SCUBA Travel have published their annual list of the bestselling diving books and dvds in 2013. Dive Atlas of the World regains its number one spot, after dropping to number five on the list last year. Diving Southeast Asia is a notable re-entry – not seen in the top ten since its publication date of 2009. There are also several completely new entries. Almost all the books (and the single DVD featured) are either highlights of the best diving around the world, or are sealife guides. The notable exception is North Sea Divers – A Requiem. Here are the top ten: figures in brackets show the previous year’s position. If we’ve reviewed a book, we link to the review. Otherwise the links go to the cheapest place we’ve found for you to buy the book.

  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. Coral Reef Fishes: Indo-Pacific and Caribbean by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers Another from Lieske and Myers, this goes on all my tropical diving holidays. (3)
  4. Coral Reef Guide Red Sea by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers Excellent guide to the fish and invertebrates of the Red Sea. (2)
  5. Diving Southeast Asia by Beth and Shaud Tierney Includes over 400 dives in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore. (–)
  6. Diving the World  by Beth and Shaun Tierney Another one by husband-and-wife team Beth and Shaun Tierney who have selected, reviewed and photographed some 200 tropical sites. (9)
  7. Ultimate Diving Adventures: 100 Extraordinary Experiences Under Water Classic dives and secret spots: the authors’ favourite 100 dive spots. (6)
  8. North Sea Divers – A Requiem There have been professional divers in the North Sea since oil exploration began in the 1960s. And since then there have been 58 deaths while diving. The author of North Sea Divers – A Requiem wanted to create a memorial to these divers, whilst at the same time providing a useful text for anyone considering a career as an offshore diver. (–)
  9. Sea Fishes of the Mediterranean Including Marine Invertebrates by Lawson Wood Reveals the fascinating wealth of sea life found in the Mediterranean. (–)
  10. The World’s Best Dive Destinations DVD Visual SCUBA dive guide to the world’s best diving locations (–)

Further Reading: Diving Book Reviews and Interviews with Authors