Dive Atlas of the World

Bookshelf: Dive Atlas of the World

Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites – Jack Jackson (editor)

Dive Atlas of the World
Dive Atlas of the World - edited by Jack Jackson

Tony gave me this gorgeous coffee table book that will have you desperate to get on a plane and fly over to the Bahamas or Truk Lagoon in Micronesia. It features articles on the best diving around the world, including one by our own Chris Fallowsabout shark diving in Cape Town.

Even though it covers some of the most popular and well-known diving destinations, it did reveal some others to me. I had only read about Scapa Flow in the history books, but apparently there is amazing (and terrifying, and freezing cold) diving in amongst the wrecks there. Malta sounds gorgeous, and some of the nicest dives there are shore entries which scores big points in my book.

There are also articles on diving the East coast of South Africa – Sodwana, Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks. Ponta do Ouro also features – a spot very familiar to Tony, who worked there for six months last year. It’s exciting that these local (and nearly local) destinations are ranked among the best diving in the world.

This book isn’t useful as such – in fact, it was the opposite of useful to me, because it’s just made me desperate to pack my bag for twenty exotic diving destinations! That said, it’s gorgeously put together, and excellent for some armchair dive travel if the budget doesn’t permit a trip straight away!

It’s available here if you’re South African, otherwise click here.

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