Preparatory reading is by no means required as we will take you through our unique Skills Development Programme as part of your expedition. However, if you would like to start familiarising yourself with the marine creatures that you may get to see on the rich reefs of the Philippines, we would recommend the books and websites below. Many of these books are available on site to borrow.


Reef Fish Identification Tropical Pacific 
Publisher: New World Publications (1 Oct 2003) ISBN-10: 1878348361,
Authors: Gerald Allen, Roger Steene, Paul Humann, Ned DeLoach.
A comprehensive fish identification guide covering the fish-rich reefs of the Pacific.
The book we use most at Head Office and on site for fish ID.

Reef Creature Identification Tropical Pacific

Publisher: New World Publications (10 Oct 2017) ISBN: 9781878348449, Authors: Paul Humann, Ned DeLoach


A comprehensive visual field guide to marine invertebrate life in the Tropical Pacific Region.

Nudibranch & Sea Slug Identification - Indo-Pacific 

Publisher: New World Publications (30 Sep 2015) ISBN: 1878348590

Authors: Terrence Gosliner, Angel Valdes, David W. Behrens


Our work on site does not focus on nudibranchs scientifically, however the Philippines is a haven for nudibranchs and many of those who join us catch the nudi-bug! This is a comprehensive guide to the tropical Indo-Pacific nudibranchs and sea slugs.

Corals of the World

Corals of the World is a set of three books by J.E.N Veron that make up the bible for coral taxonomy. Coral ID is a rapidly changing field so as the set is now out of print we recommend using the Corals of the World Website instead. 

Collins Pocket Guide - Coral Reef Fishes
Publisher: Collins; Revised edition edition (4 Jun 2001)ISBN-10: 0007111118
A pocket sized field ID book with illustrations (rather than photos) that enables divers and snorkellers to identify the inhabitants of coral reefs - wherever they are in the world.


Lonely Planet Philippines Travel Guide

Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications, 13th Edition (1 June 2018)

Diving and Snorkeling Philippines (Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling Guides)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 2nd Revised edition (1 April 2010) ISBN-10: 9781741040500