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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Footprint Travel Guides; 2nd Revised edition edition (30 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190609876X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906098766
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 19.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 476,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you love diving and want to be inspired, just buy it. You won't regret it --Scubaadivsor

This is a strong collection of valuable and informative material that will give experienced divers plenty of ideas, and perhaps a few nods of satisfied nods of agreement, and should also convince scores of novice or reluctant divers to strap on some scuba gear. --The Irish Times

A unique fusion of dive and travel information with over 200 dive site descriptions, full colour photography and maps, Diving the World is an indispensible addition to any travelling diver. --Scubaglobe

This is a strong collection of valuable and informative material that will give experienced divers plenty of ideas, and perhaps a few nods of satisfied nods of agreement, and should also convince scores of novice or reluctant divers to strap on some scuba gear. --The Irish Times

A unique fusion of dive and travel information with over 200 dive site descriptions, full colour photography and maps, diving the World is an indispensible addition to any travelling diver. --Scubaglobe

About the Author

Way back in the 80s we did a round-the-world trek spending long spells in the tropics, floating over vivid coral reefs and wishing we were down below with the divers. At the time our budget didn't extend to learning to dive but within months of returning to London we signed up for a BSAC course, did our first open water dives in the Maldives and all our qualification dives in Cyprus. A few years went by and we became increasingly involved in the diving world as a photo-journalist team with editorial work covering both land and dive travel, marine biology and conservation. A few years later, we took a 'career break' and aimed to dive our way around the world. We didn't manage to see as much as we wanted but it was a great year and led to being published in many international dive magazines, newspapers, travel guides and on the internet. Since then, we have become PADI Master Scuba Divers and our work has become increasingly focussed on dive travel books. We have been lucky enough to return to many of the places we first visited in the 80s and are slowly managing to reach all the other diving destinations we missed in the past. Together, we now run SeaFocus, an information and image-based resource for scuba divers with an ever growing gallery of underwater photos from well known scuba diving holiday destinations across the world along with marine species galleries and information files.


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I was disappointed in this book. The authors have done a lot of diving, but world-class dives that they haven't visited or don't like are omitted and some of their comments, notably about Nitrox diving, are very controversial. I'm an underwater photographer and a medical doctor, so I have a little experience in these areas: a book that misses out the Sudanese Red Sea and Bikini Atoll and yet claims to be a guide to tropical diving is incomplete, at best. The authors say "if you really wanted to know about the English Channel, we didn't do it. It wasn't on anyone's list"; maybe, but the Californian Channel Islands, South Africa, New Zealand, Cocos and Malpelo are cool water locations on many divers' wish-lists (and there are some who are even interested in Scapa Flow!).

What's in the book is very good, but to go Diving the World you need to look elsewere. I recommend Monty Halls' "Dive" and Jack Jackson's "Diving with Sharks" as good places to start.
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This book is great. I love the way it is written with passion and from divers that care how people use their book. I have several other dive destination type books and 'Diving the World' is the only one that comes off the shelf - in fact it's hardly ever 'on the shelf'. I have found their little extras hidden within the book so useful, like using other divers comments about a certain area gives it a more real feel. There is a bit in the back listing their top 5 resort based, liveaboards, topsite and where to return to....it's different to everything else out there and there is enough information in the book about each destination that is covered to get a feel for the place (one book could never cover everywhere in the world and this gives a great cross section. All in all, very useful, well written and great photos. Buy it now!
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This book is excellent, it gives a great idea of the best places to visit and why you should visit them.

The chapters on each area are a great read, but what most appealed to me was the chapter on essentials - it tells you exactly what you need to know when planning a trip.

Well recommended book - every diver should have a copy!
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This book has been a great asset in helping me choose and book my next few dive trips. It's full of ideas of places to go plus lots of practical stuff but what has really made it the perfect book for me is that the authors really understand what divers want. They say they have been to every place in the book and done every dive. Once you start reading you can tell they have and that makes this book worth having. The style is factual but the "real deal" shows through. Plus the dive pictures are great
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Well, I have to disagree about this book.I was given it as a Christmas present by my son before a diving trip to Curacao...Footprint books are normally so thorough. Well, here the pictures are great but it is not "light" on the Caribbean so much as totally non-existant!So give it the title 'Long Haul Diving Destinations' and see if that gets more stars...
For Africa the Tierneys recommend Kenya but diving professionals I know recommend Mozambique,the Quirimbas;Medjumbe and Matemo.

The best way to judge a book like this is to look at areas you do know.

eg Here are their suggestions for Fiji; they recommend only the main islands where I found the diving varied between disappointing and downright dangerous, with the diving pros putting out food to attract sharks.Not my cup of tea.The diving in the outer islands, easily reached by high speed ferry, was however absolutely superb.Can particularly recommend Metamanoa and the Yasawas.

eg2; Western Australia, a wonderful unspoiled coast (10,000 people in 3000 miles of white sand coastline) with superb diving on the worlds longest single reef, the Ningaloo. The clue is that they say 'Some diving is said to be first rate'.This suggests they didnt even try it, but I can say that Coral Bay was a first class diving resort.In the end they say they can't recommend the value in travelling such long distances to get there from overseas ( though WA is closer to Singapore (and Europe) than to Sydney).Instead ,and obviously easier to get to, they recommend the Rowley Shoals a mere 260 km boats trip from WA (yes , the small matter of a "rough 12 hour crossing" just the sort of dive boat trip we like- much better than the 5 minutes to the Nigaloo!!)Also they then suggest the Cocos Islands which mean a flight back over half way towards Java!!

So how can I trust them with areas I don't know...

So , in short, nice photos, but way short of the standards set by Footprint guides.Sorry
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`Diving the World' is a travelogue of dive sites visited by husband-and-wife Beth and Shaun Tierney. Many well known dive destinations and some less well known ones are included, but many important destinations are missing - I was disappointed to find that there's nothing on Bahamas, Cocos, Sudan or the whole North American continent - and the coverage of the Red Sea, Africa and Caribbean is superficial.

Smaller than most other world diving guides, the small page size (6"x 6") is handy, but in my view it's too compact and over-crowded with too much graphic design, so much so that there's not enough space for high impact photographs and maps. Country tables and charts are well presented and informative, but dive site descriptions are often too brief. Whether it's worth the full £19.99 bookshop price is questionable, but I got mine for just over £13 (35% discount) which is OK given the book's shortcomings, so shop around before buying.
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