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Diving : The World's Best Sites Diving : The World's Best Sites
by Jack Jackson (Editor)

"For anyone involved with scuba diving, or for those thinking about it, this book is dangerous. Like dangling a carrot in front of a rabid rabbit, this book motivates you to quit your job, sell all of your possessions, and spend your life diving the world's oceans." - A reader

Underwater Paradise Underwater Paradise
by Robert Boye, Robert Boyr, Stephen Frink (Illustrator), Paul Humann (Illustrator)

A Guide to the World's Best Diving Sites Through the Lenses of the Foremost Underwater Photographers

Great Reefs of the World Great Reefs of the World
by Carl Roessler

The photos and summaries are from dive sites all over the world, including the Caribbean, California, Hawaii, Galapagos, Polynesia, Australia, Asia, the Red Sea, and many others.

Best Dives' Snorkeling Adventures, 2nd Edition Best Dives' Snorkeling Adventures, 2nd Edition
by Joyce Huber (Illustrator), Jon Huber

"The book has very brief descriptions of snorkeling sites at a large number of different places. Most, but not all are Caribbean islands. There are also descriptions of other "traditional" snorkeling places, such as the Yucatan Peninsula and Hawaii. And there are two large sections on snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef and the Galapagos Islands." - A reader

Australia
Diving & Snorkeling Australia's Great Barrier Reef Diving & Snorkeling Australia's Great Barrier Reef
by Len Zell
The Dive Sites of the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea The Dive Sites of the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea
by Neville Coleman

"This book does a nice job of detailing major dive sites throughout the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea. Dive sites are rated for both scuba and snorkeling. The book also has information on resorts, dive operators and facilities servicing the various dive sites." - A reader

Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Australia Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Australia
Southeast Coast and Tasmania
by Peter Stone
Diving & Snorkeling Victoria Australia Diving & Snorkeling Victoria Australia
by Tony Wheeler
Bahamas
Dive Sites of the Bahamas Dive Sites of the Bahamas
by Lawson Wood
Bermuda
Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling Bermuda Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Bermuda (1st Ed.)
by Lawson Wood
Caribbean
Diving in the Caribbean Diving in the Caribbean
by Lawson Wood

This lavishly illustrated book profiles the 17 best sites for divers in the Caribbean-the world's most popular diving destination-from the Central American coast to the Dutch Antilles. Each chapter opens with a map and a quick-reference guide to climate, currents, visibility, and permits. Superb color photographs are integrated with informative text describing both the above-water and underwater aspects of each destination, the quality of the marine life, and the different adventures awaiting the traveler in each region.

The Complete Diving Guide: The Caribbean (Vol. 1) The Complete Diving Guide: The Caribbean (Vol. 1)
Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada, Tobago, Barbados
by Colleen Ryan, Brian Savage (Illustrator)

"Intended to be the first in a series, it looks at the southern islands of the Eastern Caribbean. Each chapter starts with a short island introduction followed by a very specific description of the dive sites, operators and hotels. The write-ups of the dive sites are full of interesting personal experiences. The rest of the chapter provides just the sort of information you need, such as which operators have English speaking dive guides and which recognize the depth limitations of BSAC rather than PADI." - Diver Magazine

The Complete Diving Guide: The Caribbean (Vol. 2) The Complete Diving Guide: The Caribbean (Vol. 2)
Anguilla, St Maarten/Martin, St. Barts, Saba, Statia, St. Kitts & Nevis, Antigua, Guadeloupe
by Colleen Ryan, Brian Savage

"The Complete Diving Guide (2) is a must for anyone diving the Netherlands Antilles. It tells you where the best dives are and how to dive them. The maps show you where the dives are and there is a lot of general background about what the diving will be like." - A reader

The Complete Diving Guide : The Caribbean (Vol. 3) The Complete Diving Guide : The Caribbean (Vol. 3)
Puerto Rico/US Virgin Islands/British Virgin Islands
by Colleen Ryan, Brian Savage

"Meticulously researched and packed with useful information. The book describes over 240 dive sites and covers 50 extensively, and includes full-color underwater site plans. All in all, the guide contains everything a diver needs to know." - PADI Undersea Journal

Dive Sites of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao Dive Sites of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao
Comprehensive Coverage of Diving and Snorkeling
by Jack Jackson

"Almost all the information you are likely to want is here and that - coupled with a good cross-section of high-calibre photographs throughout make this the best diving guide to the entire ABC Islands I have yet to see." - A reader

Diving Bonaire Diving Bonaire
by George S. Lewbel, Larry R. Martin (Contributor)

"An excellent book for the first time diver at Bonaire. Also a great book to help revive memories of past dives at this wonderful site. The book outlines the major sites and not only describes the dives but also takes a moment to rate how suitable some sites are for snorkeling. There are brief reviews of restaurants and a short listing of where to stay, customs and local nightspots. The book concludes with a short section describing some of the fish, sponges and corals that inhabit the clear waters around Bonaire." - A reader

Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Bonaire Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Bonaire
by Jerry Schnabel, Susan L. Swygert (Contributor)

"This is a very good introductory book for diving on Bonaire. It lists and describes several of the best dive sites on Bonaire and Klein Bonaire. It also provides some general tourist information for Bonaire, which many first-time Bonaire divers may find very interesting. The book is also compact and is great for traveling." - A reader

Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Curacao Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Curacao
by George S. Lewbel

"An accurate portrait of the dive sites, with clear descriptions for both the beginner and advanced diver." - A reader

Diving British Virgin Islands Diving British Virgin Islands
by Jim Scheiner, George Marier, James B. Scheiner, Odile Scheiner

Information and photographs on the marine life and underwater terrain of over 50 of the best dive sites in the BVI. The book contains dive site locations, mooring locations, skill requirements, weather considerations, site layouts, suggested underwater routes, and dive descriptions.

Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling British Virgin Islands Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling British Virgin Islands
by Mauricio Handler

This book describes 63 of the British Virgin Islands' best dive sites, with full-color photos throughout. You'll get specific information on: depth range, access and conditions; common and hazardous marine life; topside activities and attractions; diving services, live-aboards and yacht charters; 8 easy-to-read maps.

The Cayman Islands : Dive Guide The Cayman Islands : Dive Guide
by Stephen Frink (Photographer), William Harrigan, Diving Science and Technology Corp

"This is the absolutely best Cayman Island Dive Guide I have read and seen. It gives great details all of the best dive sites to visit. Has excellent detail on where to exactly go, water depths, plant and aquatic life in certain areas... An absolute must for the Cayman diving enthusiast." - A reader

Diving Cayman Islands Diving Cayman Islands
by Jesse Cancelmo

The book is clearly laid out with chapters on the islands, accommodations, shopping, nightlife, an overview of the diving, specific dive sites and marine life.

The Dive Sites of the Cayman Islands, Second Edition The Dive Sites of the Cayman Islands, Second Edition
Over 260 Top Dive and Snorkel Sites
by Lawson Wood

With more than 260 diving and snorkeling adventures, this illustrated guide presents the best marine sites of these Caribbean isles. Organized by island, the book rates each site and describes the conditions, marine life, depths, and access.

Diving & Snorkeling Cuba Diving & Snorkeling Cuba
by Diana Williams
Diving and Snorkeling Dominica Diving and Snorkeling Dominica
by Michael Lawrence

Dominica attracts divers and travelers seeking a relaxed and unspoiled tropical setting. This book describes 41 of the island's best dive sites, with full-color photos throughout. You'll get specific information including: dive site depth range and conditions; common and hazardous marine life; topside attractions and detailed descriptions of 10 hikes; comprehensive list of dive services; 7 easy-to-read maps.

Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Jamaica Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Jamaica
by Hannie Smit, Theo Smit

"The descriptions of the dive sites are very complete with specific details about how you should approach each site." - A reader

Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling Puerto Rico Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling Puerto Rico
by Steve Simonsen

Lonely Planetís "Diving & Snorkeling Puerto Rico" offers all the information youíll need to have a great time both in and out of the water. Find chapters on what you should know before you go, vital information on certification which includes the Pisces rating system for dives and divers, as well as the scoop on activities and attractions in the area. Each of the 54 dive sites is described in detail including location, depth range, access and expertise rating.

Diving & Snorkeling Trinidad and Tobago Diving & Snorkeling Trinidad & Tobago
by Lawson Wood

Offers in-depth dive site descriptions, icons, and specific location information. You'll also find a section on Activities & Attractions for non-divers or non-diving days, including nature reserves, bird sanctuaries, historic sites, watersports and turtle nesting areas.

Central America
Diving Belize (Aqua Quest Diving) Diving Belize (Aqua Quest Diving)
by Ned Middleton

Exotic diving on the western hemisphere's longest barrier reef, atolls and Blue Hole. Well written, well-organized, and beautifully illustrated with photographs.

Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Belize (2nd Ed.) Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Belize (2nd Ed.)
by Franz O. Meyer

Best Diving Guide for Divers and Snorkelers. Packed with everything avid divers, newly-certified divers and snorkelers will ever need, plus more.

Diving Bay Islands Diving Bay Islands
by Cindy Garoutte

Honduran paradise for divers, pristine dive sites, miles of unexplored reefs.

Indian Ocean
Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Cocos Island Diving & Snorkeling Guide to Cocos Island
by Lucy Agace
Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling Maldives Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Maldives
by Casey Mahaney, Astrid Witte Mahaney

The mesmerizing beauty and spectacular dive sites of the Maldives is depicted in the full-color pages of Lonely Planet's first edition "Diving & Snorkeling Maldives." This guide covers 78 of the best dive sites, giving for each essential descriptions of topography, water conditions and marine life.

The Dive Sites of Mauritius The Dive Sites of Mauritius
by Alan Mountain
Diving and Snorkeling Guide to the Seychelles Diving and Snorkeling Guide to the Seychelles
by Lawson Wood
Diving in the Indian Ocean Diving in the Indian Ocean
by Jack Jackson

"Diving in the Indian Ocean" is a gorgeous survey, providing vivid photographs alongside vital information about each site's underwater diving histories and contemporary usage. Special sidebars offer practical information including travel information, climate and water temperature, visibility and marine life, appropriate gear, depth of dives, and skills and permits required.

Mexico
Diving Baja California Diving Baja California
by Susan Speck

Describes all that divers need to know about marine life and the underwater terrain of Baja California.

Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling Baja California Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Baja California
by Walt Peterson

"It gives a brief summary of many of the dive sites all over north and south Baja with great color pictures and contact names. A must have for the diver in Baja." - A reader

Diving Cozumel (Aqua Quest Diving Series) Diving Cozumel (Aqua Quest Diving Series)
by Steve Rosenberg

Legendary Mexican isle offers effortless drift diving, spectacular
drop-offs, dazzling marine life.

Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Cozumel (3rd Ed) Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Cozumel (3rd Ed)
by George S. Lewbel, Larry R. Martin

Cozumel Island, with its crystalline waters and colorful reefs, boasts some of the best diving in the world and Cozumel continues to be a top destination for all levels of underwater exploration. Illustrated with full-color photos, Lonely Planet's Diving & Snorkeling Cozumel describes some of the most popular and interesting dive sites this Caribbean jewel has to offer.

Pacific
Diving and Snorkeling Tahiti and French Polynesia Diving & Snorkeling Tahiti & French Polynesia
by Jean-Bernard Carillet, Tony Wheeler

Features include: Coverage of 10 distinct regions corresponding with the 10 islands that offer diving services for visitors; Topside activities and attractions on these islands including surfing, pearl farm visits, four-wheel drive excursions and visits to archeological sites; Diving services section which lists all the dive operators on the islands.

The French Polynesian Dive Guide The French Polynesian Dive Guide
by Kurt Amsler (Photographer)

A sweeping cluster of archipelagoes tossed into the Pacific like a handful of pears, French Polynesia is the dream of millions of tourists and thousands of divers: the clearness of its waters, the richness of its sea beds, and the diversity of its sea flora and fauna make the 115 islands - amazing coral or volcanic atolls - an underwater paradise.

Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling Fiji Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling Fiji
by Casey Mahaney, Astrid Witte Mahaney

"This book is well planned, has a very good selection of sites- rated for conditions and experience levels- and information for the would-be Fiji diver." - A reader

Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling Guam and Yap Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Guam & Yap
by Tim Rock
Diving Micronesia (Aqua Quest Diving Series) Diving Micronesia (Aqua Quest Diving Series)
by Eric Hanauer

This illustrated guide covers the best dive sites in Guam, the Marianas, Yap, Palau, Truk, Pohnpei, Kowrae and the Marshalls. The regions marine life, history and customs are also discussed.

Diving and Snorkeling Chuuk Lagoon, Pohnpei and Kosrae Diving and Snorkeling Chuuk Lagoon, Pohnpei and Kosrae
by Tim Rock

Describes everything you need to know to dive and snorkel the tropical waters of these remote islands. With this guide in tow, you can dive into history while exploring artifact-laden Japanese shipwrecks in Chuuk (formerly "Truk") Lagoon, hike in Pohnpei's lush rainforests, and marvel at Kosrae's protected reefs, which host some of the Pacific's healthiest corals.

Diving the Pacific: Volume 1 Diving the Pacific: Volume 1
Micronesia and the Western Pacific Islands
by David Leonard

Including accurately rendered marine charts for every important area, data on seasons, tide and current conditions, and background sections on marine life and reef ecology, Diving the Pacific is the perfect guide for the seasoned diver or the beginner with an eye for adventure.

Lonely Planet Palau : Diving and Snorkeling Lonely Planet Palau : Diving & Snorkeling
by Tim Rock, Francis Toribiong

"The guidebook provides excellent and invaluable information and advice for divers and snorkelers - beginners and experts alike - with special focus on how great this can be in Palau. Meanwhile, the guidebook is also a wonderful travel tool for visiting Palau, whether or not you are primarily there for snorkeling and diving." - A reader

Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling : Papua New Guinea Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling : Papua New Guinea
by Bob Halstead, Tim Rock

"This book is an excellent and still pretty up-to-date book on PNG's many and varied dive sites. Good way to plan a dive trip, by seeing which site descriptions most appeal to you." - A Reader

The Dive Sites of Papua New Guinea The Dive Sites of Papua New Guinea
by Bob Halstead
The Dive Sites of the Philippines The Dive Sites of the Philippines
by Jack Jackson

"The book is a great reference for people who are planning to or thinking about diving in the Philippines. It provides a good description of what to expect with regard to general dive locales, as well as specific dives." - A reader

Red Sea
The Red Sea Dive Guide The Red Sea Dive Guide
by Andrea Ghisotti, Alessandro Carletti

"A very impressive book for diving visitors to the Red Sea. Plenty of sea life identification, detailed dive routes for selected sites, beautiful photographs, up to date information." - A reader

The Egyptian Red Sea : A Divers Guide The Egyptian Red Sea : A Divers Guide
by Eric Hanauer, Jolee Brunton, Ken Loyst

This guide to the Red Sea is the result of the author's five seasons and over 300 dives in the area. Besides covering the best dive sites in this astounding region, the author has included chapters on the area's ecology and unique marine life. Includes important tips for traveling in Egypt and a fascinating account of recommended land excursions.

Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling Red Sea Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Red Sea
by Jean-Bernard Carillet, Gavin Anderson, Pete Harrison
Southeast Asia
Diving Bali : The Underwater Jewel of Southeast Asia Diving Bali : The Underwater Jewel of Southeast Asia
by David Pickell, Wally Siagian

Authors David Pickell and Wally Siagian offer you 25 years of diving experience in the reefs of this beautiful island. In addition to showing you where to dive, they will teach you how to appreciate the uniqueness of each site. This guide includes large-scale marine maps for every important site, each based on accurate charts, GPS data, and thorough surveys conducted by the authors.

Diving and Snorkeling Bali and Lombok Diving and Snorkeling Bali and Lombok
by Tim Rock, Susanna Hinderks
Diving Indonesia: A Guide to the World's Greatest Diving Diving Indonesia: A Guide to the World's Greatest Diving
by Kal Muller, David Pickell (Editor)
The Dive Sites of Malaysia and Singapore The Dive Sites of Malaysia and Singapore
by Jack Jackson

"There are tips, descriptions of the area, species one might spot and ratings on the most famous dive sites of Malaysia. But there is also a quick reference on hotels, PADI resorts, and general travel information." - A reader

Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling Thailand Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Thailand
by Mark Strickland, John Williams

Lonely Planetís new "Diving & Snorkeling Thailand" is the most up-to-date underwater guide, covering Thailand from the Andaman Sea in the west, to the Gulf of Thailand in the southeast. This book documents and maps more than 75 of the best, and not so well known, dive sites accessed from Thailand.

Turks & Caicos Islands
Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling Turks and Caicos Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Turks & Caicos
by Steve Rosenberg
United Kingdom
Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Scotland Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Scotland
Includes Shetland Islands, Scapa Flow, and the Hebrides
by Lawson Wood
U.S. - California
Diving and Snorkeling Monterey Peninsula and Northern California Diving & Snorkeling Monterey Peninsula & Northern California
by Steve Rosenberg

It provides authoritative information, including: 46 of the best scuba and free-diving sites in five dive regions (Monterey Bay, Carmel Bay, Big Sur Coast, Sonoma Coast and Mendocino Coast); extensive lists of diving services throughout Central and Northern California; helpful sections on shore diving, boat diving and diving through kelp; and more.

Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling Southern California and the Channel Islands Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Southern California & the Channel Islands
by David Krival, Bonnie Cardone (Photographer)

Features specific information on: Dive site depth range, access and conditions; Common and hazardous marine life; Topside activities and attractions; Comprehensive list of dive services; 15 easy-to-read maps

U.S. - Florida
Florida Keys Dive Guide Florida Keys Dive Guide
by Stephen Frink, William Harrigan (Photographer)

"A must-have. . . . At once beautiful and infinitely practical." - Rodale's Scuba Diving

Diving Guide to Underwater Florida (10th Edition) Diving Guide to Underwater Florida (10th Edition)
by Ned Deloach

A most comprehensive guide to dive sites in the state of Florida from Pensacola to Key West and all points in between, including many great spring dives in and Central Florida.

U.S. - Hawaii
Diving Hawaii Diving Hawaii
by Steve Rosenberg

Tour the islands of Oahu, Maui, Hawaii and Kauai, and enjoy the superb diving, beautiful beaches and countless topside pleasures that make Hawaii one of the world's most popular vacation spots. All are included in this comprehensive guide. In addition, dive sites on Lanai, Molokai, Niihau and Molokoni Crater are covered.

Snorkel Hawaii: The Big Island Snorkel Hawaii: The Big Island
by Judy Malinowski, Mel Malinowski

"With simple prose that is eloquent with aloha, their books are extended love letters to Hawaii's best reefs. The authors preach respect for moana and aina, and gush over the more extravagant snorkeling sites while warning of problems." - Honolulu Star

Snorkel Kauai Snorkel Kauai
Guide to the Underwater World of Hawaii
by Judy Malinowski, Mel Malinowski

Snorkel Kauai is the one and only guidebook exclusively devoted to snorkeling on Kauai. No other guide comes close to the level of snorkeling detail provided here. From a colorful cover to 41 accurate maps and details on 69 snorkeling sites, SK draws you into the fascinating underwater world that shouldn't be missed by anyone touring Kauai.

Snorkel Maui and Lanai Snorkel Maui and Lanai
Guide to the underwater world of Hawaii
by Judy Malinowski, Mel Malinowski

One of a series of exceptional guidebooks to the best snorkeling sites in Hawaii.

U.S. - New Jersey
New Jersey Beach Diver New Jersey Beach Diver
The Diver's Guide to New Jersey Beach Diving Sites
by Denise Berg Daniel

This exciting new book contains everything divers need to know about exploring over 34 dive sites, including 25 shipwrecks as well as jetties, inlets and bottle dives.

U.S. - Northwest
Northwest Boat Dives Northwest Boat Dives
60 Ultimate Dives in Puget Sound and Hood Canal
by Dave Bliss

This is the first guide for scuba divers that describes where the best boat dives are located, what's down there, and how to pinpoint the dive site using the new Global Positioning System finders.

U.S. - Texas
Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Texas Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Texas
Includes Inland, Coastal, and Offshore Sites
by Barbara Dunn, Janet R. Edwards, Stephan Myers (Photographer)

"This guide is a quick reference for lots of interesting places to dive in Texas. It provides a nice table at the beginning of each entry giving depth, visibility, water conditions, ease of entry, nearest place to get tanks refilled and suggested dive ability. Color pictures, both in and out of the water, are provided for practically every dive site listed." - A reader

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