Beyond the lens – 70…

“It happened on the third day of our safari… While we were snacking sprawled out on the leather couches in the back of Cassiopeia, my fellow divers signaled that they noticed something moving by the farther end of the reef.

At first I wasn’t sure what they meant but when a couple of them began to whistle, it dawned on me – dolphins must be somewhere near us. I quickly removed the 2 complete flash systems from the casing and since the camera was already equipped with a wide-angle lens, I was able to jump right in the water with it.

I grabbed a pair of fins, mask and snorkel and we were already sitting in the zodiac tearing up the water towards our beloved dolphins. Unfortunately when we got into the water the sun was beginning to set, limiting our photographing options but it was still an amazing experience being able to swim (“fly”) with the dolphins and we were able to watch them for about half an hour gliding up and down in the blue surf. At that time I thought this was the most beautiful and most exciting day of our tour.

Dolphins Red Sea
Two days later after a dive that was spiked with a smaller school of barracudas, the others told me that nice looking jellyfish are in the water! They asked if I had taken pictures of them. Not having taken any pictures of them, I hesitated a bit to get back into the water as I had already cleaned and rinsed my camera equipment but I did and I was able to take a few nice shots.

Jellyfish Red Sea Egypt
I once again cleaned my camera and casing and put them away thinking I would not be taking any more pictures that day. As I was taking a leisurely walk on the deck, a couple of vigilant divers pointed to a zodiac leaving another boat and said that there must be dolphins again…

I couldn’t believe my ears! My first reaction was that I was no going into the water again with a camera as I had just cleaned and put it away for the second time in about an hour… The others were trying to talk me into going and I figured I would put my gear together and if they were still there, I would go with them and take a few pictures.

This was the biggest experience of my life! Topping our meeting 2 days earlier, this time around a pod of 70 dolphins was swimming and playing along the southern, more shallow end of the Shaab Marsa Alam reef. We were able to spend close to an hour and a half in the water all fired up on adrenaline. I could almost touch them they swam so close and many of the divers did so but my mind was working on one thing only…

Dolphins Egypt
Would I be able to take a picture that would show the whole pod?!

Well, I guess it was worth going back for the second time… J

Text and photos by Balazs Kurucz

Dolphin and wreck safari!

We have several good news – our latest safari offer is real dolphin madness! If you haven’t met dolphins before, or not enough, or you just can’t get enough of them, then you must really book yourself on this trip. At the same time we are catering to wreck lovers as well since we will be visiting the most famous Egyptian wrecks.

Common DolphinOn this tour you have just as good a chance to meet your garden variety dolphins at Shaab el Erg than you are bottle-nosed dolphins at Satayah’s horseshoe reef. With some good luck you can get really close to them.

Did you know that dolphins keep jumping out of the water for energy conservation? It is easier to move through the air than the water.

Common DolphinsBottle-nosed dolphins can jump out of the water as high as 6 meters and dive as deep as 600 meters. They can swim at speeds of 30 km/h and they can travel about 60-100 km a day. Since they are highly social animals, they usually travel in pods of 2-15 which can at times grow to even a hundred.

Common Dolphin Red SeaAnd once you meet up with them, watch them. Most dolphins are very keen on playing, most of all the common dolphins.

We have compiled this itinerary to include some of your favourite sites:

· South (Marsa Alam, Elphinstone, Marsa Shona, Abu Dabab)
· Safaga (Salem Express, Panorama reef, Abu Kafan)
· North (Ras Disha, Gota abu Ramada, Shaab el erg, Gubal, Abu Nuhas)

bottlenose dolphin Red SeaSafari date: August 31 – September 7, 2014
Boat: M/Y Andromeda
Itinerary: Special South/North dolphin and wreck safari
Departure: Marsa Galeb
Arrival: Hurghada

Truth be told, this is an undeniably attractive offer because frankly, all our other summer tours are fully booked. So, sign up, even if you only wish to enjoy the last days of the summer in Egypt.

Any questions or booking requests? Send us an e-mail and we will get right back to you!

Supersonic diving safari offers in the Red Sea

Aside from the political unrest in Egypt in the past few months, the diving industry kept ploughing ahead but with fewer divers in August and in September than usual. Most old-timers could not have been persuaded to stay away despite many European countries issuing warnings against travelling to Egypt.

However by the end of September most countries have eased or lifted their travel restrictions and deemed certain areas such as the resort towns and the Cairo airport safe for travel.

Clown fish Red Sea
Taking a breather for these few weeks definitely had a positive impact on the corals and marine life. They had a chance to regenerate and we were able to cruise the Red Sea virtually by ourselves, to the delight of the divers onboard, while most of the diving boats stood idle in the harbours.

We barely needed to jump into the water, there was so much to see. Dolphins circled around our boat and we could barely keep count of the turtles popping their heads out of the water for air. We saw mantas, up to 30 hammerheads at a time, oceanic white-tip sharks and lots of other marvels we thought now only existed in the marine life encyclopedia.

Red Sea dolphin
Life has returned to normal in Egypt in the past couple of weeks. Charter companies have resumed their flights, tourists and divers are arriving in great numbers again to the Red Sea! Many are still trying to catch a few good diving weeks left in the season but there are fewer and fewer available places.

The goldfish turns white without adequate sunshine and we are the same. Sometimes we just must pull up the shades and get that Vitamin D! Diving, good eats, relaxation, sunshine, let’s go!

Our supersonic diving safari offers in the Red Sea:

November 3-10, Brothers+Elphinstone safari with Andromeda
November 10-17, Brothers+Deadalus+Elphinstone safari with Cassiopeia

What we are offering: 27-degree waters, unparalleled diving, mouth-watering meals and simple relaxation. Don’t hesitate, book your trip here: online@cassiopeiasafari.com

Scuba diving in Deep South of Sudan

Dahrat Abid, Darraka, Miyum… wonderful untouched reefs, pulsing marine life and plenty to see! There are grey reef sharks, silky sharks, white-tip sharks, barracudas, hammerheads, dolphins, turtles… Every dive is an awesome experience! Our dive suits can be left on the boat and wear only our shorties in the 30-degree water. We take in all the non-touristy sites of the Red Sea during our 2-week Deep South diving safari trip. We always find an abundant marine life unparallel to anything we had seen before.