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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
One the whole this book is ok, with several 'unusual' locations and some universally respected contributors. However, a numer of the recommendations come from people who run dive operations in that particular area. Yep, I'm sure their knowledge of their own patch is superb, but that doesn't always mean they are widely travelled or completely unbiased.

I've been fortunate enough to dive in more than 30 countries worldwide, including plenty contained in this book, and there are a number of glaring ommisions.

I'm not saying that this book is a complete waste of time (I've actually been on a trip to Hawaii, as a result of the advice), simply it should be taken for what it is ... a collection of tips from assorted people. Please don't think you're buying "The Definitive Dive Guide".

As some have already mentioned .... no Red Sea ?!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2010
Dive shop brochure descriptions rather than a critical review or guide book. Few pictures. Minimal information on Getting There, Accommodation and Dive shops - generally just the internet link to the dive shop writing the entry.

America-centric. USA and Canadian entries classified by state, while Grand Cayman and Grand Turk considered as United Kingdom (OK so they are British Overseas Territories under UK jurisdiction) while Scapa Flow classified under Scotland - and that's the only European location. No Red Sea or other locations within easy reach of Europe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2013
Not a bad book , worth the money but I think there are better books on the market . A nice add to a collection , but not a must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2010
Excellent book. Very nicely illustrated and the print finish is perfect. I gave it 4 stars as I find that most of us would not be able to go to those places without winning the lottery. But it is a nice book to dream about what you could see and it gives ideas about places that might one day become affordable.

Good coffee table book for sure.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2009
This book contains nothing of the Red sea, If I had not dived the Red Sea before I met my maker I would not have been very happy .... 50 places to dive before you die must contain Sharm and Dahab at the very least. But all please dive safe : )
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2012
I recently received this book from a co-worker for Christmas! It is easily one of my top 3 Christmas presents! (And I got LOTS of dive gear for Christmas!) I really like the format of the book. There is not an abundance of pictures, which is nice. Each of the locations is described by a diver that has actually dived there! The photos that are included tie in with the descriptions nicely. I was actually quite happy it was not just a bunch of post card style photos of places I will only dream of going to. Each description goes into details that divers want to know; what kind of dive can I expect, what wild life can I expect to see, why is the wreck/site unique, what does this site have to offer that others don't.

At the end of each location, there is a few sentences that give tips on getting to the location, and dive operators that are recommended by the person who contributed the location. It is worth noting that there are very few "plugs" made in the book. (i.e. Mr. So-and-so from Xdivers recommends Xdivers Shop on the island...)

There are dives included for all levels of divers. I personally have only been diving for a year, and already I have every holiday for the next 20 years planned!

The only reason there is not a 5th star on the review is because there were no Maps in the books to show where exactly the locations were. However, a few minutes on Google Earth, and all of the locations are easy to find.

In short, if need a gift for a diver that appears to have everything, this book is sure to be a safe bet!
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This is a Christmas present for my stepdaughters partner. He loves diving and has been to Egypt twice recently to dive in the Red Sea. When I was younger I had the opportunity to go diving in the Red Sea with a work mate and others, but for some reason I declined, possibly as I was working in Jeddah and not a country I felt safe in to be honest, particularly if anything may have gone wrong.
We know he will like this book as it introduces other areas around the world to go diving, which is why I have rated it with five stars.
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on 22 December 2011
A very good book for divers! Beautiful underwater photos and an interesting info about 50 diving places, and even suggestions how to get there and where to stay.
Perfect gift! looks very nice and has a good quality!
Im happy I bought it! and it arrived very fast!
Very nice! Thanks a lot!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2011
You're a diver. You're going to die. But you're going to do it in style by diving in the top 50 sites between now and your deathbed.

OK, only joking. It's not really going to happen. You're a diver (true), you're going to die (true), but you have neither the time nor the money to go to the world's top 50 dive sites before it's all over. You can, however, dream about these places, and that's why you buy this book. You want to see the photos of where you'll most likely never go (with, perhaps, one or two exceptions). You want to spend the long winter nights browsing through an ocean of stunning underwater shots of rays, reefs, whales and sharks.

Is this you at all? Then don't buy this book. I haven't counted them all, but there may not even be 50 photos in it. It's page after page after page of text, each one followed by absolutely minimal practical advice about the dive site in question. A real disappointment.Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die: Diving Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations
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on 20 February 2014
In my humble opinion it is missing a few of the best dive sites out (SS Yongala for one example). But it has great pictures and a little about each place. Really makes you want to go to these places. Plus it makes a great coffee table book. Easy to dip in and out of.
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