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Red Sea Dive Books

Four Good Guides

1. Red Sea Sharks (1999) by Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch
A photographic guide to sharks of the Red Sea, aimed at scuba divers specifically. As well as a stack of stunning photos, the guide includes information on shark biology and behaviour, and includes a compendium of Red Sea sharks, which range from silvertips to silkys. A great guide to take on your Red Sea Liveaboard adventure – unless you scare easily underwater!

2. Shipwrecks of the Egyptian Red Sea (2006) by Ned Middleton
Middleton spent more than eight years researching these Red Sea wrecks, in order to pull this one together. He features 19 major shipwrecks, plus details of 18 smaller and 250 ‘undiscovered’ wrecks. A highly recommended read for Red Sea wreck divers.

3. Red Sea Wrecks Northern Egypt (2008) by Rik Vercoe
Part of Rik Vercoe’s ‘Travelling Diver’ series, this location-specific guide includes information on top dive sites and an integrated log book, which can be fitted into your standard logbook binder. The 16 dive-site descriptions in this book feature the history and background to each location and a regional map of each site: wreck sites include the SS Thistlegorm, Ulysses and Excalibur. Other Red Sea titles in the Travelling Diver series include: Sharm el Sheik; Hurghada; Marsa Alam; and Safaga.

4. Dive Red Sea: The Ultimate Guide (2007) by Simon Rogerson and John McIntyre
Co-authored by writer, Simon Rogerson, and BBC Journalist and Videographer, John McIntyre, this guide focuses on Egypt but also covers Jordan, Yemen, Djibouti, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Eritrea – the perfect all-rounder to read before, or during, a Red Sea Liveaboard trip. Giving a site – by – site guide to some of the Red Sea’s greatest dives, it includes marine-life identification, travel advice and land-based attractions, as well as advice on how to make the most of a Red Sea Liveaboard safari.

One to leave on the shelf?
Hurghada Diving Guide (2001) by Giorgio Mesturini and Massimo Bicciato
This attractive guide is packed with colour photos, 3D drawings of dive sites, detailed information and stacks of colour photos, covering 30 dive sites in total, which range from wrecks to reefs – sounds good, eh? However, according to reviewers, the text is riddled with inaccuracies and shoddy research.

…and one for the kids (1976) by Hergé
The Adventures of Tin Tin: Red Sea Sharks
If you fancy introducing your sprogs to some classic comics, the nineteenth book in the Tin Tin series, sees our hero surviving shipwrecks, fires and enemies, whilst investigating Sheikh Bab El Ehr’s overthrow of the Emir of Khemed. A tenuous link to diving, but it ticks the box for its Red Sea focus!

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