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!