Last week I got to cross number 88 of my list of the top 100 dive sites in the world: Abu Galum in the South Sinai of Egypt. When I signed up for the dive the day before, I didn’t get any details, I didn’t care. I just wanted to dive one of the premier sites in Egypt.
The next morning I got a surprise though. Instead of heading to the boat docks, we headed north to the famous Blue Hole. When we arrived, there was 6 camels and a Bedouin guide waiting for us.
“You’re kidding me, we are taking camels to the dive site?” I asked. Apparently camel is the only way to get to Abu Galum, except by boat, and the group I was with wanted the full Egyptian camel safari experience. Ok screw it, it might be fun for my last dives in Egypt.
My friends, I’m not going to lie: I’m a big boy and an hour and a half ride on a camel on rough and scary terrain (sometimes on cliff edges right over the waves) was not as fun as it seems. It took me a little while to get comfortable and realize I wasn’t going to (probably) fall off, so I couldn’t always enjoy the amazing views along the coastline.
The views WERE amazing though. Powder soft sand dunes running right into clear blue waters. Not a living soul in site. When ever my camel stopped complaining, it was a very peaceful journey. Although I don’t think I’ll be able to have kids ever again…t wasn’t exactly gentle on the nether regions… I’ll get back to you on that.
We were all glad to arrive and set up out gear. After a short tea break, we headed down the shore a little to do our first dive. Believe me, after a 1.5 hour camel ride through the desert with no water in HOT Egypt, we were so relieved to hit that sea.
As soon as my head was underwater and my camera on and mask cleared, all worries went away. Once again I was in MY world. MY element. No nagging moms/girlfriends. No deadlines. No trips to plan or flights to book or social media obligations. Just me and a million of my closest buddies: Squids, nemos, turtles, puffers, scorpion fish, lion fish and all the rest. This could be ANY dive, and I’d be happy, but this one happened to be one of the best, and my camera batteries was going to get drained to the last volt.