3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Gift for ANY diver!,
This review is from: Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die: Diving Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations (Hardcover)
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!