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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 gems James Dawson names his favoured five

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 he climbed aboard, his imagination running riot

Three-Day Break

Appeared in DIVER January 2010
A shore-diving resort may be great for a family holiday, but combined with a short liveaboard getaway, its even better! John Bantin takes a holiday within a holiday

Shakedown cruising with the Contessa

Appeared in DIVER December 2009
When a Red Sea liveaboard is about to go into service, its a good idea to give it a bit of a trial run. Of course, if you invite along paying guests and journalists, youre being impressively brave. John Liddiard volunteers as a lab-rat aboard the Contessa Mia

Six days in the desert

Appeared in DIVER October 2009
For a wide-angle photographer, Marsa Alam provides spectacular opportunities, says Zac Macaulay, as he enjoys a taste of southern Egypts underwater world

Living large at the Savoy

The well-heeled diver can now enjoy all the luxury associated with the Savoy name in Sharm, where the reef-diving is as good as ever. All thats needed is a better way of linking diver with site, says Colin Mac Andrias. Anyone seen his butler

Time to spare in Fury Shoals

Appeared in DIVER July 2008
Theres not that much to see topside at Hamata, in Egypts deep south, but staying there does give John Liddiard the unusual chance to explore a famous collection of reefs at leisure

Southern Sudan Odyssey

Appeared in DIVER August 2009
Get far enough south in the Red Sea and you wont see other safari boats, or overdived reefs - just marine life, and lots of it. If only John Bantin had waited till the hammerheads had been and gone before writing up this treat of a trip

Shake out in Egypt

Appeared in DIVER July 2009
The favourite holiday spot for British divers appears to have raised the bar for dive destinations the world over, with its new inspection system for dive centres. Has diving in Egypt just got a whole lot safer Brendan O'Brien shadows the Chamber of Diving & Watersports inspectors to find out

Lionfish duel

Appeared in DIVER April 2009
They often look as if theyre spoiling for a fight, but on this occasion a battle royal took place - witnessed by Richard Carey

Back to nature - but is it really eco

Appeared in DIVER April 2009
Many divers relish the simplicity of a shore-based eco-village diving holiday in southern Egypt. Its more comfortable than in the pioneering days, says John Bantin - but is it as environmentally friendly

Frogfish capital of the world!

Appeared in DIVER March 2009
In Taba to conduct a regulator comparison test, John Bantin is taken by surprise when a jolly green giant bowls over to sit on his head!

Sharm with Camel and a very light CCR

Appeared in DIVER February 2009
John Liddiard gets to see some classic dive sites in a new light, and enjoys being bubble-free to get among spawning shoals of snapper and batfish

Some kind of wonderful

Appeared in DIVER January 2009
Drawn back to the diver town of Dahab again and again, Louise Trewavas thought shed seen everything it had to offer - until her most recent trip

Diving Miss Nouran

Appeared in DIVER December 2008
The accommodation was a bit compact, but everyone seemed to rub along nicely aboard this Red Sea liveaboard, as John Bantin passed the time by shooting fish in some old haunts

This dugong don't care

Appeared in DIVER November 2008
Ah, the joy of spending quality time with a rare wild creature in its native habitat! Sometimes you may have to share the experience with a few others, of course, as John Bantin discovers

Ancient enigma intrigues the cleaners

Appeared in DIVER July 2008
John Bantin gets involved in some archaeological hard graft, as part of a Red Sea mystery tour

North to south: the Egyptian Red Sea

Appeared in DIVER July 2008
Have you been to Sharm el Sheikh or Hurghada and wondered what the rest of Egypts eastern coast has to offer Or perhaps youre still a Red Sea virgin John Bantin sums up the possibilities between the Israeli and Sudanese borders

Keep on truckin'

Appeared in DIVER May 2008
Taking a liveaboard to Sudan from Egypt made a refreshing change from flying for John Bantin, but the trip would veer wildly between episodes of comedy and the odd moment of terror!

Plane truth about the Thistlegorm

Appeared in DIVER February 2008
Chris Frost is a diver, a pilot and something of an aeroplane anorak. He reckons its time to shed light on the aircraft parts to be found on the Red Seas best-known wreck

No desert underwater

Appeared in DIVER January 2008
Sampling the far northern Red Sea, The Word Editor Mark Ellen manages to combine Blue Planet moments with a touch of The Fear. Pictures, Chris Kennedy and Ron Abbotson

Famous five plus 1

Appeared in DIVER December 2007
Trying to visit six of the best Red Sea dive sites in a week would have been impossible not so long ago, but John Bantin finds it a doddle by travelling in Tranquility

A British destroyer in the Red Sea

Appeared in DIVER November 2007
... and this is just a bow gun! John Bantin wasnt quite blindfolded, but his hosts in Egypt worked hard to ensure that his final destination remained a mystery. What he found there took h...

Buy to dive

Appeared in DIVER October 2007
You like diving in the Red Sea and youre thinking about investing in a property - so why not put the two activities together Louise Trewavas checks out Red Sea bargains

Diving with the Elite

Its a typical modern liveaboard - which means that you shouldn't have too much to worry about from the minute you step aboard. John Bantin enjoys some imperial treatment

Finning for the masses

As the dance beats throb through the night, John Bantin uses Camel as his base and takes to the day-boats

Shell shock

Why are hawksbill turtles taking such an interest in divers cameras lately - is it a matter of fight or flirt, asks Louisa Butler. She and Adam Butler took the pictures


Oceanic whitetips are once again a familiar sight in the Red Sea - but can your camera do this spectacular shark justice John Bantin has enjoyed the chance to hone his technique

Out of nowhere at Little Brother

What do you do when the currents are running riot Try something new in the blue and go with the flow, says Dave Smith. Pictures by Veruschka Matchett


The dugongs of Marsa Abu Dabbab Elbar

Beyond the blue horizon

Some divers are so keen to dive the southern Egyptian Red Sea that theyll take a voluntary plunge even during a free-flow! John Bantin views the always-diverting scene from a very comfort...

The truth behind the icon

Armed freighter Thistlegorm, everyones favourite Red Sea wreck, met her end 65 years ago. Now James Tunney reckons its time to dispel some of the myths surrounding this must-do dive site....


Apart from fending off a titan triggerfish and having to climb ladders unaided, Sharm el Sheikh could hardly have proved more relaxing for Lawrence Jones


Some think of Dahab mainly in terms of hairy plunges through the Blue Hole arch, but its not all like that. Zac Macaulay samples Dahabs softer side - and suffers the odd hard knock

Diver Town in depth

Youve heard a lot about Dahab and youre planning your first trip out there - let Louise Trewavas do your homework for you

The cave that swallowed a road

Kicking off our comprehensive guide to diving northern Egypts dedicated diver town, Louise Trewavas heads first for the hottest dive site out of Dahab - then takes us through its other gr...

Funky Town

As Sharm and Hurghada more and more attract the general tourist market, Dahab remains a divers town, offering enjoyable reef experiences as well as deeper challenges for those qualified t...