All posts tagged: Aqua Ventures

Christmas at the Coast

This past Christmas was our second Kenyan Beach Christmas and it was a good one. We drove down, which was fine but we wouldn’t do it again. We did a lot of diving with Aqua Ventures, which was great. We stayed at a lovely house, which we would do again. It was really nice to have the space, not to mention the access to the beach and privacy that the house provided. We had a cook, which made things so much easier. We could get up, have breakfast made for us, go diving, and be back for lunch. Then we relaxed the rest of the day. The featured image for this post is from our private, little, shaded beach lookout point. Our cook, David, got whatever we needed (mostly fresh fish and vegetables). We did a little bit of shopping at Blue Marmalade, a local grocery store that has most of what you’d want. (We drove down with our own alcohol.) We ate in mostly but did go out for a couple meals. Christmas Dinner …

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: 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 …