Diving the Red Sea
Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
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(a side note: for those of you who aren't interested in diving, you may not be overly interested in all the details here! I won't be offended if you choose to scroll on by. Honest!)
So, yesterday we did 3 dives at the Lighthouse. This is a shore dive, nice shallow sand entry so very easy to get in and out of
The lighthouse is a coral reef dive, so you swim out about 15m through the sand and then hit coral. Most of it is a winding wall with no current, but at the point there is a prett strong current, so all of a sudden you and all the fish are being blown in to the wall! It's find to ride it around the point though, but we didn't go too far as it makes for a long swim back.
Today we did the remaining two dives, one at the Canyon, and one at the Blue Hole. The Canyon was first in the morning
The Blue Hole was next. This is a very infamous dive here, well known for many people having died. It's not really all that dangerous, it just drops off a good long ways so in the middle there is no bottom for all intents and purposes. The area attracts all kinds of divers, and there is a recreational limit to how deep you can dive on air. Some people try and push that limit, and that's when most of the problems at this site have occured
Anyway, unlike the other sites where we had a shallow shore entrance, this one you jump in to a hole in the coral about 3m long and 1.5m wide. This is the Bellz. From there, it is a straight drop down to 26m, where you swim along the bottom for a few metres before coming to the edge of the reef, where it basically drops right off. Here you are on the outside of the Hole, where the coral is more interesting than in the middle. We swam about halfway around, then ascended to 5m where there is an opening to enter the Blue Hole. In the centre, it is probably something like 20-30m across. The walls are coral, and then there is just water in the middle! We swam across the centre, and when you reach the middle it feels like flying!! You can't see anything around you but blue. And maybe an occasional fish. Hence the name of course. You have to watch your depth gauge pretty close, because you have no frame of reference for whether you are going up or down. Good practice for the buoyancy control!
Anyway, I am now officially certified as an AOW diver! Who would have thought this would be me this time last year, when I was too scared to even suit up. I fear that every dive I do is getting me more and more hooked, and I will have to start planning my vacations based on good dive sites
So far, here is a list of some of the aquatic life I have seen: corals (many!), parrotfish, lionfish, scorpionfish, angelfish, clownfish, squid, shrimp, flutefish, 3 octopi, one baby giant moray eel (about 4-5 ft long!), and a whole bunch of others I can't remember the names of! Some amazing colours. And most of them are so used to divers they hardly move when you swim by. It's a wonderful feeling to be in the middle of a school of thousands of little colourful fish, and have them an inch or two from your face! I've come a long way from the girl who was visciously attacked by a man-eating fish in Mexico (actually, the thing was probably about 6 inches long and mistook me for lunch since we were chumming in the area!) who was afraid to go back in the water lest something larger bite me. Haven't seen any sharks yet (thank god!) and I'll keep my fingers crossed I don't run into one any time soon!