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New Book by Tim Rock and David Fleetham: 50 Best Dives in Hawaii
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, July 9, 2020 @ 09:00 AM (EST)

Tim Rock and David Fleetham have announced the forthcoming fifth book in the series, The Ultimate Guide to the Essential Sites: The 50 Best Dives in Hawaii. The other guides in the series cover Indonesia, Micronesia, the Philippines, and Japan.

The book has 192 full-color pages and features site and regional descriptions as well as practical information on Hawaii’s best dives, from its famous blackwater dives to its popular manta and shark dives—and everything in-between.

The book is being launched through Kickstarter, with rewards including the book in electronic and print form, T-shirts, sun masks, and photo prints.


The new book “The 50 Best Dives in Hawaii, The Ultimate Guide to the Essential Sites” by David Fleetham and Tim Rock is almost out and there is now a Kickstarter page to promote the book and throw in some cool supporter perks. You can get the e-book, full-color print book in softcover, book release T-shirt, Hawaii sun mask and even prints from the authors. When the travel starts again, be ready for an amazing trip to dive and explore Hawaii with this latest offering from The 50 Best Dives series.

David Fleetham and Tim Rock are lifelong photojournalists who specialize in the undersea realm. Rock lives in Guam and David lives in Maui, Hawaii. They have both been in the Pacific region for more than three decades. “We have worked on a number of projects together and one evening came up with the idea to add Hawaii to my series ‘The 50 Best Dives,’” said Tim. The other books in the “50 Best Dives” series include Micronesia, The Philippines, Indonesia and Japan. Rock has published a number of books himself and also with Lonely Planet. Both contribute on a monthly basis to magazines all over the world. And both have dived and snorkeled in Hawaii extensively over those years, especially Fleetham, of course, who lives there.

Our goal is modest and we are offering copies of this 192-page book in e-Book form suitable for either Apple or Kindle readers, also the physical soft-cover book plus some fun perks in support of the project.

The Hawaiian Islands conjure up exotic visions of white sand beaches, blue waters, great scenery and a friendly and welcoming culture. As the 50th state in the USA, it is unique. And the waters below these islands are also special, with more endemic life than perhaps any dive destination in the world. In this comprehensive book, the first of its kind, we pick the 50 best dives in Hawaii and give you the inside information on each fascinating spot.

From the best places to see manta rays, sharks, fish schools and odd, rare, tiny critters to the amazing blackwater dives in the inky dark of the night, you’ll travel with the pros to experience the cream of the crop in the seas off Hawaii’s shores. The book has 192 full-color pages.

Authors Tim Rock and David Fleetham are internationally published photojournalists and authors, with decades of Hawaiian dive experience. Fleetham resides in Maui and works as a professional ocean photojournalist and Rock resides in the western Pacific and makes frequent trips to Hawaiian waters. Their years of experience make this one of the most informative and beautifully illustrated books ever written about Hawaii’s undersea resources.

The “50 Best Dives” series is for active divers and armchair travelers alike. It takes the reader to not only the popular spots in a region but also some of the lesser dived yet most fascinating spots. This book is a veritable candy store of the finest diving and snorkeling Hawaii has to offer and gives you a great tour of the waters of this special state.

Inside: Site Descriptions, Approximate Depths, Dive Tips, Practicalities, Islands, Reefs, Wrecks, Critters, Endemics, Culture

From book author Simon Pridmore: “What a welcome book! This latest addition to the ‘50 Best Dives’ series takes us on a safari around the diving hotspots of Hawaii, a destination often overlooked by scuba divers. I had heard about the whales and the mantas but had no idea that there was so much variety here—shipwrecks, sharks, seals, critters, great reefs and a lot of endemic creatures. Hawaii is now high on my diving bucket list. Rock and Fleetham have done a great job with this, offering fascinating background information, lots of local secrets and a selection of absolutely superb images.”



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