The Best Dive Sites of the World by Egidio TrainitoThe Best Dive Sites of the World by Egidio Trainito

The Best Dive Sites of the World

EditorEgidio Trainito, Kurt Amsler

Hardcover | November 1, 2000

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This double–sized, richly illustrated dive guide features more of the very best sites from Abbeville's critically acclaimed diving series.

From the Great Barrier Reef to the Florida Keys, from Polynesia to the Caribbean, from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, this volume charts the globe for the worlds best dive sites. The short chapters covering each of the 50 dives provide crucial data and full–color, three–dimensional maps to provide the information diving enthusiasts need to plan their dives for maximum enjoyment.

Like every guide in the series, the lively text by dive experts has been vetted by Diving Science and Technology Corporation (DSAT), which is a corporate affiliate of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), making these the most reliable guides for the expert as well as the first–time diver.
Egidio Trainito is an underwater naturalist and specialist in marine photography and marine biology. He is one of Italy's most renowned underwater photographers and has contributed to several books on underwater diving and various Italian magazines. Kurt Amsler is a photographer and diver who has received more than 100 awards for his...
Title:The Best Dive Sites of the WorldFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:299 pages, 11.88 × 10.63 × 1.1 inShipping dimensions:11.88 × 10.63 × 1.1 inPublished:November 1, 2000Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0789206773

ISBN - 13:9780789206770


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Excerpt from: The Best Dive Sites of the WorldIntroduction by Egidio TrainitoSeventy–five percent of the surface of the earth is covered by seas and oceans, but even this enormous liquid expanse represents very little of the entire mass of the planet. Imagine the earth as a tennis ball that you submerge in a bucket of water; the water on the surface of the planet is the equivalent of what remains on the tennis ball after you take it out of the bucket. Yet we know this relatively small quantity of water very little. The aquatic environment has rules and conditions profoundly different from those for which our body has been structured, and even if we have managed to conquer almost every square foot of the land, our exploration below the surface of the seas is very recent, the result of limited and unsystematic research. Then there is the problem of depth: almost anyone can descend to 70 feet (20 meters) below the surface of the sea, and as far as 160 feet (50 meters) in relative tranquility using modern technology, but beyond that depth technical, organizational, economic, and physiological problems are so great as to reduce to insignificance the numbers of people able to do so and the time dedicated to it worldwide.Despite these limitations in our knowledge of marine environments, millions of ordinary people have begun to visit the seabed in hundreds of tourist resorts and cruise destinations around the world; in some areas and stretches of coast, we know every single cranny down to a depth of 130 feet (40 meters). We recognize a large number of different forms of life, and many creatures have become stars, with divers lining up to observe them. Most of the activity takes place in the warm waters of the planet, where barrier reefs proliferate, but less warm waters such as the Mediterranean are also visited, and even downright cold ones farther north or in the extreme south have their enthusiasts. Every dive has its own attraction, whether you are observing the colors of a barrier reef, swimming through a forest of kelp, moving slowly over a sandy seabed, or visiting the architectural wonders below the surface of the Mediterranean. And there is no more beautiful place than where you are, even if each diver has his or her own favorite site.This last factor has also been a problem in drawing up a guide of the fifty loveliest dives in the world. Choosing from the multicolored kaleidoscope of the depths of the whole planet is not only a difficult task in itself, it is also arbitrary. However, the dives described in this guide are all superlative, and not just for their geographical context; more importantly, they are all within the reach of the normal underwater tourist.This book can be read on different levels. For experienced divers who have traveled around the world, it can serve as a souvenir album to refresh fading memories and perhaps help put names to underwater plants or creatures. For those considering diving for the first time, it can be used to choose where to go, to kindle particular interests, or just to stimulate daydreams on the sofa at home.The book is laid out so that you can see at a glance the differences and similarities between places or the organisms that populate them; it also allows you to find out where to see whale sharks, large groupers, a particular small fish, or a special symbiotic relationship. Not only does it bring to life the deeps in individual parts of the globe, but its distribution map of individual species or entire groups covers the seas worldwide, creating a veritable atlas of marine species. Each of you can choose, as you do underwater, the theme you wish to explore—for example, the waters of the Indian or Pacific Oceans, or the enormous variety of groupers inhabiting the deep waters of the worlds seas, or perhaps the extraordinary diversity of the small group of fish that nearly everyone calls anemone fish, but which contains thirty different species, sometimes restricted to very narrowly defined areas. The book also allows you to build up an overall picture of the varied world of invertebrates (though without any pretense of going into great detail), demonstrating that the menagerie below the waves is not very difficult to understand, as the basis of life is the same for all aquatic creatures. Many of the dives described are contained within protected areas, and often this is the reason for the exceptional beauty of the sites and the richness and peculiarities of their life forms. Here the diver might find organisms that would otherwise be very difficult to approach. Natural interest, aesthetic value, and effective conservation measures are so closely linked as to be almost inseparable, and together they help to distinguish the worlds most beautiful underwater sites.Finally, one can just leaf through this book to make ones personal, virtual journey below the waves, bearing in mind the words of Christopher Columbus: "And the sea will give every man new hopes, just as sleep brings dreams."

Table of Contents

Table of Contents from: The Best Dive Sites of the World

List of the Sites

Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea: Bahamas–Little Bahama Bank; Florida Keys–Key Largo–Molasses Reef; Cuba–Cayo Largo–Cabezeria de Cayo Blanco; Cuba–Isla de la Juventud–Cabo Francés; Mexico–Cozumel–Santa Rosas Wall; Belize–The Blue Hole; Grand Cayman–Three Sisters; Dominican Republic–Isla Catalina; Brazil–Fernando de Noronha Ponta da Sapata

Mediterranean Sea: Spain–Medas Islands–Carall Bernat; France–Hyères Islands–The Gabinière Sandbank; Italy–Portofino–The Mount; France–Lavezzi Island–Merouville; Italy–Tavolara–The Secca del Papa; Italy–Strait of Messina–Mount Scilla; Italy–The Island of Ustica–The Colombara Bank; Greece–Corfù–The Island of Colovri

Red Sea: Tiran Island–Jackson Reef; Sharm el Moya–Ras Umm Sid; Ras Mohammad–Shark Reef; Gubal Strait–Bluff Point; Hurghada–Careless Reef; Hurghada–Erg Abu Ramada; Brothers Islands–Little Brother; Shaab Rumi–Precontinente II

Indian Ocean: Madagascar–Nosy Be–Nosy Tanikely; Seychelles–Mahe–Brissare; Maldives–Ari Atoll–Lucky Hell; Maldives–Ari Atoll–Maaya Thila; Maldives–Felidu Atoll–Foththeyo; Burma–Myanmar–Black Rock; Thailand–Similan Islands–Hin Pousar; Thailand–Hin Daeng

Pacific Ocean: Philippines–Cebu–Pescador Island; Philippines–Tubbataha Reef–Jessie Beazley Reef; Malaysia–Sipadan–South Point; Malaysia–Layang Layang–Gorgonian Forest–Indonesia–Bali–Tulamben; Indonesia–Manado–Likuan 2; Indonesia–Wakatobi–Mari Mabuk; Papua New Guinea–Gulf Kimbe of South Ema; Micronesia–Palau–Blue Corner; Australia–Lizard Island–Cod Hole; Australia–Flinders Reef–Cod Wall; Australia–The Pinnacle; Australia–Tasmania–Golden Bommie; Polynesia–Rangiroa–Tiputa Pass; Polynesia–Bora Bora–Tupitipiti Point; Galapagos–Isabela–Roca Redonda; California–Catalina–Avalons Casino Point Dive Park

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