I have been back a week from a wonderful two weeks of diving in Sharm el Sheikh. I would have posted something sooner, but I started a job the day I got back and have been trying to catch up with myself. I took some lovely photos and will be sharing a few with you.
Before I do that I want to tell you that I spoke with my dad before I left and when I told him where I was going he became a bit anxious. When I asked why, he said that ‘they’ are saying in the USA that Egypt isn’t safe. I couldn’t believe it. So, for all of you that want to go to Sharm, go! Go to Cairo if you can get a flight too! Egypt needs the tourism. If in Cairo, just don’t go to the squares where there might be protestors. The UK has been the only country consistently flying into Sharm since the revolution. Sharm is safe. To be quite frank, I really couldn’t give a fig if a certain type of tourist doesn’t go to Sharm as the diving is nicer with fewer people around. Enough from me on that subject.
Back to the holiday…I went with my dive buddy. This was our first holiday together since we met this time last year. It was the best holiday I have ever had with another person. If you can spend two weeks, 24/7, with another person without wanting to scream or lock yourself away somewhere, then something must be working right. If I had any complaint, it was that his kit was too heavy! We needed to re-pack our suitcases 3x before we could check in! I blame the tech jacket and drysuit!
Having had experience diving at this time of year in Sharm, I was glad that I packed some warm clothes. The weather was unseasonably cool. Still nice to wander around in a pair of trousers and a fleece and you could probably get a nice suntan sitting out of the wind by the pool, but it was freezing on the boat. There is nothing fun about getting in and out of a wet, cold wetsuit with the wind howling and the boat bobbing up and down on a choppy sea. I was getting brain freeze getting back onto the boat in the first week. I am surprised I got a tan considering I spent most of my first week on the boat inside and wrapped up in a pair of sweatpants and fleece in-between dives. The evenings were quite chilly too! Still, a good time was had by all and it progressively got warmer in the second week. 🙂 It was also lovely to catch up with friends and meet new people.
We dived local at the Gardens on the first day. Because my buddy was trying out his new drysuit for the first time and I was just cold, neither of us took our cameras. We saw a manta and a feathertail ray. It figures! That was the biggest that things got for us while diving for 10 days.
Because diving isn’t just about the big things, I tried to focus more on the actual reef. The reefs in Sharm are quite beautiful. There is a huge variety of hard and soft corals and many varieties of small fish and crustaceans. There was a lot of plankton bloom and a fair amount of jelly fish floating around. If you bothered to look closely at the stuff floating around in front of you, you could actually make out what some of the little creatures looked like. Some of them were quite electric!
I also love Anthias. They are everywhere. They let you know what the current is doing and are easy to spot because they are orange. There are several types and are incredibly hard to photograph as they never stay still long enough.
Here are some of my best photos of the fish.
And here is some of the reef.
I have a lot of inspiration here for some paintings I want to make. Painting the reef and some fish will make a nice change from painting flowers and fruit.
As with all holidays, it didn’t seem long enough. Nevermind! I have the next one to look forward to!