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Scuba Diving in Marsa Alam, the Red Sea
Dive Site: Habili Washour
Location: St John's Reef
Description: Wall / drop off
Depth: 35 metres (115 feet)
Visibility: 30 metres (100 feet)
This was a wonderful early morning dive. At 5.30am I found myself half asleep rolling off the rib before sunrise. I descended into the sea that was a dark shade of blue where I was soon awoken as bright blue fusiliers were flickering all around us. There was a strong current at first but once we progressed around the reef's corner it lessoned. Here we hung at around 35m admiring several grey reef sharks along with a couple of white tips. Their grey bodies emerged in and out of the blue and then they gradually come closer to the reef realising we were of little threat to them. I was focused on one shark in particular as he patrolled back and forth past me and then I turned to have another right behind my head - which unfortunately would have been a great photo opportunity that I missed. Giant, blue fin and gold bodied trevally were also circling above us along with a few solitary barracuda. This was spectacular pelagic action that filled me with great joy as on my last trip the weather had been too rough to get to St Johns.
The sun had now risen, colours started to appear on the reef, and as deco was beginning to clock up it seemed the right time to progress up and along the reef. On the actual reef there was so much life. I found a baby white tip in a small cave who was swimming non stop circling round and round. I watched him for a short while only as I sensed he was nervous with us being there. I also saw a pair of very nice bright red big eye squirrelfish.
On the reef top at around 6-8m I saw two bumphead parrotfish - these are my favourite so it was a superb way to end my first dive here on St Johns.
Carina Hall, PADI Divemaster
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