We had an early morning to encompass a 3 dive day and return before sundown. There are not many things I will easily awake for at 4:30am, but the hopes of being the first set of bubbles in the water is one of them! The marine ecosystem is just beginning to pulse with life.
We were thrilled to hear that our first destination point was Careless Reef. This is a notorious dive sites for spotting a hammerhead shark. The boat moored up west of the reef and I was advised to swim through the ‘coral garden’ and across the plateau to a wall which dropped an easy 60 meters, nothing but blue (and hopefully a hammerhead) on the other side! Despite my best efforts of an early rise and patiently waiting at 30 meters, gradually coming up to keep within my limits, there were no hammerheads that shared my enthusiasm for an encounter. However I took my time enjoying the bundles of coral that radiated like stain glass through the morning sun as I swam back to the boat.
We chose to do our second dive at Careless Reef because we were still the only dive boat there, weather permitted and the extent of beauty that reef had to offer seemed endless. I dedicated this dive to the rich marine life which strives around the coral gardens and pinnacles.
This was an optimal site for one of our friends to try his new camera housing and the pictures turned out pristine! Numerous moray eels reaching 2 meters long took comfort within the coral heads and would often swim from one to another seeking breakfast or a morning shower by cleaner wrasse. The visibility remained 30+ meters throughout both dives! I got the feeling as if I was swimming through a picturesque aquarium.
Careless Reef currently remains a favorite of mine because of the visibility, colors, topography, and dive plan options. Highly recommend for any level diver!
‘Careless Reef. Hurghada, Egypt’ was written by Hannah