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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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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:
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.
Table of Contents
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
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!
Posted August 3, 2009
I gave this book to my husband for Father's Day this year. He enjoyed it and immediately looked up places we had been as well as where we were headed at the end of the month.
It was a good resource to have and will be used often.