Day 21 - Diving in the Red Sea

Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
Trip End Jan 09, 2013

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Flag of Jordan  , Aqaba,
Sunday, October 21, 2012

Yay diving day! We jumped out of bed at 8 and headed for breakfast. Nothing fancy but it did the trick. We then walked a few metres down the road to the dive shop. The guys were really friendly and organized and got us ready in no time. We then hopped into minivans and headed to the pier where we boarded the boat with about 20 other people. The boat had a great upper deck for relaxing and then a lower deck with the diving gear all cleverly stowed in crates numbered for each diver. It took us about 45 minutes of gentle cruising to get to the dive site. On the way we saw several big tankers and car transporter ships docked and the beach along the southern shore which is the recommended one for tourists. We then geared up and jumped in for our first dive at a spot called Rainbow Reef. The sea is alive with interesting corals and beautifully coloured fish. The dive master lead us to an area with an underwater pipe system that carries gas from Egypt to Jordan and electricity from Jordan to Egypt. Very interesting to see how they've done it and managed to preserve the reefs nearby. One of the highlights of the dive was the rose shaped corals. They really look exactly like opened rose buds. We loved them.
We then climbed aboard and received a steaming cup of tea or coffee from the dive guys. We relaxed on the upper deck for an hour before heading down for our next dive. A turtle bobbed up on the surface while we were relaxing and we enjoyed seeing his head pop up to check us out before he dived down again. The weather today has been cloudy with little light rain showers from time to time. It is around 28 to 30 degrees here at the moment with high humidity so its been quite steamy.
As we jumped in we had a few drops of rain before descending. This dive was truly fantastic with the most amazing visibility and life all around us. In every direction the water was teaming with fish, tiny ones and slightly bigger ones. There aren't really big fish here but the quantities of smaller ones really make up for it. The corals are also just brilliant and we both felt they must have been the inspiration behind the floaty things in Avatar, for sure!
This site was called King Abdullah Reef and we found it exhilarating. Reefs like this are why people dive.
We were sad when our air was up and we had to surface but it was a wonderful experience. The crew then called us for lunch and we were very impressed with the spread. Roast chicken and potatoes, a carrot and squash bake with cinnamon, salads, hummus, tsatsiki and pita breads. Excellent lunch. We then headed back to the shore and got back just after 4. It was a great day of sun, sea and appreciating God's amazing creation. We both felt very spoilt to have snuck in an unplanned Red Sea experience. Tonight we plan to dine somewhere offering Jordanian fare and then get a big sleep in so we have our best walking legs ready for Petra tomorrow.
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Kate on

Have been travelling, but following your blog in fits and starts, and enjoying it all so much! Especially Jerusalem, Masada (overwhelming place) and Red Sea dive.

karmen on

looking forward to see pics of petra - as sir francis bacon once said - travelling can be better than reading books

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