Red Sea Scuba Trip - Wrecks & Reef
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The Red Sea is one of the world's best scuba diving areas. Egypt now makes more money from scuba diving safaris than tourist visiting the pyramids. Consequently, this industry is now so important to Egypt that a whole industry has emerged around it. 

 

Diving in the Red Sea is generally very safe, but do always check current local conditions. The summers tend to be very hot, while the winter month are more pleasant for travellers from Europe, but strong winds in the winter can make the sea quite rough (and in extreme cases stop diving altogether - this happens thankfully only a few times a year).  


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Scapa Flow (2010) - Liveaboard
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Sharon Rose

Scapa Flow, a natural harbour in the Orkney Islands just 6 miles away from Scotland mainland, is considered to be one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. In 1919, the German High Sea Fleet was scuttled by Admiral von Reuter. A significant number of wrecks have been salvaged, but over 20 wrecks are still lying on the bottom of Scapa Flow.


The diving is superb, with water temperatures reaching about 10° to 12°C in the summer. Visibility is varied, usually between 5m and 10m in the summer. Visibility in the winter can be 20m+, but you will have to deal with the cold.


The wrecks are world famous, The Markgraf, Kronprinz Wilhelm, Dresden II, Cöln II, Karlsruhe, V83 and many others. You could spend a week on each wreck on its own. The size of these giants 100m to 200m offer a rare glimpse into what are the leading technological battle platforms of the early 20th century.



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Musandam, Oman - Liveaboad Trip
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Oman-Yellow DhowOman is one of the hidden scuba diving treasures. The trip to northern Oman (an area called Musadam) is definitely worth the trip if you are looking for fish life.


We flew into Dubai and a three hour transfer by bus to Oman allowed us to board the Dhow at 2 a.m.  and set sail from Dibba around 3 a.m. The coast are large step and razor sharp cliffs, with only few access points to the coast. Apart from a number of towns, the area is very desolate, giving you the feeling of being completely on your own.


In the first four days of our trip, we didn't even see another boat, except ships on the horizon sailing through the Strait of Hormuz. The remoteness has also a distinct advantage to the local sea life, the fish can actually grow to their natural intended size - look at the photos of the Bat Fish (they look like they have been artificially pasted on). We were able to sea whale sharks, devil rays, reef sharks and many other species.


For scuba divers, who are used to the Red Sea, the visibility is much lower, usually no more than 10 to 15m. Also, Nitrox is typically not available on the dive boats, but you are still able to do 4 dives a day. We can recommend the trip highly.


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Thistlegorm, Egypt - A small collection
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Thistlegorm Gun

The Thistlegorm in the Red Sea is considered one of the top five wreck dives in the world. We have to concur, she is amazing, but she also one of the most visited wrecks in the world. 


It is accredited Jacques Cousteau found her, but after some research, this one the many legends which is not quite true. According to records, the Thistlegorm was well known where she was and it was the Egyptian government who asked Jacques Cousteau to assess the wreck  and make her safe for shipping (as she was considered a shipping hazard). It was only when investigating it, Cousteau found out what kind of wreck she was - therefore Cousteau made her famous, but he didn't find her.


Day boats arrive from about 9 a.m. in the morning, and we have had 30 boats parked up on the site, which can make the wreck very crowded, in addition, visibility can suffer significantly. And don't be surprised due to the amount of traffic that you may acquire additional divers in your group while on the wreck.


The best time to dive her is early morning and a night dive can also be recommended, i.e. this means no day boats are around and you are likely to have most of the wreck for yourself. Also, early morning and late afternoon, the weather is usually calmer. She, like the Rosalie Moeller, can suffer from stronger currents, making it challenging for the less experienced divers.


However, the number of visitors have left their toll on the wreck. She is deteriorating quickly and every few years when I visit her, I can see more damage on her (from anchor points and divers damaging the cargo). The worst behaviour we have witnessed, is a diver straddling a motorcycle, while his mate takes a photo of him. The result - a damaged saddle and handlebar. 


To maintain her also for future divers, please treat her with respect.


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