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QB beach

   Canada  Pacific
a great place to see marine life.

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qatar, sealine

   Qatar  Gulf Of Oman
qatar sealine

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Qatar Old Club Reef

   Qatar  Persian/Arabian Gulf
Gulf Dotty Old Club Reef Qatar

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Queen Elisabeth National Park

   Uganda  African Lakes
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Quail Rock, Santa Cruz, Channel Islands

   United States  Pacific
Visibility was 20-25 feet. Saw lots of marine life including starfish, urchins, anemones, garibaldi, and a harbor seal. Dive was in June. Water temp was about 62 degrees.

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Qawra and St. Paul

   Malta  Mediterranean Sea
A statue of Jesus Christ by Alfred Camilleri Cauchi.

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Quadra Island

   Canada  Pacific
With "Abyssal lodge" on Quadra Island you can dive on many sites near Quathiaski Cove (www.abyssal.com). The tide current is one of the strongest in the world and there is a lot of life in this area. The water is approximately 10° celsius (50°F) all the year and the Viz better in winter. Earl, a friendly guide, will make good food for you...

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qeshm island

   Iran (Islamic Republic of)  Caspian Sea
QESHM ISLAND (Jazira-ye Qešm, Ar. Jazira-al-Ṭawila); the largest island (ca. 122 km long, 18 km wide on average, 1,445 sq km) in the Persian Gulf, about 22 km south of Bandar-e ʿAbbās (q.v.). Separated from the mainland by the straits of Ḵurān (Clarence Strait), Qeshm runs virtually parallel to the Persian coast between Bandar-e ʿAbbās in the east and Bandar-(e) Lenga in the west (Sailing directions for the Persian Gulf, p. 123; Handbuch des Persischen Golfs, p. 155).

The toponomy of the island has varied greatly over time. Nearchus referred to an island near the mouth of the Persian Gulf as Oaracta (e.g., Geog. 16.3.7; Pliny, Natural History 6.98), where, in Arrian’s account, Nearchus was shown the tomb of Erythras (Goukowsky, p. 120), after whom the Erythraean Sea was thought to have been named (Arrian, Indica 27; cf. Oracta, Ooracta, Doracta). Portuguese sources refer to the island as Queiximi/ Queixome /Queixume (Tomaschek, p. 48; cf. Quesomo in Jean de Thévenot, and the Kichmichs of Sir John Chardin [Curzon, II, p. 410]), in which we easily recognize Qeshm. They also mention Broco/Boroch/Beroho/Brocto (Tomaschek, p. 48), which scholars have long (e.g., d’Anville, p. 149; Stein) identified with Greek Oaracta. (Curzon, II, p. 410, noted a village called “Brukth/Urukth” on Qeshm).


The Aḵbār al-Ṣin wa’l-Hend (851 CE) mentions the island of Abarkāwān (see ABARKĀVĀN) in the eastern Persian Gulf, between Sirāf and Muscat (Sauvaget, p. 7). This is identical to the island of Bani Kāwān, assigned by Abu Esḥāq Eṣṭaḵri to the district of Ardašir-ḵorra (q.v.; Eṣṭaḵri, pp. 106-7), also known to Eṣṭaḵri, Masʿudi and Ebn Ḥawqal as Lāft, (Schwarz, p. 82, n. 13). For Yāqut (Schwarz, p. 83) the isles of Kāwān and Lāft (or Lāfet) were one and the same; and Lāft survives as the name of the second largest town, historically, on Qeshm (Curzon, II, p. 411). According to Balāḏori, Abarkāwān/Qeshm was reckoned part of Kermān, rather than Fārs, prior to the Islamic conquest, a point made plausible by the fact that when ʿOṯmān b. al-ʿAṣ landed there at the beginning of the Islamic conquest, he encountered a margrave of Kermān (Schwarz, p. 83). Later lexicographers explained Abarkāwān as a corruption of Jazira-ye gāvān, (cow island); this is a folk etymology, which is reflected in Ṭabari’s story of a commander in Khorasan who accused his soldiers of having ridden only cattle and donkeys on the isle of Banu Kāwān before he had turned them into competent cavalrymen (Schwarz, p. 83). Ebn Ḵordāḏbeh identified the island of Banu Kāwān as a station between Kish and Hormuz on the sea-route to India and China and described its inhabitants as belonging to the ʿEbādi sect (Sprenger, p. 79; Schwarz, p. 83).


In 1301, the ruler of Hormuz, Bahāʾ-al-Din Ayāz, moved his court and a large portion of his population to Qeshm following a Tartar attack (Piacentini, p. 112; Wilson, p. 104). From this period onward the island was an important dependency of the Kingdom of Hormuz, often providing drinking water to Hormuz itself (Steensgaard, pp. 195, 297). When the king of Hormuz, Qoṭb-al-Din Tahamtan III Firuz Shah, abdicated in favor of his son, Ṣaif-al-Din (1417-36) in 1417, he retired to Qeshm (Piacentini, p. 99). Qeshm’s status as a major Hormuzi mercantile center is shown by the fact that, in late September1552, the Turkish commander Piri Reʾis raided it, seizing “a great quantity of goods, of gold and silver, and of cash … the richest prize that could be found in all the world,” according to a contemporary account (Özbaran, p. 81; Ökte, p. 157).


In January 1619, Ruy Freire de Andrade left Lisbon for the Persian Gulf with orders to disperse the English, who had established a factory at Jāsk in 1616 (Boxer, p. 58), and to put pressure on the Persians, in part by dislodging the Persian garrison on Qeshm and building a Portuguese fort there (Boxer, p. 71; Slot, p. 107; Steensgaard, p. 312). Two thousand Portuguese soldiers, supported by 1,000 Hormuzi t

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Qamea House Reef

   Fiji  Pacific
This was my first trip to Fiji. I stayed at Qamea beach resort. It does have a dive shop that offers instruction and diving. This resort doesn't get a large amount of divers at a time. I found this great because most of the week it was just myself and the dive master. The Qamea House reef is the reef right off the shore at Qamea Beach club. The reef begins in very shallow water and will reach depths of 130+ feet. I found the condition of the reef excellent. Most of the coral formation on this reef are stoney types of coral. The fish life is great with all the normal reef fish, large populations of clown fish, several lion fish, a turtle a times and it is not uncommon to see some small white tip reef sharks. The visibility on this reef was very good. depending on what the tide was doing the vis could drop down a bit. You could tell what this vis was going to be from the shore, the shallow part of the reef starts about ten feet off the beach in front of the dive shop, you could stand at the shop and look at the reef if was clear you knew it would only be better at the deeper parts. I only got to dive this reef once but I did snorkel on it everyday while I was there. I am a SCUBA junkie but I found this reef to be just as wonderful while snorkeling do to so much of it being in shallow water.

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