My Beautiful Memories Series - Daedalus Reef
The Red Sea is a year-round expanse of warm water with exciting diving opportunities marked by great underwater visibility that let us observe variety of shark species, dugongs, dolphins, turtles and other marine animals from a distance and up close and personal. Fun-filled moments with hearty camaraderie are certain on any live-a-board, and it was especially so on this one. I could tell I was with a like-minded group of people while on the bus ride from Cairo International Airport to Marsa Alam in the south-east of Egypt, where we were to embark on our week-long live-a-board adventure.
Photo: Live-a-boards parked at Daedalus Reef, southern Egypt, Red Sea
Red Sea Coral Reef, Ras Mohammad and the Blue Hole. Divers are drawn to the Egyptian part of the Red Sea because of its 400 species of corals, 1200 species of fish, including 44 species of shark. In addition, it is home to some internationally recognized hot spots like Ras Mohammad National Park and the Blue Hole, also known as the Diver’s Cemetery, in Dahab.
Photo: view from Daedalus Reef lighthouse, an Egyptian nature reserve in the Red Sea
After a few days of dive hopping, we saw a lighthouse in the middle of the sea. This is Daedalus Reef, 90km from Marsa Alam and home to brightly colored corals, hammerhead sharks and plenty other marine life.
Photo: the lighthouse at Daedalus Reef, Red Sea, Egypt
Photo: reef fish, Red Sea, Egypt
Photo: turtle, Red Sea, Egypt
Photo: moray eel, Red Sea, Egypt
Daedalus Reef lighthouse
The lighthouse stands on a 400m by 100m reef, barely submerged under water, enough for boats to miss seeing this coral paradise from a short distance away. It was surreal to step on the reef in the middle of the sea with 100 meters or so below me. It was also a relief to be on solid ground after a few days at sea. The Red Sea Coral Reef is said to be one of the oldest reefs in the world, 5000-7000 years old.
Photo: Daedalus Reef, Red Sea, Egypt
Photo: stairs to the top of the lighthouse at Daedalus Reef, Red Sea, Egypt
October is a great month for diving and outdoor living: not too hot and still sunny and warm. Even during the fall, the water temperature at a depth of 30 meters was an inviting 21 degrees Celsius, which encouraged us to leap into the water without wetsuits. I tried it once and felt cold after 30 minutes, so here I am with a wetsuit.
Photo: diver in the Red Sea at Daedalus Reef
Encounter with a white-tip shark
Photo: white-tip shark, Red Sea, Egypt
Photo: dolphins, Red Sea, Egypt
Photo: Blue Spotted Sting Ray, Red Sea, Egypt
Swimming with a Dugong
Photo: Dugong, Red Sea, Egypt
Photo: watching the sunset on the live-a-board on our private deck at Daedalus Reef, Red Sea, Egypt
Photo: marooned boat in Egypt, Red Sea