Reef Libre: Cuba-The Last, Best Reefs in the World

Reef Libre: Cuba-The Last, Best Reefs in the World

by Robert Wintner


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Decades of isolation from tourism and development have left Cuba’s coral reefs among the most pristine in the world, an “exceptionalism” that stands in stark contrast to the island nation’s poverty and political situation. Famed diver/photographer Robert “Snorkel Bob” Wintner showcases these magnificent reefs with his astounding underwater images, while also capturing terrestrial life in the cities and villages of the island nation.

Reef Libre is not a travelogue, but asks the big questions after a lifetime of isolation—can Cuba’s reefs still thrive? Nearly 400 stills, a compelling narrative, and a DVD capture this delicate time in reef history. Reef Libre: The Movie is a mini-documentary which encompasses this pivotal moment—from the streets to the reefs.

To watch the trailer for Reef Libre: The Movie, click here!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630760731
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,272,303
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert Wintner is the nom de plume (et de la guerre) of Snorkel Bob, himself, founder of Snorkel Bob’s in Hawaii and still Hawaii’s only designer and manufacturer of world-class masks, fins, and snorkels for use by pedestrians, many of whom have never before seen an ocean. He is on the frontlines of the campaign to ban the aquarium trade around the world, because it’s all one reef.

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Reef Libre: Cuba-The Last, Best Reefs in the World 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Author Robert Wintner’s passion for the environment and wildlife shines in his latest coffee-table book and DVD release. Known as Snorkel Bob, the author leads readers on an amazing journey through the reefs off of Cuba’s shores. He explains how some areas of the world have destroyed the aquatic wildlife, while Cuba has made an effort to save theirs. There are breathtaking color photos of the reefs and aquatic wildlife throughout the book. The vivid photos showcase the beauty that many will never see. The story is beautifully formatted in a coffee-table book that will enhance any setting. Visitors won’t be able to resist thumbing through the lush pages. Don’t be surprised if the browsing quickly turns into reading. Not only a delight to look through, REEF LIBRE is entertaining and very informative. An added bonus of the lovely hardcover book is the included DVD. The hour-long DVD brings the breathtaking wildlife and scenery to life. Viewers can see how the aquatic wildlife and reefs benefit each other. The peaceful movements of the wildlife will mesmerize you. A commentary goes along with the DVD so viewers know more about what they are observing. If watching fish in an aquarium has ever captured your attention, REEF LIBRE is a must have for your library. With this book readers will have a much better understanding and appreciation for the awesome wildlife inhabiting our waters. REEF LIBRE is a book (and DVD) all ages will enjoy and marvel at FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by as part of the author’s virtual book tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book and video. The pictures in this book are amazing and very interesting to view. I thought they were all very vivid and thought provoking. Both the book and the DVD were packed full of information about Cuba. This would be a good informational tool to teach kids what can happen if we all take a part in protecting our coral reefs. You can share this book with all the members of your family as it is suitable for all ages. I am not sure which I liked better the book or the DVD. Watching the DVD you felt as if you were snorkeling yourself. This book and video did give me a whole new look on Cuba. I did not know what I expected from this but it did pass those expectations. All in all an enjoyable experience in a book and DVD.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Reef Libre CUBA The Last, Best Reefs in the World By Robert Wintner Political forces have kept Cuba's waters and reef habitats relatively safe over the years from tourists, economic development, and the destructive aquarium trade. But this protected world may soon be threatened as barriers to Cuba are dropped. Reef Libre explores the untamed beauty that lies beneath the surface of the sea while examining the Cuban culture and the potential changes that may be coming as travel restrictions are lifted. Unlike most of the world's reef systems Cuba's are alive and thriving with an abundant and vast variety of species coexisting within this self-sustaining environment. The aquarium trade has decimated most of world's reefs as "collectors" harvest species that are vital to the health and vitality of these fragile ecosystems. The book is filled with photos of this Cuban excursion from both land and sea. Much of the land focus is Havana - the life style, the people, and the political ideologies that have shaped this land isolated from industrialization and capitalistic greed. But the true beauty comes from the sea - images most will never see for themselves are brought vividly to life. Vibrant colors, graceful artistry that no artist's brush could ever create. But this beauty and vibrance lies not only on the pages of this book as there is an included DVD Reef Libre The Movie. Much that can be found within this book can be seen on this DVD, but where the book offers still images the DVD captures the reef as it lives. We are brought into the very essence of the life of the reef. With over 45 minutes of video one can almost feel as if one is actually there. To experience such beauty one can only be grateful to the author, Robert Wintner and his team for allowing us to take part in the experience. This set would make a lovely gift - perfect for the armchair world traveler, the ocean aficionado, or anyone with even a passing interest in Cuba. I was provided a copy of this book through iRead Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Robert Wintner in his new book, “Reef Libre” published by Taylor Trade Publishing gives us Cuba the Last, Best Reefs in the World. From the back cover: Cuba reefs host apex predators and coral cover at optimal levels. While Cuban reef vitality may be linked to economic default and no shoreline development, no agricultural pesticides or fertilizers and limited human population growth, the Castro regime is aggressively developing its reef potential. Seas to the south are now 100% shark protected. Most Cuba travelogues advise “getting off the beaten path,” but Reef Libre examines that path, to see where it might lead as things change. Will Cuba reefs remain protected? Or is this perilous age of natural decline a last chance to see a healthy reef system? Robert Wintner and the Snorkel Bob Jardines de la Reina Expedition herein provide narrative insight with photos and video. First stop is the baseline: Havana urban density. Down south at Cayo Largo, reef collapse seems imminent with 600 guests changing daily, and the phosphate-laden laundry water flowing directly to the deep blue sea. Will Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism step up with the Jardines de la Reina paradigm? Rising from the Golfo de Ana María, Jardines is a thousand square miles of mangrove estuary, for ages compromised by constant extraction of its biggest predators, taken as food. Protected, it now rises on the world reef stage. A DVD comes with the book in a paper sleeve glued to the inside cover. Reef Libre, the movie, runs about an hour. I have never had the opportunity to visit Cuba. After experiencing “Reef Libre” I feel as if I have been there. This is a well-done, beautiful showcase of a precious island. Mr. Wintner has given us more than a travelogue or documentary of Cuba I feel that he has given us the ability to experience it. Mr. Wintner starts us off with stories and pictures of the land of Cuba. Then he takes us underwater. These are the most beautiful pictures, I think, that have ever been placed into any book. I think they even rival going to an Aquarium. If you have any interest in Cuba then this is the book that you need to read. I also think that this book would make a great gift to give to friends and family if they have any interest in Cuba as well. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from IRead Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Mshogrider67 More than 1 year ago
The pictures in this book are amazing. They are so beautiful. This book is about the reefs of Cuba. A DVD also comes with the book, and it is just amazing, not just the filming but also the way they explain the different species. They get up close and personal with the sea life. Between the book and video this could make me want to learn to swim. I would love to go to Cuba and see all the sites both above water and below. This book and DVD are not just a bunch of pictures. You get history, you get different species, you also get to know how some species are almost extinct in some areas but are plentiful in Cuba because they are protected by law. I personally was very interested in the story in the book, my Grand Daughter however was thrilled with the pictures in the book. Every time she comes she sets down with this book and just oohs and Ahs at the pictures. She also loves watching the DVD. I am thrilled with this book and it will have a place of honor in my living room for years to come. I learned not only tons of about the sea life featured int he book and video but also some about Cuba as well. The writing and narrating in the book and DVD are very informative and engaging. There is nothing about this book and DVD I do not love. I would never have the courage to go swimming with the sharks or the crocs for that matter but am so glad Robert and his crew did. The pictures and video is so clear you can actually imagine your are there with them. I received this product for free or at a discounted price in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
GilaPete More than 1 year ago
It always amazes the reader to find a wold where time has stopped, where the real values, beauty and honesty of nature abound - even if by circumstance (communism and a dictator). If you cannot go to Cuba now, at least enjoy this fantastic book - text and images - to live vicariously with the expert team who got to share in the beauty, people and, above all, the natural underwater life. A trip to savor!