Red Sea Liveaboard, Red Sea, Eygpt

Fri 10th December 2010 - Fri 17th December 2010

Trip Report

Another brilliant trip with Blue O2 aboard Blue Horizon. 5 of us met the rest of the guests at Hurghada and set off on the Northern Wrecks and Reefs Itinerary. 21 dives over the week. Unfortunately the wind got up on the sunday and we were stuck diving a barge wreck for 24 hours, but luckily it was on a route taken by dolphins heading for their sleeping grounds. My first experience swimming with wild dolphins from the back of the boat, amazing. But it would get better

The weather and the sun came out, but still slightly cold. 23 degrees in the water though. Diving numerous wrecks including the massive Thistlegorm. Beautiful clear waters and plenty of photos. Just have to start processing 400 of them now !! Diving from the RIB on one wreck we all rolled in and were immediately greeted by a female dolphin and youngster. Ian was sorting himself out and didn't realise he had dolphins looking over each shoulder, Mitch started twisting and turning and the youngster joined in, I kept clicking the camera button before being hitting the sand with a bump having forgotten all about buoyancy. They stayed with us for a few minutes before mother called time and they swam off.

The whole week was relentless diving, eating and sleeping at the call of the ships bell, it was tough but we managed it. The final dive of the trip back at Hurghada was declared a muck dive and not really very good. Gary and I dropped to 35 metres to look for a seahorse and it was certainly muck diving. The corals had disappeared to be replaced by bare slopes, a close up with a lobster and a superb anenome with see through cleaner shrimps. Whilst we were down there at 12m the rest were experiencing more dolphin encounters and a lot better corals with a vast amount of reef fish. We joined them and both of us also ended our dive with a close up with a dolphin, it doesn't get much better. Back in harbour for a bit of sun and a few drinks to end the week.

Then the pleasure of flying back to Gatwick and the threat of snow. We made it back on time and headed back along the motorway. Just south of Bristol at 3 in the morning and the snow started, by the time we hit Cheddar there was 6 inches and driving was hazardous. 25 degrees in the sun to -10 and snow all in 6 hours.

Trip Details

Due to several requests I can now offer another trip to the Red Sea, this time on board the Blue O2 luxury liveaboard Blue Horizon. This trip will be on the wrecks and reefs of the Northern Red Sea and is suitable for Open Water Divers with about 30 logged dives. For those who have yet to go the Red Sea, the water is clear and warm with an abundance of tropical fish. The Red Sea is one of the places most divers will visit. The wrecks and reefs are fantastic to dive. You will complete 3 dives most days.

I will also be going on the trip, so if you are unsure of how things run on a liveaboard or want to be accompanied on your dives, I will be more than happy to help although the dive guides on board are excellent.

To see more details of the trip have a look at the Blue O2 website www.blueotwo.com.

In april 2009 I used the Blue Horizon boat and I can say that the crew, service and accommodation were excellent and well worth the money.

As an agent for Blue O2 I can offer a discount, so that if we book 10 places we get one place free, 20 places and 2 go free. If that happens I will pay those places back in to reduce the price of the holiday. A deposit of £225 is required at the time of booking this is non-refundable.

Please email me for further details or any questions you may have. dave@somersetdivers.co.uk

Last Modified: 18-12-2010 16:33:18
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