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My travels to UAE and Oman in 2015 – part 3

Today I was going to go to the east coast of the UAE for some scuba diving activities.

I was going to the resort of Fujairah.

The resort of Fujairah on the east coast of the UAE.

The resort of Fujairah on the east coast of the UAE.

Fujairah is approximately two hours drive from Dubai and is popular with tourists who want to get away from citylife.

The beach is very quiet here.

The beach is very quiet here.

Many watersport activities can be conducted from here.

Me posing in the resort of Fujairah.

Me posing in the resort of Fujairah.

Diving on the east coast of the UAE is mainly reefs and a few small wrecks.

This was to be a short introduction to scuba diving before crossing the border at Dibba and into Oman for some boat diving along the Oman coastline of the Musandam peninsula.

The sea temperature in Fujairah was a staggering 29 degrees Celsius. In addition, the sea had a lot of planktons and thus the visability was poor. The sea was very green underwater and photography was therefore poor.

A Parrotfish sighted off a small wreck.

A Parrotfish sighted off a small wreck.

I saw a seahorse of approximately 20cms in size. A quite rare encounter for scuba divers.

A rather large seahorse.

A rather large seahorse.

After my two dives in Fujairah, I was going to cross the border at Dibba and into Oman.

The small border town of Dibba in Oman.

The small border town of Dibba in Oman.

The Musandam peninsula is the most northerly province of Oman and marks the entrance to the Arabian Gulf via the Straits of Hormuz.

The port in Dibba was where I was going to get onto our converted dhow boat.

Traditional dhows converted for tourism.

Traditional dhows converted for tourism.

Me in the port of Dibba.

Me in the port of Dibba.

Diving in the Musandam peninsula is mostly drift diving and therefore not recommended for novice divers.

Relaxing on the sundeck before my dives.

Relaxing on the sundeck before my dives.

The Musandam coastline itself is carved into countless fjords, bays and islands.

The coastline of the The Musandam peninsula.

The coastline of the Musandam peninsula.

Me posing for the sexy gals on the boat.

Me posing for the sexy gals on the boat.

Marine life expected to be seen off Omani waters are five species of turtles, Eagle Rays and Devil Rays, and reef sharks. Occassionly Whale Sharks can be seen during the summer months. The colourful corals attracts tropical species such as Parrotfish, Batfish and Lion fish.

Arriving at one of the dive sites off the Oman coastline.

Arriving at one of the dive sites off the Oman coastline.

Omani water is plankton rich and therefore water visibility is reduced from that of other diving destinations.

Plenty of marine life.

Plenty of marine life.

A Moray Eel laying await for an ambush.

A Moray Eel laying await for an ambush.

A another Moray Eel spotted.

Another Moray Eel spotted.

I saw Nemo!

I saw Nemo!

I saw a turtle.

I saw a turtle.

I saw a second turtle.

I saw a second turtle.

A two metre Eagle Ray.

A two metre Eagle Ray.

After two days of diving from the dhow we head back to Dibba and eventually back to Dubai.

The sun sets as we head back to Dibba.

The sun sets as we head back to Dibba.

Arriving back in Dubai it was time to buy some tacky souvenirs to annoy people back home.

I brought a naff Shake my Sheikh salt and pepper shakers.

Shake my Sheikh salt and pepper shakers.

Pride of place. Photo: Copyright KW 2015.

This was going to be given to my boss in the hope that I will get some extra overtime shifts at work (as well as a promotion!)

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For more information on Oman please visit:

www.omantourism.gov.om


My trip to Malta and Gozo 2012 – part 1

Last month I went to the Island of Gozo in Malta for a two weeks sunshine holiday.

I am now going to share my photographs with you all.

I did loads of sunbathing, sightseeing, scuba diving and drinking.

The Flag of Malta has the George Cross woven on to it.

The Flag of Malta has the George Cross woven on to it to highlight the courage of the Maltese people standing up against German and Italian bombings in WW2. The George Cross was awarded to Malta in a letter dated 15th April 1942 from King George VI to the island’s Governor.

“To honour her brave people, I award the George Cross to the Island Fortress of Malta to bear witness to a heroism and devotion that will long be famous in history.”

Coming in to land in Malta.

I had to fly to Malta first and then take the ferry to get to Gozo.

Taking the ferry to the Island of Gozo.

Gozo is a smaller island just to the north of Malta which is in the Mediterranean Sea. Gozo is more rural than Malta and is known for its scenic hills and countryside. It is a lot quieter than Malta itself which is popular with package tourists. Gozo itself has a population of around 31,000 people compared with 402,000 of Malta.

My home for two weeks was a self-catering appartment in the lovely fishing village of Xlendi.

This lovely fishing village was my home for two weeks.

Xlendi was a small village on the west side of Gozo. It is famous for its scuba diving and I was looking forward to getting my wee cotton fur wet.

The harbour of Xlendi has traditional Maltese fishing boats.

Xlendi village escapes the impact of mass tourism that ruins many resorts in the Mediterranean Sea.

The village of Xlendi does not have massive package tourists hotels.

I was eager to get to the pool side for some sunbathing.

I was glad that I had my headphones with me on this trip.

The appartment that I had rented out had it own swimming pool.

It was very hot here in Gozo.

Please read my safe sunbathing guidelines in my previous blog here:

https://britisharmysgtmonkey.wordpress.com/2011/08/14/sunbathing/

The sun sets over Xlendi.

Tomorrow I was going to do some sightseeing on Gozo.

To be continued….

For more information about Malta and Gozo please visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malta

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gozo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xlendi

http://www.visitmalta.com


Me packing for my scuba diving trip to Malta and Gozo

Next week I am off to Malta and Gozo for some scuba diving and sunshine.

YIPPPEEE!

A map of Malta and Gozo.

After a hard few months working at the barracks beasting my new recruits, I need the break.

I am looking forward to the sunshine as my last holiday was brrrrr freezing. I want to top up my wee cotton fur suntan, it will make me look sexy to the ladies.

This is a picture of me packing my scuba diving gear for my trip.

Me packing my scuba diving gear.

The picture shows my scuba diving gear and also a pack of condoms as I am hoping to pull some Maltese monkey cuddly toys inbetween my dives.

I will be away for two weeks, so I will get plenty of dives in and also do some sea kayaking along Gozo amazing sea cliff formations.

Whilst I am away, please remember that we have a competition running at the moment.

The current  “Where’s monkey” competition is here: https://britisharmysgtmonkey.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/competition-wheres-monkey-2/

An amazing prize can be won in this competition so get entering.

Our guest celebrity judge for this competition is Simon Cowell and the closing date is June 30th.


My travels to Thailand 2010 – part 4

Today I was going to the eastward coastline for some scuba diving. This was to be done as a day trip from Bangkok. Around Bangkok is only a few dive sites. Today I was heading by boat to Koh Krak. It is not in the league of the dive sites in Southern Thailand such as the Similan Islands but it is convenient as a day trip from Bangkok.

The bow of the boat.

As is typical in Thailand, the sea was rough.

It was a bumpy ride to the dive site.

I planned on two dives at the island. Each diving down to approximately 12 metres.

I was glad that I was able to stay in the shade on this boat.

Getting ready for the dive.

Getting ready for the dive.

Anchoring at the dive site.

The sea was rough for diving.

After the dives, I had a wee look around the beach for the sunset before heading back to Bangkok via minibus.

My last night in Thailand before flying to Nepal.

It was a beautiful night.

Back in Bangkok I was going to enjoy my last night in town.

It is hard to escape McDonalds regardless what country one travel to.

I really like the street food in Thailand and despite what the guide books say, I never had to run for the toilet afterwards.

A typical street food stall.

Bangkok is famous for it street food.

Having a beer on my last night.

I was due to fly to Kathmandu the next day.

The Thaiair plane for Kathmandu.

I was able to get a upgrade to business class on this flight. I guess the Thaiair Stewardess like cuddly toy travellers.

Leaving Bangkok on route to Kathmandu.

I arrived in Kathmandu ready for my adventure to Mt. Everest.

For more information on my travels to Nepal please visit:

https://britisharmysgtmonkey.wordpress.com/category/travel/nepal/


Me packing for my trip to Iceland

This weekend I am off to Iceland.

YIPPPPEEEEE……

A map of Iceland.

After a hard few months working at the barracks beasting my new recruits, I need the break.

This is a picture of me packing for my trip. I am taking a lot of cold weather clothes as it is brrrr in Iceland.

Me packing for my trip to Iceland.

I will be scuba diving in Silfra crack in Thingvellir National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This dive site is famous for it 40 metres plus visability and even 100 metres plus visability on good days. The site is the joining of the two continental plates, the American and Eurasian continents. It is famous for it rock formations and visability and one of the best dive sites in the world and I am going to be the first cuddly toy scuba diving it.

This is the dive site that I am going to next week.

I will also be relaxing in the hot springs to relax my aching cotton fur feet after my long distance walk a few weeks ago.

Whilst I am away, please remember that we have two competitions running at the moment.

The “Where’s monkey” competition is here: https://britisharmysgtmonkey.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/competition-wheres-monkey/

The “10,000th hitter” competition is here: https://britisharmysgtmonkey.wordpress.com/2011/10/31/competition-the-10000th-hitter/

Amazing prizes can be won in each of these these competitions so get entering.

When I am back on the 22nd April, I will be very busy with my Local Elections campaign in Edinburgh where I am contesting for a seat on Edinburgh Council. Please read through my policys also on this website and if you agree with my “piggyback to work” scheme as an alternative to the Edinburgh trams farce then please vote for me.

As I said, that week – I will be busy campaigning on the streets of Edinburgh, so I won’t be able to put my Iceland photos up until after the elections on May 3rd.

If you live in Edinburgh and are willing to volunteer your time to help us with the elections campaign, please email the webmaster on our usual email address. We can hand you some Monkey Party leaflets for you to distribute.


My trip to Egypt in 2010 – part 2

Today I was going to learn scuba diving in the Red Sea. I have never been scuba diving before as the diving equipment weighs 15kgs, that is 60 times my own body weight. But, my instructor ensure me that the equipment will be weightless whilst underwater, and he would help me jump into the sea with the equipment on. He said he will throw me off the jetty!

Me in my diving gear.

The equipment was heavy but I was keen to try out my new sport. It is a shame that they don’t make diving equipment for someone who is 30 cms tall.

I was ready to be thrown into the sea!

I was glad to be learning in the Red Sea. The sea temperature was 20 degrees and had good visability. The Red Sea is home to many tropical fish and *ahem* sharks.

This little box fish was hiding from me.

The coral around Dahab was nice.

This pipe fish was a metre long, that was bigger than me!

After two dives, I was knackered with all this learning. So I went for a Egyptian Tea.

I needed the tea.

The scuba diving course was four days. I passed out with my open water licence thus becoming a qualified cuddly toy diver.

The next day, I needed a rest. So, I spent the day on the sun bed soaking up the rays.

I wanted a sexy tan for my cotton fur.

I did looked cool with my Oakley sunglasses on.

These glasses made me look cool for the chicks.

The next two days, I was going to be trekking in the Sinai Mountains.

To be continued….

For more information on scuba diving training please visit:

http://www.bsac.com/landing.asp?section=1069&sectionTitle=Learn+to+Scuba+Dive+with+BSAC

http://www.divessi.com/find_your_level

http://www.padi.com/scuba/padi-courses/default.aspx


My trip to Egypt in 2010 – part 1

For a week break from the cold UK winter, I was being taken to the Sinai in Egypt. I was going to learn scuba diving in the thus becoming a very wet cuddly toy. I was also planning on trekking in the Sinai Desert.

On the flight to Sharm el-Sheikh.

I was heading for Dahab in the southwest of the Sinai Peninsula. It was once a Bedouin fishing village but now a diving destination for backpackers and alike.

Dahab is less developed then Sharm el-Sheikh which is now mostly spoilt.

It is near to Sharm el-Sheikh but not as developed in terms of hotels and package tourist resorts.

For my first day, I was going cycling in the desert.

Me in the the Sinai Desert.

The bike was hired for a few pounds and was a great way to see the surroundng area before we went to the mountains and scuba diving later on in the week.

The bike was way too big for me, but I has stabilizer wheels on so I managed.

It was hard going cycling over the rough terrain.

I cycled along the coastline.

I met the desert people along the way, they had never seen a cycling cuddly toy before!

The desert people travel by camels.

After the morning cycle ride, I went back to Dahab for a quick shower. Then I went for a Quad bike ride.

I hurt my poorly head.

I had slammed on the brakes too hard and went flying into the dashboard. I bumped my forehead and needed stitches. Should had a helmet on! Glad that I had medical insurance.

Dahab is a great place for windsurfing.

Dahab is very exposed to the winds and is therefore a popular destination for windsurfers. I saw many windsurfers in the sea. I did not fancy windsurfing, as I only weigh 250 grammes and I would had been blown across the Red Sea all the way to Saudi Arabia.

After my adventures in the desert today, I headed to a Bedouin tent for a mint tea.

I was enjoying the desert experience, so different from my native jungles of Borneo.

Tomorrow I was going scuba diving.

To be continued….

For more information about Dahab please visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahab