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Top 10 Books about Diving, Marine Life and Underwater Exploration

Bad day for diving? Join the world’s greatest explorers for an underwater adventure from the comfort of your sofa. Check out some of our favorite books about the ocean, scuba diving and underwater exploration.

Best-Selling Books About Scuba Diving

Each year PADI publishes a list of the best gifts for scuba divers. Here are two that are perennially popular:

Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die

Airplane Reads – The Best Books for Long Flights

Headed to a faraway dive destination? These page-turners will make that long flight feel a lot shorter.

  • The Soul of an Octopus – learn about the remarkable superpowers of this cephalopod, this book is packed with fun facts and heartfelt stories and is also available in a special audio/visual edition for Kindle.
  • Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves – an introduction to freediving and an exploration of what marine mammal superpowers may be accessible to humans, also available for Kindle and as an audiobook.
  • Shadow Divers – an engrossing true story of two divers who risk everything to solve a historical mystery, also available on Kindle and as an audiobook.
Shadow Divers - Robert Kurson

Scuba Diving Coffee Table Books

Love diving and the underwater world? These books are full of incredible images and make a great conversation piece for your home or office.

100 Dives of a Lifetime - National Geographic - Signed

Books About the Ocean for Kids

Inspire kids to care about the ocean and spark their curiosity for underwater exploration with these fun and educational books:

Shark Lady - Jess Keating

Deep Dives

These books are not “light reads,” but if you’re keen on maritime history, the science of diving, or the study of whales, these books might be for you.

Spying on Whales - Nick Pyenson

After reading some of the books above, you may be inspired to get first-hand experience diving historic wrecks, learning how to freedive, or observing marine animal behavior

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