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Dive Maldives: A Guide to the Maldives Archipelago (Atoll Editions) [Paperback]

Tim Godfrey
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Aug 1998
Dive Maldives is a detailed guide to diving in all the tourist atolls of the Maldives Archipelago. It contains 114 computer generated maps with descriptions of over 270 dive sites based on the author's personal research over 12 years.

The maps are divided into three types: atoll, region and site maps. The atoll maps show the resorts in blue type with traditional island names in brackets. Also shown are uninhabited islands, reefs, Protected Marine Areas, heliports, channel names, and some of the well known dive site locations.

The dive site maps are useful references for divers and show the topography and scale of the reef. Through the use of symbols for features such as caves, overhangs, saddles and canyons, as well as commonly seen fish and marine life, divers get a predive glimpse of what they can expect to see during the dive.

Scattered throughout the book are 191 photographs with informative captions. All fish mentioned are listed in a separate index at the back and are grouped by class and family, with both their common and scientific name reported for easy identification. For those divers who have never been to this remote nation of 1190 islands, there is a useful section with practical information for travelers and divers, and an up to date index of resorts and liveaboard vessels.

Besides the diving related material, Dive Maldives covers other important aspects of this wonderful archipelago, including island history, Indian Ocean maritime history and shipwrecks, coral reef ecosystem and environmental problems. Although non divers would find it extremely pleasant and interesting to read, this is indeed a book dedicated to divers, particularly those seeking a deeper knowledge and understanding of this top class dive destination. Recommended to all those who want to know more than a simple dive guide can tell... And it comes in three versions too: English, German and Italian.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Atoll Editions; 2nd Revised edition (Aug 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1876410000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1876410001
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 21.1 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Atoll Editions is committed to developing knowledge and understanding of the marine environment in the Maldives and produces a great range of dive books, maps and atlases. Our independent publishing company, headed by author Tim Godfrey, is currently based in Cairns, Australia. We provide quality service to our local and international customers and promote exploration of the atolls of the Maldives and protection of marine life through our informative, comprehensive travel guides.

In addition to Dive Maldives (3rd Ed.), our current products include Atlas of the Maldives: A guide for Travellers, Divers and Sailors (5th Ed.) by Tim Godfrey, Maldives Travellers and Divers Maps (5th Ed.) by Tim Godfrey, Marine Life of the Maldives by Neville Coleman, and Photo Guide to Fishes of the Maldives by Rudie Kuiter.

`Dive Maldives' has quickly established a reputation for accuracy and become the standard reference for both divers and instructors. The Ministry of Tourism has acknowledged the usefulness of `Dive Maldives' by using many of the stories, information and maps in its official Website and CD-Rom.

Atoll Editions strives to continue mapping our marine parks and dive sites, as well as promoting further marine education through our books and maps. Our reef mapping work is expanding and we are consistently revising our books as this technology evolves and developments take place in the Maldives Archipelago and Australia's Great Barrier Reef. By purchasing our products directly, you will be contributing directly to our reef mapping work in the Maldives and the Great Barrier Reef. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

I hope my products will be appreciated for their accuracy, usefulness of information and broad spectrum of coverage.

The idea for a book Dive Maldives developed almost immediately on arrival in the Maldives in 1986. I soon realized, however, that the sort of book I envisaged was a long term project, requiring extensive first-hand knowledge of dive sites and the marine life in each of the tourist atolls.

Out in the atolls, it was not easy to get around, and with so many islands, and so little accurate information available, it took a lot of time to get the material needed for Dive Maldives. I had a great deal of help from diving instructors and elderly Maldivians who provided many details such as the traditional island, reef and channel names.

I should particularly give credit to Mr Mohammed Ibrahim Loutfi who has devoted his life to the geography and history of the Maldives since working as a Liason Officer for the British in Addoo Atoll during World War 11.

Over the years many people assisted me in studying marine life and I owe particular thanks to Rudie Kuiter and Neville Coleman who joined me for diving safaris in the Maldives and later wrote books for Atoll Editions.

Almost immediately after the release of the first edition of Dive Maldives, I realized there were various additions and improvements that could be made. New photos were included, maps were revised, information on shipwrecks was updated according to the latest research and common and scientific fish names were checked against Photo Guide to Fishes of the Maldives by Rudie. H. Kuiter (Atoll Editions) and Marine Life of the Maldives by Neville Coleman (Atoll Editions). A year later, the second edition of Dive Maldives was released, also in German and Italian and in 2006 the third Edition was released. This is the background to Dive Maldives and I hope that those who buy the book will get as much pleasure from reading it that I have had over the years compiling it.

Warm regards, Tim Godfrey --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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5.0 out of 5 stars La mejor guía de Maldivas (spanish) 3 Dec 2010
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La mejor guía de buceo de Maldivas que hay en todo en mundo, tiene multitud de detalles, información y descripción detallada de los puntos de buceo. Si no te importa gastarte un poco más, esta guía es la más recomendable. El precio en Amazon es el mismo que si la compras en una tienda en Male.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! So Exciting! Just what the Maldives needed. 9 Jun 1999
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The most incredible underwater photos yet to be seen of the Maldives; combined with the best dive spots and detailed descriptions. First fully detailed, reliable and accurate maps of all the Islands, a Great book that is a must to any Maldives traveller or scuba enthusiast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Underwater Adventure 28 Aug 2001
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To begin, The Maldives are a group of over 400 islands (many uninhabited) that can be found in the Indian Ocean south-west of the Indian continent. These are the 'paradise' islands - idyllic bleached sand, green lagoons and blue ocean. The sun is virtually guaranteed 365 days a year (though trade winds can help lower the temperature from time to time). Most islands can be circumnavigated on foot in less than ten minutes, so I would advise anyone thinking of visiting The Maldives to do so only if they want a holiday with nothing to see and nowhere to go, OR want to spend their holiday clutching the bar stool and watching the waves caress the beach, OR love water sports. It's as quiet as that, and scuba, snorkeling and water-skiing are about as active as you'll get. If you fit into the third category, you'll adore these islands and their friendly peoples. You'll undoubtedly appreciate the diving which, in my view, ranks with the very best in the world (and I've dived a lot of places). Tim Godfrey has spent a considerable amount of time and effort putting together 'Dive Maldives'. When you consider, for a start, that the islands cover an area of ocean as big as Texas, you'll understand the scale of the task. And for readers who have attempted underwater photography, you'll appreciate that it can take several dives just to get one good picture. This book contains 191 superb photos taken throughout the atolls that make up The Maldives. Also included are 114 computer-generated maps with descriptions of over 270 dive sites based on the author's personal research over 12 years. Included in this comprehensive book is information on uninhabited islands, reefs, Protected Marine Areas, heliports, channel names, and some of the better-known dive site locations. The dive site maps show the topography and scale of the reefs, using symbols for features such as caves, overhangs, saddles and canyons, as well as commonly seen fish and marine life. Here divers can get a pre-dive glimpse of what they can expect to see during the dive. EXCELLENT stuff, thoroughly researched and exquisitely photographed. For visitors to The Maldives, who have diving in mind, this book is an absolute MUST HAVE.
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