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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 …

Review: M/Y Voyager

For our Red Sea dive trip we stayed aboard the M/Y Voyager.  We did the seven day tour of the Sudanese Red Sea. Details about the trip, the diving, and what we saw can be found on my last few posts. This post is all about the boat itself. For the boat – I give it 5 stars out of 5 For service- I give it 3.5 stars out of 5 Overall, the boat was great. It’s in good shape. It has ample room both in the common areas and in the cabins (ample for a cabin). Hot water and electricity were never an issue. The boat can accommodate 25 guests in 7 double cabins, 1 bunk bed cabin, 1 triple cabin, 2 double bed cabins and 1 suite. The main salon is comfortable and spacious and there is also an upstairs bar area and sun deck (partly covered). Plus there’s an upper level sun deck. Also, if you want a bit of a tour, J. shot video from walking around the boat. As for …

Umbria Wreck Dive

We got to dive the Umbria, one of the world’s best wreck dives and one accessible to recreational divers. The wreck, just north of Port Sudan, is in great condition, relatively easy to dive (though not for novices), and has interesting history. Why does this have an interesting history? For starters, unlike other wrecks we dove, this one was not sunk to create an artificial reef. It was sunk with purpose. In June 1940, the Italian vessel was at Port Sudan for supplies when Italy suddenly joined the war. The British, knowing that the boat likely had arms, wanted to detain it and search for contraband. On June 9, British did indeed board the ship to look for contraband. The next morning, June 10, 1940, while his crew as well as the British were still on board, the captain learned that Italy had declared war. He decided to sink the ship rather than turn over the weapons. The British noticed water filling the ship and gave orders to abandon ship. Although the ship was salvageable, …