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Dive: The Ultimate Guide to 60 of the World's Top Dive Locations (Ultimate Sports Guide) Paperback – October 2, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Ultimate Sports Guide
  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (October 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552979962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552979969
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Practical information for each location, such as maps, travel, advice, seasonal water temperatures, visibility ranges and more. (Eric Michael Orlando Sentinel 2004-10-31)

Large-format, slick pages and luminous photography make this not only an information-packed reference but a dream book for divers. (Christine Delsol San Francisco Chronicle 2004-12-05)

Lavishly illustrated... covers many of the most gorgeous scuba diving venues in the world... a good vacation book. (Edwin B. Burgess Library Journal 2005-01-01)

Comprehensive, colorful, one-stop reference on dive sites. (Nashville Tennessean 2004-12-12)

If you have heard about it, author Monty Halls has included it. (www.undercurrents.com 2007-03-00)

About the Author

Monty Halls is a marine biologist and expert diver. A former Royal Marines Officer, Halls leads diving adventure expeditions around the world.


More About the Author

A successful explorer, marine biologist and writer, Monty Halls has led numerous expeditions and projects throughout the world, including three circumnavigations of the earth seeking out the greatest encounters in the oceans.

His television credits include presenting Channel 4's Journey to the Centre of the Earth (the science behind Jules Verne's novel), Discovery's Rebuilding the Past (an attempt to recreate an Iron Age settlement) and Five's Great Ocean Adventures, for which he was also the author of the accompanying book. Monty operates the adventure travel company, Full Circle Expeditions, and is also a leading motivational speaker.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
If scuba diving is your passion, make Monty Halls' Dive: The Ultimate Guide To 60 Of The Worlds Top Dive Locations your passionate reference to the best scuba dive locations in the world. Over 300 scuba dives in 60 popular destinations are rated along with visa requirements, insights on local culture and customs, marine life, geographic information and website references. Packed with color photos, each description includes a difficulty rating, water temperature chart, and sidebars of at-a-glance detail on getting there and local dive centers.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Scott George on August 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book has beautiful photography and covers most of the world's great dive destinations. Considering that it is primarily a picture book, it also offers a good deal of information on the classic dives at each location. I liked that it included information on water temperature, weather and seasons, dive difficulty, and local travel tips. While it doesn't provide enough information to plan a complete trip, I feel it does provide the right kind of depth to choose a destination. Another reviewer complained that the maps left a little to be desired. In my opinion, that level of detail is more appropriate for a destination travel planning book, such as Lonely Planet or Frommers. I don't know of another book that offers as much information on dive destinations on the world scale.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on January 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
Actually, an "ultimate guide" would have a greater variety of more detailed information for planning a trip. That said, it is a gorgeous book. Gave it as a gift to my dive buddy/husband, and he loved it. Great ideas for places to go that are off the beaten path.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
At first sight, this is a lot of book for the original publisher's price of £20 and even more of a bargain if you pay less. Very approximately A4 size, it contains 315 pages of well-illustrated information and, if you can live with the advertisements (personally I hate them!) and the lessons in `Decompression Sickness & Safe Diving' plus nine of the most commonly used hand signals used by divers - with the latter looking as though they were borrowed from a very early edition of the BSAC diving manual - and neither belonging here!, then the book must be judged by studying the content.

I purchased this book for two reasons: This author enjoys a high reputation as a diver and the title states this work to be the "Ultimate Guide to 60 of the World's top dive locations." Note the wording `of the World's best' - he is not insisting they are `THE' 60 best!

I am always looking for information on places to go - as well as being able to compare notes on places already visited. Having studied the content, I can understand those other reviewer remarks posted elsewhere which express disappointment - although it must be said that any diver's choice of what he or she regards as fitting the criteria for `best' or `top' dive sites etc will always be subjective. In short, my list will always be different from yours with neither being right or wrong - it's just the way it is. Having said that, whenever a writer gets down to describing a dive site they regard as good enough for such inclusion they are duty bound to justify that selection and this work contains some instances where that validation is simply not forthcoming.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larry W. Jacobs on March 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
While the book does not "dive" too deep into any location, it does a great job of giving you a brief on what to expect. The quick reference areas that provide quick reference are great.

While the book will offer limited details if you know where you are going, if you doing a general search for your next dive it is perfect.
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