|CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS
ASIA - Dive locations and travel; dive guides.
It is appreciated that there are many dive location guides, in and
out of print, on Asian destinations. I wont try and list them all!!!!
Those in print are sold by a number of specialist distributors around the
world. I'll list those that have been advised to me, and a few of the older
ones of interest as I come across them. As time goes on some of the commercial
detail changes of course, with dive shops under new management for example,
but generally the diving locations remain stable - but not always. If looking
for a book to use on a dive trip, first check the date of the book.
|Please note: The books are listed for interest only, and not offered for sale.|
|SOUTH-EAST ASIA - GENERAL|
DIVER'S GUIDE TO ASIAN WATERS
Saul Lockhart, David Smith, Michael Westlake.
Gareth Powell Ltd., Hong Kong, 1978.
Softcover, laminated card dust jacket with endflaps over a plain card cover, 140 x 200 mm portrait; 202 pages, full colour throughout, bibliography, no index.
There are more recent books of useful information, but this early dive guide was of great value - and even now you may learn orf a dive spot that you had not heard of before. The chapters start off with Finding Your Way - now out of date but interesting. Then we have the destinations: South China Sea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Micrtonesia and Guam, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. The last chapters are on 'what you see in the sea', and deco tables. It's a nicely produced book with a wealth of detail including dive shops and facilities but as I said, now well out of date. The dive site descriptions tend to be of person expewrience by the authors which is always welcome. [pjs]
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.
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.
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.
INDONESIA - MARINE WONDERLAND.
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.
DIVE SITES OF INDONESIA.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
DIVE SITES OF THE PHILIPPINES.
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.
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.
- ASIAN PACIFIC SCUBA GUIDE.
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.
- DIVE GUIDE.
Over 140 top dive sites and snorkel sites including Mergui and the Andamans.
A New Holland Guide.
Softcover, 180 pages, full colour.
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