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CRUISING THE RED SEA

CRUISING THE RED SEA

With the Red Sea having a little too much of the good things on offer, it’s easy to retreat into clichés when writing about diving there. Aquamarine, turquoise, azure, pristine, crystal clear, gin-clear, mind-blowing, brilliant, gorgeous, luxuriant, hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands and (my own favorite)… heaps. There’s also so much already written about the Red Sea, this has been another problem since I started this assignment – how do you make a new approach when covering good boats operating in good areas? It’s hard to write something fresh about the Red Sea, but I’ll give it a go.
Simply put, the Red Sea is the best diving in the world. Sure, Micronesia’s Truk Lagoon is the place to go (cliché: hotspot) for wrecks, but it isn’t famous for big fish and the vis isn’t always great. Indonesia has a large diversity (cliché: richness) of marine species and incredibly thick layers of invertebrate growth, but again the visibility isn’t always the best and it can be expensive. Fiji has lots of colour, better visibility and lots (cliché: thousands) of small colourful reef fish, but it’s not famous for big fish and it too, can be expensive. The Coral Sea with its large pelagics and sharks, but no wrecks. Maldives has (cliché: awesome) drift diving but since El Nino bleached its reefs in 1998…!? Sure, other places may have individual aspects of interest, but the Red Sea has more ticks on that all important list of “What Divers Want” than any other place in the world.

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SOFT CORAL IN MEDIUM FORMAT

SOFT CORAL IN MEDIUM FORMAT
Every time I’m back from one of my trips in the hot and clear waters of the Red Sea, the colours of the alcionarian remain in my eyes and memory for days; they ar...
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Underwater Photography for Everyone!

Underwater Photography for Everyone!

Do you dream of taking great underwater photographs but feel disappointed that you haven't managed to get hold of that winning lottery ticket yet to buy a decent camera a...

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The ART of Diving

The ART of Diving
This wonderful coffee-table book started out as a feature called ‘The Zen of Diving’, written by UK journalist and author Nick Hanna for a special edition of the ‘b...
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Northern Safaris

Northern Safaris

The Red Sea is a real playground for divers who discover the wonders of the underwater world - and keep coming back for more. And it's not just a question of budget, alth...

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