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Sinai, Northern Red Sea, 2004

 

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Trip dates:

26 December 2004 Ė 2 January 2005

Boat / resort:

MV Aisha, Northern Red Sea cruise booked with Subexplor

Dive centre:

The diving on board was arranged by the Aisha Group

Photo-friendly?:

Yes, camera table and charging stations.

Number of dives:

16 5.5 days of diving.

Diving conditions:

Very good. Calm seas, mild currents, excellent visibility. Water temperature 23įC, I liked my 7 mm full suit with hood, but then Iím such a wimp. Carmen was Ok with a 5 mm plus vest.

Comments:

We were only three divers on board, Carmen, myself and Oscar, from Barcelona. We felt like a private charter, but the boat felt a bit empty, especially on New Yearís Eve, but a very friendly crew, in particularour divemaster Laurence, made for a nice atmosphere. Plenty of relax time and the chance of deciding ourselves where we wanted to dive.

The dive sites around the Sinai are extremely crowded, but this was relatively low season. This means that instead of the 30-odd boats on each site we may have had 7 or 8. We did not feel crowded underwater, though, except on the wrecks. I really enjoyed the dives in the Thiran Straits, and a memorable one in the Alternatives dive site in the Gubal area, where we played for what seemed hours with a very friendly, huge Napoleon fish. He really liked his picture taken!

The tripís anecdote came when some divers got a bit lost after a night dive and climbed on board our platform instead of theirs. It so happened that they were Spanish and from Barcelona, and that Oscar knew one of them. They both could not believe the world could be so small. Funny!

On the trip back, we had enough time between flights in Cairo to go see the Pyramids, it was my first time and I enjoyed that very much.

I shot with my Olympus C-5050Z and a single Inon D-2000 strobe.

 

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