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It’s Great to be back in Sharm

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It has been too long since Nick and I have dived in Sharm El Sheikh, and so we jumped at the chance to come back this week. We are diving with Camel Dive Club for the next week or so, and our first two days of diving have really re-ignited our love for this place. Whilst there are still no direct flights from the UK to Sharm, getting here is not difficult, with flights via Cairo and also various European hubs. The team at Camel have been assisting UK divers with finding the best route, and it is great to see people returning to this must-do diving destination.

Sharm offers incredible land-based diving, with iconic sites such as Ras Mohamed and the Thistlegorm within easy reach of a day boat, as well as great shore diving for those wanting a more relaxed pace. So far, we have visited Gordon’s Reef, Wodehouse, Shark & Yolanda, the wreck of the Dunraven and Ras Ghozlani, and we have only been here for two days! We have another week of diving and will be sending regular reports back for our Scubaverse readers throughout.

The reefs are in superb condition, with coral growth and marine life thriving at the moment. If you have not been here for a while, then you, like us, may have forgotten the way the reef pulses with the movement of the bright orange and pink anthias. Turtles patrol the soft corals, looking for their favourite snacks, while huge moray eels sway in the gentle currents. The visibility is fantastic and the water is a gorgeous deep blue. It is winter here too, and so whilst the water is not cold, it is cooler than in the summer at 23/24 °C. You will probably need some warm clothes to change into on the surface too, as the wind can make the boat rides cool. However, the winter sun and a cup of tea will soon warm you up.

Another thing you forget is just how friendly and warm the locals are here. The boat crew at Camel are no exception, always ready to give you a hand and a smile. Nothing is too much trouble, and today, their reactions to a potential camera flood was outstanding – with quick actions and plenty of dry towels to hand as soon as they knew we had an issue. Thankfully, all is now well!

Watch out for more posts from us about our diving and the dive site details & descriptions in coming days…

www.cameldive.com

www.egypt.travel/diving-in-egypt

For more from Nick and Caroline visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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21 Itineraries for 2021

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Blue O Two and their friends at WWDAS have announced their second instalment of the 21 Itineraries campaign.  It celebrates their wonderful staff contributions and highlights some of their favourite SCUBA diving liveaboard itineraries.

With many of them having an in-depth knowledge of the destinations, liveaboards and itineraries, who better to ask than the staff themselves? Some have extensive SCUBA diving experience, and others are beginners.  This helps to give every diver out there an idea of which SCUBA diving experience would best suit them.

A top destination for many, Egypt is definitely one of the favourites.  This time they focus on the Deep South itinerary, which ticks all the boxes for any diver wanting to cave dive, see thriving reefs and corals, enjoy breath-taking drop-offs, shark sightings and a vast array of marine life.

Photo by Simon Lorenz

Second on their staff’s SCUBA diving bucket-list this month is the Central Atolls itinerary in the Maldives.  This 7 night SCUBA diving adventure delights with an abundance of marine life, coral gardens and drift diving.  Not only is this the perfect destination for underwater photographers but you can also book yourself onto one of their PADI courses too.

Photo by Simon Lorenz

Last but not least, we are introduced to the beautiful Bahamas.  Bustling with lemon sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, tiger sharks, great hammerheads, nurse sharks and the occasional bull shark, this itinerary is definitely for…  you’ve guessed it, those shark lovers out there.

To start ticking off SCUBA diving bucket-lists and seek inspiration, check out their website for more information here: https://blog.blueotwo.com/21-itineraries-for-2021

Blue O Two and Master Liveaboards specialise in SCUBA diving liveaboard holidays, throughout 15 destinations, world-wide.  Their specialist SCUBA diving liveaboard trips cater for all levels of diver, from beginner to advanced.  Whether you are looking for the rocky landscape of the Galapagos to the white sands and crystal waters of the Maldives, the range of itineraries catered for is vast, offering different experiences, to ensure everyone’s SCUBA diving holiday needs are covered.

Visit the Blue O Two website at www.blueotwo.com


Header photo by Robert Wilpernig

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Jeff chats to… Chloe Hurst, overall winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Chloe Hurst, winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition.The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Chloe’s film – Waves of Change – can be seen here:

Second in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week we will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.


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