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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, …

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! …

Review: Olerai House

This past Easter we spent the four-day weekend at Olerai House in Navaisha. We had a fantastic time. You can read about it and see the video in my last two posts. It was a truly unique experience. The best part, for me, was the set up. There isn’t a big common area, but each room is spacious with lots of sitting and lounging space should the rains take you inside. Lucky for us, it was clear and we got to hang around in the many cushioned lounge areas set up outside. You can sit or lie down and just watch the animals walk by you—literally right by you. The zebra were constant companions, coming quite close. We also had giraffe strolling along. In the distance we could see waterbuck, gazelle, buffalo, and baboons. Some hippos came up toward the evening. (The staff keeps you safe so no worry about charging hippos. Also, they constantly clean up so no worry about zebra poops….zebras do like to poop. I’m happy to say that while I watched …