287 pages, b/w photos, b/w maps
Following the successful previous book, this new and expanded edition is the most informative and comprehensive book available, particularly for the diving fraternity, and will be essential for divers wishing to experience the rich underwater heritage around the 28 Farne Islands. However, it is not only a diver's guide to the Farnes underwater and the surrounding wrecks, as it will also be a must for visitors to the islands with the wealth of information on the area's history and wildlife.
The author has dived every one of the 178 sites and explains what can be seen at each one. This includes the little-known underwater Nature Reserve, north of the North Wamses Island in the Outer Farnes. For ease of location, WGS84 GPS coordinates have been introduced in this new edition for many of the sites. The Farnes and Holy Island: A Comprehensive New Dive Guide also benefits from a vast amount of technical detail and history about the 50 or so extra shipwrecks that have been added to this new edition, many of which can be easily reached from Seahouses and Beadnell harbours. Another major plus for divers who are unfamiliar with the islands' tides, currents, general depths, wrecks and marine life is the author's star rating for each site, so that divers will waste no time in selecting the right and most suitable dive site.
Other interesting features include the sometimes bizarre but fascinating history of the islands and the local villages of Bamburgh, Seahouses and Beadnell, together with information about the local seabirds, wildlife, seals and marine life.
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After qualifying as a sport diver, the author completed almost 3700 dives around the world and has written many articles for diving magazines, being awarded 'The Golden Writer of the Year' by Subaqua Scene's members. He has written a number of books including The Comprehensive Guide to Shipwrecks of the North East Coast, vols. I & II; The Comprehensive Guide to Shipwrecks of the East Coast, vols. I & II; Silent Warriors, vol. II; and The Ultimate Shipwreck Guide, Whitby to Berwick.