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.
Fujairah is approximately two hours drive from Dubai and is popular with tourists who want to get away from citylife.
Many watersport activities can be conducted from here.
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.
I saw a seahorse of approximately 20cms in size. A quite rare encounter for scuba divers.
After my two dives in Fujairah, I was going to cross the border at Dibba and into 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.
Diving in the Musandam peninsula is mostly drift diving and therefore not recommended for novice divers.
The Musandam coastline itself is carved into countless fjords, bays and islands.
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.
Omani water is plankton rich and therefore water visibility is reduced from that of other diving destinations.
After two days of diving from the dhow we head back to Dibba and eventually back to Dubai.
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.
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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Today I was going to visit Dalyan and the river delta.
At the town of Dalyan, traditional turkish boats take tourists along the river delta to the various attractions for 35 TL (approx. £8.75). Along the way I got to see the rock tombs, the mudbaths and Iztuzu beach also known as Turtle beach as well as Kaunos ruins.
The small boat was packed with over thirty tourists and was very crowded. Most of them were inconsiderately smoking in such a small confined space!
On the way to Iztuzu beach, we passed the Lycian Tombs.
After a few kilometres, the boat arrives at the back of Iztuzu beach.
Iztuzu beach is a reserve and turtles lay their eggs there, it is lovely and unspoilt.
Turtles can be seen in the waters around the boats.
The beach is very busy with daytrippers from all of the nearby resorts.
You can walk the 7km along the beach from one end to the other, but take plenty of water as there are only two beach cafes on the beach and very little shade.
The beach is closed to the public at nighttime due to turtles activities.
Beach wardens protect the nests.
After spending a few hours on the beach we headed to the mudbaths for a quick bath in the mud.
The mudbaths are said to have mineral properties to rejuvenate the skin.
Our last stop on the boat trip was to visit the Kaunos ruins. Kaunos was an ancient and important seaport. It has both Greek and Roman influence. The ruins date back to the 10th century BC.
Due to the silting of the bay of Dalyan, the ruins of Kaunos are now located about 8kms from the coast.
The theatre is still used for performances.
A little lake forms what used to be the main seaport.
The city was abandoned in the 15th century AD following a malaria outbreak.
On my return back to my appartment I was horrified to see a Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa) on my balcony.
Fearing for my life, I had to run away! Something that I am well used to from my army days.
On my last day of my holiday I was going into the mountains to Saklikent Gorge. It is 50kms from Fethiye. The gorge is 20kms in length and 300 metres high.
The gorge is one of the longest in the world and I was going to walk several kilometres inland. With the water running down the gorge, the walk requires wading through the water up to waist height or in my case (as I am only 30 cms tall) being totally submerged.
A wooden walkway at the start of the gorge is the entry point into the gorge. After a few hundred metres, the walkway ends at a cafe. From here onwards, tourists must wade through the water. Safety ropes are in place for handholds. Tourists can only wade through the gorge in the summer months for safety reasons.
Finally, I went white water tubing down the river. After a knackering day at the gorge I headed back to the apartment where I spent my last night to a night of love with a sexy gal (I had to pay her fifty Euros). Then it was back to work the following Monday *sniffs*.
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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.
As is typical in Thailand, the sea was rough.
I planned on two dives at the island. Each diving down to approximately 12 metres.
After the dives, I had a wee look around the beach for the sunset before heading back to Bangkok via minibus.
Back in Bangkok I was going to enjoy my last night in town.
I really like the street food in Thailand and despite what the guide books say, I never had to run for the toilet afterwards.
I was due to fly to Kathmandu the next day.
I was able to get a upgrade to business class on this flight. I guess the Thaiair Stewardess like cuddly toy travellers.
I arrived in Kathmandu ready for my adventure to Mt. Everest.
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