It was my first time diving out of UK waters, it was hard to know what to expect. The crystal-clear waters up to 20 meters were a dream, I was taken away by the abundance of coral and fish. For my first dive we went on the house reef, the instructors were so friendly and helpful, I felt completely at ease. We did a shore dive and headed north, the marine life was so consistent. At around 18 meters we met one of the locals, a huge Porcupine fish who was more than happy to pose for a few pictures. Little did I know at the time he would become a very familiar face when diving the house reefs. Blue Spotted Rays, Torpedo Ray, Lionfish, hundreds of Pipefish, cuttlefish and if you were lucky perhaps a black tip shark or a turtle. All of this just on the house reef.
My most favourite dive had to be Abu Dabbab, a shallow dive up to 10 meters in search for some turtles, and never less we saw them, around 6 turtles in a 60-minute dive. They were more than happy to graze the sea grass whilst I snapped a few pictures. Being my most favourite marine animal it was such an honor to chill with them on the sea beds.
The instructors were so helpful and friendly, a guided dive was always a laugh. The guys on the ribs looked after us very well, insuring we were always comfortable and would provide swift pickups.
All in all, despite it being the winter months, the red sea was with no doubt thriving with marine life. Being a photographer, it was the most fantastic experience with such clear waters.