Dive: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Top Dive Locations Paperback – Oct 10 2008
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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)
[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)
[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)
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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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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.