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Just imagine…living for seven, ten or fourteen days on a floating hotel, pampered and spoiled, in air-conditioned cabins with en-suite bathrooms and piped music, a comfy lounge with all entertainment gadgets from DVD's to video's and surround Dolby stereo, a kitchen open the whole day serving main meals plus an embarrassingly big amount of snacks and treats in between, with no other horizon than a blue sea and 180 degrees of pure, sunny, clear sky in all directions.

The only stress being whether you make a dive or not, you eat or not, you drink or not…and how much lead shall I need, shall I take the camera underwater or not, maybe a nitrox tank will do for this long shallow barrier, or shall we have a slice of cake after or before the dive???

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So there we were in the wilderness that is the Southern Red Sea. Our only engine had fallen silent. Bits of the Turbo were spread all over the dive deck and there was a lot of head shaking from Hisham, who’s dancing talents it seemed to us far outstripped his engineering skills. The mainland we were told was somewhere over the western horizon, but anyway was scorching uninhabited desert. If there was any human habitation it was the Egyptian military who would immediately arrest us and throw us in jail, if we were not shot first. Yasser imparted this information with his usual broad grin. I returned the smile although the funny side of the situation wasn’t totally apparent. We had already been desperately trying to contact anyone in the area but the VHF just hissed emptily back at us.

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The distance from the tollgates on the Giza Desert Highway to Siwa Oasis is 749 km, usually traversed in approximately eight hours. It is worth
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In the Red Sea more and more Liveaboards are taking safety very seriously and protecting their guests with the latest high-tec device. When the
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Since 1978, by design or chance, Peter Collings has been involved in the discovery, location and identification of many wrecks in Egyptian waters,
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