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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

undercurrents.com
[Review of earlier edition:] If you have heard about it, author Monty Halls has included it.
Nashville Tennessean
[Review of earlier edition:] Comprehensive, colorful, one-stop reference on dive sites.
San Francisco Chronicle
[Review of earlier edition:] Large-format, slick pages and luminous photography... not only an information-packed reference but a dream book.
— Christine Delsol
Orlando Sentinel
[Review of earlier edition:] Practical information for each location, such as maps, travel, advice, seasonal water temperatures, visibility ranges.
— Eric Michael
BookNews
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.
Northeast and Midwest Dive News
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.
San Francisco Chronicle - Christine Delsol
[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.
Orlando Sentinel - Eric Michael
[Review of earlier edition:] Practical information for each location, such as maps, travel, advice, seasonal water temperatures, visibility ranges and more.
www.undercurrents.com
[Review of earlier edition:] If you have heard about it, author Monty Halls has included it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594017820
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/10/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

THE OCEAN

THE WORLD OF DIVING

PROTECT THE AQUATIC ENVIRONMENT

CARIBBEAN SEA — BEST TIME TO GO

Florida Keys, United States — Year-round, summer best, but hurricanes blow late summer

Little Bahama Bank, Bahamas — Year-round, summer best, but hurricanes blow late summer

Turks & Caicos Islands, British Overseas Territory — Winter, spring, and summer

Isla de la Juventud, Cuba — Rainy in spring, hot and humid in summer so winter is best

Jardines de la Reina, Cuba — Rainy in spring, hot and humid in summer so winter is best

Cayman Islands, British Overseas Territory — Year-round

Cozumel & The Yucatán, Mexico — Year-round, but summer is calmest

Belize, Belize — Year-round, but late summer is best

Dominica, West Indies — Year-round, but late summer is best

Grenada & The Bianca C, Grenada — Year-round, summer best, but hurricanes blow late summer

Bonaire, Dutch Antilles — Year-round, but late summer is best

ATLANTIC OCEAN — BEST TIME TO GO

Scapa Flow, Scotland — Summer

Porthkerris & the Manacles, England — Spring and summer

Lundy Island, England — Spring and summer

Isle of Man, Irish Sea — Spring and summer

Iceland, Iceland — Year-round

Svalbard, Norway — Brief summer interlude

Newfoundland, Canada — Year-round, but northern hemisphere summer is best

North Carolina Outer Banks, United States — Summer

Gansbaai, South Africa — Year-round, but northern hemisphere summer is best

MEDITERRANEAN SEA — BEST TIME TO GO

Medas Islands, Spain — Spring to late autumn, but crowded in August

Sardinia, Italy — Summer is best, but crowded in August

Ustica Island, Italy — Year-round, summer is best, but avoid August when busy

Croatia, Adriatic — Year-round, summer is best

The Zenobia, Cyprus — Year-round, summer is best, but avoid August when busy

RED SEA — BEST TIME TO GO

Thistlegorm, Egypt — Year-round, but summer is very hot

The Brothers, Egypt — Year-round, but summer is very hot

Dahab, Egypt — Year-round, but summer is very hot

Jackson Reef, Egypt — Year-round, but summer is very hot

Gulf of Aqaba, Jordan — Spring or autumn is best, summer very hot

Sha'ab Rumi, Sudan — Too hot in summer, spring, and autumn are best

INDIAN OCEAN — BEST TIME TO GO

Aliwal Shoal, South Africa — Northern hemisphere winter months are best

Sodwana, South Africa — Northern hemisphere winter months are best

Inhaca Island & Bazaruto, Mozambique — Northern hemisphere winter months are best

Watamu Marine Park, Kenya — October to April, but December to March is best

Zanzibar, Tanzania — October to April, but December to March is best

Grande Comore, Comoros — March to November, but May to September is best

Mauritius & Rodrigues, Mauritius — Avoid February, March, September and October when windy

Seychelles, Seychelles — May to October is best

Aldabra & Amirantes, Seychelles — May to October is best

Lhaviyani & Felidhoo Atolls, Maldives — Year-round, but winter and spring are best

Similan Islands, Thailand — November to April is best

Komodo, Indonesia — Year-round, but May to December is best

Bali, Indonesia — Year-round, but May to December is best

Wakatobi, Indonesia — Year-round

Ningaloo Ree, Australia — Year-round

Kangaroo Island, Australia — Year-round

Neptunes Islands & Dangerous Reef, Australia — Year-round

PACIFIC OCEAN — BEST TIME TO GO

Catalina Island, United States — Autumn and winter is best

Sea of Cortez, Mexico — Year-round, but windy in November and December

Cocos & Malpelo Islands, Costa Rica & Colombia — December to September, but bad weather still possible

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador — Year-round, but weather can be changeable

Rangiroa, French Polynesia — Year-round, but November to April is best

Bora Bora, French Polynesia — Year-round, but November to April is best

Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands — April to September, when calmest, is best

Chuuk Lagoon, Micronesia — Year-round, but rainy from July to October

Yap Island, Micronesia — Year-round, but December to April is best

Palau Archipelago, Palau — Year-round, but rainy from July to October

Tubbataha Reefs, Philippines — April to October is best

Layang Layang, Malaysia — April to October is best

Sipadan Island, Malaysia — April to October is best

Eastern Fields & Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea — Year-round, but May to October is best

Gizo & Uepi Islands, Solomon Islands — Year-round, but April to October is best

S.S. President Coolidge, Vanuatu — Year-round, but April to October is best

Fiji Archipelago, Fiji — Year-round, but November to April is best

Great Barrier Reef, Australia — Year-round

Coral Sea, Australia — Year-round

Yongala, Australia — Year-round

Rainbow Warrior, New Zealand — Northern hemisphere winter months are best

Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand — Northern hemisphere winter months are best

The Lermontov, New Zealand — Northern hemisphere winter months are best

DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS & SAFE DIVING

DIVE ORGANIZATIONS

GLOSSARY

PICTURE CREDITS

INDEX

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Preface

Introduction

WELCOME TO DIVE — THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SEVENTY OF THE WORLD'S TOP DIVE LOCATIONS.

This book was born out of necessity, based on my experience of organizing trips for diving groups to various locations around the world. It came to me that I was re-inventing the wheel every time I began the laborious business of planning the logistics and administration for these trips. Worryingly, the most difficult information to acquire often concerned the safety aspects of the diving — details such as where to find the nearest recompression chamber or hospital? Who is the governing body for diving in that area? Which airlines are "diver friendly"?

Therefore, from its inception, the purpose of this guide has been not only to provide diver-friendly descriptions of the selected dive sites — the standard information of any dive guide — but also to list the key support facilities — dive centers, dive organizations, recompression chambers, hospitals and conservation societies — at each location so no one need ever be in doubt as to where to go for immediate aid or information. And, of course, DIVE includes addresses, telephone numbers, email, and websites for these facilities, as well basic information on first aid in case of emergency.

Also included for each location is essential information about visibility, water temperature (winter and summer), useful travel information about getting there, visa requirements, and currency. There is information on the geography, marine life and the dive area in general as well as detailed reports on selected dive sites. Each of the dive sites reported on is graded according to experience and located on a diver-friendly map for the area. We also record the existence and location of some of the other dive sites in the area. Last, but not least, you will find information on other activities and not-to-be-missed places of interest for rest-days and for non-divers.

This book has been a labor of love. Not just for me, but for everyone else involved especially the team at Ultimate Sports and the hundreds of divers and specialists throughout the world who also thought the time was right for a one-stop reference guide for today's globe-trotting diver. They have helped me to list some of the greatest dive spots on Earth, most of them run by operators who care passionately for their own piece of the blue planet, often policing their reefs and dives with missionary zeal.

There are also a good sprinkling of obscure sites known to and loved by locals but often hidden in the small print of some other dive guides — and for these I thank the many divers who have shared their secrets with us. In addition, some of the most talented underwater photographers I have had the pleasure of working with in more than two decades of diving have helped bring the book to life with their spectacular images. The result is a unique glimpse of what each site can offer, an irresistible draw for the diving aficionado.

By no means is this guide the final word on the subject of world diving. It is very much a "live" work, waiting for feedback, updates, and the steady flow of information required to keep pace with the discovery of new sites and the ever-changing face of diving. Listing any selection of top dive locations is always a touchy business, so please feel free to translate your righteous indignation into advice and feedback — your contribution is invaluable and will help to extend and improve future editions of this guide in years to come.

We are the first generation to have explored beneath the surface of the sea on a regular basis. Divers have a unique insight into the steady decline of key marine species and habitats in the delicate coastal fringes they frequent in ever greater numbers. The dive operators in this book have all shown a responsible approach to their dive sites and the spectacular species therein — it is incumbent on us all to do the same.

I hope this book gives you the chance to make your own explorations a little easier and more successful. Safe diving!

Monty Halls

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

    A really nice book. Organized by general location, includes info

    A really nice book. Organized by general location, includes information on water temperature, dive shops, medical facilities, and other necessities. It's a really great point for starting to plan your trips.

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