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On the of 7 May 12 intrepid divers from the Lutterworth Sub Aqua
Club set of on a mission. A mission to enjoy a weeks warm water
diving. The destination being the Red Sea.
The holiday started of with a mini bus ride down to Gatwick Airport.
In true style a number of alcoholic beverages were consumed whilst
waiting to board the plane. There was also a frantic buying, of
above knowing that such luxuries would not be available on the liver-board
the 'Mahe Tours'; and the purchase of such essentials would be impossible
at Sharm el Sheik. It would have been a real crime if we were sober
Once aboard the plane there was the thought of 'would this bird
get of the ground', having seen all the dive luggage destined to
go in the hold, it does make you think!
It was now time to sit back and relax whilst the 'Trolley Dollies'
made there endless passes up and down the plane cabin trying to
sell the goods, without a lot of success, but more successfully
managing to sell more alcoholic beverages to a bunch of rowdy divers;
and of course what flight wouldn't be complete without those wonderful
in flight meals.
Around 10 P.M. Egyptian time and touch down at Sharm El Sheik
airport, now for the hassle of purchasing visas and going through
passport control. Having put all of that behind us it was on to
a rickety mini bus that wouldn't have passed an MOT at the dogiest
of back street garages back in England.
By some chance we made it to 'Narma Bay' having encountered the
same useless rep from Regal Holidays as we did the year previous!
(Jackie). It was now onto the Mahe Tours, only to find that we hadn't
got Aron the same dive guide as we had the year previous. We were
a little spectical but James was every bit as good, offering good
dive briefs, and maintaining some sense of order and discipline.
Eventually we settle down on the boat in an attempt to get some
sleep after the long days journey. Drifting off into sleep thinking
of the next day ahead, hardly able to wait until it was time to
get into that clear blue water.
Day one, and we eventually depart Narma Bay and of to the first
dive site. This was a warm up dive to sort out weights and see how
good we were before we would be let loose onto the more pristine
coral. What a difference it was to dive in warm waters with visibility
over 10 meters and an abundant amount of fish life. The journey
of the day before was now paling into insignificance.
On the live-aboard life was so hard, not! The order of the day
was something along the lines of, get up (sometimes fairly early
to catch tides or have dives to our selves) have a dive. Un-kit
have breakfast, which would already be prepared upon surfacing.
Then it was time to lie down on the sun deck and perhaps a sleep
before receiving the next dive briefing. Kit up again for the next
dive, Come up for Lunch then another sleep and yet another dive;
and if we were really lucky, this would be followed by a fourth
dive. It was then to bed for the night, before starting all over
The most remarkable things are:
-The abundant amount and variety of fish and coral life
-The visibility which on some dives were in excess of 30 meters
-And of course dives are that interesting and relaxing that an
hours plus dives time were not uncommon.
It is also quite remarkable to notice the contrast between the
life underneath to that of the surrounding coast line which so bare
and barron. Diving without a hood and gloves or dry suit is also
a big bonus. On the down side, well there isn't really a down side,
perhaps the fact that the climate necessitates that you need to
drink copious amounts of water.
After six days of diving it was back onto terra firma for 24 Hours
of decompression, and to wind away the time it was time to go quad
biking across the dessert. This little excursion was meant to be
a four trek but was was successfully 'cocked up' by the wonderful
rep, Thanks Jackie.
The holiday went very smoothly, and was a thoroughly enjoyable
week with some impressive stats:
No of average divers per person
Kit break downs
Computer lock out
And of course a mention
Andrew with his pink wet suit!
One wet suit boot
Longest Dive Time
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