January 2011 Archives

Marsa Alam/Port Ghalib new port fee

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We have just been informed that, from 01 Feb 2011, a new Port fee of 3 Euros per person per day will be charged when embarking a day diving boat at Port Ghalib.

Emperor Divers will pay this fee for all existing bookings as of 22 January 2011. All new bookings will have to pay the fee locally at the dive centre. We are disappointed that the Port authorities have chosen to levy this fee and are trying to get the decision over turned.

I am really looking forward to my first liveaboard holiday. I have always wanted to experience one but as my wife is a non-diver we always chose a resort based package.

I have visited the Red Sea on quite a few occasions; the first time was 26 years ago. After 10 years I did get bored with diving but that all changed when I became an instructor. I now get a real sense of achievement when one of my students qualifies or when taking them on their first open water dive. The infectious enthusiasm that dive students generate has put the spark back into diving for me.

I prefer a 90 minute dive over a pristine reef to a wreck dive so I will probably book the trip out of Marsa Ghalib taking in the reefs of Elphinstone, the Brothers and Daedalus on the Simply the Best route on board Emperor Elite during July to coincide with the end of another year at university where I am studying to become a paramedic.

My wife was not overwhelmed to find out that the prize was for one, but I did point out that as she had bought me a subscription to Diver for my birthday that the liveaboard holiday was actually part of my birthday present. I will probably have to take her to Dive Fest at Pentewan Sands, Cornwall to make up for not taking her on a luxury holiday on-board Emperor Elite.

My diving experiences include ice diving in the Arctic Circle to the Pacific, the South China Sea, Philippines, Indonesia, Maldives, Caribbean, Red Sea and the UK. I'm a PADI and BSAC instructor.


Emperor Marsa Alam's NEW Hamada Wreck dive trip

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Emperor Marsa Alam has introduced a new wreck trip to its top class dives this year - a shore dive to explore the wreck of the Hamada.

Hamada wreck_copyright Luke Atkinson_mr.jpgLying between 12 - 18mt in a protected bay, this wreck is suitable for all levels of diver and is situated off a wonderfully secluded shore south of Wadi El Gamal National Park.

No need for any great depth here as you explore this two-part wreck that sank in mysterious circumstances in 1993. Masts and ropes are still attached and now smothered in fledgling hard corals while butterflyfish and parrotfish nibble away. Lying on its starboard side at 15mt it makes a fine subject for photographers, while 'wreckies' will delight in the intact propeller and the possibility to explore holds and cabins. Snorkellers will also love the opportunity to snorkel a wreck - so unique!

A light lunch on the unspoiled beach with an imposing backdrop of mountains sets you up for either another dive on the wreck or the chance to explore an immaculate north reef. Then drive back through Wadi El Gamal National Park and keep your eye out for the grazing camels on the way home.

You leave the dive centre at 7am and return at 5pm, so a great day out for just 30 Euros including lunch, drinks and transfer.

And this fantastic photo was taken by Luke Atkinson, Marsa Alam's Dive Centre Manager!

Find out more at www.emperordivers.com or email reservations@emperordivers.com



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