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CM93 chart vs a GE KAP over exactly the same area. Which do you want?
CM93 chart vs a GE KAP over exactly the same area. Which do you want?

This is where folks can download our .KAP files.  They currently include almost the entire coastlines of most countries from Micronesia and the Solomons in the east, to the Maldives and Chagos in the west.

KAPs are navigational files in a MapMedia format that is usable by most navigation programs, like OpenCPN or MaxSea or Capt'n Navigator.  These files have been made from Google Earth, typically at 7,200 feet (2200m) elevation, to get all the detail possible.  They're amazingly accurate.  Google doesn't show everything, but where they show something, that's exactly where it is.  Since the charts for SE Asia are so bad, we strongly recommend that anyone cruising there get satellite‑derived charts like these KAPs.  They have no depths, but a practiced eye can tell depths by the color of the water.  It's very comforting to cruise with charts that you know are absolutely perfect.  For more information, see our KAP Files page.


We're asking folks to please donate at least $5 to help pay our extra costs to host and download these large files.  PayPal makes it very easy.  We've put several hundred hours into this project.  Please don't make us have to put these behind a pay‑wall.  Thank you!


To use these KAPs:
  • Create a folder to hold all your KAPs
  • Create sub‑folders under there for each country
  • Move the downloaded .ZIP files to the appropriate country folder
  • Unzip each downloaded zip‑file to that folder.  Don't let your unzipping program add an intermediate folder with the name of the zip file (which is often the default).  Just unzip to [.]  Appropriate sub‑folders will be created automagically.
  • In OpenCPN, click the [Options] button (looks like a wrench on the toolbar)
  • Select [Charts] (the 2nd tab from the left)
  • Click [Add Directory...] on the right
  • Navigate to the folder of KAPs you want to see (e.g. KAPs\Indonesia\Kalimantan\NE Kalimantan)
  • Click [Select Folder] in the lower right
  • Repeat the above 3 steps until you've added all the folders you want.  Don't add too many, or OpenCPN will choke because of too many files.  When you select a folder, OpenCPN will read in ALL subfolders as well (which will probably be too many).
  • Click [OK] (or [Apply]) in the lower right
  • OpenCPN will start importing the KAPs.  This can take several minutes.  Do not disturb OpenCPN while it's importing KAPs.
  • If you've left Show Chart Outlines checked (on the Display tab of the Options box) then you should see a series of red rectangles along the coast of the areas you imported.  Zoom in on one of those areas until you see a blue bar at the bottom of the screen.  Clicking the blue bar should display the KAPs.  Clicking the Yellow or Brown bar will go back to the CM93 charts.
  • Moving around is much faster with the CM93 charts displayed than with the KAPs displayed.

Feel free to share this page but please don't share the individual download links.  And bandwidth is limited, so please download only what you need.  These are HUGE files, generally over a Gigabyte (1,024 MB).  Thanks!

Cruisers:  We're trying to make this a "KAP Bank" and a one stop resource of high quality KAPs for all cruisers.  If you have high quality KAPs that you'd like to share on this page, or have additional areas you'd like to see covered, please contact us.

DISCLAIMER:  We've done our best with these files, & we use them ourselves, but we can't take responsibility for them in any way.  Prudent mariners will use all resources available to them, not just these KAPs.  'Nuff said.

Rallies:  Cruisers doing the SE Asian rallies will want to download the following KAPs (at a minimum):

  • Sail Indonesia from Darwin: 
Timor North, E Nusa Tenggara, Komodo Rinca, Sumbawa, Bali Lombok, Flores Jawa Sea, Kalimantan West (only for the Kumai River), Bangka, & Riau.
  • Sail 2 Indonesia from Cairns: 
All the above plus:  Aru & Tanimbars, Other SE Islands, Ambon & Banda, Sulawesi Wakatobi, & Sulawesi South.
  • Raja Ampat and Down Under: 
Kalimantan NE, Sulawesi North, Halmahera North, Halmahera South, Raja Ampat North, and Raja Ampat South in Indonesia.  Cruisers returning Down Under will want other Indonesian areas (Aru & Tanimbars, Other SE Islands, etc) depending on their route.
  • Sail Malaysia (west coast): 
Malaysian Peninsula West, and Thailand West Coast if you're going up that far.
  • Malaysian Passage to the East
All of Malaysia, plus Anambas & Kalimantan West (in Indonesia) if the rally goes to Anambas & Natuna.

Country Area (click to download) Size (MB) (4,11) Date made (4) Made By (13)
Japan Japan (various) (12)    162 2016 Migration
Micronesia Carolines
Kirbati
Marshalls 1
Marshalls 2
Senyavin
Overview (5)
2,738
1,187
2,273
1,985
   405
   362
All
Jan 2018
Ocelot
Solomons North
Middle
South
Overview (w/PNG) (3,5)
2,012
2,827
3,489
1,190
All
Dec 2017
Ocelot
PNG Admiralty Islands
New Britain
New Ireland
NW
Trobriand
Louisiades
SE
Gulf of Papua
Overview (& Solomons) (3,5)
2,120
1,118
2,025
   299
2,220
2,432
1,726
   222
1,190
All
Jan 2018
Ocelot
Palau Palau (New)    969 Nov 2018 Ocelot
Indonesia Ambon & Banda
Anambas
Bali Lombok
Bangka
Cenderwasih Coast
Cenderwasih Islands
E Nusa Tenggara (8)
Flores Jawa Sea
Halmahera North
Halmahera South
Kalimantan NE
Kalimantan SE
Kalimantan West
Komodo Rinca
Raja Ampat North
Raja Ampat South
Riau
Aru & Tanimbars
Other SE Islands
Seram
Sulawesi East
Sulawesi North
Sulawesi South
Sulawesi Wakatobi
Sulawesi West
Sumatra NW
Sumatra SW
Sumatra W Islands
Sumbawa (8)
Timor North (9)
Triton Bay
Overview (5)
   484
   486
   756
   453
3,000
2,013
1,536
2,757
1,721
2,083
2,248
2,083
2,478
   395
1,806
2,160
2,277
3,800
2,302
1,408
1,619
2,235
2,802
2,034
2,770
1,200
2,215
3,190
   967
   818
1,330
2,008
Feb 2017
Dec 2017
June 2015
Oct 2015
Jan 2018
Jan 2018
July 2015
July 2015
Feb 2016
Nov 2017
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
June 2015
Dec 2017
Feb 2016
Sept 2015
June 2017
June 2017
Feb 2017
Feb 2016
Nov 2017
Mar 2016
July 2015
Mar 2016
Feb 2017
Feb 2017
Feb 2017
June 2015
July 2017
Feb 2017
Jan 2016
Ocelot
Philippines Cebu & Bohol
Leyte
Masbate Group
Mindanao
Mindoro
Negros
Palawan
Panay
Quezon
Samar
Semirara
Tablas
Overview (5)
1,131
   881
   921
3,404
   708
   802
3,541
1,087
1,686
1,010
   108
   318
   758
All
Mar 2016
Ocelot
Malaysia Borneo North
Borneo East
Borneo SW
Peninsula East
Peninsula West (7)
Overview (5)
1,527
1,878
3,500
   895
   491
   441
Nov 2017
Nov 2017
Nov 2017
Mar 2016
Various
Jan 2016
Ocelot
Singapore Overview (6)     42 May 2012 Ocelot
Thailand West Coast
Overview (5)
3,722
   188
Feb 2016 Ocelot
Maldives North
South
Overview (5)
3,376
2,700
    94
All
Dec 2015
Ocelot
BIOT Chagos    137 Dec 2015 Ocelot

Notes:

  1. These KAPs work with all operating systems: Windows, Mac, Unix, Android, etc.
  2. They will only work in chart plotters that can read the .KAP file format (not many).
  3. The Overview for PNG and the Solomons is the same.  You don't need to download both.
  4. Sizes and dates are only approximate.
  5. Overviews are very low resolution, and made primarily so we knew where the coastlines were, to make the detailed KAPs.  They are made at 20-30 miles (30-50 Km) elevation.  It's probably not necessary to download the Overviews.
  6. The Singapore KAPs are not ours, but are from various other cruisers.  Singapore is actively reclaiming land, so these may not show all islands, especially to the east.
  7. Same for most of the Malacca Straits (Malaysia Peninsula West), although the detailed KAPs are ours.
  8. The Indonesian KAPs currently do not include the south side of the south islands (the "surfers route").
  9. Timor North (under Indonesia) includes the north coast of Timor Leste (East Timor).
  10. These KAPs are currently all generated from Google Earth (Thank you, Google!).  We're currently exploring imagery from SAS Planet as well, and will be posting those as appropriate.
  11. Each KAP file is about 1MB and covers about 0.85nm2.  Zipping them compresses them about 50%.  So doubling the indicated size will give an approximate count of the KAPs in each zip file.  Yes, there are over 300,000 KAPs here.
  12. The Japanese KAPs are from our good friends on Migration.  They include various discreet locations including Hokkaido, Honshu (west coast), Kyushu, Seto Naikai, Osaka, Shikoku, and the southern islands.  These KAPs were made at various times in 2016/17 and at various elevations.
  13. We are hoping that other cruisers will contribute their KAPs to make this a single point resource for cruisers to download high quality KAPs.  If you have High Quality KAPs that you'd like to share, or if you have specific areas you'd like to see covered, please contact us.
  14. If you find errors or omissions, or just have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
  15. We would like to thank Paul Higgins for creating and improving his wonderful GE2KAP program that made all of this possible!

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