Sunscreen

Why is sunscreen so important? Sunscreen is vital even on overcast days because it protects us from harmful ultraviolet rays. These rays can lead to skin cancer discoloration and wrinkles if we have prolonged exposure. It is also important in Egypt especially for holiday goers visiting the beach as the sun is strong and many people every year suffer from heat stroke and sunburn. Factors and exposure Healthcare professionals strongly advise people to wear at least factor 30 (adult) and factor 50 ...

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Sunscreen

The family of rays

Rays are found in seas and oceans all over the world. There are over 500 species of rays most of which can be found dominating the sea bed. They have flat bodies so they can conceal themselves in the sand easily and attack unsuspecting prey. Most species of stingray have 5 gill slits and their eyes are on the top of its body. Rays are distant cousins to sharks so have some similar qualities. For example rays and sharks use smell and electroreceptors to hunt their prey; this is particularly true ...

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The family of rays

Tec diving

What is a technical diver? Did you know there are 2 main types of diver? Diving is split into two categories recreational dives and technical dives. Recreational/ fun diving is the most common however if you are looking to excel in your diving career then perhaps becoming a technical diver is the right path for you. Technical diving allows you to dive deeper than 40m and gives you the chance to explore caves and stay longer under the water. What is the difference between recreational (fun) and t...

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Tec diving

Choosing the best regulator

What are they and how do they work? Regulators are the key to diving . We would be pretty lost without them since they allow us to breathe high pressure compressed air at depth. How do they work? Regulators do what they say on the label they regulate the high pressure from the tank. They regulate the air pressure to match our surrounding pressure at any depth. So it s safe to say they are very important to use divers! Top tips When it comes to buying any regulator our advice is always safety fir...

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Choosing the best regulator

Buying the best BCD

Buying the best BCD The scuba BCD is an essential piece of diving equipment and is a must for all divers. If it is your first time diving then you can hire these from the diving center however when you start to dive more often it becomes more comfortable to have your own. BCD stands for buoyancy control device this helps you maintain your balance in the water and it supports your tanks and air hoses securely. There are three basic styles of BCD; jacket front- adjustable and back- inflate. The ri...

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Buying the best BCD

Choosing the best wetsuit

Choosing the best wetsuit The importance of choosing the best wetsuit is often underestimated. A lot of people choose their wetsuit based on the brand and size. These are both important factors to consider upon choosing the best wetsuit for you however there are other factors such as the fit comfort and material that are ignored on a regular basis. Choosing the right wetsuit is so important due to the fact that if you are a frequent diver you will be spending a minimum of a few hours every few d...

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Choosing the best wetsuit

Underwater Photography for Beginners

Starting your journey Underwater Photography is great fun but can be tricky to master. There are far more challenges when taking photos under the water such as lighting or making movements and adjustments. Fortunately there are some great basics to learn that can get you up to speed quickly and improve your shots. With just some new techniques you can be taking professional photos at great depths in less than a month! Our top tips 1. Get close to your subject To get the best images and optimal d...

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Underwater Photography for Beginners

Getting started with Underwater Photography

Introduction If you are a fan of photography on land or you are already a diver looking to enhance their diving experience then underwater photography might be right for you. Photography in general is a fun and artistic hobby that allows us to capture memories and amazing shots that last over a lifetime. Underwater photography poses its own unique challenges compared to taking photos on land but it is without a doubt a rewarding and beneficial skill. The first step to starting your underwater ph...

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Getting started with Underwater Photography

PADI Certification

What is PADI? PADI is the international organization and stands for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. They offer various courses and certificates for all levels of diving and specialized skills. A certificate from PADI allows you to dive anywhere in the world for recreation. Their certificates are recognized worldwide and are held in high regard they also never expire. Why get certified? Getting certified is great for anyone that wants to explore the sea and become part of a ne...

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PADI Certification

Prickly tube – sponge

Just like fish there are many different types of sponges in the sea and although when you look at it you may not think that it is an animal it actually is! There are over 6000 species of sponges and most live in the marine environment. This prickly tube sponge is a sponge found in the Red Sea its complex name is Callyspongia crassa. It can reach around 50 cm and can be characterized by its flexible brown tubes. It weighs up to around 20pounds and has an amazing life span of up to 2300 years! Spo...

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Prickly tube – sponge

Types of sharks found in The Red Sea

The Red Sea is a must dive destination for all divers because of its vast and magnificent marine life. You can experience various dive sites all with their own unique quirks and infamous sea creatures. Diving in this region is growing more and more popular especially for advanced divers that want to catch a glimpse of larger sea creatures in the open water. The demand for shark diving is growing worldwide and The Red Sea is home to 10 different species of shark. This makes it a hotspot for divin...

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Types of sharks found in The Red Sea

Do’s and Don’ts when diving with sharks

Diving with sharks is an exhilarating experience that can t afford to be missed by any experienced diver. However it is crucial to dive safely and with a reputable dive center with professional instructors. Here are our top tips when diving with sharks to ensure a safe and unforgettable experience. 1 Safety in numbers It is always recommended to dive in a group because sharks usually target individuals alone. While in a group it s best to keep space between each other so that the shark does not ...

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Do’s and Don’ts when diving with sharks

Swimming with dolphins

Types of dolphin experiences Swimming with dolphins is a dreamy experience for many people especially families with young children. Many vacation packages offer excursions guaranteeing swimming with dolphins. Although these types of tours sound incredible it is very important to choose excursions wisely because many treat the dolphins cruelly and even cause them harm. Safe and enjoyable ways to experience dolphins Fortunately there are safe and enjoyable ways to experience dolphins in the wild. ...

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Swimming with dolphins

Reef – safe Sunscreen

What is reef safe sunscreen? We are all conscious nowadays of the importance of protecting ourselves in the sun. Thousands of people visit places like The Red Sea every year and the majority wear sunscreen. Sunscreen is very important for our protection from harmful sun rays however many sunscreens are damaging to sea life. Sunscreens fall into two major categories physical and chemical. Chemical sunscreens are popular but contain oxybenzone and octinoxate which causes the bleaching of corals. P...

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Reef – safe Sunscreen

Elphinstone Reef

What s special about Elphinstone? Visit one of the most famous dive sites in the world in The Red Sea. Elphinstone is one of the most incredible dive sites due to the reef position current and transparency of the water. Divers from all over the world come to see this marvellous site because it is teeming with marine life and the coral reef itself is well preserved. It is a must dive destination for advanced divers. This fabulous dive site is about a 2 and a half hour boat ride from Marsa Alam an...

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Elphinstone Reef

Manta ray

Manta rays are phenomenal fish that are often found in tropical or subtropical waters as they prefer warmer climates. In The Red Sea they can be spotted in open waters in the south. They share many similarities to sting rays and eagle rays but it is easy for divers to differentiate them in the water. Manta rays swim in open waters whereas stingrays stay close to the ocean bottom. Mantas also do not have a stinger at the end of their tail. This means they are not dangerous at all for divers or sn...

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Manta ray

Whale shark

Whale sharks are huge and can be spotted in open water in tropical climates. They prefer warmer waters which makes Marsa Alam the perfect spot for them! They are usually found in temperatures above 21 degrees. They are friendly warm creatures and completely harmless to humans. They are huge often reaching the average size of around 9 meters in males and 15m in females. Whale sharks have over 300 rows of tiny teeth and 20 filter pads. They are slow moving filter feeding sharks that eat plankton a...

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Whale shark

Anemone Hermit Crab

This hermit crab is found in the Red Sea around the surface of the water and at deep depth on the coral reefs. They are approximately 10cm. The Anemone Hermit Crab is usually easy to spot by the anemones that they carry on their shells. The body of the crab is a pale pinkish color with white and orange blotches. The eye stalks are red and white whilst their actual eye color is almost green their bodies and legs are covered in light brown colored bristles. They have two sets of antennae one short...

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Anemone Hermit Crab

Abu Galawa Kebir

Abu Galawa Kebir (tug boat wreck of the Teinstin) Have you ever heard of the Tienstin ? Or maybe you recognize it by its original Chinese name Tien Hsing. However if this seems too complicated for you it is also more familiarly recognized as the Abu Galawa. If you are already a diver in The Red Sea you will already be somewhat familiar with the famous tugboat. This ship s history is still to this day almost unknown. Its identity has been discovered however there are doubts throughout some shipwr...

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Abu Galawa Kebir

Abu Galawa Soraya

Abu Galawa Soraya translated means little father of the pool a very fitting name for this beautiful reef full of variety color and magical views. Both soft and hard corals are scattered throughout parts of the reef to a depth of an impressive 24 meters! They also form a number of coral colonies which satisfy the large variety of reel fish and other marine life. One of the most captivating features of Abu Galawa is the small wreck and in this case size really does not matter as although the wreck...

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Abu Galawa Soraya

Sea Turtles

Let s talk about Sea Turtles! Have you ever been suspicious about this majestic animal roaming around the sea? Well here are all of your answers and all of the information you need about the splendid Sea Turtles. Typically they live a long life of around 100 years and funnily enough that is also around the same number of eggs they lay every time they nest. For a Sea Turtle there is no place like home and when a female is ready to lay her eggs she will return to the same place that she was born. ...

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Sea Turtles

Squid

Sepioteuthis lessoniana also known as the big fin reef squid glitter squid or oval squid is a species of loliginid squid . This squid can be identified by its large oval fins. These squids are small to medium size averaging 35 cm (14 inches). From the moment they hatch they have the ability to change their colors. These squids however only have a life expectancy of less than a year and they grow very quickly. They can usually be found around coral reefs or near the shore line. These squids have ...

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Squid

Octopus

The reef octopus is commonly found among the reefs in the Red Sea. They are around 1m long and they have the ability to camouflage. Not only can they change their color but also their pattern and texture. As it moves it changes its colors to match its environment. This means it can change 1000 times in just several hours. This reef octopus is unlike its brothers and sisters because it hunts in the day whereas other octopuses are nocturnal. Octopuses are carnivores and live off small creatures su...

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Octopus

Bat fish

The bat fish is very thin and disc shaped and can be found around the reefs in the Red Sea at around 5 to 30 meters. They are fan shaped and are taller than they are long. They can grow to around 50 cm. The younger fish live alone or in very small groups in the mangroves and lagoons in places like Marsa Alam Egypt. The adult bat fish can be found in the open water and at greater depths. These adult fish can be identified by a black spot below their pectoral fin.

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Bat fish

Dugong

Dugong comes from the Malay and means lady of the sea . They are also commonly known as sea cows sea camels and even mermaids . They are indigenous to The Red Sea in Egypt. It is estimated that around 4000 live in the Red Sea particularly in Marsa Alam. Dugongs can easily be found by following the destructive path they often leave on the sea bed due to feeding. These curious mammals can eat over 40 kg of sea grass a day! Manatees and dugongs are marine mammals belonging to the scientific Order S...

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Dugong

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