Dive Red Sea: The Ultimate Guide Paperback – 15 Mar 2007
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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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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.Read more ›
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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Bought this book for my son ahead of him going on a diving holiday in the red sea. The book has information on different areas in the locality. Beautiful pictures.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
With fabulous pictures, beautifully written and excellent clear information, this is a really enjoyable book. Read morePublished on 18 May 2007 by M. Mann