All posts filed under: SCUBA diving

Dive Trip to the Sudanese Red Sea

I lived in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia for fifth and sixth grades. On many weekends, we’d go to the beach on the Red Sea. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to scuba dive in the Red Sea. Snorkeling and swimming wasn’t enough. I wanted to go deeper, see more, and hang out under the water. I finally got my wish. We just got back from a week-long dive trip on the Red Sea, leaving from Port Sudan. (We flew on Emirates from Nairobi to Dubai and then on Fly Dubai to Port Sudan. This avoided having to go through Khartoum.) The trip was great! The marine life was abundant. The reefs were healthy. The boat, the M/Y Voyager, was nice (review to come soon). The people we dove with were super nice and we made some new friends. There were just a few glitches. There was not a lot of current, and so there were not as many sharks as I would have liked. We did see some though. I even saw a hammerhead – my first! …

Diving in Watamu

Our first real dive trip in Kenya was in early January at Watamu, just south of Malindi. It was amazing. The diving was easy, the reefs were healthy, and marine life abundant. While we didn’t see any sharks or whale sharks (though it was whale shark season), each dive had something to see and was really enjoyable. You literally could coast along and be entertained by all the fish. We dove with Aqua Ventures and did ten dives total. We would have done more but afternoon diving wasn’t really an option because of the winds. Still, ten was plenty and I reached my 200th dive! What did we see? We saw a lot of eels, lots of schooling fish (always nice to see given the state of the oceans), puffers and boxfish (my favorites), Napoleon Wrasse, mantis shrimp, nudibranchs, and much more. We did take pictures and video (to come soon). Please note that they are from a simple point and shoot. I think next time we’ll go with DSLRs to get better shots. Unfortunately, with …

Review: Aqua Ventures

We got rave reviews from a lot of divers about Aqua Ventures. I’m happy to say, the dive shop exceeded our high expectations. Aqua Ventures is well managed, organized, and runs a fantastic operation. We had our own gear, but we saw their rental gear and it was top notch. They even had DIN adapters for us. If you have your own gear, there is plenty of space to store it between dives. In fact, we were able to get our gear pretty dry before flying back. (Yes, now I have to properly wash it all so it will be wet again.) They have two boats and both are in great shape. We met Helen, one of the owners. She was super nice and helpful. The crew and dive masters were also really wonderful. They were nice, friendly, and knew the reefs well. You could tell they were truly part of the whole operation and treated well. It made us feel like we dove with a team, not just dive shop owner and employees. The team …