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Amar Sina Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Posted on October 28th 2007 by Amy in Scuba Diving, Travel

Earlier this month we spent a 10-day holiday at the Amar Sina hotel in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. We chose the Amar Sina because our preferred dive operator, Colona Divers, is located there. Online reviews of the hotel were mixed but mostly favorable. Here is my review of the Amar Sina hotel.

Amar Sina Hotel Pool

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Another great experience with Colona Divers

Posted on October 20th 2007 by Amy in Scuba Diving, Travel

Last week we had our second excellent experience with Colona Divers, this time in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Colona is a Scandinavian dive operator with shops in Hurghada (where we first dived with them in 2005) and El Gouna in addition to Sharm.

Diving with Colona at Sharm El Sheikh

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Yolanda and Shark Reef at Ras Mohamed National Park

Posted on October 19th 2007 by Arthur in Nature, Scuba Diving, Travel

On Sunday 14 October we had our fourth diving day in the Red Sea (see our photo album of this trip) with Colona Divers and our guide David took us to Yolanda and Shark Reef for our first dive of the day. It took about an hour for our boat to arrive there from the Travco jetty in Sharm El Sheikh. The famous dive site (which is often listed among the top dive sites in the world!) is located at the southernmost tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Ras Mohamed National Park, where the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba flow into the Red Sea:

Location of Yolanda and Shark Reef Map

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Sale: Scubadorable T-Shirts for $10

Posted on September 17th 2007 by Arthur in Scuba Diving, Shopping & Stuff

Our Scubadorable ‘Value T-Shirts’ are on sale with a discount of $6 off the regular price. Value Tees are comfortable 100% Cotton Hanes Heavyweight (or equivalent) shirts. Regularly priced at $16, they are now available at a discount for just $10 for the rest of September.

Value T-Shirts on sale! From $16 for $10

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Boeing 707 cockpit sunk for Dutch divers

Posted on July 2nd 2007 by Amy in Life in Holland, News, Scuba Diving

Last Sunday the cockpit of an Air France Boeing 707 was sunk in De Beldert lake in Zoelen, the Netherlands. The sinking took place over a year later than originally planned. By the end of the day nearly 20 divers had already visited the new wreck. More »

Scubadorable – The Cutest Fish on the Reefexternal link

Posted on January 2nd 2007 by Arthur in Scuba Diving, Shopping & Stuff

Scubadorables are cute and colorful reef fish of the kind you will find around coral reefs when you go scuba diving. On www.scubadorable.com you will find Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Damselfish and many other popular fish from around the world, which have all been cutified closely matching the original shape and colors. They are available on t-shirts, mugs, bags, hats and more! More »

Back to our diving roots

Posted on June 9th 2006 by Arthur in Life in Holland, Personal, Scuba Diving

Today we had a practice dive in the Oostvoornse Meer, here in the Netherlands. It is the same place where we finished our PADI Open Water course last year. We hadn’t dived since Hurghada in September 2005, except for Nemo 33 in Brussels two weeks ago. More »

Scuba in Europe’s largest swimming pool

Posted on May 31st 2006 by Amy in Personal, Scuba Diving, Travel

Last weekend we visited NEMO 33, a swimming pool in Brussels with a maximum depth of 33 meters. The pool holds 2,500,000 liters of clear water and is a great place to practice skills or just have a relaxing dive. More »

Duikvaker scuba diving show in Utrecht

Posted on February 4th 2006 by Amy in Leiden, Life in Holland, Personal, Scuba Diving

Today we visited Duikvaker, a dive show dubbed “the diving event of the year”. Earlier in the week an ad ran in the Spits! newspaper that invited readers to enter a drawing for free tickets. I entered, and won two tickets. More »

Trip report: Hurghada Egypt, September 2005

Posted on October 18th 2005 by Amy in Scuba Diving, Travel

From 17 to 24 September we went to Hurghada in Egypt to dive. It was our first diving trip after getting our PADI Open Water certificates here in the Netherlands in July. We made two dives a day for five days with Colona Divers, a Scandinavian dive center, and saw giant morays, a sea turtle, stingrays and millions of colorful reef fish and corals. More »