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Dive Red Sea: The Ultimate Guide Paperback – 15 Mar 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ultimate Sports Publications Ltd (15 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954519930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954519933
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 2.5 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 549,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Of the eight nations with Red Sea coastlines, Egypt has attracted the greatest number of diving visitors, and continues to do so. DIVE RED SEA offers fresh new insights into the classic Egyptian dives, as well as exploring a few spots that have recently been discovered.


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At first sight, this is a visually stunning book. On closer examination, however, it soon becomes a great disappointment. In a product which attempts to be all things to all divers, we find the following pages devoted to each country covered; Aqaba 18, Eilat 10, Egypt 128, Eritrea 10, Djibouti 10, Yemen 8 and finally 18 pages on Saudi Arabia added as though they were an afterthought. These are followed by a limited attempt at marine life identification, courses in underwater photography and underwater videography, lessons in buoyancy control (all of which have no place here!) and finally a section on surface attractions such as the Valley of the Kings, the Sphinx and so forth. In short, a little bit of everything and nothing of substance.

The entire product is well padded-out with images of a reasonable standard - most of which are fish. Some are stunning, others blurred and many disappointing. The double spread picture of a Lionfish across pages 98/99, for example, is spoiled by the book’s central crease obliterating most of the subject.

The coverage of those shipwrecks which are included is basic and almost amounts to the vessel’s name and “sank in whatever year.” Much of the artwork is hopelessly inaccurate. The actual wrecks of the Carnatic, Chrisoula K and Kimon M (to name but three) are very different from the images portrayed and the overturned decking on the Thistlegorm is described as a “sheet metal roof” - something which betrays the authors’ overall lack of knowledge of their subject! Whilst the artwork itself is of the lowest quality, each shipwreck is portrayed in dark grey with the adjacent seabed being light grey. Not the colours I have ever encountered and something which leaves each wreck looking very dark and foreboding instead of welcoming and exciting.
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Very good work, lots of dive sites. Thorough description of the dives especially of the wrecks. I went to Sharm El Sheikh and the Southern Sinai section had all the dives I made with the Dive Centre. A valuable companion to my vacations. The recommended depths of 30m should not discourage divers from diving the dive spots on shallower depths.
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Great book especially if you dive these places, a good reference and a well needed reminder on those cold days at home when the warm blue waters of the red sea are far away. I would not get this as a traveling guide, more refer before going or spend a fortune on your luggage allowance
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This is an excellent book and it is without doubt, the best I have seen of this type. A very good purchase.
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This is a stunning book with amazing photographs. Given as a gift to a diver who thoroughly enjoyed it. Packed full of pictures of Red Sealife
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"There's something unmistakable about a Red Sea reef", writes Simon Rogerson. "To swim through one of this area's trademark maze of table and staghorn coral is to explore an underwater Eden, one of the most beautiful and diverse on the planet". This book is an attempt to nail down some of the classic dives sites of this fabulous sea. From the shallow coral gardens of Aqaba to the off-shore reefs of the `deep south', the Red Sea's best diving zones are described in some detail, accompanied by some pretty stunning photography. Of course, it's also an unforgiving sea - and hence the numerous wrecks which have been created, many of which are also described here.
In such a vast area (the Red Sea is 1900km long), there are always going to be places which are missed out or perhaps not given quite enough coverage in a book of this type. One of my own favourite areas is Dahab, which I think has the best shore diving in the region. The book only describes one dive there, the infamous Blue Hole, ignoring many other great spots. But that's Ok with me - it keeps the crowds down in the honeypots of Sharm. The chapters on Sudan, Eritrea and Yemen are also pretty thin but again, they don't really hold that much appeal to mainstream divers.
Another review here complains about the Red Sea map being produced sideways. Actually, I thought this gave quite an interesting perspective on the region. It's not like you're expected to use it to navigate to a dive site, is it? Overall, this is a great book for new visitors to the region.
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