Camel Dive Club & Hotel
Centre of Na'ama Bay
Sharm El Sheikh
South Sinai, Egypt
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Newsletter archive – July 2013

Newsletter

Dear Diver,

In this newsletter:

  • Check out our Last Minute deals, now valid until 30 September
  • Join the thousands of holiday makers who are still travelling to Sharm
  • NEW: Learn from a Pro how to improve your underwater photo skills in just one day!
  • Meet Ariel, a four metre Giant Manta we’ve helped to identify
  • Follow us on Facebook and help the Camel Tribe to grow!

We wish you happy diving!

Your Camel Dive Club team


NEW Last Minute Specials until 30 September

At Camel we believe everyone deserves a great diving holiday! Our new LAST MINUTE deals are designed to make your diving holiday even better value. Availability is limited, but the choice is wide and includes both packages for diving plus hotel stays at our 4* Camel Hotel, and diving only. Book online or and get 7 nights at Camel Hotel 4* including breakfast, airport transfers and 5 days diving for 357 Euro, per person sharing. Did you already book your hotel stay? Then dive with us and enjoy free return transfers from your hotel – 200 Euro for five days boat diving, including Nitrox.

YES to travel to Sharm El Sheikh

Many thanks to all our guests who have contacted us recently about the situation in Sharm El Sheikh, during another momentous chapter of Egyptian history. Sharm remains completely calm and diving and snorkeling trips continue to run as normal. Cafes, restaurants and nightlife venues are also operating as usual and scheduled and charter flight services from all European countries are departing and arriving without interruption. Check the official travel warnings from UK, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Turkey for your own peace of mind and support tourism in Egypt. We look forward to seeing you in Sharm!

NEW Underwater Photography Workshops at Camel

If you’re one of our regular guests you probably already met our award winning resident photographer Adolfo Maciocco. You may have even brought back home a CD of fantastic photo memories of your Red Sea diving holiday. Are you an amateur photographer yourself? Would you like to take your underwater photo skills to the next level? Then why not learn from a Pro and maximise your time underwater! Adolfo and his team share their secrets of underwater photography in just one day, with the new underwater photography workshop available all year round in the warm waters of Sharm El Sheikh. Check out the details here or for further info.

Exciting sightings: manta matching

This July our divers and instructor Rod encountered Ariel, a four metre Giant manta ray, at our beautiful local dive site Ras Umm Sid. But this was not a one-time lucky sighting: our instructors Cath and Beth had already spotted Ariel at the same dive site in May 2012. But how can we be sure? Fortunately we had photos of both sightings, and by matching them our Eco Tribe leader Cath was able to positively identify Ariel. Cath said "Each manta ray has their own individual markings on their belly that act like a fingerprint. If we get a photograph we can look through our archive to check if we have had a previous encounter." Because manually matching manta photos would be very time-consuming, Cambridge Professor Christopher Town has teamed up with Marine Megafauna Foundation to develop a computer algorithm which identifies manta rays by their markings. The algorithm has been integrated into first global online database for manta rays, Manta Matcher. This groundbreaking system “will allow researchers to track sightings data to establish important life-history parameters as well as determine other ecological data such as abundance, range, movement patterns, and structure of manta ray populations across the world.” Camel’s friend and eco partner Andrea Marshall of Marine Megafauna was so excited about our photo match of Ariel that she described it at the National Geographic Explorer Week in Washington DC. We love citizen science!

Camel Facebook Page: the place to be

Need to know what the water temperature is at the moment? Want to check out which fantastic creatures you might encounter while diving with us? Or would you just like to share your feedback about your Camel experience? One of the best places to do all this (and more!) is by joining the Camel Tribe on Facebook! We have just reached the amazing milestone of 4300 likes and we love hearing from all of you. Thank you and keep those posts coming!


30.07.13

Newsletter

Dear Diver,

In this newsletter:

  • Check out our Summer and Autumn Specials for your diving holiday at Camel
  • Find the latest news on the situation for tourists and divers in Sharm El Sheikh
  • Fancy a diving instructor career? Join our next IDC in August
  • Latest events at Camel Bar: photographer Alex Mustard and biologist Agnese Mancini
  • Photos: enjoy the beauty of Red Sea at its very best: Shark and Yolanda Reef

We wish you happy diving!

Your Camel Dive Club team


Summer Specials until 15 September

Sharm El Sheikh offers a wide range of hotels, but when it comes to a true diving holiday you can’t go wrong when you choose Camel. No one else in Sharm offers you 4* accommodation, top diving services, award winning restaurants and the most famous Bar in the Red Sea, so take advantage of our Summer Specials -now valid until 15 September - but with limited availability! Book online or and get 7 nights at Camel Hotel 4* including breakfast, airport transfers and 5 days diving from 392 Euro, per person sharing. Did you already book your hotel stay? Then dive with us and enjoy free return transfers from your hotel – starting from 200 Euro for five days boat diving, including Nitrox. Planning ahead? Don’t miss our Autumn Specials from 15 November until 20 December!

All calm in Sharm El Sheikh

Sharm El Sheikh and surrounding areas remain completely calm throughout the recent unrest experienced in Cairo and other Egyptian big cities. All diving and snorkeling trips continue to run as normal. At present, our hotel has 85% occupancy and we have approximately 60 guests diving with us, with an average of four boats departing for daily diving at Tiran, Ras Mohammed, local sites and SS Thistlegorm wreck. Cafes, restaurants and nightlife venues are also operating as usual. Internet and mobile phone networks are fully working. The airport is fully open; scheduled and charter flight services from all European countries are operating without interruption and travel warnings from all over the world consistently include Sharm El Sheikh among the safe destinations in Egypt. We look forward to seeing you in Sharm!

PADI Instructor Development Course at Camel

Fun, hard work and a new career –isn’t it an exciting combination? Join our next IDC on 28 August and you too could benefit from the professional and successful training provided by Bianca, our resident Course Director. Besides Camel’s perfect training facilities, you will enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity in a multicultural environment where you will learn not only PADI standards and procedures, but also the essence of being a good diving instructor, not just a candidate who passed an exam! for more info.

Latest events at Camel Bar

We love Camel Bar opening its doors for exciting presentations by top speakers of the diving world! This June we were honoured to host award winning photographer, journalist and marine biologist Alex Mustard. Alex gave a special presentation in the Camel Bar on 28 June about his ten favourite shark photos, during a break between his regular Red Sea photography workshops. Alex captivated the attention of his audience by discussing not only the best pictures, but also how he managed to get the shots - and what went wrong in doing so! On 30 June, our special guest was Agnese Mancini, permanent biologist at HEPCA, who leads the Turtle Watch project, a successful case of “citizen science” whose goal is monitoring the turtle population of the Red Sea. Are you a turtle geek too? how you can help!

Photos: Shark and Yolanda Reef

Probably the most famous dive site of the Red Sea, Shark and Yolanda Reef is a must dive for whoever is lucky enough to spend a holiday in Sharm El Sheikh. It is easy to understand why, especially in the summer, with its rich and varied corals, and an incredible abundance of reef and pelagic fish. Enjoy Shark and Yolanda through the shots of our photographer Adolfo Maciocco, for a taste of what awaits you underwater: “on a bad day Shark Reef is a great dive, on a good day it can blow your mind!”. Are you in need of more pictures? Check out our Facebook page where more than 4000 diving addicts enjoy regular sighting updates from our guests and staff!


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Camel Dive Club & Hotel
Centre of Na'ama Bay
Sharm El Sheikh
South Sinai, Egypt
Telephone: +20-69-3600700
Email:
Skype with Camel

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