Red Sea Diving Safari – June 2008

Back from Red Sea Diving Safari!

Second liveaboard diving Safari in the area of the Egyptian South Red Sea

I’m back from my second liveaboard diving Safari in the area of the Egyptian South Red Sea. I’ve been there last summer and surely I’ll be there next year too! South Red Sea gives so many chances for sightings of large marine life and reefscapes that is ideal for underwater photography.

My adventure started from Marsa Alam airport and directly to impressive “Ghalib Port” where “Independence II” liveaboard boat waited us to begin diving safari. Why liveaboard? Because I had in 6 days 20 dives in hard to reach dive sites that would otherwise be out of reach for normal daily diving trips. Abu Dabab, Elfinstone, Dedalus, Rocky Island, Zagrabard, Sha ‘ab Sharm was our southward travelling destination and back!

Each dive was a unique experience. Colour, more than anything else that defines Red Sea unspoiled reefs with amazing swathes of orange, pink and purple soft corals. Red Sea fishes in rock shapes like aquariums were calm and friendly, not afraid of divers, and gave great poses to my camera. Meeting proudly swimming sharks in royal-blue waters away from reefscapes, was an everyday goal, but remained a shot I didn’t capture as I wanted. Gigantic morays at rocks big like mythological monsters. Excellent macro life with nudibranches, stone fishes, abstract shots and everything you imagine, in unexpected colour combinations and all above set against the backdrop of a deep-blue abyss, the colourfull reefs or sparkling sun balls.