[Logbook] – 5 days on the Red Sea, from Safaga – Egypt

[Logbook] – 5 days on the Red Sea, from Safaga – Egypt

[Logbook] – 5 days on the Red Sea, from Safaga – Egypt

Ahoy Sailors & Mermaids! After many, many years of patience, I finally decided to fly to Egypt! Of course, 1 week out of the 3 that I will be spending there will be devoted to scuba diving, in Safaga. I heard from a lot of people that the Red Sea is the best place to dive, and I can’t wait to see that with my own eyes!!

The biggest news of this trip is certainly my recent acquisition of an amazing underwater camera! Finally, it was about time! Goodbye GoPro and welcome to my new favourite dive buddy, the fabulous Sony Alpha7RII!!

Today is Monday, and I am meeting with the team of Dune Plongée, the French diving center located in Safaga: Moustapha who helped me with the booking process, my Egyptian DM Momo and his perfect French, and Jean-Mi from Belgium. The boat crew don’t really speak english but is very friendly – A little thought for the captain Hani and his large smile!
Until Friday, a large group of 28 or maybe 30 Sétois (inhabitants from Sète, France), with the great mood and strong accent from the southern France, will be diving with me, how nice! Momo introduces us to the diving spots, always with a divers joke or 2, which makes everyone laugh every single time. I also learn about the existence of Inch’Allah the turtle, that everyone is looking forward to meet!

This week’s diving spots are: Sandy Island, Tobia Kebir, Middle Reef East & West, Panorama Reef South & North, Tobia Harba, Tobia Soraya, Ras Abu Soma, et enfin Gamul Soraya.

But let’s talk pictures now: The first part of the week was only « test dives » (with an empty case), which means I only have pictures of the 2nd part, and unfortunately missed a lot of amazing things, including the meetings with our dear Inch’Allah the turtle! Although, not having my camera on the diving spots Middle Reef East & West was actually convenient since these are drift dives and we had to do the giant stride entry from a moving (yes, moving forward!!) boat. What and adventure! Ready?? Let’s dive!

#Tobia Harba, Red Sea

Water Temperature: 24/25°
Sightings:
Clearfin Lionfish, Spotted Trevally, Coral Grouper, Hawkfish, Stellate Pufferfish, Masked Pufferfish, Dusky Parrotfish, Red Sea Sailfin Tang, Blue Triggerfish, Queen Angelfish, Sulphur Damselfish, Red Sea Anemonefish, Leopard Blenny, Black Diadem Sea Urchin, Feather Duster Worm…
Notes: Ok, this diving spot is AMAZING. I love swimming from a pinnacle to next one, the perfect visibility and incredibly clear water! After the dive, snorkeling above the corals is absolutely great! The pinnacles are full of life and colours, just enjoy!

#Tobia Soraya, Red Sea

Water Temperature: 24/25°
Sightings:
 Giant Moray, Blacktip Grouper, Masked Pufferfish, Red Sea Anemonefish, HUNDREDS of juvenile Blue Triggerfish, Reef Stonefish, Red Sea Moses Sole, Toothed Top Shell…
Notes:
 This diving spot is really different than the previous one, and a lot of Giant Morays are hiding everywhere in the corals! Their size is impressive and I was able to get really close to them to take a few pictures and leave (my lens is a 16-35mm!). They really seem to be used to curious scuba divers!

#Ras Abu Soma, Red Sea

Water Temperature: 24/25°
Sightings:
Giant Moray, Blacktip Grouper, juvenile Lionfish, Orange-lined Triggerfish, Dusky Angelfish, Humbug DamselfishRed Sea Anemonefish, Bluespotted Ribbontail Stingray, Spider Conch…
Notes:
 Giant Morays and Stingrays are making this diving spot interesting, if you’re lucky you might see a Moray swimming in open water. Snorkeling on this spot is also really nice, you could meet a couple of Hound Needlefish, and a Slingjaw Wrasse!

#Gamul Soraya, Red Sea

Water Temperature: 24/25°
Sightings:
 Humpnose Big-Eye Bream, Red Lionfish, Clearfin Lionfish, Yellowbar Angelfish, Dusky Angelfish, Arabian Picasso Triggerfish, School of Longfin Bannerfish, Six-Lined Soapfish, Two-Spot Red Snapperjuveniles Black and White Snapper, Sawtooth Feather Star…
Notes:
 This was my last dive and I couldn’t be happier about it! The amount of corals is amazing, such as the numerous fishes! The tiny fish swimming together around the huge corals are wonderful! I wish my mermaid tail would grow faster so I could stay there and look at them all day long…

Water is a bit cold despite the 5mm suit but visibility is excellent! Swimming among green-blue or orange red tiny fishes around the pinnacles is the best feeling ever! Yellow, blue, purple, Brain Corals, Giant Tables, Rasp Corals, the corals shapes and colours diversity is incredible! I stopped counting Angelfish, huge Triggerfish, Multi-coloured Parrotfish, and juvenile and adult Groupers, Clownfish and their Anemone, schools of Trevally and Wrasse. Sometimes we met a Hound Needlefish or 2 under the surface, Giant Morays hiding in their rock or swimming over the sea bed, and Stingrays. More rarely, a Reef Stonefish, Scorpionfish or Tentacled Flathead is spotted. And finally, Inch’Allah the cutest Hawksbill Turtle, came to swim with us twice!
Red Sea, I will miss you dearly.

This is the end of this logbook at Safaga! If you liked it please feel free to let me know in a comment! Sea you soon for more bubbles!
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