The Graceful Cuan Law

by Bill Harrigan This Elegant Trimaran is the Perfect Host for Your Next Luxury BVI Dive Excursion Cuan Law was sailing down Drake’s Passage Friday evening, with the sun setting in golden splendor off the bow and a full moon rising astern like a radiant white balloon. Explorers and pirates had sailed here 300 years…


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: Israel

Israel Geography Introduction Current issues: The territories occupied by Israel since the 1967 war are not included in the data below, unless otherwise noted. In keeping with the framework established at the Madrid Conference in October 1991, bilateral negotiations are being conducted between Israel and Palestinian representatives, and Israel and Syria, to achieve a permanent…


Factbook: Egypt

Egypt Geography Location: Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Libya and the Gaza Strip Geographic coordinates: 27 00 N, 30 00 E Map references: Africa Area: total: 1,001,450 sq km land : 995,450 sq km water: 6,000 sq km Area – comparative: slightly more than three times the size of New Mexico Land boundaries:…


Factbook: Thailand

Thailand Geography Location: Southeastern Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, southeast of Burma Geographic coordinates: 15 00 N, 100 00 E Map references: Southeast Asia Area: total: 514,000 sq km land: 511,770 sq km water: 2,230 sq km Area – comparative: slightly more than twice the size of Wyoming Land boundaries:…


Kona Aggressor II

by Bonnie J. Cardone Dive Cruising Hawaiis Warm Wonderful Seas Imagine yourself on the Kona Aggressor II, an 80 foot long catamaran, in the Hawaiian Islands. With its 28 foot beam, the boat provides a stable platform for the several dives you make each day. U/W, the average visibility is 100 feet; the water temperature…


Factbook: Philippines

Philippines Geography Location: Southeastern Asia, archipelago between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam Geographic coordinates: 13 00 N, 122 00 E Map references: Southeast Asia Area: total: 300,000 sq km land: 298,170 sq km water: 1,830 sq km Area – comparative: slightly larger than Arizona Land boundaries: 0 km Coastline:…


Factbook: Malaysia

Malaysia Geography Location: Southeastern Asia, peninsula and northern one-third of the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia and the South China Sea, south of Vietnam Geographic coordinates: 2 30 N, 112 30 E Map references: Southeast Asia Area: total: 329,750 sq km land : 328,550 sq km water: 1,200 sq km Area – comparative: slightly larger…


Factbook: Indonesia

Indonesia Geography Location: Southeastern Asia, archipelago between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean Geographic coordinates: 5 00 S, 120 00 E Map references: Southeast Asia Area: total : 1,919,440 sq km land: 1,826,440 sq km water: 93,000 sq km Area – comparative: slightly less than three times the size of Texas Land boundaries: total:…


Delving into the Bismarck Sea

Exploring Virgin reefs Aboard Star Dancer Several months ago I was invited by Peter Hughes to join a very special live-aboard charter. It was to be an exploratory mission setting out from Papua New Guinea’s famed Walindi Plantation Resort, destined for dive sites around Rabaul;most seldom seen and many never before explored. The purpose of…