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

Boxer shrimp

The boxer shrimp also known as a banded coral shrimp lives in the Red Sea. They live among the reefs and can be found as deep as 210m (690 ft)! They only have a life expectancy of 2 to 3 years and are known as cleaner shrimp. They use their claws to remove parasites and fungi from passing fish. Their total length is around 60mm and their claws are twice the size of their body. They even have 3 sets of claws to enable them to clean. They use their very long antenna to signal their presence to oth...

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Boxer shrimp

Eagle Ray

The eagle ray can be found gliding in the Red Sea near the reefs and along the sea bed. The size of an eagle ray can vary however they can grow up to 3m long (10ft) with a wingspan of around 7m (23ft). They can be spotted at the edges of the outer reefs and in lagoons. Unlike other species they are not pack animals so you will usually find them swimming solo. They are generally very shy creatures but are considered dangerous when threatened due to their venomous stingers located behind the pelvi...

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Eagle Ray

Eco awareness

Eco Eco Eco Are you following the movement? You find the word Eco everywhere these days; your car may have an eco mode your refrigerator vacuum and dishwasher water filters and many other home appliances may be eco or offer you the eco value. But it doesn t stop there plant fertilizers could be eco your diving resort or school could be eco. Your scuba diving gear also could be Eco. But what is Eco? Where is the word coming from? Is it real and is it worth following the Eco movement? All these qu...

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Eco awareness

Looking Forward To Meet You Again At Blue Ocean

We have all been effected in a minor or major way as a result of the global COVID-19 crisis. We still feel the effects on a daily basis . Yet the world is gradually getting back on its feet. We are slowly recovering from our social trauma and just can t wait to restore or comfort zone and our familiar rhythm of social economic academic and leisure life. Now what better remedy is there than to change our senses. Egypt is facilitating these senses. It has set up regulations for the resumption of t...

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Looking Forward To Meet You Again At Blue Ocean

Sharks of The Red Sea ; The Sensible & Sensitive Predator

Although slightly in decline and some species endangered at the same time the waters of the Red Sea are a stomping ground par excellence for sharks. The Red Sea sharks contingent include oceanic white tips scalloped hammerheads wale sharks silver tips black tips sand tips leopards nurses grey reef sharks zebra s sicklefins threshers etc. In essence sharks are relatively common and timid predators not to be challenged. In fact they are wary and shy and have no interest whatsoever for humans in th...

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Sharks of The Red Sea ; The Sensible & Sensitive Predator

On the outbreak of COVID-19

Mankind is in the middle of one of the toughest and most uncertain situations for generations. In these unprecedented and challenging times we see true character emerging. We at Blue Ocean Dive Centers & Resorts believe in the true spirit resilience and support of the entire diving community. We are brothers sisters and family. Here in the Red Sea our industry is driven by camaraderie and generosity. We unite as one man and one woman to combat the impact of the corona threat. There s hope in our...

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On the outbreak of COVID-19

Save Our Reefs. Sun Creams & Screens

Environment-friendly natural sunscreen cause no harm or damage to marine life and coral reefs. Did you know that dozens of tons of sunscreens end up in corals worldwide? Did you know that tens of thousands of chemicals from personal care products end up in the oceans of the world? Did you know that one of the mist prominent contributors to this massive pollution is sunscreen? Why are sunscreen so deadly to coral reefs? Scientific research dictates that chemicals of the oxybenzone and octinoxate ...

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Save Our Reefs. Sun Creams & Screens

Diving Is Where Your Heart Is. Diving & Health

Your heart is like an engine. When you dive your body becomes exposed to pressure. As a result blood travels from the vessels in your leg to the vessels in your chest. It doesn t require a lot of imagination to see your blood volume release with your chest. It means that your heart is taking in a larger volume of blood. Hence your four heart chambers become larger and there s a slight increase in your overall blood pressure. Your body is equipped with so-called baroceptors. They act as sensors t...

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Diving Is Where Your Heart Is. Diving & Health

The Beauty Of Getting Older. Diving & Age

Now that we grow older seniors more and more participate in an active live style at an older stage. Irrespective of our lifestyle in the modern world we have access to better medicines and sane food patterns. It effects us in a manner that allows us to keep on sporting or take up sporting at a later stage of life. One past-time activity that comes as a tandem with aging is diving. Fact is that diving isn t necessarily overly challenging for body and soul. Our knowledge of what coincides with agi...

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The Beauty Of Getting Older. Diving & Age

The Scene of Turtles at Abu Dabbab

Sea turtles like Hawksbill turtles and green sea turtles are a familiar side in the area of Abu Dabbab Bay Marsa Alam. Some of these green turtles are really huge in size. It s a beautiful sight to see sea turtles part the water with their claws in slow motion graciously swimming to find their daily vegetarian fix by grazing the sea prairies and meadows separating the wonderful house reefs. Here are some facts you ve always wanted to know about sea turtles but were afraid to ask. Sea turtles lov...

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The Scene of Turtles at Abu Dabbab

The Misery Of Motion Sickness

Motion sickness or sea sickness can have a devastating effect on a diver during a sailing trip. Some may have tried a cure with the use of medications of motion sickness medicine such as Dramamine and Bonine. Sea sickness medicine or motion sickness medicine like Dramamine belongs to antihistamines. It is popular to prevent or treat the result of motion sickness namely vomiting or dizziness. Bonine belongs to the class of antiemetics and also treats nausea vertigo and motion sickness. The active...

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The Misery Of Motion Sickness

Blue Ocean's 2020 Europe Tour

We are proud to be present Blue Ocean as a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort. You are more than welcome to visit us during the European exhibition tour that will take us to France Germany and The Netherlands. During our tour we kindly invite you to discover the Red Sea underwater theatres with Blue Ocean Diving Centers & Resorts. The opportunities and choices to fully appreciate the Red Sea underwater panoramas with so many unique spots and fantastic marine life are second to none. ...

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 Blue Ocean's 2020 Europe Tour

Tournée Europe 2020 de Blue Ocean

Découvrez les fonds sous-marins de la mer Rouge avec Blue Ocean Diving Centers & Resorts . Blue Ocean est fier d être présent au salon de la plongée en tant que centre PADI 5 étoiles. Vous êtes les bienvenues venez nous rendre visite en France l une de nos étapes Européennes mais aussi en Allemagne et aux Pays-Bas. Au cours de notre tournée nous vous invitons à découvrir les fonds sousmarins de la mer Rouge. Vous apprécierez pleinement les panoramas sous-marin de la mer Rouge avec tant de spots ...

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Tournée Europe 2020 de Blue Ocean

Duik vaker met Blue Ocean

Duik vaker met Blue Ocean en ontdek de fascinerende onderwatertheaters van de Rode Zee. We zijn er trots op Blue Ocean aan u te kunnen voorstellen als een PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort. Wij gaan in Januari op Europese toernee langs vakbeurzen. U bent van harte welkom om ons te bezoeken tijdens onze tentoonstellingstour die ons naar Frankrijk Duitsland en Nederland zal brengen. Tijdens onze tour nodigen we u van harte uit om de onderwatertheaters van de Rode Zee te ontdekken en t...

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Duik vaker met Blue Ocean

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