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Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die: Diving Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations Hardcover – October 1, 2008
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About the Author
Chris Santella is a freelance writer and marketing consultant based in Portland, Oregon. A regular contributor to the New York Times and Forbes.com, he has also contributed to the New Yorker, Travel & Leisure, Golf, American Lawyer, and Delta Sky. Santella is the author of four other titles in the Fifty Places” series, as well as Fifty Favorite Fly-Fishing Tales (all STC).
Top Customer Reviews
If you are looking for an in depth analysis of a dive site, this probably isnt the right book for you. The descriptions are just too brief to use the book for that purpose. But if you're just looking for ideas... or if you have a particular large sea creature you are dying to sea (i.e. mola molas, humpbacks, various shark species), the book does a good job of pointing out places where you are more-likely to encounter them. It also hits on dive spots where the macro life is the highlight.
In response to one other's reviewers comments about not having a Red Sea or a Cuba destination, that comment is inaccurate. The Red Sea destination mentioned is Sha'ab Rumi, a location off the coast of Sudan. The author recommends a live aboard boat for this trip. For Cuba, the author recommends Jardines de la Reina, though he cautions US citizens who travel there that they do so at their own risk.
All in all, a fun book to read on a chilly winter day with a cup of coffee and a tired dog asleep at your feet (at least that's how I did it!).
The cover I feel is the nicest thing about it.
This cowboy is all hat, and no cattle. It's a title that sparks interest and that's about it. By the way, the few pics found in this book are also equally as inept.
I have 10 dive books which I regularly share with friends (this one is actually the 11th. But it's so bad, I don't include it as part of my collection). My GF is an avid reader and diver. She also has many dive books. She never complains or writes negative reviews and when she pics up a book, she never puts it down. Well, one day she picked up this book, read one page and yelled out, "This book is terrible!"
Note to whomever reads this: This review has gone into way more detail than any chapter found within this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice descriptions of places I may or may not dive in the future. Always looking for info on new dive spots.Published 25 days ago by Travis
Good content on the dive locations. Not so pleased with the fluff about the mostly over educated, a credited, did this and did that, was ordained by the queen of scotts over laden... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
If its 50 places you need to dive before you die, wouldn't it be helpful to have some images of the places and what is there? Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michelle Kim
It is ok, but not a book you would read over and over, or put it in the middle of the living room. Could be better in the pictures of the 50 places to dive, since in many of them... Read morePublished 6 months ago by CARLOS JAVIER DE LA PAZ