There were seven of us on this trip, staying at the Ali Pashar hotel within a 5 minute
walk of Emperor Divers base.
Weather was hot & sunny with temperatures in the high 30s, water temp was 26-27°C
on most dives,
There were 2 dives every day, sometimes with an option to add a third.
Viz was generally very good, there were the usual reef fish, in addition I saw a
couple of Eagle rays in the distance, a few Napoleon Wrasse, various Nudibranchs
& warty sea slugs, there were quite a few lionfish, a couple of Crocodilefish loads
of Scorpionfish & Stonefish.
We saw several dolphins on the surface in the first couple of days, then mid-week
we took a trip out to “Dolphin House”, on this day we had a dolphin researcher onboard
who gave us a short dolphin presentation. Whilst preparing for the final dive of
the day a pod of dolphins appeared nearby. During this dive we could hear them but
did not see anything until we were carrying out our safety stop behind the boat,
the guide pointed behind me & signalled ‘dolphin’, I turned to see 3 of them proceed
under us at a depth of around 10m. As they passed one swivelled its body round to
have a good look at these strange bubble blowing creatures above him.
On the final day we dived Careless Reef, being an exposed site it is less dived than
many of the others and is in wonderful condition. On the morning dive we saw a single
turtle which rose up the other side of Emma from me & proceeded to the surface. In
the afternoon our group took a completely different route from the other one from
our boat, again it was a cracking dive and just at the end of it I looked up to see
a smallish turtle face-to-face with Peter, the group moved in closer to take a look,
it left Peter and swam over to Ed, where it proceeded to “investigate” his dive kit,
nipping at straps, hoses and regs. It then swam to Emma and took an interest in her
kit, before swimming to me and biting at my camera leash, then swam over to Tiger,
our dive guide, once again nibbling at some of his kit and (I think) attempting to
take a couple of bites out of him.