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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (April 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500512922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500512920
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 9.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,336,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A photographic journey of great dive sites paired with first-class, luxury accommodations. (US Airways Magazine )

The intricate patterns, dramatic colors, and wonderful diversity of the denizens of the deep captured in this book truly must be seen to be believed. (Passport )

A dreamy book packed with luxurious desert island locations and waterborne hideaways. (Glamour ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

A keen scuba diver and photographer, Tim Simond has captured all the book's images on location. He lives in London.

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An absolutely beautiful book, well photographed and written.
L. Davidson
In closing, I think the best thing that can be said about this book is this: My wife and brother-in-law got their hands on the book while I was out of town.
G. W. Volk
Tim sigmond introduces the reader to the best of diving, with beach resorts and spas that are truly world class!
Yudhishthir D. Khatau

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By G. W. Volk on March 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In the introduction, Simond stresses that Dive in Style is not a book about dedicated "dive hotels." Rather, it's a book about "wonderful resorts" for families...that cater to divers as well as tennis players, hikers, beach-lovers, etc. That said, however, each of the resorts Simond visits has a dedicated dive shop either on the premises or adjacent to the property. Moreover, four of the destinations he details are liveaboards. Ultimately, despite his protests, it's a book about destinations that may not cater exclusively to divers, but who consider divers among their top priorities.

Each of the destinations Simond profiles is divided into four sections. First, he briefly describes the Destination in a general sense ("...the Great Barrier Reef is home to an incredible diversity of marine life"). Second, he describes the Hotel in a fair level of detail, spotlighting its architectural design; discussing the layout of the property; mentioning the kinds of food and activities a visitor might expect; and providing several large, high-quality images of the resort. Third, Simond talks about the Dive Center that caters to the resort and mentions the highs ("They are highly conscious of safety") and the lows ("it's a shame that no courses are offered at such a flawless dive operation"). Fourth, he lovingly details the Diving; carefully describes several of the local must-dives; painstakingly outlines the kind of marine life you're likely to see; and clearly indicates the level of experience you should have to truly enjoy the destination. Then, it's on to the next destination...even before you're ready to leave.

There are a couple of things I really like about this book:

1.) It discusses diving from the perspective of a seasoned diver who really knows what appeals to divers.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Chris Sander on April 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Fantastic guidebook for those of us who don't mind paying a little extra for service and comfort. Unlike other books that concentrate on single or regional locations, Tim Simond has spent 2 years seeking out not only the best dive sites, but the best lodging and operators at those locations. Forget about trying to decide where to go on your next dive trip, just randomly open the book, and go!!! Tim has done all of the hard work for you.

Painstakingly researched and beautifully photographed, Tim has gone out of his way to present the information on each location in such a way that you feel you are sitting down after a day's diving, and talking about previous trips over cocktails! It is filled with small details, because he has been to each location.

Buy the book, and you don't have to think about where to go for your next 25 dives vacations.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By cwdobbs on August 17, 2008
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When we got this book last Spring, my wife & I already had a trip planned to Mexico. We were going to spend a few days on Isla Holbox (she wanted to swim with the whalesharks) but we had no plans for the second half of our week. Along comes this book with a description of a lovely dive resort on the Yucatan, so we booked it. It was a very nice place, but the dive shop had changed hands and was completely different from what the book describes; we were greatly disappointed. In fact, we ended up renting a car and driving to another dive shop and did our diving there.

Bottom line, there are some beautiful pictures, and the book might offer some ideas on places to explore, but be aware that it is impossible for the author to keep all of the details current.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. G. Shands on June 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is what I've been looking for -- satisfies my love of diving/snorkeling with my husband's sense of style AND tells me which resorts my son (age 7) is welcome at! :) We LOVE to look through & dream about visiting all these amazing resorts --my son said, after looking through the book for the first time, "This is like a book about Heaven!" ;) That says it all!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bev on January 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The photos are beautiful. We have been to 2 of the resorts and the reviews are pretty accurate. It will be useful for planning future trips.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nadege Kalachnikoff on January 15, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
For anyone that loves diving or snorkeling, this and Tim Simond's first book are the best. Great places to go and fabulous pictures. Well worth it. Great book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
Now in a fully updated and significantly expanded second edition, "Dive in Style" by scuba diving expert and underwater photographer Tim Simond is the perfect instructional and travel guide featuring twenty-six exotic destinations ranging from Belize to Fiji and from Indonesia to Tanzania. Some 760 spectacular photographs superbly illustrate "Dive in Style, which features especially memorable destinations for the snorkeling enthusiast from the Four Seasons Bora Boar in French Polynesia, to Zighy Bay in Oman, to Amanyara in the Turks and Caicos. Informed and informative, "Dive in Style" is a beautiful browse, ideal for trip selection and planning, and a welcome addition to personal and community library reference collections.
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