Factbook: Australia

  Geography Location: Oceania, continent between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean Geographic coordinates: 27 00 S, 133 00 E Map references: Oceania Area: total: 7,686,850 sq km land: 7,617,930 sq km water : 68,920 sq km note: includes Lord Howe Island and Macquarie Island Area – comparative: slightly smaller than the US Land boundaries: 0 km Coastline: 25,760 km Maritime claims: contiguous…


Prepare for Sensory Overload

Probing the Outer Limits Aboard Spoilsport Simply put, the Coral Sea has some of the best diving in the world. Other destinations may have individual specialties, but the Coral Sea has more ticks on that all-important list of what divers want than most other places in the world. Good underwater visibility? The Coral Sea has…


Explore the BISMARCK SEA

Two Live-Aboards and a Land-Based Resort at the Outer Limits of the Diving World! by Bill Gleason How do you ruin a good breakfast on a world-class live-aboard? Have someone yell ‘Orcas!’ and watch what happens. On a recent trip to New Guinea, our breakfast was shattered with that one word. First the cabin emptied…


Tropical North Queensland

The Heart of the Great Barrier Reef Text and Photography by Bob Halstead G’day mate! Want to know the best place in the world if you want to take a Captain Cook at tropical fishes? Fair dinkum, it’s Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, particularly the section between Townsville and Lizard Island, which includes Cairns, Australia’s diving…


Whales of Rurutu

        Lionel and Talley Pozzoli By Lionel and Talley Pozzoli There are Humpback Whales all around us as we try to approach, but we are completely ignored. We are about to give up when three excited animals surface right next to the boat. Eric immediately recognizes Blanche and her calf (she is called Blanche…