Sea Scope Submarine
So, you would love to see Marsa Alam’s virgin coral reefs and exotic fish from deep down, but perhaps you are a family with young children or you might be a tad nervous about all those scary marine creatures (jellyfish, sea scorpions, sharks etc) or perhaps even the world’s warmest sea (measured by year round average temperatures) isn’t quite warm enough for you.
These are all reasonable excuses to leave the snorkeling equipment at home and opt instead for the comfort of the observation deck on a semi-submarine.
HOW TO PERSUADE YOUR HUSBAND
Just trick him with the submarine word. Say that it will be a little like the film “Das Boot” without depth charges but more exciting because this “submarine” has windows. You’re not sure if you get to fire any torpedoes or watch bathing beach beauties through a periscope but that you will see a lot of colorful fish and possibly even sharks, sea cows and turtles.
SO WHAT IS A SEMI SUBMARINE ?
The semi-submarine, despite is name, is just a ship but with a submerged passenger viewing deck, equipped with comfortable swivel seats, located in its’ deep hull some three meters below sea level from which you can look down at the seabed though large clear panoramic windows.
In real submarines large windows are not usually possible due to the problems of pressure at depth but because the viewing deck of the semi-submarine is close to sea level it is able to make extensive use of glass to create an experience for the passenger similar to scuba diving – without the need for any lessons or the risks of diving !
AND WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ?
It’s the perfect way to see the spectacular sea life of the coral reef without even getting wet. And it’s a view no visitor to Marsa Alam can afford to miss.
The Red Sea is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. A beautiful ecosystem which is far older than the Pyramids and which is one of the world’s most important marine habitats. Due to its’ extensive coral reefs, low coastal population densities and year round high temperatures, the Red Sea supports a vast range of marine life.
It is host to more than a thousand species of fish, many of them not known anywhere else in the world as well as two hundred species of coral, 150 types of crustaceans (crabs, lobsters etc) and many other exotic creatures such as the dugong sea cow, the moray eel and the hammerhead shark.
An excursion on the Sea scope can be an empowering experience offering a vital holistic view of nature – both a great learning opportunity and giving you invaluable memorable moments of the beauty of Marsa Alam’s famous reefs.
HOW Much for the TICKET ?
The excursions operate from Port Ghalib marina, close to Marsa Alam airport. The price includes your transfer from your hotel (providing it is located within 50 km which includes most Marsa Alam hotels.) if you book with local agent Ehab (firstname.lastname@example.org
he can get you a competitive price –
- Adults just 37 euro.
- Children (2-15 yrs) 25 euro
Ehab can also arrange a private air conditioned taxi (you would normally be picked up by a minibus) to pick you up from your hotel for only a
small extra charge. The boat trip takes around 90 minutes and departs twice daily at 8am and 10am.
WHAT We Will Do ON BOARD ?
When you arrive you will be offered a welcome drink on the upper deck and after about 15 minutes sailing once the coral reefs are reached you can descend to the air conditioned underwater observation deck.
The Captain has years of experience in locating the best spots for watching marine life and you will be accompanied by a friendly guide narrator who will entertain you with interesting facts and true stories about all the local marine life you see.
The boat is well maintained and clean and there are toilets if you need them. If you wish to spend any time on the above water-level upper deck, it also has seats and while on most boats they are partly shaded, you can opt for a sunny spot if you wish to enhance your sun tan.