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Eritrea- the Red Sea untouched

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Jan 27, 2003
I was out for a very special dive trip,
somekind of pioneer thing, in the Dahlak archipelago, Eritrea.
We went out with a customized traditional Sambookh fisherboat,
Diving is great there, though I joined the trip during the plancton-rich season

nov/dec, so visibility was reduced to about 15m on some spots,normal is 30-40m.

Anyway, what we saw was incredibly dense fish population, according to the fact that Eritrea didn't fish for more than 30 years due to their struggle with ethiopia.
I guess it'S the Red-sea-best-of, intact reefs. I only can compare to Egypt.
Mantas,dolphins, reef fish, big swarms of tuna, gardens of soft and stone corals. I

saw my first leaf fish there and the largest black grouper on a drift dive.
And great wrecks, old war and cargo ships.
the best of all: NO other divers or boats during the whole trip through the

(From the very first day, we had the pioneer feeling ;o))
We spent some nights onboard and some on the beaches of the islands. Nobody around.
Great snorkelling, too.
The operator is Eritreadivers,driven by a couple from Germany.
By now,
there are only 1-week liveaboard trips offered, but soon daytrips, too, they said. No

charter flights, but quite affordable to Asmara, the capital.
Dont miss to stay for landtrips to discover Eritrea's beautiful landscape and the

friendliness of the people, really different than in the neighbour red sea countries!
More info: www.eritreadivers.com, still only in german, but it's said that english
available, soon, too.
Hi Chrissy,

Where are you from? Is the place (Eritrea) peaceful now? It sounds fantastic. Did you have to carry gear or just get there?


Hi Cliff,
They just offer liveaboards right now, but I think it's the best way to explore the area, since some islands are a bit more outside.
Don't expect luxury, but get amazing and -lets say-charming days on a customized traditional ship(I prefer that).
5 day trips. Though I had my own stuff with me, equipment is all included.You have to be at least 5 on a trip. Just ask them.
Had no troubles at all in Eritrea, people are very friendly and nice. Spend some more days there, it's worth it!
Local boat crew and thomas and Doris are great!
I know them for a couple of years now.
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