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Photo Essay: Beneath the Red Sea’s Waves

Diving in the Red Sea changed the way I viewed scuba. The moment of my first dive off the coast of Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, I knew I was utterly hooked. It was just that good.

As we drove to the quayside the dusty rolling bleakness of the red sand dunes of the Sinai desert stretched away to the left, on the right a rich wonderland hidden beneath the glittering surf of the Red Sea. It is certainly no desert under the water.

We take a charter boat to the dive site, assembling our gear in the fresh breeze whipped up as we race along the coast to the reef. Before I know it’s time to enter the blue. I shuffle to the edge of the worn deck of the dive boat weighed down by the scuba equipment strapped to my back taking a giant step, fins spread wide; I tumble into the aqua water. As the surface closes over my head, I am enveloped by this new underwater paradise.

Sinking deeper into the aquatic landscape, pinnacles of hard coral draped with soft sea fans and sponges rise up towards me from the white sand bottom. Each tower swarms with darting clouds of silver, purple and orange fish.

Diving in the Red Sea is like taking a dip in someone’s well maintained tropical fish tank, the variety of wildlife is a fish-spotters dream.

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