SCUBA Travel are pleased to release their list of the 2008 best selling diving books and DVDs. For the fifth consecutive year, The Dive Atlas of the World retains its top spot! Its author, Jack Jackson, achieves two entries in the list: Diving with Giants is a new entry at number nine. Another new entry, this time at number three, is Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die. This was only published last October but sold masses of copies in the run up to Christmas. Perhaps the best performer though is the Blue Planet DVD which has not been out of the top ten since the list began in 2001.

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

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. (1)

2. Dive in Style by Tim Simond,
An illustrated book combining the best of travel, lifestyle and nature photography (6)

3. 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. (–)

4. Coral Reef Fishes: Indo-Pacific and Caribbean by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
A compact, guide to over 2000 species of fish you might see whilst diving on coral reefs. (7)

5. Thailand (Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Guides), by Tim Rock
Dive guide to Thailand. Includes city guide to Bangkok. (–)

6. Dive: The Ultimate Guide To 60 Of The Worlds Top Dive Locations by Monty Halls,
Describes 60 of the world’s best diving areas, and highlights specific dives not to be missed whilst you are there (2)

7. Coral Reef Guide Red Sea by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
Covering jellyfish, corals, nudibranchs, starfish, sea urchins, fishes and turtles of the Red Sea. (3)

8. Diving the World, by Beth and Shaun Tierney
Reviews 200 dive sites. (–)

9. Diving with Giants, by Jack Jackson
Features the best places to dive with pelagic species. (–)

10. The Blue Planet DVD
The BBC television series on DVD – action shots of the intriguing behaviour of the underwater world with commentary by David Attenborough. (9)

SCUBA Travel (scubatravel.co.uk) provide an impartial guide to diving around the world. The SCUBA Travel website includes descriptions of dive sites, reviews of dive operators, notes on how to get to destinations and book reviews. In short, it aims to help divers plan their next diving expedition and find the best dive sites whilst they are there. The SCUBA Travel Best Seller list is compiled from purchases made at the SCUBA Travel web site throughout the year.

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