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Scuba Diving @ Marsa Alam

In August 2017 my brother Thomas and I went to Marsa Alam in the south of Egypt for scuba diving. We stayed at The Oasis, a Werner Lau diving center, for a week.
We had good luck: After half a year of absence from Abu Dabbab the dugong had just returned. We were the second group to spot it. Although it was surrounded by a lot of snorklers and scuba divers (us! ;-) ) the dugong kept calm and seemed to be unimpressed. It was always busy with eating and would only interrupt for a few minutes to gasp for breath at the surface. We spent over half an hour with it and the many sea turtles around.
Another highlight was a large shoal of dolphins passing by just after we had entered the water at Marsa Shagra. I had only a few seconds to get my camera ready and take two shots – you can see the result below…
Enjoy!

- Bernd -

Trial dive with Anja in Ibbenbueren

In October 2015 I went to underwater park NaturaGart in Ibbenbueren for the first time. This time I was there with Anja because she wanted to make a trial dive. NaturaGart was probably perfect for that. Shallow water, much more to see than in a pool and a good chance to deal with her fear of “dark freshwater lakes” ;-) Although this time the visibility was not that good (because we went in the summer) and I had a hard time post-processing the pictures, it was once again a great exprience. Especially the feeding of the sturgeons at 5 p.m.!

- Bernd -

Scuba Diving in Morehead

The whole US North-East road trip was originally designed around scuba diving with sand tiger sharks in Morehead City. Unfortunately, the whole story ended up as a little disappointment. When we arrived there the weather was so bad, that they had to cancel all the tours. Therefore, we were on standby for a few days always hoping the dive center would give us the green light for the next day. When they were finally able to offer a tour we could only go wreck diving. I got seasick like never before on this trip so we canceled the second day. Never mind, sometimes things just do not work out the way you have planned…

- Bernd -

My first dive…

…took place in 2006! I started with a CMAS* training at Actionsport Wuerzburg and gained my first experience in cold German lakes. We had a bad sight and just two or three fish there but it was ok for the training and as I like water since I was a little child it felt just great. A few weeks later Isabell and me went to Hurghada and she enjoyed snorkeling so much that she decided to start with scuba diving as well in 2007. So we went to Egypt again enjoying two amazing weeks. We did several wreck dives, a night dive and we snorkeled and dived with all kinds of colorful reef fish, starfish, moray eels, snails and even wild dolphins.

Besides scuba diving we did two day trips in 2006. One day we went to desert, seeing all the…ahm…sand! Beautiful! There is also a fountain nearby a Wannabe-Bedouin-village where you can watch them living like 100 years ago, ride a Quad or enjoy the sunset. We decided to do the last one and our Wannabe-tourguide took a romantic picture of us.

On our second day trip we drove to Cairo, saw the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and a lot of annoying guys trying to get our money. If you’re planning to go there: Don`t sit on the camel!! Touching it will cost you 10 Dollar, sitting on it 100 and if you consider riding on it make sure you have at least two or three gold coins with you. A cheap alternative is buying a stick for 7 pound and use it in the right moment…I’m just kidding ;-)

- Bernd -

P.S. The pictures were taken with the Casio Exilim EX-S600 in a EWC-60 housing. Instead of buying a strobe I used the Magic Filter. Mounted on the inside of the housing or in front of the lens it brings back most of the colors using available light.

Abu Nuhas is perfect for wreck diving! There are four wrecks: Kimon M., Chrisoula K., Ghiannis D. and the Carnatic (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Abu Nuhas is perfect for wreck diving! There are four wrecks: Kimon M., Chrisoula K., Ghiannis D. and the Carnatic (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
My first sight of the Ghiannis D. (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
My first sight of the Ghiannis D. (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Wreck of Ghiannis D. (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Wreck of Ghiannis D. (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell & Ghiannis D. (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell & Ghiannis D. (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Wreck of Ghiannis D. - Windlass (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Wreck of Ghiannis D. – Windlass (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Wreck of Ghiannis D. - View out of the machine room (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Wreck of Ghiannis D. – View out of the machine room (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Wreck of Ghiannis D. - The first floor of the machine room was completely dark (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Wreck of Ghiannis D. – The first floor of the machine room was completely dark (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Wreck of the Carnatic (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Wreck of the Carnatic (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell diving inside the Carnatic (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell diving inside the Carnatic (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
El Maona - we just did a short touchdown because I was running out of air ;-) (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
El Maona – we just did a short touchdown because I was running out of air ;-) (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
El Minja - The screw (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
El Minja – The screw (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
El Minja (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
El Minja (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Sea goldies (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Sea goldies (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
A crocodile fish (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
A crocodile fish (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Blue spotted stingray (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Blue spotted stingray (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
A salad coral (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
A salad coral (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
We also had dolphins several times (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
We also had dolphins several times (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Masked butterfly fish (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Masked butterfly fish (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
A shell (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
A shell (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Sweetlips (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Sweetlips (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Shoal of barbs (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Shoal of barbs (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
The world famous Sphinx with the Pyramid of Khafre in the background (© 2006 Bernd Neeser)
The world famous Sphinx with the Pyramid of Khafre in the background (© 2006 Bernd Neeser)
Inside a pyramid (© 2006 Bernd Neeser)
Inside a pyramid (© 2006 Bernd Neeser)
The papyrus factory...big business ;-) (© 2006 Bernd Neeser)
The papyrus factory…big business ;-) (© 2006 Bernd Neeser)
Bernd (© 2006 Isabell Gernert)
Bernd (© 2006 Isabell Gernert)
Sunset in desert...who says we're not a romantic couple?
Sunset in desert…who says we're not a romantic couple?