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Top 5 Dive Sites in Aqaba

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
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Lion Fish Red Sea

The beautiful, warm waters of the Red Sea meet Jordan at the port town of Aqaba with its 26kms of Jordanian coastline. Tropical reef and fish life are plentiful and glorious and, with an average water temp of 25 degrees, diving in Jordan is definitely one of life's pleasant experiences. Don't dive? Then hire some snorkel kit and check it out from the surface!

Top 5 Dive Sites in Aqaba:

Power Station An easy boat dive with an average depth of 25m. Popular for Fire and Cabbage coral, Turtle, Octopus, Lion and Scorpian Fish.

Cedar Pride Wreck Sunk for a dive site in 1985 the Cedar Pride is a great dive and a good example of new soft coral growth. Swim under the wreck at 25m through a gap in the reef table.

Japanese Garden Excellent snorkel and dive spot ranging from shallow to 40m's in spots. Check out the Cornets swimming in and around the pinnacles and keep an eye open for some Frogfish and a Eagle Ray who seems to live around there.

Kiwi Reef An easy but interesting dive loved by photographers. Think small.... as this spot is known for the smaller fish life, Spanish Dancers and a Crocodile Fish or 2.

Gorgone 1 & 2 Gorgone 2 lies just south of Gorgone 1 and both are named for the huge Gorgonian fan corals found there. A shore entry,  easy slope and shallow depth at Gorgone 1 makes for a quiet dive with volumes of colorful hard and soft corals and schooling glass fish. Add Parrot Fish, Lion Fish and interesting pinnacles at Gorgone 2 and altogether you have a great days diving.

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Tags: aqaba, jordan, jordan-overland-trips, red-sea, scuba-diving

Top 5 Red Sea Dive Spots

Saturday, July 10th, 2010
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On the eastern edge of the Sahara lies one of the choicest diving spots in the world. Separated from the rest of the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea has been left to develop an exhilarating reef system unparalleled in the region. To top it all off, 30 percent of the marine life here is endemic to the area. Diving

Check out the top 5 dive spots:

Sharm El Sheikh The Thistlegorm was a British Merchant Navy ship sunk on 6 October 1941 near Sharm el Sheikh and is now a well known and popular dive site. Combine that with a dive or 2 on the Ras Mohammed reef and you have got some of the best boat diving in Egypt. Dahab Numerous options for shore dives combined with warm, clear water make Dahab a popular spot in any dive itinerary. The Blue Hole and the Canyon have to be the top 2 advanced and technical dive sites and The Islands is an awesome dive for all levels of qualification. Boat trips to southern dive sites are becoming more popular.

Sha'ab Abu Nuhâs Reef in the Straits of Gobal This great reef is also known as the "ships graveyard". Numerous wrecks are within 40m of the surface and the top 3 have to be the Carnatic, Ghannis D, and Chrisoula K. These wrecks are spectacular and make fantastic material for the underwater photographer. Liveaboards out of Hurghada will get you there.

Hurghada The Giftun Islands has been a marine reserve for a few years now and this has to be one of the best boat dives in the Hurghada area.  Explore picturesque coral formations sticking out from the main reef wall decorated with soft corals. Good drift diving abounds.

Marsa Alam A relatively new dive spot, the dives and bays around Marsa Alam are home to excellent corals, large turtles, Guitar sharks and occasionally pods of dolphins. The coral reefs along the Marsa Alam coast are a real treasure trove for any diver. Well worth the extra effort needed to get there.

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Egypt - More Than Mummies and Pyramids

Friday, July 9th, 2010
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Step Pyramid Djoser

So you are heading off to Egypt and your itinerary covers all the main highlights this amazing country offers.  Now what? There is much more to this vibrant place than the Pyramids and the Valley of the Kings!

Here are few ideas to keep you occupied:

Beaches Whether you make your destination the Gulf of Suez, near Cairo, or the more well known Red Sea, you’ll find balmy weather and everything from backpacker hotels to exclusive resorts. Warm, clear water, vibrantly colored fish, diving, snorkeling, wind surfing and relaxing. Fishing From Tilapia to big Catfish to Nile perch, you can find the catch of a lifetime in Egypt.

Lake Nassar, the largest man-made lake in Egypt, stretches over 300 miles and promises a great catch for even the most inexperienced angler.

Scuba Diving Diving is a year round sport in Egypt and there are many under water treasures to explore. Beginner or novice divers should stick to Dahab and Sharm el-Sheik where both equipment and instruction can be found.

Desert Safaris These guided tours will take you to the Egyptian oases and to the great temples of the ancient gods and the tombs of kings. You can see breathtaking vistas and learn more about Egypt than you could ever do from a book, as guides take you through the other less-well-known pyramids and the famous Black Desert.

Golfing Dream Golf is a course located on the outskirts of Cairo. The 7200 yard course, covered in well-tended grass, is one of the largest in Egypt.

Shopping Khan e-Khalili bazaar in Cairo is Egypt’s oldest market. Goods from all over the world come to the Khan, and you can find everything in jewelry, leather, pewter, wood and clothing that you can imagine. If you are skilled in haggling, you can come away with terrific bargains!

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Tags: egypt, egypt-budget-travel, egypt-overland-tour, red-sea