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Carmel & Damian’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 31 Jan 2007

Location: Dahab, Egypt

MapToday we once again wandered into "town" for breakfast. This itself is an adventure because it is the off season there are not that many tourists around so the restaurant touts have to work extra hard to get you to eat at their places. Some are funny others annoying. Our guide has been telling us which restuarants are the best however we are well aware it is really just which work with our tour company and which give him free meals and us discounts. Dahab is a great wee place as it is a tourist spot but it has not yet lost it's laid back hippy feel and is very small and friendly. Today we took a rust bucket of a 4 wheel drive jeep out to the "Blue Hole" which is a famous snorkling and diving spot. The water temp never falls below 19 degrees and even though it was still a bit windy the water was nice and warm. Snorkling here was amazing, the coral was huge and the fish were abundant and varied. We were in the water for about 1/2 hour then we all got out for a rest before 3 of us then headed back in the water at a different spot call the bells - amazing again. However this time the wind and waves meant by the time I got out I was freezing. Damian and Ben (a very funny australian guy in our group) bought a underwater camera and we hope to get some good photos from that.
After we got back from snorkling we had dinner and then headed to a bar called the "Sphinx Bar" which is a wicked wooden building owned by an egyptian guy and his australian wife. Damian and our guide Mohammed entered their weekly pool comp however the rest of us could not stay awake till the end so left Damian, Mohammed and Richard (NZ farmer in our group) at the bar while the rest of us went back to the hotel to bed.