The week has come to an end, but what a finish! The final day started with an early morning penetration dive of the Thistlegorm: I don’t know anything that can prepare you for the spectacle of this wreck’s cargo.
We moved on to Shark Reef and Yolander where (quite appropriately) we saw a shark. We’re not quite sure what sort (maybe a White Tipped Oceanic) but we were at 28m and he was quite a bit below us and still very big… After that the bathroom suites of Yolander were a little less impressive despite their abundance.
The final dive of the week was Ras Ghazlani. An easy dive, swimming against a very gentle current until Manon (our guide) turned us around and we drifted back. We just about got back to our entry point when a boat-load of snorkelers appeared above us. We’d just got over the shock of this, and were preparing to ascend, when a Manta Ray appeared! Only a couple of metres across it was still very impressive. We stayed around and it played for us but too soon we had to surface, avoid the day boats looking for their snorkelers and get back on the Mistral. Once aboard, Manon told us that was the first Manta she’d seen in 16 years of working in the Red Sea!
Just for completeness, here is the rest of my dive itinerary:
- Tile Wreck (look this up and see why I’m so non-specific)
- The Barge
- Ulysses (dolphins appeared just as we got back into the rib – had to get back in!)
- Thistlegorm (night dive)
- Shark Reef and Yolander
- Ras Ghazlani