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Wednesday, July 12, 2000
Dahab, Egypt
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Dahab, Egypt:
Latitude: 28° 29' 35" North
Longitude: 34° 31' 2" East
Altitude: 12 feet
From Seattle: 8596 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Auski Camp

Today's Travel:
Country: Egypt
Region: Sinai Peninsula
Weather: Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1189
Linear Dist: 230218
Countries Visited: 70
Regions Visited: 264
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Hotels: 411
Friends / Family: 302
Camping: 126
Hostels: 261
Transit: 75
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4135

Journal Entry:
At the dive center - through our gear together, jumped in the back of a pickup truck, and on our way to the Blue Hole. The drive was a bit long to be without a shirt, and despite the sunscreen I burned a little. The hole was, like the rest of the area, a little more built up than I remembered it. The dive briefing was a little confusing and I don't think Amy was feeling entirely comfortable. At the beginning of the dive Amy did the smart thing and moved out of the canyon and descended away from the face at her own pace. She still got to experience the wall, but missed out on some of the drama.

The dive started at Bell's Canyon, just north of the hole. From the reef table there's a steep (nearly vertical) head first swim though the canyon, then at about 90 feet below the surface you swim through an arch and find yourself in the middle of a bottomless wall. It's a very dramatic start for a dive! Unfortunately the drift dive back to the Blue Hole passes a number of bare spots on the wall. This was my favorite dive when I was in Dahab last time, but it's popularity is showing it's toll. There was obvious damage in the canyon, on the wall, and in the hole. It was still a fantastic dive, but between the damage, and a lot more experience it wasn't the same.

After the first dive we went back to the camp and had a nice lunch and sat for a while reading on the beach. The second dive was off the newly repaired boat (an 8m fiberglass hull inflatable). Disappointingly short ride - only five or six hundred meters - but better than having to swim it!

The second dive was on Napoleon Reef, just off the lagoon by Dahab City (the newer, luxury part of Dahab). Once again there wasn't any on spectacular thing, but it was just a very nice coral dive. It was especially refreshing to realize that I didn't see any damage on the reef.

I used up the last page of my log book, so after the dive instead of buying a new one I went an internet cafe and used the computer to design and print some more pages - I wanted a more compact layout. Predictably on our last night in Dahab we went to the Shark Club again. Then had a beer at Nesima's bar before heading back to the camp.

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

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