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Dive in Style combines world-class diving with stylish accommodation to create unforgettable holiday experiences for people whether they want to dive, snorkel or just relax.

In a series of blogs, Tim Simond, author of best-selling Dive in Style, will share his top holiday picks based on different criteria from his years researching the book. In the latest post he gives his ultimate picks based on a combination of the best diving and best accommodation. You can read all about it on our blog: Dive in Style: Tim’s Top Five: ‘If I Had Just Five Trips Left in Me’

What do you think? Where would your top picks be?

You can follow Dive in Style through a variety of channels:

Our website: Home: Dive In Style
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We look forward to hearing from you.
 

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Seeing as this seems to be an advert for a book I don't feel too guilty about saying the following. I was bought Dive in Style last year and it is terrible. Fortunately I was able to offload it in a batch of books I sold to another YDer.
 

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Hi Outlaw13,

Thanks for the comment. This post was not intended to be an advert for the book, rather for a blog by the book author and the tour operator that we have launched to help people enjoy the destinations included in the book (we are advertisers on this site so I think we are allowed to do that?).

Sorry you didn't like the book. Was there anything in particular about it you didn't like?
 

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From what I remember the book was too much of a coffee table book and not enough useful info. I don't seem to remember any UK locations or even many in Europe. It may just be me but too many glossy pictures and over exhuberent language puts me off.
 

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It is very much a coffee table book combined with a guide and you are right there are no UK locations and only one in Europe. The real aim of the book is to try to open up diving to a demographic that might not otherwise be exposed to it, mainly through linking diving to truly stylish accommodation in exotic locations (and incredible dive spots) around the world.

It's certainly not for everyone and I genuinely appreciate your feedback. Keep it coming!
 

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I am dyslexic I would never dream of reading this literature because it is not the type of magazine a person like me would think of reading.
I have read the best five places on the link informative to a degree obviously to delve deeper in to the website to get more details.
I have a question I realise that people do like these luxurious places to dive and or relax, to give you a bit more background on me
I have dived in the Maldives over the last 15 years 10 times a different island every time some occasions to islands in two weeks.
I have dived in other countries like Zanzibar etc etc. back to my question majority of people on this website like myself prefer diving in this country because we like the various things that we see IE wrecks marine life the only thing we haven't got is a luxurious surroundings.
and why doesn't Magazine's/books concentrate on the English destinations for divers is it just purely because we haven't got constant sunlight and warmer waters, if you could enlighten me if it is any different to what I say it would be appreciated but I don't think it is it just is constant sunlight and luxurious surroundings and even got furious and luxurious surroundings are in United Kingdom they just done like divers
 

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hi divekent. I think that many people like to get out and experience other places, cultures and surroundings and the diving is just one of the things that is different. If you go to Zanzibar, or the Maldives, for example, life is very different both above and below the waves. The diving in the UK can be fantastic and for those of us who live here, UK diving is obvously the most accessible. However, I think there is an appetite for venturing abroad for the experience and the diving and just for the joy of travelling. The stylish accommodation is a bonus though it's not fo everyone. It's worth pointing out as well that many of the trips featured on Dive in Style are not luxurious in the sense of gold tabs and marble floors (though some are) but are more stylish, what you might call 'barefoot luxury'.

And isn't this the worldwide travel forum...

Keep the posts coming!
 

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thank you for the reply. but my question was in two parts which obviously I did not explain this correctly, one why is it that magazines/books do not promote the area that their customers are in. IE if you live on the south coast with white sands luxurious accommodations that they cannot get in the areas they may live, surely they're more accessible to the British people and much cheaper sometimes.
2. or is it that in the United Kingdom we haven't got constant sunlight and divers are classed in the United Kingdom as boisterous and other lower class, i it am not trying to be pedantic it is that I'm just curious of your faults and I am aware this site is for worldwide people.
a another reason I'd like your opinion and faults the cost of these type of holidays in the Maldives Zanzibar Thailand etc etc. are getting very very expensive a very from pounds £5000-£10,000 for one week or two depending where you go in the climate we are in at the present moment only people that earned £30,000 plus a year and really realistically afford the type of holidays that your book Magazine, advertise.
looking forward to your reply. PS I am going to be in the Maldives on a live aboard in August
 

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Best is so subjective, I am doing the best dive on Saturday, It is an hours drive from here and the over night accommodation is great, I call it home.
 

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divekent, sorry for not answering your questions properly the first time. To your first point, indeed British dive sites are more accessible if you live here, and there are many books and magazines that do promote UK diving. From a Dive in Style perspective, we are a tour operator specialising in international travel, often to fairly far-flung places. Our customers, while many of them UK divers, want us to be able to tell them about new and exciting destinations around the world. Most UK divers I know organise their diving through dive clubs and therefore would have no need for a company such as Dive in Style. The book itself, on which the company is built, is aimed at a target market that want to travel the world and are willing to bear the expense. Also, the book has been released internationally so our customers are not just UK-based.
To your second point, I think sunlight is certainly a factor in why companies like Dive in Style (and indeed other travel companies) exist, but I think from a diving perspective, it is much more about the varied experiences you can have in different places around the world. UK diving offers one thing, but diving in the Maldives, or east Africa, or the Caribbean, for example, offers very different things both above and below the waves. From my perspective, I don't think divers are regarded as a lower class. I am not entirely sure I know what you mean?
It is true that the cost of holidays such as those in Dive in Style is high but that reflects the quality of the accommodation and the experience. They will not be for everyone, and there are often ways that people who either don't want to stay in such places, or find them too expensive, can visit these locations on a lower budget.

Where are you going in the Maldives? I was out there a couple of weeks ago. Mantas galore!
 

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hi bythesea, the first edition of Dive in Style sold over 50,000 copies and was printed in 34 countries. For its class of book, i.e. a coffeetable guide, this classes it as a best seller.
 

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Very good, is there a table of sales Vs classification? I always wonder how and who works these things out, i.e. What is the average sale for a coffee table book and what amount needs to be surpassed to class it a best seller. Who makes these decisions or can anyone just say...bestseller in blurb if they so desire? Are there industry controls such as with the music industry there are recognised amounts for gold and platinum sales of a song.

P.S. What are these magazines promoting UK diving, I can't think of any specifically.
 

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Dive in Style combines world-class diving with stylish accommodation to create unforgettable holiday experiences for people whether they want to dive, snorkel or just relax.

In a series of blogs, Tim Simond, author of best-selling Dive in Style, will share his top holiday picks based on different criteria from his years researching the book. In the latest post he gives his ultimate picks based on a combination of the best diving and best accommodation. You can read all about it on our blog: Dive in Style: Tim’s Top Five: ‘If I Had Just Five Trips Left in Me’

What do you think? Where would your top picks be?

You can follow Dive in Style through a variety of channels:

Our website: Home: Dive In Style
Our blog: Dive in Style
Facebook: Log in | Facebook
twitter: Dive in Style (diveinstyle) on Twitter

We look forward to hearing from you.

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to reply to your question - Palau, definitely. However, I checked your website and I think if you're serious about taking this project further then it's worth doing a bit more research and providing more detailed info. Coffee table books are fine, but people on this forum would probably appreciate more detail. For example, I've been to the Palau Pacific Resort, and whilst not necessarily disagreeing with your comments about the place, I think the "diving in style" tag would be much more appropriate for the Ocean Hunter III (max. 16 divers) - and probably the other liveaboards there too.
Anyway, it just so happens that I'll be going back there in August, so if "Dive in Style" wants to sponsor me then do feel free to send me a PM! :D
If you're interested, here's a thread from ages ago, with some Palau video, that should explain my choice:
http://www.yorkshire-divers.com/forums/underwater-video-photography/103976-palau-video.html

Cheers,
Matthew
 

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Hi Matthew,

Thanks for the comment and for the advice on Palau. We are always looking for new destinations to add to our trips so I will definitely look into Ocean Hunter III as it is difficult to find liveaboards where you can genuinely 'dive in style'.
To your point about the information on the website, our aim was not to include everything on the listing for each page, for that there is the book, in which there are around 5 pages per trip looking at the country, the resort, the dive centre and the diving.
Not sure we are in a position to sponsor you just at the moment, we are a new business after all! But I would love to hear more about your trip.

Thanks,
Neill
 

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Where are you going in the Maldives? I was out there a couple of weeks ago. Mantas galore![/QUOTE]

I am going to Hanifaru, Baa Atoll, with a local guy shaft Naeem. think you for answering my questions you have satisfied my curiosity safe diving
 
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