All posts filed under: SCUBA diving

Mafia Island

We like to do trips for our birthdays. We’re more about experiences than presents. It’s how we roll. This year, for my birthday, it’s how we dove. We went to Mafia Island, Tanzania. It’s a remote island that’s sort of part of the whole Pemba Channel. You get there via Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar. The island is very eco-friendly, but we did manage to stay at one of the few places (maybe only place) with air conditioning. Say what you what. I like toilets and air conditioning. (There are a lot of mosquitos so air conditioned rooms allow me to sleep. Otherwise I will be bitten to death.) The air conditioned place, Mafia Island Lodge, is a bit run down. It’s fine. I’d say average food. Service was good. The rooms were…okay. We had to change rooms because the first room had a broken air conditioner. Besides climate control, the other reason we picked the lodge is because Mafia Island Diving is there. They are an amazing dive shop. Organized. Professional. Really nice. They …

Red Sea Egypt

Last year we did a trip to the Red Sea leaving from Port Sudan. This year we did the Red Sea again, but leaving from Marsa Alam in Egypt. We went again with AquaVentures from Watamu at the Kenyan coast. We did the St. John’s and South area. It was really nice diving. We saw very healthy reefs, an abundance of marine life, and some sharks. There were canyon, really canyons, of coral and tons of swim throughs. At Elphinstone, about 15 meters below me I saw five sharks go by and then, a minute later, another three. I could tell they were sharks, but it was murky and I couldn’t tell what kind. I was told that most likely they were hammerheads, as they are the only schooling sharks in the area. (This was too far away to capture on video.) Unfortunately, my camera housing flooded (not a total loss, the camera is still good) and so my photos and video are limited. I did get to use the GoPro…but I’m not a pro …

Review: Emporer Divers & MY Jessica

In late May we did a dive trip to the Red Sea. Yes, we did this last year. This time, instead of Sudan, we embarked from Egypt. We were meant to my on the MY Elite, run by Emperor Divers. However, that boat had an accident on a reef. So, we were juggled onto the MY Jessica, run by a different dive company. This review is partly for Emperor Divers and partly for the boat and its crew. The boat itself was fine. It wasn’t amazing, but it was nice enough. I liked our room, which had a double bed plus a single, which we used for camera gear. I also liked that the bathroom was good size for a live aboard. The dive deck felt a little tight, but then they always do. The platform for diving off the boat was spacious and had one rinse tank, which was meant to be only for cameras but various masks found their way in there. What I really liked were the little cubbies, each of which …