Africa and Indian Ocean

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Factbook: Seychelles

 Seychelles Geography Geography Location: Eastern Africa, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar Geographic coordinates: 4 35 S, 55 40 E Map references: Africa Area: total: 455 sq km land: 455 sq km water: 0 sq km Area – comparative: 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC Land boundaries: 0 km Coastline:…


Factbook: Mozambique

Mozambique Geography Location: Southern Africa, bordering the Mozambique Channel, between South Africa and Tanzania Geographic coordinates: 18 15 S, 35 00 E Map references: Africa Area: total: 801,590 sq km land : 784,090 sq km water: 17,500 sq km Area – comparative: slightly less than twice the size of California Land boundaries: total: 4,571 km…


Factbook: Maldives

  Geography Location: Southern Asia, group of atolls in the Indian Ocean, south-southwest of India Geographic coordinates: 3 15 N, 73 00 E Map references: Asia Area: total: 300 sq km land: 300 sq km water: 0 sq km Area – comparative: about 1.7 times the size of Washington, DC Land boundaries: 0 km Coastline: 644 km Maritime claims: exclusive economic zone : 35-310 nm…


Wild in Mozambique

by Al Hornsby  Our 4-wheel vehicle bumps and slides over a sandy track that winds through an expansive , rolling landscape; ahead of us is the wild, near deserted coastline of Mozambique. Although it is only 3:30 PM, the late afternoon photographer’s light has already begun and everything seems bathed in a soft, golden glow.…


Expedition: Indian Ocean

The Seychelles 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. Not long…


Aboard Manthiri and Madivaru 7

by Al Hornsby Exploring the Fantastic Maldives The ocean is flat, calm and blue; the cobalt sky is lightly dusted with white powder puffs of cloud. In every direction, small islets crowned with coconut palms sit only a few feet above the waterline. The water below is crystalline, revealing jumbled reefs in the pink and…


Emerald Outposts

by Sara Shoemaker The Maldives sit like pristine jewels in the middle of the Indian Ocean, far from any other country or land mass. This is the wild west of diving—small oases of coral that stretch over a horizon of blue. Diving here takes on three distinct forms, all of which revolve around the term…