The 2nd edition of this comprehensive pilot incorporates information collected by the authors during their cruises in the area during 2000-2001. Some 70 anchorages were resurveyed and new ones explored, and the details of these have been included in this edition. Improved coverage for divers is also one of the key improvements. Dive sites are now clearly identified. Users of the authors guides to Southeast Asia will be familiar with their background information on culture, history and politics an attractive feature of their writing, and in this edition of Red Sea Pilot discussions on the history of the pilotage and charting of the area have been added. There are particularly interesting sections on hydrographic surveying and, with this in mind, the authors have included their own sketch charts of the Sudan coast which are folded into the back of this volume. The text is illustrated by a section of colour plates which capture the atmosphere of the sometimes harsh but always fascinating geography of the area covered by the pilot.