As a professional underwater photo-journalist & author, I am probably best described as a globe-trotting diver. As such I need access to information on how to get there, where to stay, with whom to dive and, of course, everything there is to know about the dive sites, seasons, temperatures etc. Unfortunately, there are an awful lot of books out there which do not include such information whilst still claiming to a guide!
Thankfully, this is one of those books I am able to recommend for three very good reasons. Firstly the information is all there, secondly it comes from Lawson Wood - one of the most trusted sources in the game and thirdly it’s what Lonely Planet do best!!!
Following their well-established format, we commence with an introduction by the author and potted histories to both the country itself (something I regard as ESSENTIAL reading for any visitor) and its geography. What follows is equally important for those who are in the process of planning a diving trip and includes; Climate, getting there, cities, getting around, entry, money, time, electricity, weights & measures, what to bring, underwater photography, accommodation, dining, and shopping.
For those divers who are NOT like me - I just have to be underwater all the time, with, perhaps, families to consider, the next part of the book covers those attractions found in Tobago and then Trinidad. The next sub-heading deals with Diving Health & Safety before the final part of this introductory session includes information on Diver Certification and the Pisces rating system. In short, we are now only at page 41 and the book has covered all you need to know prior to departure.
For the enthusiast, what follows are the descriptions of the various dive sites which make this destination so appealing and these are as fascinating as any selection from any country - anywhere. Divided into the different sites of Tobago followed by Trinidad there is far too much information here for me to include in a review. These are followed by a section on Marine Life, Conservation and Awareness and, finally, Listings of; accommodations, dive facilities and tourist offices.
Altogether, I would suggest this work is as complete as one would hope to find and certainly a very useful addition to my own library.
on 20 April 2008
A wonderful book, giving a real insight into most of the dive sites in Tobago (and a few for Trinidad).
This book gives a wonderfully detailed account of where to find each dive site, what to find at each dive site, what type of dive it is, the average depth, the visibility and the experience level required.
Maps of the island have been created, dividing the island into different areas, and each dive site is clearly marked on these maps.
Each description also gives a colour photograph of the dive, and there is even a brief fish ID guide at the back.
The beginning of the book also gives such useful tourist information, such as the currency, island slang, climate, how to get there, electricity, time zone, entry and exit, weights and measures used, business hours, accommodation, film processing locations, dining and food, shopping and music of the islands.
The guide also gives you a "Diving Health & Safety" section, and useful contact information for various services.
This guide is a MUST for anyone going diving in Tobago, and is most definitely the best book I have found on visiting Tobago so far!