The Golden Emperor
I've been in Egypt for almost 10 days now, and so far it's been incredible. I spent my first few days with Debbie Metcalfe, owner of Blue Eye FX in Sharm El Sheikh. The world freediving championships were just ending as I arrived in Egypt, and Debbie had been contracted to provide all the television coverage of the event, so I was able to tag along for some of that. After a few days, Steve travelled up from Hurghada to join me in Dahab where we were set to join a live-aboard for a week. Our friends Lars and Dave from Red Sea Safaris had arranged for us to live on the Golden Emperor for a week, diving up and down the Gulf of Aqaba and assist one of Debbie's cameramen, Paul, with filming some promotional material.
Steve filming a bait ball on a night dive
We drove up to Dahab from Sharm, boarded the boat, and were pleasantly surprised to find that our friend from the One Ocean Dive Center, Tronde Jarle was a passenger on the boat as well. The next week was filled with new friends, plenty of filming, and absolutely stunning diving. Not only were we able to visit the Blue Hole and The Canyon in Dahab, but we were able to get to a lot of sites that can only be accessed by boat. The reefs were incredibly healthy, and the fish life was amazing. Steve and I had a great time diving with Paul and helping film the trip and we really learned a lot about shooting and editing underwater video from him. Steve and I got on really well with the crew and our fellow divers, and we're sad to leave Dahab, but we know we've still got some great diving ahead of us before we leave Egypt.