

[Review of earlier edition:] Lavishly illustrated... covers many of the most gorgeous scuba diving venues in the world... a good vacation book. (Edwin B. Burgess Library Journal 2005-01-01)

[Review of earlier edition:] Large-format, slick pages and luminous photography make this not only an information-packed reference but a dream book for divers. (Christine Delsol San Francisco Chronicle 2004-12-05)

[Review of earlier edition:] Practical information for each location, such as maps, travel, advice, seasonal water temperatures, visibility ranges and more. (Eric Michael Orlando Sentinel 2004-10-31)

[Review of earlier edition:] If you have heard about it, author Monty Halls has included it. (www.undercurrents.com 2007-03-00)

[Review of earlier edition:] Comprehensive, colorful, one-stop reference on dive sites. (Nashville Tennessean 2004-12-12)

Geography, marine life and other details of favorite sites in each region are described with luscious photos on 8.5 x 11-inch pages.... Marine biologist Halls gathered his data by leading dive teams around the world as a Royal Marine officer, who has earned the Scientific Society's Bish Medal. (Northeast and Midwest Dive News 2008-12-00)

About the Author

Monty Halls is a marine biologist and expert diver. A former Royal Marines officer, he leads diving adventure expeditions around the world.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably as close as anyone might come. Oct. 23 2013
By Ned Middleton TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
At first sight, this is a lot of book for the original publisher's price of £20 and even more of a bargain if you pay less. Very approximately A4 size, it contains 315 pages of well-illustrated information and, if you can live with the advertisements (personally I hate them!) and the lessons in `Decompression Sickness & Safe Diving' plus nine of the most commonly used hand signals used by divers - with the latter looking as though they were borrowed from a very early edition of the BSAC diving manual - and neither belonging here!, then the book must be judged by studying the content.

I purchased this book for two reasons: This author enjoys a high reputation as a diver and the title states this work to be the "Ultimate Guide to 60 of the World's top dive locations." Note the wording `of the World's best' - he is not insisting they are `THE' 60 best!

I am always looking for information on places to go - as well as being able to compare notes on places already visited. Having studied the content, I can understand those other reviewer remarks posted elsewhere which express disappointment - although it must be said that any diver's choice of what he or she regards as fitting the criteria for `best' or `top' dive sites etc will always be subjective. In short, my list will always be different from yours with neither being right or wrong - it's just the way it is. Having said that, whenever a writer gets down to describing a dive site they regard as good enough for such inclusion they are duty bound to justify that selection and this work contains some instances where that validation is simply not forthcoming.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice and informative June 17 2009
By Ricardo Andrade - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has a nice list of diving sites all over the world. For each place you will find a small list with diving centers, hospitals, chambers and some nice hints and suggestions about each place and dive site.
It also has a nice set of pictures and maps.
I think it's a good book to use if you intend to start planning a dive trip.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dive Location Book Jan. 6 2012
By Gregory R. Rollins - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is great the pictures make you want to dive right in and not wait for the plane.I will put some of these places on my bucket list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dive Oct. 14 2010
By Flashjp - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful photo log, great addition to any scuba diving diver's library, venues are well detailed and even if you don't dive, it's a still enjoyable for those who love our oceans and seas. Arrived quickly and appropriately priced.
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