Dive 202: Gotta Marsa Alam, Red Sea (Egypt)

Dive time: 01:01:00
Max depth: 15.9 metres
Temperature: 28 C
Visibility: 20 metres
Buddy: Leena
Mix: EAN 25 (MOD 44.1 metres – 1.4ppO2)

Our first dive on our Red Sea trip was to just be a check dive, which I really appreciated since it has been over six months since I’d been in the water (can’t believe that time flies so quickly!). I was buddied with Leena, a lovely lady who had already been diving in the Red Sea on another liveaboard for the last week. I was a bit reluctant to buddy with her, since she was a photographer, but everyone else had already arranged themselves into buddy pairs, so hey ho.

This dive was a really easy navigation, being a small circular reef that we could swim around in the given dive time. There were a couple of nice little swim throughs and an old wooden wreck, which still had its hull vaguely in tact. There was a big bat fish underneath the hull, and a school of yellow fin snapper on the wreck, but other than that, it was pretty lifeless. There was still cabling running through and over the wreck.

During the dive there were lots of different varieties of angel fish and colourful butterfly fish, red soldierfish with big eyes, coral grouper, a big anenome with a pair of Red Sea anenome fish, clams with colourful mantles and a small spotted grouper sitting on the sandy bottom of one of the swim throughs.

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