June 2010 Archives

Your Best Chance to Find a Dugong - New and Exclusive to Emperor Divers, Marsa Alam

Emperor Divers, Marsa Alam, is now offering you the best chance to dive with a Dugong! Learn more about these magnificent creatures by enrolling on our brand new Dugong Appreciation Distinctive Specialty course.

Dugong june 2010 sm.jpgApproved by PADI and taught only at Emperor, this course gives you background knowledge, facts and local information on our Dugongs, as well as teaching you techniques for finding and successfully diving with these gentle marine mammals. What's more, after 2 dives in our local Dugong hotspots, you will earn a full PADI certification that can be credited towards your Master Scuba Diver rating.

The one-day course costs €120* and this includes all materials, dives, equipment and also a free Emperor Divers Dugong T-shirt. So book now and come and join us diving with Dyson, Dennis and friends!

*€35 certification fee payable in resort

Book today - email info.reservations@emperordivers.com

 

New Ras Mamlach boat trip from Emperor Nuweiba

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The team in Nuweiba is delighted to be able to offer guests a memorable day out on their new charter boat - King Sea Star. You can visit Ras Mamlach in the National Park with its pristine coral formations along with an amazing abundance of fish life such as Napoleon wrasse, turtles, milk fish, blue spotted rates and schooling barracuda.

0610 nuweiba new boat trip.JPGThe boat leaves the dive centre at 8am and returns at 5pm, so a full and fulfilling day for all. Divers can do their PADI Boat Diver specialty on the day. Non-diving guests are also welcome aboard.

The trip costs just 45 Euro, including lunch and soft drinks. All trips are subject to weather conditions and minimum numbers.

Email info.reservations@emperordivers.com for more information.

0610 anthia 1.jpgTerry Axam, Sharm El Sheikh's popular dive instructor, shares his anthia tales...

At first sight it may appear pretty nondescript, how you might describe your everyday pet goldfish! But take a closer look at this 7cm fish. It has the most amazing violet streak below the eye, which illuminates the surrounding water. On mass the orange/gold colour of their body lights up the entire reef making you think you are surrounded by thousands of stars.

Also known as the lyretail coralfish, the lyretail anthia or the scalefin anthia, anthias are members of the family Serranidae (basses, basslets, groupers) and make up the subfamily Anthiinae. They occur in all tropical oceans and seas of the world from the western Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean as far east as Japan and Southeast Australia. The first species recognized in this group was described in the Mediterranean and northeast Atlantic and was given the name Anthias anthias by Carolus Linnaeus in 1758. Pretty remarkable stuff, huh!

Small, peaceful and beautiful they form complex social structures based on the number of males and females and also their position on the reef itself. They are mainly zooplankton feeders and shoal by the thousands. The male, 15 cm in length and a fuschia colour with a very distuinguishing banner, retains a harem of 5-10 females. When the male dies (no surprise there) one of the females will undergo sex reversal and take the place of the missing male!      

In our local waters they surround coral outcrops, the fringing reef and steep slopes to a depth0610 anthia 2.jpg of 35m. They always point directly into current apart from when they are playing 'tricks' on the dive guide when you will hear that age old phrase, 'well they were pointing the right way when I jumped in and checked.' The Anthia, a dive guide's best friend or his/her Achilles heel...

» Book your diving holiday to Sharm El Sheikh today and enjoy some of Terry's experiences!

Emperor Divers' World Cup - Dive and Win!

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Want to dive AND watch the World Cup? Then join Emperor Divers for some football-friendly fun. Your day's diving, where possible, will be worked out around the match you want to watch so you don't miss out on the excitement.

Dive any Emperor Divers' centre in El Gouna, Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Nuweiba or Sharm during the World Cup, nominate the team you think will win and if it does you enter the draw to win one of five dive packages with FIVE days' diving FREE at any Emperor dive centre of your choice.

Emperor will also be running World Cup Specials in their dive centres - check them out when you're there!

Email info.reservations@emperordivers.com for more information or visit www.emperordivers.com

Join Diving Team Finland on their liveaboard holiday on Emperor Elite (pic below) as they go south to the Sudan border!

Elite harbour DD 2010 55 sm.jpgAs the team explains, "This 8-minutes teaser includes marvellous views from reefs of Elba, Abu Fendera, St. Johns, Fury Shoals, Elphinstone, and so on. Have a look at silky shark, crocodile fish, scorpionfish, octopus, 'popcorn crab', nudibranch and even underwater treasures (captain's bell!)."

Our thanks to Kai Kaasalainen for this superb video. Watch it here.

Check out the next Elite sailings and book your adventure today!

You can also read a first hand report from Sonia Goggel, the much-respected dive guide who was on the trip above, about a fascinating 10-day trip to 'the deep south'. Read it here.

Email info.safaris@emperordivers.com or book online.

Emperor Divers' is privy to a fascinating insight by Lawson Wood reporting on Marsa Alam, 25 years on, for July's issue of Sport Diver magazine...and see here for savings on subscriptions, only with Emperor Divers.

Here are a couple of short extracts from Lawson's report to whet your appetite.

0110 marsal alam eagle ray sm.jpgThe southern resort of Marsa Alam is growing increasingly popular, but Lawson Wood remembers this part of Egypt from back in the mid-1980s. What would he make of the changes?

"I suppose I should start with one of those 'When I were a lad...' or 'In my day, when I first dived there...'. However, memory is a rather fickle thing, so I got out the old logbooks and found a scant listing for Elphinstone Reef - 'Not as good as the Brothers; no sharks'. I have been reading rave reviews recently about this offshore reef - perhaps it had improved since my first visit. Hardly inspiring, but this visit to Port Ghalib, located midway between the coastal town of Marsa Alam and Hurghada, was actually rather more inspirational than I could have imagined...

...Port Ghalib itself is a developing marina and hotel complex, with most of the international resorts now in place, as well as smaller and economically priced hotels. Port Ghalib and, in particular, the Marina Lodge at Port Ghalib, is just a ten-minute run from the airport (I have to say that the visa section and passport control were particularly painless and all handled superbly by the Longwood Holidays representative)...

...Our dive guide, Vicky, described the outer coral head as being like a mini Elphinstone, as it is the closest reef to the shore which has a great variety of colourful soft corals. I have to say she was right! This is a great dive around coral heads with vertical walls covered in soft and hard corals, schools of anthias and we even had a white-tip reef shark...absolutely amazing that such a wide variety of rare species could be found in such a small area.

In the 25 years since I last visited these reefs, I was encouraged to say the least. Schools of varied fish are plentiful and with a professional operation such as Emperor Divers, you are not only well looked after, you are also informed, encouraged and befriended. A big thank you to everyone for welcoming me back to my old stomping grounds."

Be sure to read Lawson's full report in July's Sport Diver magazine.

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