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Dive In
Egypt’s southern red sea is famed for action, with big currents,
pelagic and wrecks. But does the boastful ‘simply the Best’ label
given to southern liveaboard safaris live up to expectations?
report and photographs by Karin Brussard.
Big Brother
describing anything as ‘simply the best’ raises a high bar for a
We begin on a high note. The first dive on Big Brother brings us two
diving trip as well as an eyebrow for a seasoned underwater
whale sharks. Not the really big ones, but m to 4m is more than a
traveller. Nonetheless, it is hard to put together an argument
promising start. our guides, who have been working in the red sea
for why you should use any other term for a week of diving
for the last two years, say this is the first time they have seen a whale
along the reefs of the Brother Islands, daedalus and Elphinstone
shark around the Brother Islands.
in the deep south of the Egyptian red sea. our home for the
week, Emperor Fraser, is one of many liveaboards within Egypt
For our first pre-dive breakfast everyone is in a very cheerful mood,
to have recently completed the cdWs audit for safety and high
waiting in anticipation for what else Big Brother has in store. Next
standards.
dive and a 1.5m-long Napoleon wrasse is in an affectionate mood,
trying to kiss all in our group. Napoleon wrasse are a common sight
around here and appear very curious, particularly this attention
our trip begins at Port Ghalib near Marsa Alam, the southern
seeker. A diver trying to shoot footage of the vibrant reef wall with his
most port in the Egyptian red sea.
camera is gently touched on the back by the wrasse who is stopping
short of saying the words ‘hey! shoot some video of me instead of
24 www.cdws.travel
Issue  october / November 2009
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