Guidebooks

The Reef Smart Guides Dive, Snorkel and Surf travel series is ideal for fans of Lonely Planet, who are looking for information about the diving, snorkeling and surfing opportunities for a specific destination. Most travel guides stop at the water’s edge and therefore leave out some of the most engaging environments a travel destination might have to offer.

Reef Smart Guides is the definitive resource for travelers and locals who like to explore the aquatic environment, particularly SCUBA divers, snorkelers and surfers. With the help of our unique 3D-modelling technology, we have produced detailed, photo-realistic maps of the underwater environment, packed with vital information such as access points, depths, currents, waves, suggested routes, notable features and potential hazards. Each guide also contains a detailed species section at the back of the book that includes information on approximately 100 different species, specific to that particular region.

Collectively, the information in our guidebooks represents an indispensable resource that divers and snorkelers can use to make the most of their time in the water as they explore sites in a safe and environmentally responsible way. Make sure to pack these guidebooks with the rest of your gear – don’t go diving without them!

Where to buy

Reef Smart Guides are available online from Amazon and at many major book retailers across North America and Europe, including Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, Indigo and Chapters, Target, Walmart, Book & Books and Waterstones. They are also available at on-island dive operators and book retailers. If one of our guidebooks has helped improve your dive or snorkel trip, please leave an online review withAmazon. It really helps spread the word!

You can download a sample of our guidebooks here.

Current titles

These are the locations currently available in the Reef Smart Guides Dive, Snorkel and Surf series, in alphabetical order:

Barbados

In-depth analysis and 3D models of 21 dive and snorkel sites, including the famous Carlisle Bay area. Six surf sites and 89 species documented. 184 pages in length.

Published: January 15, 2019.

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Bonaire

In-depth analysis of 72 dive and snorkel sites including 3D models of 27 of the island’s most popular spots such as 1000 Steps, Karpata and Salt Pier. 95 species documented. 281 pages in length.

Published: December 15, 2018.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

In-depth analysis and 3D models of 21 dive and snorkel sites, including the famous Carlisle Bay area. Six surf sites and 89 species documented. 184 pages in length.

Published: January 15, 2019.

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Grand Cayman

Descriptions of 245 unique dive and snorkel sites and detailed 3D models of 47 of the island’s most popular sites, including the Kittiwake, Babylon, Devil’s Grotto, Doc Poulson, Snapper Hole, The Maze and many more. 105 species documented. 328 pages in length.

Published: October 27, 2020.

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Northwest Florida

Descriptions of 137 dive and snorkel sites, including two freshwater springs. 3D models of 48 of the region’s most popular sites, including the Oriskany, Tarpon and Empire Mica. Includes 27 shore-accessible sites along the Gulf Coast, six surf sites and a 33-page species section. 336 pages in length.

Published: May 21, 2021.
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Palm Beach, Florida

In-depth analysis and 3D models of 40 dive and snorkel sites, including five wreck treks. Modelled sites include the world-famous Blue Heron Bridge, the MV Castor and the lengthy Mizpah Corridor. Six surf sites and 107 species documented. 288 pages in length.

Published: October 15, 2019.

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