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Dive Maldives: A Guide to the Maldives Archipelago (Atoll Editions) Paperback – 1 Aug 1998
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From the Publisher
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 alternate Paperback edition.
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 alternate Paperback edition.
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