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The Dive Sites of the Philippines (Dive Sites of the World) Paperback – 1 Feb 1996
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One of a series describing dive sites of the world, this volume covers the coast of the Philippines. A varied range of topics is discussed, including general diving conditions in the Philippines, learning to dive, tips and techniques as well as equipment. More than 180 dive sites are described, providing practical information on bearings, access, depths and temperatures, as well as maps, interesting features and information boxes, with advisories at the end of each region. Other information includes marine conservation, the divers code of practice, safety measures and first aid, underwater photography, and a list of marine organizations, as well as advice on where to stay.
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The book works, and works well because of several reasons.
First, it provides (still valid) contact information on dive operators and lodging providers in the different areas, as well as providing general ideas on price range for these operations.
Second, the book gives a good briefing and summary of the different dive locales in the Philippines, providing pros and cons, as well as tips that are useful to the would-be traveller.
Third, the book provides a near-comprehensive listing of specific dive sites in the different locales. While the underwater environment changes, it does so slowly, and practically all assessments and descriptions still hold. It provides info on what to expect in terms of depths, surface conditions, currents, as well as what to see. It also provides a quick rating in the form of stars, as to how good the sites are. These are highly accurate, although some have been under-rated, in my opinion.
Fourth, the photography is great. The book has been designed well, and is quite engaging. Full-color photographs are peppered throughout the book.
The text is getting old, but that doesn't change the fact that it holds its promise well of talking about the dive sites in the Philippines.
I can understand why no one has come up with anything to replace this book. It would be a tough to top or even match. Mr. Jackson has done a really great job of this one.
After diving the Philippine Archipelago, I can only understand and appreciate the book more and more.
a philippine divemaster