4pm, 21st September, Marsa Nakari – Southern Egypt
I love this time of day, this time of year in Egypt, the heat of the day is starting to ease, the colours are starting to change as the sun starts to slowly make her way down. This was my last diving day of my trip, my kit had been rinsed and was hanging to dry ready for packing in the morning.
Looking around others were starting to make their way back to their rooms, or were sitting having a coffee and cake, but I just really fancied one last dive, a Lyd dive, something slow and shallow, a quiet chance to say bye bye to the reef until the next time.
There’s many reasons divers take the Solo/Self Reliant diving course, mine was so I could simply have a happy gentle bimble on my own, at my pace, on my times, just like this, so I popped back to the kit store, wrote my plan for the dive team, got kitted and got in.
As it was I final dive I opted for a shore/shore, max depth 18m, max dive time 45mins. I entered the Marsa, dropped down into around 3m and slowly descended working my way towards the south of the reef…. It was so peaceful, just me and the fishes.
This little dive is one of my favourites for a solo, its gentle, calm, with plenty to see, yeah ok its familiar too, but some dives can just be nice, they don’t always have to be challenging, adrenalin packed or mind blowing, sometimes its just nice to dive to relax.
The Marsa and House Reef at Nakari has some wonderful soft and hard corals, and all of the usual suspects you see on the reef. Turtles are often around at the end of the Marsa as you turn out to the outer reef, there’s several species of moray, lots of Lion fish, puffers, octopus etc, as well as a good population of squid, that often keep me occupied… I always think of aliens when I see them.
As I reached the end of the Marsa, where you can turn south onto the outer reef, I turned north and crossed the bay, with all its beautiful natural light, following the seagrass at 18m having a little look to see what I could find along the way, and avoiding the big old titan that’s often around there, before I reached the corner of the north, where I turned west and slowly starting to make my way back to shore, deploying my DSMB around 10 mins before I was due to exit, to show I was on my way home.