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DIVE GUIDES and LOCATIONS
The World
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Index to categories in this page:
Top Dive Sites of the World.
Antarctica.
Maldives
Mediterranean.
Pacific Ocean - Papua New Guinea.
Pacific Ocean - Sith-West - Vanuatu, Fiji.
Pacific Ocean - Micronesia - Truk Lagoon, Palau.
Pacific Ocean - Philippines.
Red Sea.
South East Asia - Indonesia.
South East Asia - Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand.
See also 
Dive locations in Australia
 
 

MARINE LIFE
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Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and 
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THE WORLD
DIVE - THE ULTIMATE GUIDE
SIXTY OF THE WORLD'S TOP DIVE LOCATIONS
Monty Halls.
Folded laminated card cover, around A4 size, 318 pages, full colour, charts. 
A magnifient book coving the div sites that you, no doubt, would like to visit - and I would if I won Tattslotto. Commences with an overview of The Ocean, with brief discussion on currents and temperature, and several pages on diving technique and equipment which perhaps is superfluous. The world map showing the best dive sites is useful and the ‘Best Time To Go' chart equally so. And then we launch intothe destinations, each providing a map, full ddescription of the major dive sites within the location, and sidebars showing visibility, getting there, visa, money, water temperature, dive centrs, diving organisations, recompression, hospital, and any downsides. Many colour photograph. Of the Australian sites, includes Ningaloo Reef, the Yongala, Great Barrier reef, Coral Sea and Dangerous reef in South Australia. 
$68.00
DIVING THE WORLD
Beth and Shaun Tierney.
A very well put together publication , providing over two hundred dive sites - and includes a bit of sightseeing on those ‘drying out' days - or if the non-diving partner tags along. Of course, thse are warm-water dives - the temperate sites don't get a look in. The main countries are Australia, PNG, Solomons, Indonesia, Philippines;  and the Pacific islands, and Micronesia. Egypt and East Africa is included. The entries include diving conditions, and services available, including live-aboards. This is not a large ‘coffee-table' book; it is compact, 190 x 210 mm, yet is full colour throughout and well laid out. Includes ‘essential' dive-travel information - a very useful publication.
Softcover, 350 pages, maps.  $59.99
DIVING THE WORLD'S CORAL REEFS.
Editor Jack Jackson.
What a superb book. The photography is excellent, and the text lucid and informative. So where are thse top coral reefs. Sections include The Caribbean, Indian Ocan, Red Sea, eastern and western Pacific, the Great barrier Reef of course, Melanesia, Hawaii. Authors include Michael Aw, Bob Halstead, Angie Belcher, Ann Storrie, all of whom are familiar to Australian divers. This is a large format book, 176 pages, full brilliant colour throughout. Apart from being an exception book to own, for inspiration and memories, it would also make a wonderful gift for any diver, irrespective of experience. 
$54.95
TOP DIVE SITES OF THE WORLD. 
Consultant Jack Jackson.
I hate reviewing books like this - it makes me realise what I have missed over the years.This is a most magnificent book, beautifully produced with superb photographs and the finest maps I have seen for a long time. It covers the Caribbean, Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific, and Pacific Ocean with particular interest to us Aussies the sections on the Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, Indonesia, Philippines and the Maldives. The quality off production has not been compromised and I could only estimate that there must be some 500 full colour photographs in the book. The writing is descriptive as expected, but it is the photographs that do justice to the dive sites mentioned. Of course, a book like this should be called Some Of The Top Dive Sites as it invites criticism of why the publishers have no included your favourite destination - like Rangiroa, Walindi and Rabaul, and, shame of all shames, no mention of the Solomons. And why is it that temperate waters don't get a mention, considering the greater diversity of marine life. It looks as though we are growing into warm water wimps! But I digress. This is a superb book, one of the finest I have seen. 
Hardcover, dust jacket, large square ‘coffee table' size, 168 pages, full colour. This book would make a wonderful gift for the diver and anyone interested in the underater world. $64.00
Sorry no longer available.
DIVE ATLAS OF THE WORLD An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites.
Editor: Jack Jackson.
This is a monster of a ‘coffe table' book - 260 x 325 mm - and needs to be to cover the huge range of world dive sites, complete with photographs and maps. The only thing I can do here is list out the locations, and give the book opur highest recommendation. In the Atlantic we have east coast of th USA, the UK, and South Africa. The Mediterranean is mainly Spain, south of France, and malta. The Red Sea is covered of course. The Indian Ocean includes Africa, the islands of the Seychelles, Maldivbes, Chagos, Mautitius, and Mozambique, as well as the Andaman Sea, and Western Australia. The Pacific Ocean covers Malasia, Indonesi, The Phillipines, Micronesia, Melanesia (Solomons, Vanuatu), PNG, eastern Autraliaa, New Zealand, Canda and west coast USA and the Caribbean. (No Isle of Pines which is surprising). The best dive sites in these locations are detailed, with excellent maps and icons showing wrecks, reefs, airport access etc. The appendix includes the best time to travel, climate and how to get there, visibility, general depth, and water temperatur. There is a dive glossary, but no index. Just the book for anyone who has, or wishes to dive the best locations in the world.$62.00. Sorry no longer available.
DIVING THE RAINBOW REEFS
Adventures of an Underwater Photographer.
Paul S. Auerbach, MD.
The author is better known in the USA for his excellent photography and other publications. 
This is both an inspirational small coffee table book covering several mjor dive region in the world, the marine animals and terrain, expressed with fine photography and text. Eight chapters cover: Apo Reef (Pgilippines), Truk and Pohnpei, The Caribban, the Red Sea, Galapagos Islands, Fiji Islands, Palau, and our own Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. The marine life is covered well in each area, woth single page photo-text essays. Certainly the region covered have some of the finest diving in the world. This would make an excellent gift, a guide to future diving dreams, or a souvenir of places visited. Hardcover, dustjacket, 236 pages, full colour on gloss art paper. 
$45.00

 
 
 
 

MALDIVES
DIVE MALDIVES. A Guide to the Maldives Archipelago. 3rd Edition.
Tim Godfrey. 
This new edition is once again beautifully produced, providing a detailed historic and geographic description of the major atolls, the resorts, protected marine areas, shipwrecks and marine life. The general location maps are clear and the dive sites drawings excellent; 135 maps in all. The colour photographs show some the exceptional marine life in the islands. Thirteen chapters cover all the island groups, including 24 protected marine park areas. Two indexes, of fish and invertebrates, and of dive sites, are useful This is the ideal book for the potential visitor to decide where to go, or as a reminder of a visit.  Softcover, A4 format, 180 pages, full colour, many photographs, dive site drawings, and charts.  $45.00.
ATLAS OF THE MALDIVES
A Reference for Travellers, Divers and Sailors.
The twenty-six maps cover all the atoll groups and provide greater detail than those covered in Dive Maldives, and thus is a great supplement to Dive Maldives (above), or a useful guide on its own. The marine parks are included, and several aerial shots. A brief nackground and topography of the island nation is also included. Softcover, A4 size, 56 pages, full colour. $22.00. 
MALDIVES
Stuart Bevan. 
A most informative general guide. Mentions diving but not a specific diving guide. 
Softcover,190 pages, colour. 
$15.00
The Dive Sites of the MALDIVES.
Sam Harwood and Rob Bryning.
These New Holland 'Dive Site' guides are excellent and strongly recommended. The series of 'comprehenssive coverage of diving and snorkelling' guides are extemely well produced, with full colour throughoutand and excellent site maps. They are superbly produced, and written by divers who know their regions intimately.Each site is coded to indicate access (boat,shore), and experience required; and include a 'star rating' system giving some indication to the interest of the site. Typical visibility and depth is shown. More important however is the brief but informative site description, and the photographs that accompany the regions. The guides are exceptionally well produced, of some 180 pages, many with full page colour photographs. Size is medium format - 165x245mm.
$34.00  Sorry no longer available.

 
 
 
 
 
 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA.
ASIAN DIVER SCUBA GUIDE - PAPUA NEW GUINEA. 
Bob Halstead and Telita Bates. 
Written by the doyen off PNG dive guides. Including site maps, accommodation and live-aboards, marine life, wrecks, geographical and travel information. The PNG guide gives an excellent indication of the diving available. 
Full colour, softcover, 192 pages,130x185mm, site maps.
$24.00
DIVING AND SNORKELING PAPUA NEW GUINEA. 
Bob Halstead and Tim Rock 
It took a while before a book on PNG diving was published - now there are three or four excellent books. Several years ago Lonely Planet took over the US based Gulf Publication's Pisces series of dive guides. This book is one of the first to emerge under the new design format. You couldn't find two a more authorative author on PNG than Bob Halstead, so this book is off to aa good start, and Tim Rock is well known for his excellent work on Micronesia. The colour photos are excellent, although reproduced rather small to conserve space I suppose. The major dive destinations are included of course, toigether with a brief marine life identification section. The maps are adequate to give an indication of the location of the sites. Softcover, 176 pages, full colour, maps. $26.00.  Sorry no longer available.
HOSTAGES TO FREEDOM - The Fall of Rabaul. 
Peter Stone. 
Claimed as the definitive work on the invasion of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea in January 1942, and the subsequent events that led to the bombing of the harbour, Hostages to Freedom - The Fall of Rabaul is one of the most comprehensive books on World War 2. Chapters of interest to divers are devoted to identification and diving the shipwrecks in the harbour, and aircraft wrecks in the vicinity and elsewhere in New Britain and New Guinea. A significant section covers the post-war salvage of ships, aircraft and war surplus. This is truly a remarkable book and has been exceptionally well reviewed. Whereas it is predominantly a war history, it is also one of the most thorough publications documenting the loss of ships and aircraft in WW 2. 
ISBN 0 646 24124 9 
Hardcover, large format, dust jacket, 598 pages, gloss art paper, maps, charts, 560 photographs, extensive appendix, index and bibliography.
$120.00  See full details under Oceans Enterprises Publications.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA DIVING GUIDE.
Franco Banfi . 
Covers some of the major dive regions in this fascinating country - Milne Bay, Walindi (Kimbe Bay), Rabaul, Kavieng. Superb photography by an internationally accredited photographer and diver. 
Softcover, A4 size, full colour, 168 pages.
$40.00
A White Star Publication.
Sorry no longer available.
RABAUL'S FORGOTTEN FLEET.
Monica Foster and Peter Stone. 
Rather prophetically titled, this excellent book gives a detailed description of the fifteen major war wrecks in Rabaul Harbour. Several of these may never be dived again - the Hakkai and the Kensin were buried during the 1994 eruptions. The book commences with a brief war history before launching into a detailed hold-by-hold description of the ships, and aircraft - and the crane off the Kokopo Road. Detailed drawings and photographs are included. 
Softcover, medium format, 158 pages, mono and colour plates. 
$26.00
See full details under Oceans Enterprises Publications.
THE CORAL REEFS OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA.
Bob and Dinah Halstead. 
Those of you who have visited Papua New Guinea will know Bob and Dinah Halstead, and many would be familiar with their excelent articles in dive magazines, and dive guide books. Their latest title,  The Coral reefs of Papua New Guinea, is a superb book. It may well have been published with the assistance of aid funding for the International Year of the Coral Reef (1997), and the International Year of the Oceans (1998), but the end result is more than just an ecological awareness promotion. This is a magnificent book, very well designed, and made exceptional by the surperb photography of the three authors ( the other is the Italian Sergio Sarta). The marine life illustrated in the book is unique; the authors know how to capture a subject and do it such a manner that the end result is a beautiful photograph, combining art with technique. The text is concise and relevant. If you have dived anywhere in Papua New Guinea, this is a wonderful momento. If you are into superb photography, then it deserves a place in your library. And look at the value. Sorry no longer available.
Hardcover, dustjacket, quality art paper, full colour, half and full page photographs, 208 pages.  $49.95  Review
THE LAST NEW GUINEA SALVAGE PIRATE
Fritz Herscheid.
At the end of the Pacific war, the islands north of Australi were littered with thousands of tons of Japanese naval and merchant ships. Some readily accessible ships were legally salvaged for their non-ferrous materials soon after the end of hostilities. However, hundreds of vessels remained untouched, or just superficially salvges, in the sixties and seventies, tempting private salvors to seek their fortune. Some did so legally, some without salvage rights, and others did it both ways. Fritz Herscheid was such a person, a young, adventurous man who arrived in Rabaul in 1967 as a diesel mechanic, learnt to dive - and the rest is now documented history. This is a fascinating biography of literally death-defying dives at depths far below the accepted level on air, of encounteres with marine life that protested at the intrusion into their environment, of legal and illegal salvage of propellers and condenser tubes and anything else of value in an often hositile and competitive environment. Many of the vssels mentioned will be recognised by sport divers who have, later, visited Papua New Guinea, particularly to Rabaul, New Ireland and New Hanover, and mainland northern PNG. The book gives a down-to-earth personal account of some fifteen years of constant danger with with explosives, dive equipment, salvage vssels and bureacracy - and the many encounters with sharks, both in and out of the water! It chronicles th determination and fierce rivalry between salvagers, the risks and gains, of stupidity and intuitiveness, and the actual and close calls with death in remote locations rarely visited by the white man. No book has ever covered such a topic. The book also provides a comprehensive shipwreck reference of known diveable wrecks in PNG waters. A remarkable book and a wonderful contribution to our documented maritime and military knowledge of the Pacific. Hardcover, dustjacket, 496 pages, mono and colour prints. $56.00
WRECKS AND REEFS OF PORT MORESBY.
Neil Whiting. 
An extremely well presented and well researched book and very interesting even if the reader has not been to Port Moresby, Papua new Guinea. The war-time wreck history is particularly interesting, with details on the Macdhui, Pruth, Japanese submarine RO33, many other ships and aircraft. With some colour, and excellent maps. Includes a comprehensive history of recreational and commercial diving in Port Moresby. Hardcover, dust wraper, 264 pages, large format.
$40.00 
Sorry no longer available.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SOUTH-WEST PACIFIC OCEAN - VANUATU, FIJI, NEW CALEDONIA,TAHITI.
THE LADY AND THE PRESIDENT - 
The Life and Loss of the SS President Coolidge.
Peter Stone 
Diving the S.S. President Coolidge at Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu..
$56.00
For a full description, link to The Lady and the President.
Highly Recommended.
EASTER ISLAND. 
Bob Putigny. 
How did the statues get there? Where they carved on the island or brought in by ship. This book will not give the answers, but it certainly shows the fascinating landscape. 
Limited copies. Not a diving text. 
Hardcover, dustjacket, full coplour 128 pages.
$28.00
DIVING AND SNORKELLING TAHITI AND FRENCH POLYNESIA. 
Shark Diving Capital of the South Pacific.
Jean-Bernard Carillet, Tony Wheeler. 
Softcover, 128 pages, full colour throughout, many maps, photographs.
$28.00
Sorry no longer available.
VOYAGES TO PARADISE. 
National Geographic Society . 
'Exploring in the Wake of Captain Cook'. 
Takes us on a journey through the Pacific, 'into uncharted seas', covering the three voyages of Cook. The text is not so much historic as contemporary, with an insight into the peoples of the various lands visited. Excellent reading. Not a diving text. 
Hardcover, dustwrapper, 216 pages, full colour. 
$32.00
Sorry no longer available.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MICRONESIA.
It is with very deep regret that we advise of the passing of KLAUS LINDEMANN, author of the brilliant books Hailstorm Over Truk, and Desecrate I. Klaus died on Tuesday 16 October 2001 at Ann Arbor Hospice (USA). He had been previously diagonosed with a brain tumor. Klaus' detailed books gave us all a greater understanding of events in Truk Lagoon and Pulau during the Pacific War, thus increasing our diving pleasure and enhancing our appreciation for the turmoil that the local Micronesian people went through. He will be sadly missed. Our condolences go out to his wife Mary and family. Klaus Lindemann's collaborator on his excellent Hailstorm Over Truk was the Trukese diver KIMEO AISEK. Mr. Kimiuo died of a heart attack on 5 January 2001. Many of you who have dived Truk Lagoon would have known Kimiuo, and appreciated his knowledge, courtesy and friendliness. For those who have read the excellent works of Dan Bailey and Klaus Lindemann, you would also appreciate what a great help he was to those authors.Both these men will be sadly missed.
DESECRATE 1. 
Operations against Palau by Carrier Task Force 58, on 30 ans 31 March 1944, and the shipwrecks of World War Two. 
Klaus Lindemann. 
Covers the history of the attacks on the Japanese fleet on Palau. Describes twenty-two wrecks in minute detail that is typical of Klaus Lindemann's excellent observation and writing. A very impressive publication; a superb diver's guide.
 Softcover, 371 pages, large format 220x300mm, many colour and mono photographs.
$48.00
DIVING MICRONESIA. 
Eric Hanauer. 
This well produced book in ful colour covers all the major diving destination - Truk, Palau, Guam, Northern Marianas, Yap, Pohnpei, Kosrae and the Marshall Islands of Kwajalein and Bikini atoll. Skill level is included in all dive site descriptions. A most valuable book covering one of the finest dive regions in the world. Softcover, 128 pages. 
$38.00
Sorry no longer available.
GHOST FLEET - The Sunken Ships of Bikini Atoll. 
James P. Delgardo. 
With the recent opening up of Bikini Atoll after the atomic tests in July 1946, a new destination rivals Truk Lagoon as the wreck divers' Mecca. Some 242 ships were anchored at various locations in the atoll when the US Government detonated another atomic bomb. Immediately after the detonation, scientists and the military combed the radiated wrecks gathering evidence to show how massive the bomb damage could be. Operation Crossroads had been succesful. It was however an inglorious end to the magnificent carrier USS Saratoga, but she can now proudly claim to be the world's largest accessible shipwreck, pushing the SS President Coolidge into second place - although getting to Bikini Atoll is no breeze. The author, a director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, was on the 1989 expedition to Bikini. His excellent text and style, and many historic and underwater photographs, make this an excellent book. 
Hardcover, 204 pages, medium square format, colour plates. $68.00   Sorry no longer available.
GHOST FLEET OF THE TRUK LAGOON. 
William H. Stewart.
First published in 1986, this recent printing is the sixth so far, so the book is obviously well accepted as an historic text on what happened at Truk Lagoon during World War 2 during Operaton Hailstorm. Although there are some underwater photographs, the book is predominantly historic, and covers the Japanese occupation of the islands through to their demise at the hands of the US Navy. 
Softcover, many mono photographs, some colour, charts, drawings, 132 pages.
$38.00 
HAILSTORM OVER TRUK LAGOON
Klaus Lindemann
The author died in October 2001 and since then, till 2006, this most popular and valuable book on the shipwrecks of Truk Lagoon had been out of print. Fortunately, it has been reprinted and is currently available from stock. It covers the history of  the huge Japanese naval base, including Operation Hailstorm which resulted in so many ships going to the bottom - to our everlasting gratitude as divers. Lindemann chronicles events, and describes in impeccable detail each of the ships to the extend that the visiting diver can easily relate to the author's experiences. One of the finest documented war histories available. An absolute must for anyone who has been to Truk, or plans doing so. 
Softcover, A4 format, 322 pages, mono plates, index. $64.00.

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HAILSTORM - THE DIVE GUIDE
Klaus Lindemann
This is meant to be a companion to Hailstorm Over Truk Lagoon, but stands well on its own. It is an oblong, A4 size, ring-bound volume of sixty pages, with some fifty wrecks covered by a line drawing, sometimes a photograph, points of interest, depth to structure, deck and bottom, and a rating system of 1,2,3, together with a penetration rating of A.B.C. It could also be well used to supplement the diver's log, by charting the dive on the line drawing of the ship. There is also an excellent section on ship construction giving the wreck diver a better idea of what he/she is seeing, an thus enabling recognition of ship sections and fittings. 
$52.00   Sorry no longer available.
CHUUK LAGOON, POHNPEI AND KOSRAE
Micronesia's Top Shipwreck and Coral Reef Sites. 
Tim Rock. 
An excellen low cost guide covering the main dive sites, and of course the main qwreck sites at Truk Lagoon.
Softcover, full colour, maps, 156 pages.
$28.00
PALAU
Nancy Barbour . 
A very neat book, slightly larger than standard format, softcover - with plenty of full colour plates. By , this is a marine and diving guide covering some of the best sites in Rabaul including of course tragic Blue Corner, and Chandelier Cave. 
Good value and very interesting. 
Softcover, 158 pages. $26.00
Sorry no longer available.
WRECKS OF KWAJALEIN AND TRUK LAGOONS
Dan Bailey. 
Excellent historical coverage written for the diver. Covers thirty-two wrecks on Kwajalein and fifty-seven in Truk. Well illustrated with colour and mono photographs. 
Hardcover, large format 215x280mm, 208 pages.
$74.00 
Sorry no longer available.
WORLD WAR 2 WRECKS OF PALAU
Dan Bailey. 
An exceptionally well researched historic coverage with diving details on seventy-six wrecks & aircraft. 
Hardcover, large oblong format 350 x 250mm, 323p, 36 colour and 60 mono photographs with many superb drawings.
This superb hardcover book is huge physically and in its excellent content. The wrecks are virtually untouched - not dived as much as neighbour Truk Lagoon, and often very shallow with easy access. The book covers the diving of the wrecks, of coursse, but also gives an excellent run-down on the Japanese occupation of the islands during the Pacific War, and the various American military operations that were in place to try to nullify the Japanese - indeed, to eliminate them and their effectiveness: Operation Desecrate One; Operation Snapshot and Operation Statemate. There is no comparative book like this as Dan Bailey is the quintessential author for anything on Micronesia.
Now out of print. One new copy available. $120.00
WORLD WAR 2 WRECKS OF THE TRUK LAGOON. 
Dan E. Bailey.    $140.00. 
Hardcover (laminated boards), A4 size, 518 pages, many colour and mono prints, charts and diagrams. It has been a long time in coming, and the wait worth every minute. This is a superb book, the finest presentation of a war/wreck history that I have seen; exceptionally well researched and equally well presented. The book contains four specific sections, and appendicies. Section One covers Truk (or Chuuk as it is now); section two follows on with the Japanese occupation of the islands. Then we have the extensive coverage of the US air campaign against Truk, Operation Hailstorm predominantly. The final section,  over 227 pages, describes no less than fifty-two ship wrecks and five aircraft wrecks in exceptional detail and clarity, complete with site diagrams and photographs. Nothing has been spared in the quality of the production, with the use of semi-gloss art paper giving crisp photographs. Where the wreck site extends the boundaries of recreational sport diving, the author recommends advanced technical diving requirements. This book is a must for anyone who has been to Truk, is going to Truk, or is simply interested in the war history of the Pacific. Congratulations Dan, a briliant book.  Highly Recommended.
SPECIAL DEAL. This is a big, heavy book and not the sort of thing that you would want to take with you on a trip to Truk.
With each retail purchase, I have included a copy of CHUUK LAGOON, POHNPEI AND KOSRAE, Micronesia's Top Shipwreck and Coral Reef Sites, byTim Rock. (See details above).
You can then take this much smaller book on your trip and use it to reference the superb dives that you will no doubt experience.
This special deal offer is still available even if you have already done the trip. Offer is available only while stocks last. 

 
 
 
 
PHILIPPINES.
THE DIVE SITES OF THE PHILIPPINES.
Jack Jackson. 
This is an excellent guides are exceptionally well produced, and contains many of his excellent photographs, many full page. Includes an Introduction the the Philippines, travel guide, and live-aboard charters. Covers the regions of Luzon (La Unuion, Subic Bay, Anilao), Mindoror (Puerto Galera), Palawan (Busuanga, the Coron Wrecks, Northern Palawan, the Sulu Sea), and the Visaya group (Borocay, Carabao, Maniguin, Danjugan Island, Eastern Cebu and Mactan Island, Western Cebu and Moalboal, Bohol, Panglao Island, Balicasag and Cabilao Islands, Sumilon, Apo and Siquijor). The Philippines have some of the finest diving in the world, and with over 7,000 islands, it is no wonder. A New Holland series publication.
Size is medium format - 165x245mm, 180 pages, full colur with excellent maps. 
$34.00 
The Diver's Guide to the PHILIPPINES. 
An excellent reference with colour photos and maps. Good diagrams of the major dive locations, with indication of diver experience level required, access to the site and the main attractions of the site. 
Hardcover,128 pages.
$14.95

 
 
 
 
 
INDONESIA.
There has been serious political trouble on these most beautiful islands, particularly on Ambon. If contemplating a visit, seek up to date information. Bali remains a popular destination despite the bombings in 2002 when over two hundred were killed including eighty-four Australians. 
AMBON INDONESIA - MARINE WONDERLAND. 
Becca Saunders. 
Whilst light on text, it compensates with over 200 excellent photographs by Australian Becca Saunders who has recorded the marine life of Ambon with clear well executed photography. No ‘girl-behind-gorgoneia' in this album - just the incredible marine life that the region is known internationally. Stiff board laminated cover, 96 pages, full colour.
$28.00
THE DIVE SITES OF INDONESIA. 
Guy Buckles. 
Another excellent dive guide from new Holland publications, with excellent maps and colour ophotography, and comprehensive dive site coverage.
cludes and Introduction to Indonesia and travel guide, and a section on learning to dive and snorkel in Indonesia. Locations include West Sumatra (the Padang region), North Sulawesi (Bunaken and Kungkungan Bay), West Java, Bali, Lombok, West and East Flores, Far East Nusa Tenggara (Alor, West Timor and Roti), Ambon, and the Banda Islands. There is also a section on The Underwater Environment, Underwater Photography, and Health and Safety for Divers. 
Softcover, 176 pages, many colour photographs, dive rating system, bibliography, index.
$34.00
UNDERWATER INDONESIA. 
Kal Muller. 
A most detailed guide, invaluable for anyone who has dived Indonesia, or contemplates doing so. The maps are excellent, the colour photographs superb, and the descriptions of islands, dive resorts, live-aboards, dive sites and marine life is exceptional. Islands include Flores and Bali of course. 
Softcover, full colour, maps, 242 pages. 
A Periplus Editions publication.
$24.95

 
 
 
 
SOUTH-EAST ASIA -SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA, THAILAND.
DIVING SOUTH-EAST ASIA
A Guide to the World's Most Diverse Marine Environment.
Beth and Shaun Tierney. (Authors of Diving the World). 
One of ther excellent Footprint guidebooks. 
Stiff board softcover, square-format, full colour throughout, maps, photpgraphs, 303 pages, index, and a few advertisements in the back. 
I like the footprint guides, especiall;y the diving ones. They are well laid out, descriptive without being verbose and liyerally gushy, and don't mind telling you the not so good bits along with the good - this a very good guide. This particular volume covers: Indonesia, Malaysia, Phillipines, Thailand, and Singapore (Singapore???). Yes Singapore, which is justifiably included as a 'Drying Out' location but where the diving requires 'a little creative in your thinking'. The book also embraces a measure of the personal experiences of the authors which is refreshing in what is often missing in some rather technical and staid dive guides. The edition I have is 2009, and wheras the dive sites rarely change, the facilities often do, so keep that in mind with any dive guide book. The beauty is that you can generally verify facility details on the internet. $48.00  Limited copies. 
DIVING IN MALAYSIA
Dr Kurt Svrcula
A well produced book with fine photographs, satelite maps of each dive location with specific sites marked, GPS references, full travel and accomodation information, div and photographic ratings for the sites, diveable wrecks, weather, safety, and tips on underwater photography, inclduing digital. Each location lists average and maximum depth, dive rating, photo opportunity rating, unique features, hazards. Some 130 dive locations are listed both off Peninsula Malaysia and Sabah. Softcover, 280 pags, full colour throughout. Includes dive centres in Malaysia. $39.95. 
Sorry no longer available.
MALAYSIA - AN UNDERWATER PARADISE. 
Andrea and Antonella Ferrari.
Covers the marine life off Peninsula Malaysia and Sarawak - Sabah, - Pulau Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai, Layang Layang, Abdul Rahman National Park, Labuan, Kuantan, Penang. Full colour, with excellent underwater photographs. Chapters include The Open Sea, The Coral reef, Predators on th prowl, Between Land and Sea, Knights in Armour, Molluscs, Echinoderms, and other Invertebrates. Excellent photography. 
Softcover, A4 size, 168 pages. 
$38.00
Sorry no longer available.
MALAYSIA DIVING GUIDE.
Andrea and Antonella Ferrari. 
Superb fuill colour guide to locations off mainln Malaysia (peninsula) and Sabah - Pulau Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai, Layang Layang, Abdul Rahman National Park, Labuan wrecks, Tioman, Langkawi. Full colour, with excellent underwater photographs and colour drawings of the dive sites. 
Softcover, A4 size, 168 pages. 
$48.00
Sorry no longer available.
Dive Guide MALAYSIA.
Jack Jackson.
The New Holland 'Dive Site' guides are excellent and strongly recommended. The series of 'comprehenssive coverage of diving and snorkelling' guides are extemely well produced, with full colour throughoutand and excellent site maps. They are superbly produced, and written by divers who know their regions intimately.Each site is coded to indicate access (boat,shore), and experience required; and include a 'star rating' system giving some indication to the interest of the site. Typical visibility and depth is shown. More important however is the brief but informative site description, and the photographs that accompany the regions. The guides are exceptionally well produced, of some 180 pages, many with full page colour photographs. 
Size is medium format - 165x245mm.  $34.00  Sorry no longer available.
SOUTH-EAST ASIA- LIVE-ABOARDS.
Fll colour guide, 130x185mm, softcover, of 192 pages including a thorough description of each vessel available, and the dive regions visited. This covers Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Micronesia, New Zealand, PNG, Philippines, Singapore, Solomons, Thailand, Vanuatu and Vietnam, and in itself is a guide to the diving available in these regions.
$24.00
THAILAND - ASIAN PACIFIC SCUBA GUIDE.
Mark Strickland.
This excelent full colour guide, 130x185mm, softcover, of 192 pages including site maps, accommodation, marine life, wrecks, geographical and travel information. Gives an indication of the diving available, and the dive regions visited. 
$24.00
THAILAND - DIVE GUIDE.
Paul Lees. 
Over 140 top dive sites and snorkel sites including Mergui and the Andamans.
A New Holland Guide. 
Softcover, 180 pages, full colour.
$34.00
Sorry no longer available.


 
 
 

ANTARCTIC
BELOW FREEZING
Lisa Eareckson Trotter.
Softcover, 114 pages, full colour photographs and maps, glossary, further reading.
I am sure that this excellent book will not be bought up in bulk by Australian dive-tour operators, but that does not diminish its fascination. Why dive in the freezing cold waters o Antarctric Peninsula and South Georgia? Because its there - it is a challange, with enormous rewards for the skilld and persistent diver. The book covers dive locations and marine life, and includea a comprehensive chapter on diving in Antarctica - the equipment, the skills required, the opportunity to dive and ‘how to get there', and the dangers. Even if diving in these pristine waters is but a dream, as I dream, it is well worth a read. And maybe it will inspoire you to seek out one of the ‘last frontiers on earth'. 
$49.50

MEDITERRANEAN
DIVING GUIDE TO THE MEDITERRANEAN WRECKS. 
Amsler, Ghisotti, Rinaldi, Trainito 
Softcover, medium format 210 x 290mm, full colour, 168 pages. 
$58
Sorry no longer available.
MEDITERRANEAN SEA - GUIDE TO UNDERWATER LIFE. 
Angelo Mojetta 
I am constantly amazed at the excellent detail and the superb production of these fine books. The colour drawings, particularly of underwater wrecks and reefs, is exceptional, giving a marvellous view of the underwater scene. The colour photography is excellent and the text informative. I now appreciate how rich in wrecks and marine life is the Mediterranean Sea - submarine, aircraft, ships and a diverse variety of sub-tropical and temperate species. The Mediterranean underwater life guide is exceptional for its coverage. 
Softcover, medium format 210 x 290mm, full colour, 168 pages. 
$58.00
Sorry no longer available.

 
RED SEA
Will include dive site guides, and marine life texts here.
RED SEA CORAL REEFS
Gunnsr Bemert and Rupert Ormond
Kegal Paul International, Londona and Boston. 1981
Hardcover, dustjacket, medium-large format (near A4), 192 pages, index. 
About the marine life of the Red Sea, with one chapter on Diving the Red Sea, and Underwater Phoptography. Other chaptes inclide: The Red Sea - geography and histiory; the Coral Gardens; the Coral Animal; the Diversity of Fishes, Danger - sharks and venomous animals. A very well presented book with excellent descriptions of the reef formations, and the marine life that occupy them. Not an identification guide as such - more of a comprehensive description of the marine lifein this remarkable habitat. 
I have just the one copy - new. $35.00
THE RED SEA 
Dr. Peter Vine.
Immel Publishing, London and Jeddah. 1985.
Hardback, 128p, 305x128p, 198 colour photographs.
An historical, geographical, biological, cultural and commmerciakl look at the Red Sea. A marvellous overall introduction to this incredible world region, abundant in marine life and cultural ddiversity. Chapters include: Red Sea History, The Intertidal and Shallow Waters; Coral Reefs. Island of the Red Sea; Red Sea Bords; Fish Life; Maritime Traditions; Navigation and Red Sea Wrecks; the Future of the Red Sea. 
Just the one new copy available, $35.00

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