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Diving Indonesia's Raja Ampat Paperback – November 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Saritaksu Editions; 1 edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9791173060
  • ISBN-13: 978-9791173063
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,197,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My wife, Maurine Shimlock, and I founded Secret Sea Visions in 1989. She is co-author of both our books. The truth of the matter is that she is THE writer in the family; we both photograph. Our award winning photography primarily focuses on marine life and travel destinations. Additionally we lecture and Maurine writes for numerous science and nature publications world-wide. Travel is a large part of our business and we lead underwater safaris to the world's best dive destinations. Pioneering new diving destinations is one of many passions so a large part of our lives is spent underwater. Our business suit is neoprene. We have each made over 7000 dives and yes, we swim with sharks whenever possible.

Working as consultants for Conservation International (CI), we recently published "Diving Indonesia's Raja Ampat". This photo-guidebook introduces readers to the planet's most bio-diverse marine habitat, the reef systems off the west coast of Papua, Indonesia's half of the island of New Guinea. Actually Raja Ampat, which means Four Kings in the Indonesia language, is only the tip of the iceberg. Our continuing work concentrates on exploration of the lesser known regions that comprise The Bird's Head Seascape. An expanded revised edition of this book will be available in late 2011.

Our motto is "Using the Art of Photography to Help Preserve the Oceans"

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Robinson on January 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was lucky enough to be one of the first people to feast my eyes on this incredible guide. Jones and Shimlock have long been known for their world renown photography but now they have come up with this well researched, easy to use, and incredibly informative scuba diving guide to one of the finest and most remote regions in the world. It leads you to places you would never find on your own and helps makes diving in the Raja Ampat a truly incredible experience.
If you're considering diving in this remote area of the world do yourself a favor and grab this guide before you go. You'll thank these two experts many times over for revealing their secrets and filling you with valuable knowledge of the region.
Tom Robinson
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerald R. Allen on January 19, 2010
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This is an absolutely excellent reference to what I consider the world's premier tropical diving location. The book reveals a plethora of previously unknown dive sites, with useful maps and all essential details provided. I've now used the book on two separate dive trips and have found it to be extremely accurate and useful, not to mention the fantastic photos by the very accomplished authors. This book, already well worn, is now an essential part of my field kit for West Papuan dive adventures.
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Sure, your live-aboard or resort will know where 90% of the best dive sites are, but after dozens of months exploring Raja Ampat Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock have uncovered a few spots the more established boats/resorts don't know about. Fantastic photography (not that we'd expect otherwise from this remarkable husband and wife team, but not everyone throws in their best images for a guidebook!), detailed descriptions -- with GPS coordinates (!) included for those boats you're on that are new to the area -- and an overall good read that'll get you hankering to go diving there now. Diving Indonesia's Raja Ampat is truly an indispensable piece of gear for any trip you're planning (or, heck, even a great souvenir of) this remarkable destination.
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It's a rare gift when a guidebook is both beautiful and practical. The photos of the marine life in Raja Ampat, the most biologically-diverse coral reef system in the world, are exquisite and make me want to dive in (again). Burt Jones and Maurine Shimloock have a fine eye for the dramatic big fish as well as the hard-to-see little critters. And the information about the best dive sites is useful and concise. This guide should prove to be a handy reference to some of the world's best diving. The maps are useful, too. So, two bits of advice. Make sure you dive Raja Ampat, and keep this book on hand for when your friends ask "what did you do on your vacation?"
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