Revealed: The SCUBA Diving Bestsellers of 2023

1 January 2024
SCUBA Travel are pleased to release the list of our best selling SCUBA books in 2023. 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.

Coral Reef Guide Red Sea

1. Coral Reef Guide Red Sea
by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
Excellent guide to the fish and invertebrates of the Red Sea. (1)

Reef Life

2. Great British Marine Animals
by Paul Naylor
Organised as an identification guide, what makes this book so special is the commentary on the behaviour of the animals featured. And, of course, the 350 delightful photographs. (--)

Exploring Britain's Hidden World

3. Red Sea Marine Life
by Andrey Ryanskiy
2900 full colour photographs of 2100+ species, including 810+ fish species, 250 cnidarians (corals and relatives) and near 350 species of nudibranchs and sea slugs. (--)

Diving in Malaysia: A Guide to the Best Dive Sites of Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia

4. Diving in Malaysia: A Guide to the Best Dive Sites of Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia
by Kurt Svrcula
Comprehensive guide to over 130 dive and snorkel sites in the region. (--)

Dive Atlas of the world

5. Ethiopia and Eritrea (Lonely Planet Travel Guides)
by Jean-Bernard Carillet & Frances Linzee Gordon
This guide explores the region's national parks, historical sites, tribal villages, modern cities and old monasteries. It contains practical advice for independent travellers, covering getting around and where to stay. It also offers details of the region's tribes and languages. (--)

Wild and Temperate Seas: 50 Favourite UK Dives

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

100 Dives of a Lifetime: The World's Ultimate Underwater Destinations

7. 100 Dives of a Lifetime: The World's Ultimate Underwater Destinations
by Carrie Miller and Brian Skerry
From National Geographic, includes some beautiful photograps plus marine life guides, travel tips and expert diving advice from world-famous National Geographic divers and explorers like Brian Skerry, Jessica Cramp and David Doubilet. (3)

Thirteen Lessons that Saved Thirteen Lives: The Thai Cave Rescue

8. 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.(4)

Underwater Guide to the Red Sea

9. 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 (5)

Amazing Diving Stories

10. National Geographic A Diver's Guide to the World: Remarkable Dive Travel Destinations Above and Beneath the Surface
by Carrie Miller & Chris Taylor
Dive travel experts Carrie Miller and Chris Taylor travelled to 50 inspirational locations around the world-spending more than 250 hours underwater-to bring you this one-of-a-kind guidebook. (--)