Red Sea Dive Safari October 2015….leaving on a liveaboard
We’ve just returned from our 3rd annual Wreck & Reefs, Red Sea liveaboard and what a week it has been. In the first of a 2-part blog series, read on to learn about our underwater adventures and sit back and relax whilst you watch the best bits video.
7 days and nights spent out on the open water with up to 4 dives per day and all meals ready for you; topped off with glorious sunshine during the day and bright starry skies at night; and let’s not forget about some of the most colourful reef and dramatic ship wrecks not only the Red Sea but the world has to offer……does it all sound a bit too good to believe? Well believe it and now you can start to understand why choosing a scuba diving liveaboard holiday is one of the best ways to explore the underwater world.
The classic wrecks and reef route saw us waving goodbye to the Sharm el Sheikh coastline after making a check dive at local site Temple. We headed towards the first wreck of the trip and home to a delightful orange frogfish (that’s a secret, don’t tell anyone!), the upside down Dunraven at Beacon Rock. The Dunraven is a great wreck to start with, especially for people new to wreck diving, and also offers a beautiful variety of coral, resident glassfish and ageing giant moray eel.
Leaving Beacon Rock there was no way we would miss out on a dive at Small Crack whilst on route to our next wreck stop-over. Other than the slightly amusing dive site name, Small Crack offers a pretty thrilling dive through a shallow, narrow passage way, lined each side by some truly stunning coral. If you’re lucky like we have been in the past, you’ll fly through the passage with a couple of Eagle Ray or turtle for company. Just whatever you do, always make sure a current check has been done before you jump or at least be prepared to alter your dive plan if you find the current is against you at the beginning of the passage, otherwise you’ll be climbing your way through it instead of gliding. We loved this area so much we moored up for the night making a shallow night dive which of course included just a few free-swimming giant moray and hungry lionfish.
Bidding farewell to Small Crack our next stop happened to be the equalling amusing Shag Rock (I actually don’t know where these names came from). Why stop here? For wreck no.2 Kingston (or known to some as Sara H.). At this point I am going to mention just how excited our Instructor Hannah was after PADI reposted her image on Instagram from her dive, subsequently gaining over 4,000 ‘Likes’ in the process (you can check it out here) it was like she had won the lottery! But it is a pretty enchanting photo. Kingston was absolutely teaming with marine life; I can’t even begin to list everything we saw at this site. Visibility was great and the current not too strong until we got to the corner at which point it picked up considerably and took us on a thrilling ride back towards where the boat was moored. This was one of those dives where everyone comes back with a massive grin on their faces, for one of the group however, that grin was for another reason, right Mark?!?
For the 2nd part of the liveaboard adventures tune in next week but until then, check out some footage from our dives. Big thanks to our Kuwaiti buddies, especially Mohammed for taking the time to film and edit these videos!