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A Day in the Desert – Landscape, Culture & Adventure



Sean Chinn takes a break from diving in Aqaba, Jordan to spend a day in the desert…

Wadi Rum is a protected desert wilderness covering 278 square miles. It’s a vast wilderness featuring dramatic sandstone mountains, roughly an hour’s drive from Aqaba. Wadi Rum is a perfect destination to add to any dive trip while visiting Aqaba, Jordan.

Our transport of choice for our day in the desert was a selection of 4WD pick-up trucks with makeshift but comfortable bench seating in the back for an open air adventure. It really was as fun as it looked as we sped and bounced our way through the sandy, uneven terrain. The vast landscape really took my breath away as we made our way past the sandstone mountains that towered above. We made a quick stop along the way to take a short walk up a sandy hill to gain a panoramic view of the dramatic landscape. The views were reminiscent of the pictures you see of the surface of Mars and this is one of the reasons numerous film directors have used this location to represent Mars in films.

We stopped to sample tea made in a traditional way by the Bedouin who have called this place home for many years. Now you might think being an English bloke I might be partial to a cup of tea or two; however, I’m really not a big tea drinker but I have to say the tea here was really tasty and something I could get used to.

After another short jeep ride we reached our lunch destination. Rahayeb Desert Camp was beautifully laid out with the decor being quintessentially Arabic. It is a luxury tented camp that allows guests the option to stay overnight. Unfortunately my trip was only a day trip but I will be back to enjoy the night sky in the desert with an overnight stay.

Our lunch was a delicious treasure of the Bedouin culture. Zarb is the process of cooking the food underground in earth ovens. The food is cooked on a barbecue rack inside a metal oven casing placed in a pit in the ground. A metal cover is placed on top and it’s covered in a blanket to stop the sand that is placed over the top getting onto the food. The food was truly flavoursome and plentiful, leaving me comfortably full.

Our last adventure of an amazing day came courtesy of a camelback ride into the sunset. It wasn’t completely as glamorous as it might sound. I nearly went headfirst over the front as the camel stood up and I must remember to stretch next time I get on one. My legs were starting to feel it a bit as I’ve never been the most flexible of people. It was, however, completely worth it. The camels had a great character about them with mischievous personalities and taking a slow walk with them, while admiring the stunning sunset, topped off a great day.

I’ll be back!!

Sean Chinn’s scuba diving adventure started in a freezing cold quarry back in January 2011. Maybe the reason he wasn't instantly hooked! However, after an amazing trip to Indonesia in 2013, he realised he needed to see more of the underwater world. With no photography background, he enlisted some help in developing both his diving and photo skills. This kickstarted his diving and underwater photography adventure which has become something of an addiction. Seeing and photographing wildlife is Sean’s real passion in diving but he is always keen to try new ideas.


Announcing the Winners of’s November 2021 Underwater Photo & Video Contests



Another bumper month packed with amazing images and videos from around the world! It has certainly been another great month for entries in both contests – your underwater photos and videos are just getting better and better! Thanks to all who entered.

To find out who the winner of’s November 2021 Underwater Photo Contest is, click here.

To find out who the winner of’s November 2021 Underwater Video Contest is, click here.

If you’re not a winner this month, then please do try again. December’s photo and video contests are now open.

To enter’s December 2021 Underwater Photo Contest, click here.

To enter’s December 2021 Underwater Video Contest, click here.

Good luck!!!

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Dived Up Publications announces Prize Draw Winners



Dived Up Publications have announced the lucky winners in their Action Camera Underwater Video Basics prize draw that was held in association with Paralenz and Scubaverse.

The prize draw was held to celebrate the release of Jeff Goodman’s excellent new book, which has been called the ‘essential guide to impressive underwater video’. The prize draw ran through October and November 2021.

1st Prize of a Paralenz Vaquita underwater camera and a copy of Action Camera Underwater Video Basics goes to Phillip Davies in Carmarthenshire, Wales. Congratulations Phillip!

2nd Prize of a Paralenz rash guard and Action Camera Underwater Video Basics goes to Marta Lewanska of Kent, England. 3rd Prizes (5) of Action Camera Underwater Video Basics plus an exclusive Paralenz water bottle go to Laura Pritchard (Oxfordshire, England); Steffen Spoida (Schkopau, Germany); Rick Rutkowski (New York, USA); Mariusz Ciupa (London, England); and Thomas Stone (Dorset, England). 4th Prizes (3) of Action Camera Underwater Video Basics go to Susanna Callaghan (Anglesey, Wales); Iain (Scotland); and Morgane Bellouard (Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France). All winners have been informed.

Thank you to everyone who took part. If you didn’t win this time stay tuned to our social channels for more exciting offers in future! Thank you also to Paralenz and Scubaverse for collaborating, contributing prizes and supporting this promotion.

About the book

Avoid common mistakes and make great underwater video. A lifetime of knowledge in one handy book full of images shot with a small action camera. Jeff Goodman’s Action Camera Underwater Video Basics is out now in paperback.

Released 26 October 2021 | RRP £20 | Paperback | ISBN 978-1-909455-44-3 | 192 pages | 210 x 148 mm (A5).

The book is available online from the usual places, and a limited number of signed copies are available exclusively from while stocks last.

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Egypt | Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone | 27 January – 04 February 2022 | Emperor Elite

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  • 6 days’ diving, guide, 12ltr tank & weights, Marine Park fees and port departure fees
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