Red Sea

Trip Start Feb 01, 2002
Trip End Feb 01, 2004

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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

We caught the bus from Cairo to Sham El Sheikh, which passed over the Suez Canal before heading south and then into the foothills of the Sinai Mountains before reaching our destination. Sham was a lot bigger than I had expected and had sort of foreseen to be a smaller more beachfront destination. We booked into a reasonable basic hotel on the hills overlooking the bay. We spent the first day down on the beach. Most of the beach had been taken up by the hotels on the beach and being cheap we headed around the bay to the free area. It wasn・t really as nice here so the next day we took a taxi to the sister town of Na・aam Bay which was a lot more toursity but had better beaches. We did manage to find a good restaurant in Sham called the Sinai Star, which had some pretty nice seafood fare at cheap places.

I managed to talk Ewa into doing a dive course with me, as it was something I had wanted to do for a while. The first day we did a lot of theory at the Submaldive International Dive Center, before getting our gear on and practising all the basic requirements such as buoyancy control in the pool at the dive centre.

The next day we took a jeep to Sharks Bay in Na'aam. Once all the gear had been sorted and we were suited we donned our tanks and headed for the water. The first thing we had to do was to practise equalising. I thought this would be quite hard but we got the hang of it pretty easily. Ellena our instructor took us on a short dive to introduce us to the environment before we returned to practice the basic skills that we had been taught. It was a pretty calm day and the visibility was fantastic. We were in for 37minutes at a depth of 9 meters before we headed back to shore for some lunch.
We had another dive after lunch, this time starting with a few more exercises before going on more of a tour of the coral reef. This dive was also at about 9 meters and went for 40 minutes.

The next day we got to the dive centre pretty early to watch some more videos and do some more dive theory after that we headed back to Na・ama past Jack Fish Alleydown to the docks to board a boat for a days diving. The docks were really busy, as there were loads of different boats taking off for the day. The initial boat ride was really nice but then the boat started to dive about. Ewa started to feel really sick and had to head downstairs. I had been feeling fine but then after seeing Ewa I also started to feel sick. I ended up sitting up deck trying to focus on the mainland. A lady had given Ewa some smelling salts that were suppose to help but when we went over a swell it went into her nose. In the ended this meant Ewa couldn・t equalise and therefore couldn・t dive which she was understandably pretty upset about. The first dive was Gordon Reef. It was a little choppier here but the visibility under the water was good. We dived down to 12meters for 35 minutes. Managed to see heaps of fish along the coral line. There were also loads of rusty barrels. On the coral atoll there was also a large containership that had been ship wrecked.
We then headed south to Rus Umm Sid to complete a drift dive, the last of the day before The dive went for about 40 minutes and followed along a spectacular step ridge of coral that just kept dropping off into oblivion. This time we dived at 14 meters

The next day was the final days diving and the highlight diving in Sham. We headed down to the main Dahab docks to board another boat, which took us to Ras Mohammed National Park. Ewa was feeling better today and was able to dive. Our first Dive site was Shark-Yollandia a 46minute dive at 15meters. There were again loads of different fish and also a shipwreck with loads of objects scattered about including hundreds of porcelain toilets.
Our final dive was to Jack Fish Shab Aly again in Ras Mohammed. We went down to 17 meters this time our deepest dive for 33 minutes. After our ride back to Dahab we had to go back to sit a test to gain our Padi Open Water certificate. We both passedf
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