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Saturday, April 25, 1998
Dahab (Assalah), Egypt
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Dahab (Assalah), Egypt:
Latitude: 28° 29' 27" North
Longitude: 34° 31' 29" East
Altitude: 17 feet
From Seattle: 8597 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Auski Camp

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Today's Travel:
Country: Egypt
Region: Southern Sinai
Weather: Partial Sun / Hot

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 380
Linear Dist: 97707
Countries Visited: 32
Regions Visited: 120
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Hotels: 79
Friends / Family: 98
Camping: 39
Hostels: 132
Transit: 32
Beers: 1484
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Journal Entry:
Turned my cloths in to be washed. Everything was dirty, so I had to stop on my way to class to buy a new T shirt. First dive of the day was at The Canyon (also about 5km North of Dahab). It was a deep dive to 30m (100 ft), quite a bit deeper than I'd ever dove before. It was a really fun dive. It started off droping into a hole in the coral (top about 15m, bottom at 30m), we then proceeded up a narrow canyon (closed overhead about 50 percent of the time), winding up in enclosed sphere (called the fish bowl) full of nearly transparent glass fish. We then headed towards shore. At 30m we were supposed to be able to feel the effects of Nitrogen Narcosis, but i couldn't tell the difference.

The second dive of the day was a multi-level dive. We started at Bells and finnished off in the Blue Hole (about 10 km North of Dahab). This was also a very cool dive. Had to hike with all the gear on a couple hundred meters over rocks and along the reef. The start of the dive was down a vertical canyon filled with fish, coral, and sponges. Then you swim through an arch at about 26m and in front of you, to each side, and below you (the reef is a wall here droping to 600+ meters) is the most pure blue color. The only visual anchor is the wall of the reef. We then followed the reef acending at pre-planned times and finished off in the famous (and over rated) Blue Hole.

The third dive (I've never done three dives in a day before!) was the night dive. This was actually really relaxing. I was expecting to be a little tense, but the restriction of only being able to see what your light was pointing at was nice in that you didn't have all the distractions. The high light of the dive was a beautiful Spanish Dancer.

After the third dive I was exhausted, but I passes the usual group on their way to dinner and decided to join the (the Shark Club again).


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Egypt
CIA World Fact Book: Egypt

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