In this newsletter:
- Did you visit us at LIDS? You could be a winner of our famous raffle!
- Don’t miss our Summer Specials and NEW offers for hotel and diving, until 30 September
- Experience Camel Bar and Restaurant’s new menu items
- New protection for sharks and rays at CITES: thank you Camel divers
- Freewheeling’s underwater wheelchair flies to USA
- Photo-gallery of the month: dive spectacular Jackson Reef
- Check out our latest sightings photos and updates on the Camel Facebook Page
We wish you happy diving!
Your Camel Dive Club team
London Dive Show: raffle winners and DIVER awards
Thanks to everyone who passed by to say hello to our marketing manager Clare and dedicated Camel Tribe member Neil, at the London Dive Show this March. This year’s show had plenty of action inside the main hall, including speaker presentations, underwater photo sessions, and the famous DIVER magazine awards presented by Monty Halls! We were delighted to receive second place in this year’s awards: a huge thank you to all who voted for us! We’re also pleased to announce the winners of our famous raffle on the Egypt stand, who were: Anna Moseley - five days’ diving at Camel for two people, Shira Shariff - Mares Puck Pro wrist computer, and Laura Borrowman - Mares Prestige 12S regulator. Congratulations to you all! And don’t forget to save the date: our next show will be DIVE at Birmingham NEC, UK, on 26-27 October.
Spring and Summer Specials until 30 September
Spring may have just arrived in Europe, but in Sharm El Sheikh, Summer is already here to stay! To celebrate, we’re offering our regular Summer Specials from 15 May - 15 July, plus NEW lower hotel rates during our high season, 16 July - 30 September. This means that during 15 May – 15 July, a seven-night stay at Camel Hotel, including breakfast, airport transfers and five days’ diving costs just 392 Euros per person sharing (or 432 Euros during 16 July-30 September). Alternatively, book a stay at any hotel in Sharm, then choose your dive pack: during 15 May-15 July three days' diving costs 135 Euros, or five days just 200 Euros (or 165 Euros and 240 Euros respectively, during 16 July – 30 September). Free nitrox and transfers are included. We also have special offers including dives by our super fast speedboat, learn to dive or for groups . All offers may be booked or online, subject to limited availability. So… hurry up and come diving!
New menus at Camel Bar and our restaurants
Camel is not just about diving, rather it’s a 360 degree diving holiday experience! This is evident from our efficient airport transfer, through the convenience of our hotel, diving facilities and comfortable boats, to the relaxed atmosphere of our original dive centre in Naama Bay, and its famous Camel Bar, Vanilla ice cream cafe and Pomodoro and Tandoori restaurants. We’ve spent the last few months re-developing an impeccably clean, modern new kitchen for our restaurants. Thanks to the hi-tec kitchen our chefs have revolutionized our menus to launch delicious new items. You can now try juicy Australian and Brazilian meat dishes alongside our traditional Italian specialties at Pomodoro, tasty sandwiches at Camel Bar and new Indian delights at Tandoori! So if you’re tired of the usual all-inclusive buffets, or starving after your day of diving, look no further than Camel for good value, fresh food and friendly service.
Fantastic news from CITES: thank you Camel divers
It’s finally happened – we made it! After years of struggle, this March in Bangkok oceanic whitetips, porbeagles, hammerhead sharks and manta rays gained international protection at CITES, where focus groups from 178 countries met to discuss protecting these species from unsustainable fishing for international trade. This is a great achievement for divers around the world! Camel Dive Club’s good friend Andrea Marshall -of the Foundation for the protection of Marine Mega Fauna- said: “Even if the need to protect endangered species is clear to everybody, politics and other economic interests sometimes stand in the way”. We are proud that Camel guests contributed more than 1,000 of the 245,000 signatures collected, and this number does not include all the internet signatures we encouraged over the last five years. Thanks to all of you who -since Camel Dive Club launched our Eco Tribe initiatives in 2008- signed the Project AWARE Give Sharks a Fighting Chance petition.
Freewheeling’s underwater wheelchair flies to USA
Regular readers of our newsletter may already have seen Sue Austin and the Freewheeling team’s amazing underwater wheelchair in action. Video footage of Sue’s acrobatic underwater performances, filmed here in the Red Sea, attracted global attention as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Camel Dive Club is a proud sponsor of the Freewheeling project, which explores how art can create bridges to facilitate new understandings about disability. Freewheeling’s latest event was a presentation by Sue at the prestigious TEDMED conference, held in April in Washington DC. We were delighted to host Sue and her team again at Camel Hotel to film new footage for screening at the event. This time the crew of a Dutch TV channel joined the team to produce a ‘behind the scenes’ documentary featuring Camel Dive Club. Watch the footage here (in Dutch, 24 minutes). As Sue says, the debate about the underwater wheelchair is part of the project itself!
Photogallery of the month: Jackson Reef
Every month our dedicated photographer Adolfo Maciocco and his shots remind us how lucky we are to be based in the Red Sea and have the opportunity to dive here all year round. Check out our latest photogallery featuring the beautiful corals and possible encounters of Jackson Reef, in the Strait of Tiran. Jackson is one of the best places to spot hammerhead sharks during the summer and you can reach it in less than 20 minutes with our super fast speedboat Camel I. Get inspired by Adolfo’s pictures and don’t miss Jackson Reef next time you dive with us!
Help us to reach 4000 likes on Facebook
Less than 100 likes are needed to achieve the unbelievable milestone of 4000 fans on our Facebook page! Not there yet? Camel’s page is the best place to keep up to date with sightings and to stay in touch with other divers and our staff. Are you wondering what’s the water temperature? Which are the best periods to spot the “big stuff” or the best dive sites for nudibranches? Ask us on Facebook! Now is the best season to spot whalesharks, manta rays and much more. So, if you need proof, check out our page for yourself and simply scroll down to see our guests’ latest pictures, often posted live from our boats!