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Scuba Diving at Port Ghalib

Hello everyone! It`s been a long time since our last post in 2010 and some of you might have thought we`re never gonna continue. But no worries, here we are again, just back from an awesome and way too short trip together with our friends Julia and Basti!

This time our destination was Port Ghalib in the South of Egypt (5 km from Marsa Alam airport) which is basically a harbor surrounded by three hotels and some shops. We went there for one week of relaxing, drinking and scuba diving (which btw. fits together perfectly! :-D ).

Unfortunately, we had a lot of wind and a strong current so we didn`t go to the famous Elphinstone Reef neither to a lot of other diving spots because the sight was very bad. But Port Ghalib has an amazing house reef with coral much more colorful than anywhere around Hurghada. We had most of our dives there. You can do two different one-way-dives either from the Crown Plaza hotel jetty to the Intercontinental jetty (where we had barbs, sweetlips, lion fish, stone fish, anemone fish, giant triggerfish and a big sea turtle) or starting from the Fishmarket to the Intercontinental jetty (we didn`t have that much fish there, but still a few anemone fish, blue-spotted stingrays and it`s also perfect for the checkdive) and of course the other way round.

If you go shopping in Port Ghalib – PLEASE – don`t treat the shop owners like the annoying guys in Hurghada! The guys from Port Ghalib were always very kind and friendly even when we didn`t buy anything. Be prepared to pay a bit more than in Hurghada because Port Ghalib is planned to become a destination for wealthy tourists – wealthy like us! I`m just kidding…am I? ;-) Well, enjoy the pictures (scuba diving pictures are still missing at the moment but I will add them ASAP…) and leave us a comment, we look forward to reading it!

- Bernd -

Our guides from Extra Divers (© 2012 Isabell Gernert)
Our guides from Extra Divers (© 2012 Isabell Gernert)
A broken ship... (© 2012 Bernd Neeser)
A broken ship… (© 2012 Bernd Neeser)
...seemed to be perfect for Bastis daily workout ;) (© 2012 Bernd Neeser)
…seemed to be perfect for Bastis daily workout ;) (© 2012 Bernd Neeser)
Julia, Basti and Bernd after three beers (© 2012 Isabell Gernert)
Julia, Basti and Bernd after three beers (© 2012 Isabell Gernert)
Isabell found this guy on the beach, we decided to name him "Herbert"... (© 2012 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell found this guy on the beach, we decided to name him "Herbert"… (© 2012 Bernd Neeser)
Anemone fish (© 2012 Bernd Neeser)
Anemone fish (© 2012 Bernd Neeser)
A beautiful jellyfish (© 2012 Bernd Neeser)
A beautiful jellyfish (© 2012 Bernd Neeser)
Closeup of a bluespotted stingray (© 2012 Bernd Neeser)
Closeup of a bluespotted stingray (© 2012 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell diving along the reef (© 2012 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell diving along the reef (© 2012 Bernd Neeser)
Perch (© 2012 Bernd Neeser)
Perch (© 2012 Bernd Neeser)
Heavily breathing lionfish caught in the right moment (© 2012 Isabell Gernert)
Heavily breathing lionfish caught in the right moment (© 2012 Isabell Gernert)
Heavily breathing Bernd (© 2012 Isabell Gernert)
Heavily breathing Bernd (© 2012 Isabell Gernert)
Soft coral (© 2012 Bernd Neeser)
Soft coral (© 2012 Bernd Neeser)
No worries - it looks dangerous but the whole body is just as big as a human hand (© 2012 Bernd Neeser)
No worries – it looks dangerous but the whole body is just as big as a human hand (© 2012 Bernd Neeser)