September 2005
Hurghada, Egypt
From 17 to 24 September we went to Hurghada in Egypt to dive. We made two dives a day for five days with Colona Divers and saw giant morays, a sea turtle, stingrays and millions of colorful reef fish and corals.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
1/30 On Sunday we arrived in Hurghada and took a walk into town. This is our hotel, Les Rois, in the background.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
2/30 There is a lot of construction going on in Hurghada. In fact there seemed to be more unfinished hotels, resorts and apartment buildings than finished ones.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
3/30 On Monday, 19 September we made our first two dives with Colona Divers. These were our first dives since completing our PADI Open Water Diver certification in July. The first dive was at Gotha Abu Ramada East, also known as "The Aquarium". The second dive was at El Aruk "Gigi", where this photo of two Red Sea Bannerfish was taken.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
4/30 This picture of two Masked Butterflyfish was also taken on the second dive on 19 September. It was on this dive that Amy first used her underwater camera, a Canon A70 in the Canon WP-DC700 housing.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
5/30 Our guide, Yvonne, took this picture of us midway through the second dive at El Aruk "Gigi".
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
6/30 This picture of a group of Lyretail Anthias was also taken at El Aruk "Gigi". Anthias are abundant in the Red Sea.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
7/30 More Anthias at El Aruk "Gigi", swimming around one of the 11 coral pinnacles found at the site.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
8/30 On the way back to the dive shop, we spotted a pod of about six dolphins swimming around our boat, the Queen Samira.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
9/30 After our first day of diving we had a look at the pool on the roof of our hotel. From here we had a view over the surrounding area, which was not very exciting. The Les Rois hotel is located between New Hurghada (resorts and nightclubs) and Sekala (older part of town), which is about a 15 minute walk in the direction shown in this picture.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
10/30 On Tuesday, 20 September our first dive was at El Desha. Here's Amy just after entering the water, before descent.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
11/30 And here's Amy a few minutes later, at depth.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
12/30 Already Arthur was feeling at home in the water...
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
13/30 Here are some Lunar Fusiliers swimming in the coral garden of El Desha.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
14/30 Also at El Desha, Anthias and Chocolate-Dip Chromis swim above a large coral outcrop.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
15/30 Although sometimes there were up to 10 dive boats moored at a site, it rarely felt crowded underwater. Here another group of divers approaches.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
16/30 The second dive on 20 September was at El Helous. Here, if you look very closely, you can see a small starfish in the middle of the coral.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
17/30 Notice the Spanish Dancer in the upper right quadrant of this photo. The delicate movements of this nudibranch are reminiscent of a flamenco dancer.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
18/30 Roger helped us bring our gear from the dive shop to the boats every day.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
19/30 On Wednesday 21 September our first dive was at South Point. Here Amy gets ready to enter the water.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
20/30 We saw this group of Black-Spotted Grunts shortly after descending.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
21/30 Here are other dive boats moored by South Point shortly after lunchtime. We did not bring the camera on the second dive of the day, which was a drift dive made at Gotha Abu Ramada West.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
22/30 On 22 September we visited Abu Hashish and Malag El Disha. On the second dive we saw a sea turtle. Unfortunately Amy was playing with the camera settings and none of the photos from these two dives came out. Here is the daily boat schedule for Friday, 23 September.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
23/30 The first dive on 23 September was at Fanadir North. Here a friendly Scissortail Sergeant boldly swims by the camera. In the background you can see our guide for this dive, Waldek.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
24/30 On most of our dives we were lucky to see at least one Blue-Spotted Stingray, like this one at Fanadir North.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
25/30 Also at Fanadir North, we saw this White-Spotted Pufferfish. We also saw many Masked Pufferfish during our dives in Hurghada.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
26/30 Here are Anthias and a Damselfish (?) by some coral at Fanadir North.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
27/30 More Anthias at Fanaidr North.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
28/30 The second dive on 23 September was at Fanous East, where we began the dive by swimming over a coral garden. In this picture a Red Sea Anemonefish patrols her home.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
29/30 As we swam back to the boat, we were followed by this school of Blue-Spine Unicornfish.
 - (1970-01-01 2005) - Photo Album Amy Evenstad and Arthur de Wolf
30/30 On Saturday 24 September we had a few hours to shop in the morning before our flight. We took a cab to El Dahar, which is the very old part of town. We saw this poster of Egyptian President Mubarek in a square in the old town.