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LINOSA ISLAND. PELAGIE ARCHIPELAGO

   Italy  Mediterranean Sea
THERE ARE ONLY ONE DIVINGCENTER

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Mombasa Wrecks

   Kenya  Indian Ocean
Excellent dive site

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Wingate Reef, Port Sudan

   Sudan  Red Sea
Liveaboards available

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aque calde Lipari island

   Italy  Tyrrhenian Sea
Good dive site

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Zavora Beach

   Mozambique  Indian Ocean
Great just opened dive location about 80 km south of Tofo Beach.

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Gasbay

   South Africa  Atlantic (African coastal)
Popular for Shark Cage Diving

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Strombolicchio - Isola Di Stromboli

   Italy  Tyrrhenian Sea
Typical Med diving

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Klien Curacao

   Netherlands Antilles  Caribbean Sea
Very nice healthy reef and wall dive. Abundant marine life.
Dive operations on Curacao strive to protect the reefs and act very professionally.
We have made many dives through out the caribbean and I think this was the healthest I have seen.

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Panarea, Eolie Archipelago

   Italy  Tyrrhenian Sea
Typical Med diving

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Lampedusa Island - Punta Ponente

   Italy  Mediterranean Sea
There are dive centres

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Samana Bay

   Dominican Republic  Atlantic (North American coastal)
A great little wreck dive full of marine life always see somthing new everytime you dive .

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Catalina Island

   United States  Pacific
Some of southern California's best diving!

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Asdu Atholl

   Maldives  Indian Ocean
there are diving centers

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Andavadoka

   Madagascar  Indian Ocean
If you get the chance to join a Blue Ventures expedition, DO IT! Was amazing fun and the diving was great!

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Ilha de Porcos

   Brazil  Atlantic (South America coastal)
At Arraial do Cabo. Rio de Janeiro

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Isabela Island

   Ecuador  Pacific
Here you can see from White tip, Hammer head, Silky and Galapagos Sharks, Pacific Mantas, Eagle rays, Sea Turtles, tunas, King Angels, etc., etc.
Strong Currents, reach by liveaborad. Excellent Dive site

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Barra Grande- Baixo sul Baiano

   Brazil  Atlantic (South)
A huge reef to be explored.

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Three anchors. Maui

   United States  Pacific
Old navy mooring site. Large concrete blocks. Huge old anchors. Tons of great macro stuff, all in a small geographic area. Great photo site.

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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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Lipari Island

   Italy  Tyrrhenian Sea
A BIG SPERMWHALE CAPTURED IN FORBIDDEN NETS WE LIBERATED HIM

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