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New to scuba (PADI OW Cert) - desperate to go to Red Sea in Oct, but not in Egypt?

Discussion in 'Red Sea' started by sinetwo, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. Diver0001

    Diver0001 Instructor, Scuba

    Mozambique might be more to your liking then.

    Kenya--in fact, all of East Africa--is a fantastic place to travel and I've never been anywhere on this earth that impressed me more or made me feel so "off the grid" as I felt there. There are problems (also political ones) but the people will get into your very soul and change you. Travelling for 6 months in east Africa is like getting a tattoo on your soul that you carry with you for the rest of your life.

    If you're going to be in the general area then I would recommend diving in Lake Malawi. Getting to Africa you can fly to Lilongwe instead of Nairobi and take the chance to dive in Lake Malawi, which aside from being warm and one of the biggest inland lakes on the continent, is also home to a variety of species of cichlids (colourful fresh water tropical fishes that are popular in aquariums) that only live wild in this *one* single place on earth.

    I remember my first dive in Lake Malawi as well as I do my first dive in the Red Sea. They're very different but gave me equally fond memories.

  2. Simon-

    Simon- IDC Instructor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    ​Good luck getting a tourist visa for KSA.
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  3. sinetwo

    sinetwo Angel Fish

    Hi Diver0001,

    Our thoughts exactly! Thanks for the recommendation, I'll definitely look it up - however it seems it's a while away from Mombasa and that's where the more affordable holidays are. If we're going anywhere far then we may look at going to Pemba Island :)

    But I think I'll look into landing nearby if the transfer to Mombasa isn't too grueling, by the sounds of it Lake Malawi may be worth it!
  4. tracydr

    tracydr Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina, 3 miles from South Carolina
    Kenya has awesome diving and I was thinking about posting this here before seeing your post. I dove with a company who has a Livaboard and a land resort on Pemba Island. Actually, I think their land resort is near Mombasa. If you PM me, I could help you with a contact for the resort.

    ---------- Post added August 30th, 2013 at 08:10 AM ----------

    Do make sure, if you dive Pemba Island, that you do a night dive. One of the most fascinating, and more unusual things to see there is the Spanish Dancers. It's the world's largest nudibranch and to see them free swimming at night is a rare treat.
    The person who put together our trip has been diving for about 45 years all over the world and set up the trip to Pemba Island specifically to see/film Spanish Dancers. He'd been to the Red Sea but kept missing them.
  5. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Dubai, UAE
    Not quite sure what you mean by that statement, plenty to see in Jordan, very historical with Petra nearby and the Dead Sea, plus very hospitable people.

    ---------- Post added August 30th, 2013 at 08:14 PM ----------

    In some areas it really is fantastic :D

    Believe me there are plenty of gays, women and Americans in Saudi ... in fact I have come across all three categories in one person in Saudi :rofl3:
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  6. Krazyklaws

    Krazyklaws Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: London, UK
    Dahab and Sharm are so far removed from the troubles in Egypt, it's almost a different country. Don't write it off based on what's happening in Cairo. We're off in a few weeks, and looking forward to diving Canyon and Blue hole without the hoards :)

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  7. ElChe

    ElChe Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Hungary
    The diving in Sudan is more spectacular usually than the Egyptian Red Sea. Jordan offer far less to see for the divers, there you can't expect too much pelagic encounters. I'd think about a liveaboard trip to Sudan if somebody don't want to travel to Egypt, there are liveaboard operators who send their boats to Sudan in the spring. I'd check out the Sudanese offers of Cassiopeiasafari for example.
  8. jamesdiving

    jamesdiving Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Singapore
    Sudan is amazing. I spent a week diving on the Don Questo on 2007 at the end of 4 months backpacking through the Middle East. Despite what you hear/think, Sudan is about the safest and certainly the most hospitable country on the planet. You won't see much of it if you just fly into Port Sudan, but any safety concerns you may have should be put aside. It's the only place in the world I've had random locals pay bus fares for me and it's the only place apart from Lebanon where random locals have invited me to stay in their houses (I know, Lebanon...).

    I was there at the time of the protests about the British teacher naming a teddy bear "Mohammed" and remember sitting in Internet cafes in Khartoum reading about the dire situation, rioting etc in Khartoum and the rampant anti-Western feeling. I'd then go outside and be accosted on the street by Sudanese desperate to talk to me, desperate to buy me tea etc. Great people.

    Oh, I almost forgot, the diving is awesome. We saw one other boat all week. The coral is stunning and the abundance of marine life, at least in 2007, was incredible. Grey reef sharks on most dives, bumphead parrotfish, hammerheads (depending on time of year/water temp they may be deeeeeeep though), a couple of shipwrecks, and of course the wreck of Jacques Cousteau's Conshelf underwater research facility.
  9. FinnMom

    FinnMom ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Finland
    We've had friends in Egypt twice in the last month & our club is going in March. Foreign office recommendations are that the Red sea ports are perfectly OK destinations. Flights are a little more difficult but prices are slightly down and traffic at the famous dive sites is also down. No problem with either of those!

    As I understand Jordan also has a lot to offer but I have no personal experience there.
  10. Ste Wart

    Ste Wart Master Instructor

    # of Dives:
    Location: England
    I've just spent a week in dahab. There is absolutely no problem in going there.
    If anything now is the time to go, its quiet and you'll have some dive sites to yourself.

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