SCUBA Travel are pleased to release the list of our best selling SCUBA books in 2021.There have been some great books published this year which have made the list, plus some old favourites.Here are the top ten: figures in brackets show the previous year’s position.

1. Wild and Temperate Seas: 50 Favourite UK Dives
by Will Appleyard
From highlands to islands, wrecks to reefs and caves (3)

2. 100 Dives of a Lifetime: The World’s Ultimate Underwater Destinations
by Carrie Miller, Brian Skerry, David Doubilet
From National Geographic, includes some beautiful photograps plus marine life guides, travel tips and expert diving advice. (1)

3. Coral Reef Guide Red Sea
by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
Excellent guide to the fish and invertebrates of the Red Sea. (8)

4. Thirteen Lessons that Saved Thirteen Lives: The Thai Cave Rescue
by John Volanthen
The thrilling account of the dramatic Thai cave rescue which saved the lives of thirteen people, from the diver who led the search.(–)

5. Underwater Guide to the Red Sea
by Lawson Wood
Covers both the best dive sites and gives a photographic identification guide to some of the sealife of the Red Sea. A good introduction but if you are serious about identification we recommend Coral Reef Guide Red Sea (9)

6. Aquanaut: A Life Beneath The Surface – The Inside Story of the Thai Cave Rescue
by Rick Stanton
Another account of the Thai Cave rescue this time by British diver Rick Stanton. (–)

7. Exploring Britain’s Hidden World: A Natural History of Seabed Habitats
by Keith Hiscock
a fabulous book, covering a topic that no one has written about before. (5)

8. Reef Life: An Underwater Memoir
by Callum Roberts
The story of how Callum Roberts, Britain’s pre-eminent marine conservation scientist, fell in love with coral reefs and embarked on a thirty-year career. (–)

9. 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. (7)

10. Marine Biology: A Very Short Introduction
by Philip V. Mladenov
accessible and up-to-date overview of marine biology, offering a tour of marine life & marine processes that ranges from the unimaginably abundant microscopic organisms that drive the oceans’ food web to the apex predators


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