Sonia Goggel returns to Emperor fold
We have some very, very happy news. Our friend and fabulous liveaboard dive guide, Sonia Goggel, is returning to the fold. Yes, Sonia has done with her wanderlust and returns to the Emperor Divers Liveaboard team in June!
Read Sonia's heartfelt reasons why returning is 'the nearest thing to home'.
My Dear Fish and Soft Coral Friends
After a year and a half at Wakatobi Dive Resort in South East Sulawesi, I will be coming home to Emperor Divers liveaboards again as from the end of this June onwards. Working at the magnificent and exclusive Resort was a very rewarding experience and being part of such a unique conservation project was a great privilege.
Being Swiss and growing up in Colombia, answering the question of where I am from was always a tricky one. When I went back last September to accompany two safaris on Emperor Superior with dear friends, I felt, more than ever before where I belong to; Egypt, Emperor Divers, the Red Sea truly are home to me. Sometimes you have to leave and come back to really notice where your heart is.
Notwithstanding the incredible diversity offered by Indonesia, the Red Sea, as Cousteau himself already said, is a magical and stunning place! The lush soft corals and unique visibility, beautiful hard coral gardens, walls to die for, spectacular cavern systems, fantastic wrecks, great critters and awesome fish life, including not only a great variety of reef fish, but also many kinds of schooling fish, sharks, mantas and diving with dolphins, makes the Red Sea a diving destination that one can never tire of visiting again and again! Dive sites like Jackson and Thomas Reefs, Shark Reef and Yolanda, Ras Zatar, Anemone City, The Dunraven, The Thistlegorm, St Johns and Fury Shoal Reefs, and all the off shore islands just keep luring me back again and again. I once said, if I had just one dive I could do before I die, it would definitely be Jackson Reef's south west corner, and I still believe the same.
I also feel a huge commitment to my Emperor Divers' guests who, more than guests, have become very dear friends, who year after year come back to share our friendship and the wonderful Red Sea experience with us, diving from our exceptional Emperor Divers' liveaboards and being spoiled by our brilliant Crews.
Emperor Divers company and staff have believed in me ceaselessly over the many years I have lived in the Red Sea. I feel very honoured and am extremely grateful. More than a company one works for, they have become family to me.
Last but by no means least, Egypt with its extraordinary people and its incredible climate has felt like home ever since I arrived in August 1996 for a
holiday and decided to change my life completely and stay. Two days of a Sinai diving jeep safari, sleeping in the desert and getting completely astonished by Ras Nasrani
and Ras Um Sid, was all it took and it still feels the same; Home sweet Home. Over the years not only have I come to deeply respect the Egyptian people and
their culture, old and new, but also have had the privilege of being adopted by an Egyptian family... it can't get more home than that!
Needless to say, I am completely thrilled to come back and do it all again for as long as I can carry my tank ;-)
Fat sea hugs
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