The Scene of Turtles at Abu Dabbab

Hawksbill turtles and green turtles are a familiar side in the area of Abu Dabbab Bay. Some of them are really huge in size. It s a beautiful sight to see them part the water with their claws in slow motion graciously swimming to find their daly 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 turtles but were afraid to ask. Turtles love jellyfish Turtles like leatherbacks and hawkbills feed on jel...

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The Scene of Turtles at Abu Dabbab

Motion Sickness

Motion sickness can have a devastating effect on a diver during a sailing trip. Some may have tried a cure with the use of medications such as Dramamine and Bonine. 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 substance of bonine addresses certain chemicals in the brain that cause vomiting. What causes moti...

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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

Anemonefish / Clownfish

Like the sergeant fish the puller aka as chromis and the damselfish the anemone fish is a member of the family of the Pomacentridae.This family is well-represented in the subtropical waters of the Red Sea andboasts ten species that are endemic to the Red Sea. The intriguing anemonefishor clownfish or Nemo for cinema enthusiasts and Disney addicts is your RedSea poster reef fish and deserves special praise. As cute as it appears it does not hesitate to attack fish and sometimes even divers who da...

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Anemonefish / Clownfish

The Sensible & Sensitive Predators

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 whitetips scalloped hammerheads whale sharks silver tips black tips leopards nurses grey reef sharks zebra s sickle fins 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 what so ever for humans in the shape...

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The Sensible & Sensitive Predators

Grouper

The grouper the anthias and the fairy basslet have been affectionately labelled as the Queens of the Red Sea . They are part of the royal family of the Serranidae. The grouper has been subcategorized as the Epinephelinae. Some of them are truly heavyweights with 300 kg on the scale. The colourful grouper is territorial to the bone. As territorial as they are the grouper is also solitary. The carnivorous diet of a grouper comprises crustaceans cephalopods and fishes. They are nocturnal comfortabl...

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Grouper

Shark Types

The Red Sea boasts various shark theatres . Of great reputation are Big Brother Islands Abu Galawas Kebier Daedalus Reef Elphinstone Gota Kebier Gota Soraya Sha ab Sataya Rocky Island Paradise Reef. Here s where oceanic whitetips scalloped hammerheads pelagic threshers grey reef sharks silky sharks and whitetip reef sharks patrol roaming their territories. Sightings of hammerheads and grey sharks are not unusual at Sha ab Sataya. Divers should be aware though that sharks in the Fury Shoal system...

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Shark Types

Marsa Alam History, Weather and Culture

Marsa Alam origins are spartan rocky and ruthless. The area slowly developed into a sleepy fishing village and then gradually turned into the flourishing resort and area it is now. Its prehistoric stage finds evidence in Stone Age rock inscriptions paintings and depictions and in Pharaonic graffiti. Marsa Alam also accommodated the trading traject from Luxor to the Red Sea and the silk road to Asia. The Marsa Alam and Abu Dabbab area of the Eastern Desert in Egypt were once the epicentres of ind...

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Marsa Alam History, Weather and Culture

Marsa Alam Things To Do/Holidays

A Where ToGo in Marsa Alam guide doesn t come in a pocket version. On the contrary.Marsa Alam Egypt offers almost unlimited options. It s not easy to make achoice but somebody has got to do it... So where do we go during Marsa Alamholidays? El Qusier. The Ottoman Citadel El Quseir is a small coastal town that has managed to maintain itsspecific characteristics of a fisherman s village. It s set directly on theattractive coastline of the Red Sea between Safaga and Marsa Alam Egypt. ElQuseir is a ...

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Marsa Alam Things To Do/Holidays

Red Sea History, General info and Weather

The Red Sea Al Bahr Achmar as it is calledin local lingo is an aquatic corridor as part of the Arabian Sea which inturn is a branch of the Indian Ocean. It runs between the Suez Canal in thenorth to the Gate of Lamantations or Gate of Tears (Bab-el-Mandeb) in the south before enteringthe Golf of Aden. The Red Sea slowly came to existence as anappendix coinciding with the separation of the Arabian and African tectonicplates starting about 40 000 000 years ago. By the way thistectonic movement is ...

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Red Sea History, General info and Weather

Red Sea Things To Do/Holidays

Marina / Hurghada The pedestrian-only Hurghada Marina attracts both tourists and residents for an afternoon stroll or a gourmet evening far from the Sheraton street noise. With many fine restaurants cafes and stylish bars Hurghada Marina Boulevard offers the best in food and beverage for all tastes. El Mina Mosque / Hurghada The opening of the port mosque (el mina mosque) in January 2012 coincided with the celebrations of the Red Sea Governorate s national anniversary. The mosque was built on an...

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Red Sea Things To Do/Holidays

Abu Dabbab Marsa Alam. Something For Everyone!

Abu Dabbab forms part of the coastal Marsa Alam region in Egypt. Since it borders on the Red Sea it provides unrivalled aquatic challenges and holiday pleasure! The heart of Abu Dabbab is Blue Ocean s Abu Dabbab Lodge 30 kilometers north of Marsa Alam airport. Its fantastic beach fringing the bay is only a stone s throw away from the Abu Dabbab Lodge. Abu Dabbab has something for everyone in store for all ages and all tastes. You won t be disappointed because you just cannot go wrong; such is th...

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Abu Dabbab Marsa Alam. Something For Everyone!

Make the best of your holiday in Marsa Alam

A Where To Go in Marsa Alam guide doesn t come in a pocket version. On the contrary. Marsa Alam Egypt offers almost unlimited options. It s not easy to make a choice but somebody has got to do it... Marsa Alam is one of the warmest coastal resorts in Egypt. It s located in the vicinity of the Tropic of Cancer. By late June the sun is almost directly overhead. This is when the winds from the sea have a cooling effect though. In winter the area enjoys much milder night time temperatures than many ...

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Make the best of your holiday in Marsa Alam

Diving In Marsa Alam

Now what could be one of your most enjoyable aquatic pastimes during your Marsa Alam holidays? Look no further. We re talking diving. And why are we talking diving? Well diving isn t very complicated to master it s a socializing activity where you make new international friends and it opens the window to the fantastic underwater panorama s the Red Sea is so rich with. The opportunities and choices to make in the Red Sea with so many of her unique locations with fantastic marine life are almost w...

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Diving In Marsa Alam

Wreck Diving In Egypt ; Brothers Islands

It wouldn t be far-fetched to classify the Red Sea as an aquatic graveyard. Back in the days after the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 the Red Sea became an extremely important stretch of maritime transportation. However the installation of lighthouses and beacons didn t keep up with the increase of the shipping activity. The reefs and shoals became hazards during navigating and eventually instrumental in sinking an unknown number of vessels. We are also talking vicious currents treacherous co...

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Wreck Diving In Egypt ; Brothers Islands

Wreck Diving In Egypt ; Abu Nuhas

Abu Nuhas two hours from El Gouna and some three hours north of Hurghada weather permitting has been labelled as the Red Sea ship s graveyard . Abu Nuhas is located north of Shadwan Island. Its rocky profile is very close to the sea surface in one of the busiest shipping routes of the northern part of the Red Sea. This reef has taken at least five ships accounting for Abu Nuhas nickname father of bad luck . Nuhas also translates as copper. Together with port wine and gold copper belonged to the ...

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Wreck Diving In Egypt ; Abu Nuhas

Wreck Diving In Egypt ; Hurghada

Belina The Belina has been identified as a liveaboard safari boat as well as a small coaster. Now it has become subject to wreck diving in Egypt. Whatever the origins its remains rest on a sandy bottom some 9 meters below the surface. The mast emerging from the wreck stands out like a beacon and serves as a mooring point for local dive boats. The Belina can be spotted from the harbour since it is located close to the shore. In terms of wreck diving it s within easy reach but the downside is rela...

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Wreck Diving In Egypt ; Hurghada

Wreck Diving In Egypt ; Safaga & Marsa Alam

Salem Express On 15 December 1991 the Salem Express cannoned into the Hyndeman reef south of Sha ab Shehr with a devastating result. The Salem Express was a passenger ferry carrying 960 pilgrims returning from Mecca. It has been suggested though that up to 1600 passengers were on board with only 180 surviving the tragedy allegedly after a detour at the captain s order with winds howling and high waves buffeting the ship. This is a very emotional spot in the book of wreck diving in Egypt. Recreat...

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Wreck Diving In Egypt ; Safaga & Marsa Alam

Wreck Diving In Egypt ; Strait of Gubal

Thistlegorm The Thistlegorm was brought down during World War II by a longe-range German bomber. Sadly nine crew members went down with it to find their aquatic grave. This wreck dive has almost legendary status among Red Sea divers. It appeals to any wreck diver s imagination. The Thistlegorm is at a depth of 30 mtrs between the Sha ab Ali reef and the west coast of the Sinai north of Ras Mohamed in the Strait of Gobal. She is the holy grail of wreck diving in Egypt. There s a certain level of ...

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Wreck Diving In Egypt ; Strait of Gubal

Wreck Diving In Egypt ; Strait of Gubal

Rosalie Moller The fortunes of the Rosalie Moller an English steam freighter made way for drama on 8 October 1941. The ship came under attack of two German Heinkel bombers and found her faith on the bottom of the Red Sea sadly claiming two lives in the process. Initially the wreck stayed undisturbed until its discovery in 1993 only. A dive at the Rosalie Moller site is classified as particularly difficult . Visibility at the location leaves room for desire and the almost constant current and win...

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Wreck Diving In Egypt ; Strait of Gubal

Fusiliers Fish

Fusiliers Fish Family The members from the Caesionidae family take their name from the Latin word caesius meaning greyish-blue. This typifies the mainstream colouration of the fusiliers fish. The average fusilier fish is small in size and travels in larger schools. It doesn t particularly feel comfortable when predators like barracudas or trevallies approach their neighbourhoods. When these predators do however the entire school constantly in motion simultaneously and instantly changes direction...

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Fusiliers Fish

Trevallies

Trevallies Family The trevally originating from the Carangidae family is a traveling predator from coastal waters of the Red Sea. There are almost 150 classified species of which some 40 reside in the Red Sea. They share a lot of similarities from an external point of view like their torpedo-shaped body design and basic body colour varying from silverfish and yellow to green and bluish tinges. The diurnal trevally is a larger fish which is pelagic meaning it prefers the open sea. It forms school...

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Trevallies

Boxfish/Trunkfish

Boxfish Family The boxfish a member the Ostraciidae family is also known as the trunkfish. It has a large distribution in tropical seas including the Red Sea. The boxfish is a slow mover and omnivorous feeding on algae molluscs and crustaceans. However their free-moving fins enable them to rotate their body and to make swift movements. Its skin is covered with toxic mucus a slimy cocoon to shy away predators. The diurnal boxfish has a quadrangular body meaning box-like. It s covered with armour-...

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Boxfish/Trunkfish