New scuba diving book "Diving in Indonesia – The Ultimate Guide to the World's Best Dive Spots" has been recently released and ScubaWorld.com got an opportunity to be among the first ones to review it.
The author Sarah Ann Wormald did her first dives in Bali in 2007 and she was immediately hooked. That's not a surprise since Indonesia's archipelago is usually referred as one of the best diving destinations around the world. Besides the world class diving and unique marine life the author was also fortunate to meet and work with lovely and friendly people.
The book covers popular diving areas in Indonesia including Java, Bali, Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara, Maluku and Raja Ampat. It includes a lot of information about different dive sites, liveaboards, marine life, best times to visit, dive operators, accommodation and other useful tips. The book has also good and detailed maps and beautiful pictures below the surface which makes you to want to book a dive trip right away :)
ScubaWorld.com was privileged to get an interview from the author.
Hi Sarah! First of all we would like to thank you for a great and informative book!
Could you tell us what made you to write this book about diving in Indonesia?
Originally I just wanted to write a small pocket guide to the island I was living on at the time - Nusa Lembongan. I approached Periplus and they thought that the project was too small but asked me to cover all of Indonesia - I was so excited!
Do you recommend some specific area for divers visiting in Indonesia for the first time?
Yes - Bali and Sulawesi are great places for beginners with a lot of variety of marine species and reefs. They are also very well set up for tourism but you can still choose to be in quiet and traditional areas.
What is the most memorable event during your dives in Indonesia?
A whales shark at Manta Bay on Nusa Penida, Bali. Completely unexpected and the manta rays were there too. Also, diving with a pod of dolphins in Alor and for underwater photography I can't stay away from the Lembeh Strait - It's amazing.
Until now, how many logged dives do you have in total and how many of those are from Indonesia? What kind of dive certification do you have?
I am a PADI Master Instructor, I have over 2,500 dives. Over 2,200 in Indonesia!
Would you like to say something for ScubaWorld.com readers?
Explore Indonesia - it is an epic place to dive but when you are here treat it with respect. Try not to damage reefs, enjoy the wonderful marine life without disturbing it, take only pictures and leave only bubbles.
Here at ScubaWorld we also encourage divers to practice "Take only pictures, leave only bubbles" philosophy during all your dives. We wish you some unforgettable dives in Indonesia like Sarah have experienced.
If you are planning a dive trip to Indonesia we would recommend this book to get most of your trip. The size of the book is also convenient to take with you on your trip to the world's largest chain of islands.
This book was released in March 22nd, 2016 and you can find more information about it from Amazon.
Author: Sarah Ann Wormald
Pages: 304 (paperback)
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Published: March 22, 2016