Bob’s work has been published in the following books:



The Coral Reefs of Papua New Guinea – European Union, 1998


Coffee Table picture book with captions that tell the story of coral reefs

Available from







Coral Sea Reef Guide – Sea Challengers, 2000/2003

Written especially for divers, identifying Coral Sea – GBR, PNG, Solomons, Vanuatu, New Caledonia marine life, with details of habitat, behaviour and similar animals.


Most used (and worn!) book aboard GBR and PNG dive boats.

Available from / Amazon and Cairns dive shops. Soon to be collectors item.






Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkelling Papua New Guinea – Tim Rock & Bob Halstead, 1999

Out of print but often available through Amazon etc.










Dive Papua New Guinea – Air Niugini, 1995 (Out of print)










Tropical Diving Adventures – Robert Brown, 1977 (Out of print)











The Dive Sites of Papua New Guinea – New Holland Publishers, 1996


Out of print. Sometimes available from Amazon






Asian Diver Scuba Guide to Papua New Guinea – Asian Diver, 1996 (Out of print)


In the acknowledgements I managed to sneak in “any errors are of course the fault of the publisher” – and it got printed. There was no second edition.

The numerous errors were the fault of the publisher.







Great Barrier Reef – Peter Lik & Bob Halstead, original version 1996, completely revised 2011.

A popular and inexpensive inexpensive souvenir of the GBR and Coral Sea.

Available on book and postcard stands throughout Queensland.




The photograph below shows several of the books featuring chapters I have written.

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