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December 2007

Marsa Alam - Dolphin House Reef

Flipper where are't though?

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Today we went to Gabal el Rosas, a really beautiful reef near our Brayka Bay Reef hotel in Marsa Alam. The first drop off is until 20 meters. And there are some pinnacles at 30 meters, but the long reef at 20 meters is absolutely beautiful so you don’t need to waist your air and go deeper.
We went in a zodiac to the drop off point and that was an adventure in itself. The red sea is still very stormy and we had waves up to two meters. But the reef was worth the circus ride.
Yesterday we went on the sheiks yacht to Dolphin house reef. The Red sea was even more rocky then today and we had waves up to 4 meters. Though we looked very hard there were no dolphins to be found. We made two dives. One on the east point and one on the west point of the reef. But Flipper and his friends never showed up. Guess a Dolphin isn’t a friend of man after all? Or maybe our group wasn’t human enough. Well it didn’t matter because the reef is wonderful with lots to see. So go there anyway if you’re ever in the neighborhood. It’s also good for snorkeling.
On the way back the boat had it rough and it was rocking and rolling, but not the people. Some people went sick, but well shit happens.

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Marsa Alam - Abu Dabab

Looking for mister Dugong

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Marsa Alam

Yesterday I made my Check dive, which is obligated here by the Extra Divers dive center. But that was no punishment, because the housed reef was very nice to start this diving holyday off. What made it especially nice where the huge amounts of lion fish, often you see them alone in the reef hidden under a rock but here they where all together in the open, very nice.
Today I went to Abu Dabab to kook for the Dugong (Sea Cow) but although there was a lot of sea grass we didn’t meet him. We did however met a very big turtle (1,5 to 2 meters long) grazing while we where looking. He didn’t seem to mind us because he just kept on his feeding pattern as if we weren’t there. And a big fich kept his mouth sucked to his shield.
As soon as I can upload the photo’s I’ll show them.
In the afternoon we went to Marsa Asalaya, for the second dive. Although there were a lot of fishes, it wasn’t especially nice because the water here was very murky and visibility was bad.
But all in all it wasn’t a bad day, this first dive day. The water is very nice (25 degrees Celsius at 20 meters) and the outlooks are promising. Tomorrow I go to Dolphin house reef where there should be lots of dolphins, hence the name.
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