SCUBA Travel are pleased to release their list of the best selling diving books in 2012. It comprises a mixture of books featuring the best dives from around the world, sea life guides and dive guides to particular places. No books published this year have made it into the top ten though: all were either listed last year or are a re-entry from a previous year.

Here are the top ten: figures in brackets show the previous year’s position.

  1. Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die: Diving Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations
    by Chris Santella
    The fifth in Santella’s bestselling “Fifty Places” series. (1)
  2. Coral Reef Guide Red Sea (Coral Reef)
    by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
    Excellent guide to the fish and invertebrates of the Red Sea. (4)
  3. Coral Reef Fishes: Indo-Pacific and Caribbean
    by Ewald Lieske, Robert MyersAnother from Lieske and Myers, this goes on all my tropical diving holidays. (5)
  4. Ultimate Diving Adventures: 100 Extraordinary Experiences Under Water
    by Len Deeley and Karen Gargani
    Classic dives and secret spots: the authors’ favourite 100 dive spots. (3)
  5. Diving the World
    by Beth and Shaud Tierney
    Some 200 tropical sites have been selected, reviewed and photographed by experienced husband-and-wife team, Beth and Shaun Tierney. (–)
  6. Red Sea Sharks
    by Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch
    Photographic guide to sharks of the Red Sea. (10)
  7. Shipwrecks from the Egyptian Red Sea
    by Ned Middleton
    Eight years of research went into this accurate and definitive guide to the wrecks of the Egyptian Red Sea. (8)
  8. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites
    by Jack Jackson
    300 pages detailing some of the world’s best dive sites. (2)
  9. Thailand (Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Guides)
    by Tim Rock
    Dive sites of Thailand. Includes city guide to Bangkok. (9)
  10. Dive Thailand
    by Paul Lees
    A great guide to diving Thailand. My copy is about 20 years old, but this is the updated version from 2009.(7)

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