Week 1 - Stormy weather and a bit of diving
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May 4th, 2009 – by: Deats
Dahab was a place i had heard a lot about, long before i stepped foot into Egypt. A divers paradise, with facilities to cater for all budgets, it has fast developed into one of Egypt's premier tourist destinations. Sadly the government has done little to monitor this rapid progression from fishing village into tourist resort, and the longer you spend here, the more you realise that Dahab is in trouble.
Factors which are ruining Dahabs underwater beauty include the following;
- 50 dive shop operators: The reefs are suffering from inexperienced and uncaring divers and instructors treading on the corals
- Countless fish restaurants: The fishermen are overfishing the sea.
- Dozens of hotels by the shore: They are pumping their waste into the sea
Regardless of these factors, Dahab is certainly the kind of place where you can kick back and relax, which is what we had planned to do for the next few weeks. As always, our first mission was to find a hotel and we decided to go with a tout for Bedioun Lodge/Auski Camp, who also managed to get us a taxi for 5EGP ($0.90), for the 3km trip into town. The rooms were really good value, only 25EGP ($4.50) per night for a double room with fan and located in the heart of the town.
Once we had checked in and showered away the sand that we had accrued in every edificice during the Nuweiba sand storm, we went out to have Dinner.
Tuesday was a boring day, spent visiting dive shops, and finding out what were the best deals on offer. In the end we settled on Bedouin divers, who charged Julia 175Euro ($238) to do the Advanced Open Water course and an additional 15 Euro ($20) per dive, which wasn't bad at all. In the evening we returned to Yalla bar to watch Arsenal 1-3 Man United in the second leg of the Champions League Final, which was a disappointment to me.
On Wednesday we opted to spend the day relaxing and contacting Chinese schools on the internet, seeing if we could land ourselves a couple of teaching jobs over there.
The following day we got to do our refresher dive at 'The Lighthouse', which wasn't the best site in the World, as it is the most dived site and has a partial sand bottom. On the plus side there were some nice corals and we saw a huge Napoleon Wrasse, which was the first time i had ever seen one. Other fish of note included a Blue Triggerfish, Anemone Fish (Nemo), Porcupine Pufferfish, Glassfish and Short Nose Unicorn fish.
The afternoon was once again spent job hunting and then we went out for Dinner with Matt and a couple of other couchsurfers, who he was hosting. Whilst the Dinner tasted pretty good at the time, it ended up keeping me awake all night, making mad dashes for the toilet!
I was pretty exhausted on Friday morning and to add to my stomach ache, i also had a back ache, which i think came from been overweighted on the previous days dive. As Julia was taking her navigation dive, which is outright boring, i skipped the morning dive and stayed in bed.
On Saturday my back still wasn't great and Julia had also come down with a stomach bug, so diving was sadly off the agenda once again. I spent much of the day sat in redseadivers/Churchill bar having a beer and watching the Premier League games on TV. Sunday followed a similar pattern, and the weather was once again overcast and windy, so our first week really didn't turn out as planned.
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