1. Nemos Janitor

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    Yes NJ and advDiver will be leaving MASA on 26 June 2010. We will be climbing aboard an air Egypt bird destination Cairo. We will be picked up in Cairo and whisked away to Sharm El Sheikh where we will board the Snefro Love ( SNEFRO LOVE live-aboard | Egypt Red Sea | Aquatours Scuba Diving Holidays) for six days (24 dives) of awe inspiring diving in the Red Sea. Yes we will be diving the Thistlegorm wreck and ras Mohammad sanctuary amongst others. After the liveaboard experience we are off to Dehab for a dive or two and then tour the pyramids and Nile river.

    WOW we are soooooo excited and i must have packed and unpacked my gear at least three times every day. Decisions whether to include the 7cm rad sail for surfing the huge sand dunes are an issue at the moment, cant quite make up my mind. We will just have to quad bike the dunes as well.

    Naturally i will be on the lookout for Red sea coral and fish collectors. Hopefully a legal source can be obtained.

    On sooner are we back on the 10 July then we head off to Mauritius in November. I will be sourcing gem tang and other fish availability. But the exciting thing is that i have just booked an India trip in April 2011. Yes we are going to see the Elephants swim the ocean. Eat you hearts out guys.


    Diving in India
    Goa on the Mainland,
    Goa is a little bit of Rio de Janeiro meets Ibiza. But then Goa is a lot of things. This little seaside state, with an identity that's a seamless blend of Portuguese-Latin influence and Indian tradition, was crackling enough to have been one of the Millennium destinations of the world.
    The waters are safe and temperate, the absence of riptide currents making them ideal for learners and novice divers. And when you aren't wiggling in and out of your wetsuit, you could be sunbathing or bungee jumping, visiting temples or haunting the flea market. Like we said, Goa is a lot of things.
    The three hundred years of Portuguese rule has left an indelible imprint on the collective psyche of Goans. It shows in their music, their architecture and their culture. It's also why Goans make the most wonderful vindaloo this side of the Indian Ocean.
    Dive Sites
    The marine life of Goa is similar to that found in Maldives. The presence of wrecks in Spanish and Portuguese galleons and World War II ships make the fish life prolific.
    Grand Island
    Much of the local diving is conducted around this island. Some of the sites near the island include Suzy's Wreck, Davy Jones Lockers, Sail Rock, Turbo Tunnel, Surge City, Uma Guma Reef, and Bounty Bay.
    Angria Bank
    A four-hour high-speed boat ride takes you to this world-class dive site 120 miles from Goa. A vast underwater landmass about half the size of the state of Goa, it offers an amazing wealth of coral and fish. A 'live-aboard' is available with the local dive center to make diving at this site an unforgettable experience.
    Pigeon Island
    This rocky outcrop has interesting marine life as well as good visibility.
    Malvan Shoal
    2 hours away from the capital city of Panaji exist some interesting shallow sites in the water between Vengurla and Malvan.


    Andaman and Nicobar group of islands in the Bay of Bengal
    This is the closest you get to feeling like Robinson Crusoe. 362 volcanic islands scattered in the Bay of Bengal, with only 37 of these being inhabited. These lush green islands have colourful historical past, with strings of invasions by the French, Dutch, Japanese and British & raging wars between settlers and the native tribes. The Cellular Jail, where hundreds of Indian revolutionaries were imprisoned during the Indian freedom struggle, still stands tall. Descendents of these political prisoners and the local tribes of the area are the inhabitants of modern day Andaman and Nicobar.
    The tropical rain forests that loom close to the seashore are home to unique species of birds, and to tribes that still haven't learned to use fire. Andaman is an experience quite unlike another. And if you find yourself using more mosquito repellent here than even before, you'll be using a lot more camera rolls as well.
    Dive Sites:
    Around Port Blair
    The waters around Andaman have spectacular bio-diversity, and dive conditions that are ideal for an experienced diver.
    Cinque Island
    One of the best dive destinations in the island, it has clear emerald waters with a visibility of up to 80 feet. The deep dive offers a terrific variety of marine life including back coral and sightings of sharks, and is ideal for the experienced diver.
    Rutland Island
    The shallow waters here have a good representation of most small fish and coral, and is a good place for training open water divers.
    Snake Island
    Awesome rock faces and a spectacular dive landscape. Marine life includes Trigger fish, Grunts, Goatfish and Rays.
    Havelock Island
    This island is located approximately 4 hours from the Port Blair airport by inter-island ferry. The dive centre located on the island offers a wide range of largely unexplored dive sites rich in underwater marine life.

    Lakshawdeep group of islands in the Arabian Sea
    Be warned. There are some things that are really hard to find in Lakshadweep. Like fast cars, shrinks, or tranquillisers. They do have all that water though. Bright and clear as liquid glass, fringed by white stretches of sand where the only throngs you'll ever see are of the sandpipers on the shore. And you could sleep by the seaside with the night sky as your ceiling. Therapy has never felt better.
    Geographically similar to that other divers' haunt, Lakshadweep is like Maldives without the crowds. 400 kilometers off the coast of Kerala, this group of 36 coral islands and atolls can be reached by a twenty-hour sea journey from Cochin. Of the ten inhabited islands, only two Bangaram and Kadmat, are open to foreigners and there are dive centers on both these islands. The lagoons are home to a spectacular world of marine life, so unexplored, you may well have a site named after you.
    Dive Sites
    Around Kadmat Island
    Surrounded on the eastern and western side by the lagoon, Kadmat is the ideal haven of solitude. This little island has an astonishing variety of marine flora and fauna. Some of the dive sites explored till date are beyond any sort of written description, they are ethereal moments of pure wonder.
    The Wall
    A wall of soft coral starting at 12 meters and cascading down to the deep blue. Dive amongst turtles as resplendent as their surroundings.
    Sting Ray City
    A 21 meter dive along the sand dunes, abundant with Sting Rays.
    Cross Currents
    Located between the islands of Amini and Kadmat, drift dive along with schools of Snapper, Fusilier and Sharks at 15-21 meters.
    Jack Point
    A drift dive between 21-30 meters with different types of fish like Jack Fish and King Fish.
    Garden of Eden
    An abundance of table coral at 12-25 meters along with varieties of small fish and Groupers.
    East Channel
    Located between 9-20 meters an abundance of soft coral and tuna.
    Around Bangaram Island
    A teardrop shaped island surrounded by a continuous strip of creamy sand. The temperate blue-green waters of the Indian Ocean are an irresistible invitation to the scuba diving fraternity of the world. The exquisite black coral formations along with Angel Fish, Clown fish, Butterfly, Surgeons, Groupers, Mantas, Sting Rays and wondrous marine life are found in the Lakshadweep.
    You can also visit the wreck of the Princess Royal at 32 meters, sunk in a battle over two hundred years ago, or if luck is on your side, have the pleasure of being escorted by a pod of 10-20 Dolphins.
    Visit the dive sites Manta Point, Shark Point and The Wall. Dive amidst a submerged reef with shoals of Giant Parrotfish.
    Bangaram - a place on the edge of the world. A bit of paradise.
    Every destination is completely unique in its own way, and they all have widely different dive conditions and marine life.
    Beaches of India
    Beaches in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
    Andaman & Nicobar the most unique Island state of India with beaches and coastal areas still untouched and unspoilt makes it an ideal beach holiday destination. Even if there aren't many beach resorts present on these tropical islands, still the climate and isolation has given these islands a prominence among the best tropical beach islands and a paradise of exquisite marine life.
    Corbyn's Cove And Chirya Tapu - picturesque beach, ideal for sea bathing and sun-basking.
    Radhnagar & Vijaynagar Beach - real exposures of unpolluted nature of Andman & Nicobar Islands for an environment lover.
    Harminder Bay Beach - beautiful beaches 100-km from Port Blair connected by Inter Island shipping services.
    Karmatang Beach - turtle nesting ground being developed as tourist complex in northern part of Middle Andaman
    Ramnagar Beach - sandy beach situated at Diglipur Islands connected by two daily boat services from Mayabunder and from Port Blair twice a week.


    While Lakshadweep has the clear blue lagoons of coral atolls, Andaman and Nicobar are volcanic islands surrounded by deep, undisturbed waters that have an astounding bio-diversity. The third destination Goa has many exciting things to do, on land as well as in water.


    Your adventure will begin long before your diving ever does. World class diving often lies in out of the world places. Getting there may not always be easy. Travel routes that run across valleys and plains, through breathtaking landscapes, and at the end of it all, the experience of diving in sites so pristine and untouched - of which you could probably be a pioneer in one of the last remaining diving frontiers - India.


    :yeahdude::yeahdude::yeahdude::party::mbounce:


    I will rem to post a pick or two to share our experiance.
     
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    Sounds GREAT - I'm really envious :thumbup:

    Enjoy :biggrin:

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    Wow... sound like you going to have a blast....
     
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    WOW!!!! Sounds fantastic, enjoy!
     
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    Wow, Keith that sounds absolutely great. Trev has done that trip. (Red Sea) also on a live-a-board and dived the Thistlegorm and ras mohammed. It was a wonderful experience which he really enjoyed. We both wish you a fantastic trip and am quite sure you will enjoy every minute of it. Think of us in this freezing cold weather, whilst you are tanning yourself in the glorious sun.
     
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    Yoh! That is going to be tops! Enjoy it NJ!
     
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    That sounds awsum....enjoy. Remember we like pics on MASA.
     
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    Go big or not at all - shew...
    I wish you awesome weather for all your dives and the touring.
    Hope to see you back on MASA soon, I am really enveous because it really sounds like a brilliant trip.
     
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    Excellent! Happy travels and diving experiences, post many pics of the underwater adventures.
     
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    WOW Nemo's Janitor! I too are really envious! You guys must enjoy EVERYTHING, and PLEASE take as many photographs as you can! Remember the 128GB memory cards for all those pics!
     
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    UPDATE
    The diving from the live-aboard was something very special. We managed to squeeze in 19 dives. Took loads of pics and videos which we will show you guys when we get back on 9/7/2010. We are currently in DaHab where we have been for the last 2 days. Yesterday we dived the Canyon and Le Bells. Two awesome dives. We leave for Sharm El Sheikh in a few hours where we will stay 2 nights. We then fly to Cairo and visit the pyramids before heading home.

    Bandwidth time is running out so will try and catch up with you guys next time i manage to get connectivity.
     
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    Cannot wait Nemos
     
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    Sounds like a fantastic trip, enjoy it and we expect nothing less than 100 photo's when you get back.:)
     
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    sounds fantastic, looking forward to hearing all about it when you get back:)
     
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    I can't wait to see pics either! Great that you had such a fantastic time, both you (Nemo's Janitor) and ADVDiver! (And your families!)
     
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    A few Pic's and a video that we have not processed yet. I will be doing the processing of the footage and adding a few lines over the week end when we are back.

    This is a leopard shark we saw on our second dive.

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    A lion fish that was very interested in a cuttle fish on one of the night dives.

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    Yours truly coming out of the El bells (Dahab) at 30m

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    This feller was spotted at 28m.


     
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    AWESOME!! I'm sooooo jealous. Can't wait to see the picts!:thumbup:
     
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    You've been back for a week already, I demand pics. :p
     
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    Ok Ok. Will post some later this evening.
     
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