Maarten Schäfer

After two days of lazing about at Soma Bay, we’re ready for some gentle action. Nothing too strenuous – no hiking or trekking for days on end – just some light snorkelling. We meet Hany the General Manager from Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay, who says he can organise a boat for us. Cool! Our own private yacht!

Red Sea scuba diving - by Maarten Schafer for CoolTravel Red Sea scuba diving – by CoolTravel

We set out for the reef with Hany as the skipper and his son as the crew. We avoid the most popular snorkelling spots and throw out the anchor at a coral reef just a few hundred metres from the coast. Hany explains: “As you most probably know, environmental deterioration is no longer a threat but a reality. Over eight million visitors visit the Red Sea every year. With success comes responsibility. There are several organisations who actively work together to develop and maintain projects and…

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