I have to admit that scuba diving scares me. I had many chances to learn – I’m from Singapore and lots of people in Singapore scuba dive and there are so many lovely spots in the region to scuba dive at. But I never did. There’s something about the open water that puts a tremble in my hands. I love to swim – and I’m quite a good swimmer – but I like to swim in a swimming pool, where I can see the bottom and the walls and know where things start and stop. The open sea is not for me.
But I do love the sea and beaches and got to live for a year right across the beach in Brighton, England, and that is still one of the best years of my life.
My kids also have a fascination for things underwater. And my 5-year-old and I sat down and went through the book together, he marveling at all the wrecks sharks and rays, me mesmerized by all the corals and the manta rays. And who knows, maybe one day my kids will learn to scuba dive and go and explore some of these amazing and beautiful places.
So you don’t have to be a diver to appreciate a book like this. The beautiful photos are impressive but the book also opened my eyes to many places I’ve never heard of, like Wakatobi National Park in Indonesia which looks like a gorgeous beach resort (and which I’ve bookmarked as a possible future travel destination!). I was intrigued by the various shipwrecks that I would never have heard of if not for this book, like the S.S. Thistlegorm, a WWII steamship on the bottom of the Red Sea. There’s the remote, relatively untouched Ascension Island in the South Atlantic, where Charles Darwin once stopped at. And even a missile silo in Royal City, Washington, where divers can “indulge your inner James Bond”.
This was a great book to pore over and dream up travel plans with.
I received this book from its publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for a review.
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I highly doubt I’ll ever have the guts to dive anywhere, but I want this book solely for the photos! Thanks for being on this tour!
Sara @ TLC Book Tours
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You’re welcome! The photos are especially lovely
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Nice picture! The sea is definitely frightening, with its power. And the English Channel is cold too.
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The waters around England must be really cold to dive in!
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