Taiwan is a Pacific island – actually several islands: a big one and some smaller satellites – surrounded by warm tropical seas. It is easily accessible, has excellent transportation and is a first-world society with out-going, friendly, laid-back people. Especially in the south and on several of the outlying islands, there is some very good scuba diving and also a network of dive centres and resorts with first-class professional staff and equipment. They provide services for a young generation of Taiwanese, who are driving development in the sport with considerable enthusiasm. Yet, when divers elsewhere in the world think about diving destinations, Taiwan is rarely even a blip on their radar screen. Very few people outside Taiwan have ever thought to enquire about the diving there, and very few people inside Taiwan have ever thought to tell anyone about it.


Until now…


In Dive into Taiwan, Simon Pridmore unveils the underwater secrets of these islands and guides you around expertly, making sure you travel easily, dine well and appreciate the unique culture and traditions of Taiwan as well as its marine treasures. This is the first English-language guide to diving the reefs and wrecks of hitherto unknown locations such as Penghu, Xiaoliuqiu, Hengchun, Lanyu (Orchid Island), Ludao (Green Island) and Taiwan’s Northeast Coast and places them firmly on the international diving map.


Authoritative, well written and beautifully illustrated by Taiwanese photographer Kyo Liu’s superb underwater images, Dive into Taiwan opens the door to a new and exciting destination for travelling divers.


"This is the first comprehensive guide to scuba diving in Taiwan ever published, and it has the feel of an instant classic. All in all, this book couldn't be bettered. The author has already three diving guides to various parts of Indonesia under his belt, plus more titles on diving in general. Taiwan, in short, is lucky to have gained his attention. Huge praise must also go to photographer, Kyo Liu. Almost all the underwater photos are his, and they're invariably superb."

Taipei Times, January 2020


"In this book, Pridmore takes the reader beyond the beaches and into the waters of six regions of excellent and exciting diving and snorkelling that the Taiwanese have enjoyed for some time - while the rest of the world has not had much of a clue about it. The beauty of this book is that the author intends it to be an immersive experience in more ways than one. He really wants you to dive not only into the waters, but also the people, the food, the lifestyle... the entire Taiwan experience. I am well up for the challenge and I think many others will find they are as well. This is a refreshing format and, I am guessing, could well be the first in a series of entertaining and informational guides."

Tim Rock - Lonely Planet Author


"I haven't dived in Taiwan, but reading this book has moved it much further up my personal wish list."

Steve Weinman, DIVER Magazine UK