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Diving the Pacific: Volume 1: Micronesia and the Western Pacific Islands [Paperback]

David Leonard
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July 1 2001 Periplus Action Guides (Book 1)
The islands that surround Micronesia's landscape are a scuba divers paradise. These islands are scattered across five thousand kilometers of the deepest, purest blue hues of the Pacific Ocean. Micronesia is a world of its own with warm breezes, excitingly rich culture, under a beautiful sun surrounded by ocean front. These islands range from steep volcanic peaks covered with dripping green forests, to tiny desert islands.

This is an ultimate diving guide for the Pacific Ocean. Many scuba diving enthusiasts consider Micronesia, with its crystal clear water, rich marine life, and a steady parade of big pelagic fish, to be the single best all–round diving area in the world. Some of the reefs in this great island group are already legendary: Palau's Blue corner, the manta–filled channels of Yap, and Chuuk, with 38 WWII wrecks charted in its lagoon. Our seasoned author covers these and more, taking you beyond the classics to the newest sites in each area.

This guide includes:
  • Accurately rendered marine charts for every important area
  • Data on seasons, tide and current conditions
  • Background sections on marine life and reef ecology
  • An extensive practicalities section details prices and contacts for dive operators
  • Accommodations and transportation on the islands
Underwater photography is beautifully displayed throughout the guide to help give you a sense of what you might look at or experience when diving in Asia or Diving the Pacific.

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David Leonard's writing has appeared in The New York Times, Scuba Network, Asian Diver, and Australia's Scuba Diving, among other publications.

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ALTHOUGH ALMOST EVERY FLIGHT into Micronesia stops first on Guam, most divers never even leave Won Pat airport, immediately transferring to an "Air Mike" (the universal nickname for Micronesia's airline) flight to their final destination. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best dive book ever July 30 2002
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Format:Paperback
I don't know that I've ever read a better dive book or travel guide. The author covers every minute detail, and somehow, it still reads well--a fascinating and well-treated subject. David Leonard shows great wit and a solid knowledge of his subject.
The photographs are amazing, too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book July 28 2005
By A. Althani - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the most informative books about diving in the Pacific , next to Tim Rocks lonely planet guides for diving and snorkelling in Micronesia this is the best , only this one accomodates all the islands in one book meanwhile lonely planet is done over three books .

I definately recommend it !
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best dive guide for Micronesia March 9 2007
By K. E. Quill - Published on Amazon.com
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I went back and bought 2 more for my travel companions! We just came back from Truk & Yap and I never saw my book, it was traveling around our group so much! We are planning to return to Palau, so I bought extra copies as self defense! The best dive guide I have found to the islands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great info, Maps, & Pics Sept. 17 2005
By J. McGee - Published on Amazon.com
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Wasn't sure what to expect when ordering, but am very happy with the purchase. The maps are great! I have lived in Guam & find that the info in the book is very helpful. I'm still learning my way around the dive world here & now know where some of these places are that people are talking about. It has also helped plan our next dive trip to other islands. Great info on Palau, Chuuk, & Yap. So much to see & so little time!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needs to Do More Research Jan. 1 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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While Mr. Leonard may have a good handle on the diving in and around Guam, he hasn't taken the time to research all of his findings. In his book he stated that the local military "rarely contributes to the local economy". Absurd. As a member of that military i know for a FACT that we are a vital part of the economy on Guam. We shop in off base, we LIVE off base, we eat off base, we PLAY off base. IF you can make a statement that blatantly incorrect, then what else in the book was "inaccurate"?
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best dive book ever July 30 2002
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I don't know that I've ever read a better dive book or travel guide. The author covers every minute detail, and somehow, it still reads well--a fascinating and well-treated subject. David Leonard shows great wit and a solid knowledge of his subject.
The photographs are amazing, too.
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