Posted on

Praise for Treasures, Shipwrecks and the Dawn of Red Sea Diving

printed hard cover and jacket product photos 9781909455535

A selection of advance reviews of Howard Rosenstein’s stunning memoir, Treasures, Shipwrecks and the Dawn of Red Sea Diving: A pioneer’s journey. Published July 2024.


‘Once in a great while a book comes along that combines masterful storytelling, riveting adventure, charismatic characters, and meaningful messages that will continue to haunt you long after the last page is turned. For me, Treasures, Shipwrecks and the Dawn of Red Sea Diving is that book… I urge readers to dive into this book for vicarious adventure, for insight into a life well lived, for reasons why you, too, should succumb to the urge to submerge, and for unbelievable stories that are most wonderful because they are true.’

Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer, Founder of Mission Blue (from the Foreword)


‘A rollicking fun tale… scuba divers worldwide are indebted to them.’

Kathy Sullivan, history-making astronaut and oceanographer


‘A fascinating story. Howard’s diving life took him from ancient history, to being among the first to see sharks mate in the wild, to world politics as his pioneering efforts helped make the wonders of the Red Sea available to divers from around the world.’

Marty Snyderman, underwater photographer, author and photojournalist


‘A captivating voyage through the exotic wonders of the Middle East, above in the Sinai desert and beneath the cobalt blue waters of the fabled Red Sea. His ability to traverse cultures and disciplines while remaining true to his vision is inspiring. This book records one man’s adventures pioneering scuba diving during high politics in the Middle East and is a testament to the transformative power of curiosity, determination, love for the ocean and the desert, and respect for the world around us. I urge you to pick up a copy and embark on this thrilling journey’.

Amos Nachoum, award winning nature photographer and diving travel pioneer,


‘Howard Rosenstein had a dream that he made a reality – he built, and they came.’

David Doubilet (from the Foreword)


‘A fascinating story that, if it was not the real-life of Howard Rosenstein, it would make a first-class adventure novel. The book details Howard’s work with the top underwater photographers and marine scientists in the world as they dived, photographed and researched some of the most pristine marine environments in the world. Howard’s love for the marine environment went well beyond science and involved bringing the world and all its varied and sometimes contentions partners together for the sake of tourism and conservation. This is not only a story worth reading, it’s a story worthy of sharing with everyone who loves the sport of scuba diving and the underwater world.’

 Dan Orr, Diving Industry Consultant


‘If you are like most divers, you’ve probably dreamed of that once-in-a-lifetime dive trip, exploring some far-off, exotic ocean on reefs that have never been dived before, walking on deserted, white sand beaches where there is no sign of another human being and of sailing, day after day, never seeing another vessel…

In 1993, a small group of us – photographers, writers and film-makers – had this rare opportunity, in an utterly audacious venture that only the most confident and competent leader, Howard Rosenstein, and his crew, could accomplish. We explored and dived a virgin area spread out over 650 miles of the western Indian Ocean between Mahe, Seychelles and the near-mythical Aldabra Atoll, in what was thought to be the first large-scale diving expedition in this area since Cousteau’s famous discovery-voyage in 1954.

We were to quickly discover why Howard had emerged as one of the pioneers of live-aboard and Red Sea diving. Having participated in this near-unimaginable dive voyage with him, and others to follow, there simply seemed to be no realistic limits to the dive adventures that he and his crews could envision, organize and safely produce.

Howard’s personal dive story, as chronicled in his new book, “Treasures, Shipwrecks and the Dawn of Red Sea Diving,” is the amazing recapture of dive-stuff that seems only possible through fantasy, as if he and his boats had fully known just where they were headed, and the incredible dive experiences they would bring to so many.

Al Hornsby, Executive VP for International Affairs, PADI


‘Howard Rosenstein’s book is a beacon of inspiration, a testament to the power of passion and perseverance. His narrative is not just a collection of memories but a compass that guides us through the rich tapestry of his life’s adventures. As a friend and confidant, I have witnessed Howard’s unwavering dedication to his craft, and this book encapsulates that journey beautifully. It’s an honor to endorse a work that will ignite the explorer in all of us, beckoning us to dive into the pages and emerge with a renewed sense of wonder and ambition. Howard Rosenstein’s story is a must-read for anyone who dares to dream big and explore the vastness of our world and beyond.’

Rick Tegeler, Oceanographer, photojournalist, author


“Pioneer: a person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area.”

‘Howard Rosenstein is a true pioneer in every sense of the word. Not only did he introduce the exquisite Red Sea underwater paradise to thousands of people worldwide, he also became a true fellow explorer and lifelong friend to me personally–bonds forged underwater are unbreakable! The adventures we shared in the early days of Red Sea diving set a high bar for my professional life and are chronicled in his highly anticipated memoir.’

Anne Doubilet, Underwater Explorer, Writer, Photographer


Treasures Shipwrecks Dawn Red Sea Diving - Rosenstein - cover

Treasures, Shipwrecks and the Dawn of Red Sea Diving

A Pioneer’s Journey

by Howard Rosenstein

Forewords by Sylvia Earle and David Doubilet

Find out more