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Beyond the wobble

Appeared in DIVER August 2017
Marine-science TV presenter MAYA PLASS has largely concentrated on diving in British waters, so her first liveaboard trip to dive with sharks and rays in the Red Sea was a big departure – and not without its teething troubles
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Back to Sharm

Appeared in DIVER May 2017
Why wouldn't you? The Egyptian resort's dive-sites are back to their best and there are plenty of routes in - how about a European city-break on the way, for instance? NICK & CAROLINE ROBERTSON-BROWN report
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Somatic Reaction

Appeared in DIVER March 2017
With access to a world-famous shipwreck, a flourishing house reef and all sorts of underwater pleasures between the two, Somabay provides a stimulating Red Sea dive-base, as STEVE WEINMAN discovers. Indeed it's sunshine and rainbow corals all the way - except, of course, for that wreck
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How the North measures up

Appeared in DIVER January 2017
Southern Red Sea liveaboard trips can seem more remote and glamorous but the northern reaches accessible to day-boats have their own strengths, especially these days.
JOHN LIDDIARD reports
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How to save a life one dive at a time

Appeared in DIVER October 2016
What makes Deptherapy, the charity for injured armed service personnel, so effective, so life-changing, and so deserving of our support? LOUISE TREWAVAS was encamped with the troops in Safaga to ask the questions. Photography by DMITRY KNYAZEV
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Egypt over easy

Appeared in DIVER September 2016
Red Sea liveaboard enthusiast RICHARD ASPINALL stays landside for once – and finds himself enjoying the best of both worlds
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The Twilight Zone

Appeared in DIVER January 2016
Do you know about the Golden Hour? No, it's not half-price drinks in the bar, it's what you get when you're in the right place at the right time at a flexible dive resort, says NIGEL WADE
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My Red Sea Top 10 challenge

Appeared in DIVER December 2015
Is it possible to see and capture on camera the 10 most coveted photographic subjects in Egyptian waters in the space of a week? NIGEL WADE goes to Sharm el Sheikh to find out, and everything kicks off well…
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Steppin' up in style

Appeared in DIVER August 2015
Some of the Egyptian Red Sea's inshore reefs have what it takes to inspire rock gods, according to GAVIN PARSONS
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The Red Sea on rebreathers

Appeared in DIVER June 2015
Rebreathers aren't just for deep exploration - using them instead of traditional open-circuit can cast well-known dive-sites in a whole new light. Are there disadvantages to mixing the two styles on a dive-boat.
DAN BURTON goes to the Red Sea to find out.
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Universal resting place

Appeared in DIVER May 2015
The site isn't usually dived, but not far from Sharm is an intriguing military-vehicle graveyard. ALEXANDER KURAKIN digs into the back-story – photos by ANDREY NEKRASOV
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Aqaba: Red Sea remixed

Appeared in DIVER January 2015
Comparisons with Egypt, Lembeh Strait and even Raja Ampat suggest themselves, but Jordan is not found wanting, says ALEX MUSTARD - and that's not counting the topside attractions
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Show me the marvels

Appeared in DIVER June 2014
I'm back. Ive been far away and around the world, but after an eight-year hiatus I've returned to the scene of my first and most frequent foreign diving destination- the Red Sea. Has familiarity bred forgetfulness? I have great memories of this place. Yet as soon as I arrived in Marsa Alam, I was dazzled by the diving and the desert - all over again. LOUISE TREWAVAS reports
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Red in black

Appeared in DIVER October 2013
What should you be looking out for on a typical Red Sea night dive Forewarned is forearmed, so ALEXANDER KURAKIN has come up with a set menu of attractions, with the help of photos by ANDREY NEKRASOV
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View from the royal tent

Appeared in DIVER September 2013
If you attended last years Dive Show in Birmingham, you may have helped select the shortlist of best photographs in the BSoUP British Prints Competition. Well, the winner was JOSS WOOLF, and this is how her prize trip to Egypt worked out
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What instructors do on their holidays

Appeared in DIVER April 2013
What instructors do on their holidays One of HMS Repulses 4in gun turrets540 nautical miles, 11 nationalities, five wrecks, four types of shark, 28degree water, three square meals a day. A full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, its hot and were wearing sunglasses! CATH BATES presents six days in the life of a gaggle of Sharm diving instructors, taking a busman's holiday in search of some serious technical diving!
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Characters of the Blue Planet & Red Sea

Appeared in DIVER March 2013
They're the ones you remember from trips - the life & soul of the party on the boat, the co-operative dugong, the over-keen turtle or the in-demand Napoleon wrasse. JOHN BANTIN looks back on his latest trip
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Slow N Easy

Appeared in DIVER September 2012
The entertainment is all beneath the surface for eager guests at Marsa Alams Oasis, and theres plenty to occupy divers even when the sea-elephants prove elusive, says Steve Weinman
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Flexing those Tech muscles

Appeared in DIVER July 2012
RedTec is a series of Red Sea itineraries on which technical divers at all levels can pursue dives of a more challenging nature. DAN BURTON joined blue Voyager to find out what its all ab...

New dawn in Egypt

Appeared in DIVER May 2012
With the coming of a new era for Egyptians, GAVIN PARSONS investigates what revolution means for Red Sea divers

Long weekend at the Savoy

Appeared in DIVER January 2012
You cant spare a full week but you could squeeze in a long weekend, and make up for the short stay by living it up a little. But is the Red Sea a practical proposition BRENDAN OBRIEN trie...

Shore to satisfy

Appearede in DIVER July 2011
Boat-diving isnt for everyone, but where best to savour the possibilities of shore-diving in the Red Sea JAMES DAWSON provides a heads-up. Main photography by JOHN BANTIN

What's the rush

Appeared in DIVER January 2012
When does the boat leave Well, when can you be here Gassous Bay near Safaga is a place to kick back and chill out (except when trekking to the Lighthouse), says John Liddiard

Diving bikers in the Coloured seas

The Coloured Seas Trip is the first long-distance diving and motorbiking expedition ever undertaken, claims JOHN KEAN. He and YANN VAUTRIN are diving the Red, two White and the Black Sea,...

El Gouna

Appeared in DIVER October 2012
A surprisingly ill-prepared Andy Blackford arrives at the Red Sea resort town to find that they already have everything covered.

Into the labyrinth

Appeared in DIVER January 2013
This may be a leap into the dark, but heres a Red Sea travel idea with a difference - a serious cavern-diving holiday where beginners are more than welcome. DAN BURTON goes along for the ...

Into the black - the Coloured seas TRIP Pt 2

Appeared in DIVER September 2012
Run a live diary in a magazine, and youre asking for trouble. JOHN KEAN started his Red, Black and White Sea tour as half of a motorbiking duo, but this month brings problems in the exodu...

The end of the road - the Coloured Seas trip Pt 3

Appeared in DIVER October 2012
Continuing his motorcycle tour, JOHN KEAN hits an obstacle in the form of Russian bureaucracy, causes consternation in a filling station, dives a virgin lake found on Google Earth and exp...

Get a bit tekkie Egyptian style

Appeared in DIVER December 2011
Want to drive your diving onward and upward on your next trip Werner Lau Sharm could be just the ticket, says JOHN BANTIN

Ras magic

Appeared in DIVER November 2011
Where is the spiritual home of British divers Egypt of course! If you want to argue about it, contact JOHN BANTIN, who has just done his 100th Ras Mohammed dive

What about the fifth wreck?

Appeared in DIVER May 2011
The phantom wreck at Abu Nuhas has attained semi-mythical status, but is it just a figment of divers imaginations Only one way to find out, suggests Mike Ward

Light my fire - Marsa Alam

Appeared in DIVER March 2011
NIGEL WADE knows what he likes best - coral reefs in great condition. For fellow aficionados he reckons the trick is to get down to Marsa Alam while the going's still good

Wrecks & reefs

Appeared in DIVER January 2011
Never let familiarity breed contempt - the northern wreck and reef circuit may be the best-known way of diving the Red Sea from a liveaboard, but that's because it's so good. Keeping her ...

Going solo on Golden Dolphin

Appeared in DIVER October 2010
Diving the Thistlegorm Nothing unusual in itself, but it felt strange for Stuart Philpott to be doing so as the only (but not lonely) guest on a liveaboard that can take 20 divers on its ...

Blue hole bonanza

Appeared in DIVER July 2010
Some regard Dahab as a deep-divin tekkie town, but for TV presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff, its the perfect retreat for shore-divers with a young family in tow.

5 undersung Red Sea sites

Appeared in DIVER June 2010
The Red Sea has plenty of dive sites likely to figure in any See Before You Die or World's Top 100 listing - Elphinstone, the Thistlegorm or the Brothers - but what of the lesser-known ge...

From Egypt with love 007

Appeared in DIVER March 2010
It looks like RIP for VIP One, a mature Red Sea liveaboard badly damaged by fire earlier this year. But Stuart 007 Philpott wasn't to know that he might be embarking on a final voyage as ...