Coral and fans at the Alternatives

Video footage of the Alternatives (Red Sea)

The Alternatives are a series of approximately fifteen small reefs, or pinnacles, situated off the Sinai Peninsula just on the other side to Ras Mohammed National Park. They are in a very sheltered position and serve as alternative dive sites when the “big ticket” sites such as the Thistlegorm are too exposed to poor conditions. The coral here is quite special.

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Here’s some more:

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When we dived here there was pretty much no current, which was an absolute pleasure. We covered a relatively small area, but quite thoroughly. When we dived the same spot in darkness a few hours later, we found moray eels sticking their heads out of coral outcrops, and lionfish followed our torchlight as we explored.

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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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