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7 things you didn’t know about 7 dive sites in Sharm el Sheikh

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Otherwise known as… A light hearted look at 7 of Sharm’s top dive sites!

You may have been to Sharm many times and maybe you think that you are completely clued up about all the dive sites in this area. I intend to prove you wrong. Have a look at the 7 things you didn’t know as discussed with my fellow dive guides and boat captains here at Camel Dive Club.

1. The Alternatives – This dive site situated approximately a 50-minute sail from the southernmost tip of Ras Mohamed gets its name from trips to the SS Thistlegorm. Even though it is always sunny here in Sharm el Sheikh, it does sometimes get a bit windy. Therefore, if on a trip to Thistlegorm the trip sometimes has to turn around, then the alternative dive site was the Alternatives. (Also known as Saba Bottash, or the Seven Sisters due to the 7 coral pinnacles in this area). Does it make sense?

Thistlegorm photo: Andrew Slater

2. Ras Nasrani – We all know that Ras is Arabic for head or headland, even if you only visited Sharm once. Did you know where the Nasrani bit comes from? This dive site in the local or nearby area to Na’ama Bay gets the second part of its name from the Arabic word Nassarene. Still confused? This name was given to the divers that first started diving in Sharm back in the early 70’s and literally means Christians. This dive site is very famous for its high population of clams and stunning coral gardens.

3. Shark Reef – The depth of Shark Reef is approximately 750 metres (although I am not sure exactly as I have never been to the bottom). That is the equivalent of six football fields placed end to end. So as any good dive guide would say, if you see the sand put a little bit of air in your BCD!

4. Did you know that the distance between Na’ama Bay Jetty where the boats generally leave from, to Shark & Yolanda Reef, listed as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world, is a distance of approximately 36 km? If you were to swim this distance instead of taking a 1 hour 30 minute boat trip on one of the beautiful day boats in Sharm it would take you roughly 12 hours of swimming non-stop! Phew.

5. SS. Dunraven – One of the prettiest wrecks that we have here in the Red Sea. A German oil company employee rediscovered this upturned shipwreck in 1977. Originally built in Newcastle upon Tyne, England in 1873, she sank on 22nd April 1876. Upon being unearthed, she was originally believed to be one of Lawrence of Arabia’s ships until a dinner plate finally identified the SS Dunraven.

6. Ras Bob – I think that most people would know that this dive site was named after the underwater cameraman Bob Johnson. Did you know that there was also a British TV advert filmed underwater there? For those of you old enough to remember, it was for a certain building society and featured a little boy free diving for a pearl. If you still look closely at the reef you can even see the remainders of where they attached the fake cement columns! Check out the link here to view the commercial.

7. Sodfa – No, I am not swearing at you. This dive site situated very close to the Jetty in Na’ama Bay, where our boats at Camel Dive Club conveniently leave from, literally translates to “By Chance” in Arabic. In the summer months, this site definitely lives up to its name with lots of sightings of Whale sharks and Mantas due to the notable amount of plankton there.

Photo: Erich Reboucas

So there you have it, 7 things you did not know about 7 dive sites in Sharm el Sheikh. Next time you visit, you will be able to give as good a dive briefing as your dive guide!


Inspired? Take a look at www.cameldive.com and book your trip!

Beth "my lovelies" Sanders achieved her PADI Open Water in her native Wales and became completely addicted to the underwater world. Her fixation has cost her jobs, boyfriends and a whole load of other 'respectable' things so finally she had to make the diving pay! Becoming a Scuba Instructor was the only option... Beth was very lucky to combine this with her love of warm weather and has lived in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt since 2007. After joining the team at Anthias Divers as General Manager, Beth can usually be found chatting with guests and even occasionally underwater!

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Frontline workers honoured with free dive trip to Yap

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The remote island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia is among the few places in the world that remains free of Covid-19 thanks to its ocean border and a strict travel ban that has kept its residents safe.

Nonetheless, Yap has been affected, too. As one of the world’s premier, award-winning destinations for divers, this paradisiacal location in the western Pacific Ocean has had no outside visitors to its rich shores and reef for nearly a year. But while there may be no virus, the island hasn’t been cut off from the economic impact experienced around the globe.

Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers by A. Tareg

That didn’t stop Bill Acker, CEO and founder of the Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers, from doing something, though.

Last March, soon after the island went into lockdown, Bill began to realize the effect of the virus on daily life beyond the island. “Yes, we are closed, have no divers, had to send our employees home and prepare for difficult times,” he said. “But we’re lucky in that we have, for the most part, avoided the human suffering and death this pandemic has caused.”

Thinking about the problems faced by his family business, they paled when he compared them to those endured by the healthcare workers who have been fighting selflessly around the clock for months on end for the well-being and lives of others.

“One evening, while checking the news online, I saw pictures of frontline workers who were tending to desperately ill and dying people when families and friends could not be with their loved ones. It was heartbreaking,” he added.

The next day, a meeting was held with the resort’s staff and Bill invited suggestions for ways they could do something to honor healthcare workers. The result was the idea to award twenty divers who are working on the frontline to save other’s lives during this pandemic while risking their own, with a free week at the resort.

Manta ray, Manta birostris, gliding over a cleaning station in M’il Channel, Yap, Micronesia by David Fleetham

Divers around the world who had been guests at Manta Ray Bay in the past were invited to submit the names of candidates for the award by December 31, 2020. “We received nominations for 126 individuals from as far away as Germany, the U.S., Australia and Canada,” he said. “It was not easy choosing the winners but our committee of staff members took on the job and selected the 20 finalists.”

“While trying to choose the people to reward for their hard work during this Covid-19 crisis,” Bill added, “by reading the nominations we saw that every one of the nominees was doing things above and beyond the call of duty. Sadly, we don’t have the finances to offer over 100 free weeks in Yap, but we do want to recognize the contributions all of them are making to our world. So, we are offering the rest of the nominees a free week of diving in Yap which includes room, hotel tax, airport transfers, breakfast, diving and Wi-Fi.  The only requirement is that they travel with at least three other people and stay in two rooms or more.”

“We do not yet know when Yap will open its borders,” said Bill, “but when it does, we will welcome these important guests to Yap to relax and dive with the manta rays and the other beautiful denizens of the ocean surrounding our island home. They are the true heroes of this devastating, historic time and we look forward to honoring them with a well-deserved dive vacation.”

Watch out for our exclusive trip report from a healthcare worker from the UK who is one of the 20 to have been awarded this amazing dive trip!

For more information on Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers visit their website by clicking here.

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Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)

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It’s finally here! Time to start building the greatest dive locker the world has ever seen! Part I: Demolition! #dreamdivelocker

This is the first of a series of videos showing the evolution of building out my dream dive locker. My dream dive locker needs to be dive gear drying and storage, dry storage, workshop, office, editing suite, You Tube studio and classroom. That’s a lot of functions for a small space!

The first step is planning out the space and demolishing the laminate flooring. Then I taped up the walls to get a feel for the space. We have a lot of work to do!

But finally we will have a purpose built space to house all of our dive equipment! Subscribe to our channel to follow our progress! 

Thanks for watching, Team!

James


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