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Egypt, Abu Galum - Camel Ride to Scuba

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Last week I got to cross number 88 of my list of the top 100 dive sites in the world: Abu Galum in the South Sinai of Egypt. When I signed up for the dive the day before, I didn’t get any details, I didn’t care. I just wanted to dive one of the premier sites in Egypt.






The next morning I got a surprise though. Instead of heading to the boat docks, we headed north to the famous Blue Hole. When we arrived, there was 6 camels and a Bedouin guide waiting for us.

“You’re kidding me, we are taking camels to the dive site?” I asked. Apparently camel is the only way to get to Abu Galum, except by boat, and the group I was with wanted the full Egyptian camel safari experience. Ok screw it, it might be fun for my last dives in Egypt.







My friends, I’m not going to lie: I’m a big boy and an hour and a half ride on a camel on rough and scary terrain (sometimes on cliff edges right over the waves) was not as fun as it seems. It took me a little while to get comfortable and realize I wasn’t going to (probably) fall off, so I couldn’t always enjoy the amazing views along the coastline.






The views WERE amazing though. Powder soft sand dunes running right into clear blue waters. Not a living soul in site. When ever my camel stopped complaining, it was a very peaceful journey. Although I don’t think I’ll be able to have kids ever again…t wasn’t exactly gentle on  the nether regions… I’ll get back to you on that.






Hi there thanks for the interest in me. Let me give you a little information about me, and then i will answer your questions from the attachment. I am Justin from, and am a professional and full time travel and dive blogger. I say full time because I have not stopped my constant travels in 4 years, and have not even been in America in that long. I say professional, because my travel/dive blog is my full time and only job or income. last year I traveled to around 15 countries, working with many sponsors, tour operators and hotels along the way. This year I am finishing up a press trip in Mexico where I am promoting all the good dive locations in the Riviera Maya for the tourism board. Now I am heading back to Europe where I am working with Eurail and many other sponsors, including a brand ambassadorship for a dive center in Sardinia. My plan is to explore a lot of Europe that I havn't seen, diving where and when I can. At the end of the year I and my girlfriend, also a blogger, am planning on going to TBEX in Thailand, and then on to Malaysia and Philippines on a big dive trip. Anywhere in the regions, or surrounding regions, of the places I just mentioned, we would ne interested in doing other trips and tours. Here are your answers:

  • Justin Carmack, 29, Male
  • 365 days traveled last year, and year before
  • All of Europe, North Africa. On to SE Asia. Open after December
  • Mostly diving the best locations, but we also love air tours, safaris etc. But my niche focuses on diving mostly
  • This year Europe and SE Asia, and N. Africa, but each year somewhere different.