Red Sea Relaxing with Rin

Trip Start Jan 09, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Sawa Beach Camp

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Come on already with the early morning starts, but ti was another one and the final one for a couple of days. We were off to our final stop in Egypt, Nuweiba by the Red Sea for some R&R. We were on the road in our bus and guard and after a few hours we saw our first glimpse of the Red Sea and it was beautiful, some many different colours of blue, the light blue of the reef and the dark blue of the no reef, um. Anyway it was really really nice, and we were very much looking forward to it. Driving along the coast was nice, had to go through a few security stops (you know terrorism and all that), one stop had a huge russian APC with big guns but they still let us through. Aparently this area use to be big with the Isralies (just up the coast about 20km) but since they closed the border it is really quite, which is good for us and feels quite safe even though you can tell you are in a tense area of the world considering you can see, Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia all very very close to each other.

Anyway enough of the scary stuff, we arrived at our beach camp and it was lovely, it was ralther hot so the shade and the breeze was really nice, they had a free pool table so I was happy, floor lounges just to read, or take in the view and relax, some lounge chairs in the sun if you want to grab some rays. Next room allocation, well we grabbed our room and it was awesome we were literally right on the beach, no huts in front of us but a couple behind us. A hammock that Katherine used quite offen and the about 8 strides and we were into the sea. There was only one downside to this place. You don't pay for anything while you are there you settle it at the end of your stay. Now that doesn't sound to bad but it is when they only accept cash and this is your last stop so you don't want to really keep heaps of cash on you! But the fresh juices were AMAZING!!!!

Well the first day we didn't really do that much, Katherine read her book, I played some pool, later in the afternoon a few of us decided to go snorkling and it was nice. However alot of the coral was dead which was a bit sad to see but it was nice seeing some reef fish. Had a nice diner that night and then we decided to get the group to play cards, well it was Warlords and Scumbags Egyptian style......Pharohs and Slaves. It was fun and we all had a great time and Ghandi really got into it. Well we called it a night after some rounds and grabbed some shut eye in our very simple but lovely beach shack.

The next day was quite exciting for me as in the morning I was going diving! Got picked up early as it was just Cindy and I going, drove 30min and then we were at the dive centre. Grabbed our equipment and headed back on the jeep to the beach. Thats right we were going straight in off the beach which was pretty cool, a bit James Bondish! Well I was first so in I went walking backward and backwards and then I was in, going slowly around the coral taking pics was so much fun. Saw a lion fish, parrot fish, a really long skinny fish and a stone fish, man they are hard to see. After about 30min at 7m it was time to come out :-( Cindy was next and she had a great time too. After that it was back to the camp for some relaxing and telling everyone how we saw nemo and other fish.

Later that afternoon we decided to go for a snorkle again and swam out a bit furth this time, about 50m off the coast. The coral was alot better out there and saw heaps more fish than we did the day before, hmm side note Red sea was quite salty. We had a great time out there but as the Sea was starting to get even more choppy that when we went in we decided to head back. We took the quick route back which turned out to be rather scary, instead of going against the current about 500m back to get in where there is break in the coral we decided to high tail it and go over the coral. We didn't realise how quick the tide was going out! There was some really hairy times as there was heaps of Sea Urchans with their massive poisonous spikes in the reef and I swear my chest was only mms from them sometimes. After a few close shaves we were over the coral and could slow our flippers to a more relaxed rate as we were in the sea grass. Got really close to the shore in about knee deep water, stood up and there it was......right in front of me, our shack!

Later that afternoon we had a game of volleyball it was rather close but the boys won in the end. Had a few more games of pool, had dinner played some more Pharohs and Slaves and then it was time to call it a night. The next day we were all leaving so after breakfast adn cleaning up it was time to clear the bill......what a scary experience, bit more than we thought but since we were clearing out our systems with juices we just had enough money to cover it.....few. After some group shots it was time to board the bus for the final time and then say good bye to Ghandi and the ferry terminal. He was one of the greatest tour leaders and was heaps of fun, Ghandi I salute you.

Anyway time to sign off and next time it will be a new country.........Jordan!
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