Tony, Kate and Christo fifteen metres below me

Dive sites (Red Sea): Poseidon’s Garden (Sha’ab El Erg)

Off the back of the liveaboard at Poseidon's Garden
Off the back of the liveaboard at Poseidon’s Garden

The first dive of our Red Sea trip was a “check dive” at a horseshoe shaped fringing reef called Sha’ab El Erg. The part of the reef that we dived on was called Poseidon’s Garden, and featured a large piece of reef, some smaller pinnacles, and a very fetching coral garden that stretched out from the edge of the reef. The purpose of the dive, which was done on air, was to sort out our buoyancy in the warm, very salty water of the Red Sea. I was wearing my Trilastic 8-6-5 (overkill, I know, but I don’t have a thinner wetsuit!) and had to add weight.

Tony, Kate and Christo fifteen metres below me
Tony, Kate and Christo fifteen metres below me

The reef is north of Hurghada and its shape makes it an extremely sheltered environment for a first dive off a liveaboard.

Coral at Poseidon's Garden
Coral at Poseidon’s Garden

Dive date: 19 October 2013

Air temperature: 26 degrees

Water temperature:  26 degrees

Maximum depth: 14.8 metres

Visibility: 30 metres

Dive duration:  46 minutes

Anemone fish at Poseidon's Garden
Anemone fish at Poseidon’s Garden

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Clare

Lapsed mathematician, creator of order, formulator of hypotheses. Lover of the ocean, being outdoors, the bush, reading, photography, travelling (especially in Africa) and road trips.

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