On my recent 3 day dive trip to Yanbu we have spotted several tigersharks at Marker 39 and Abu Galaba. According to the crew of the "Dream Voyager" they are seen quite frequently, with one spot having four of them nearly on every dive for the last month - of course not when we have been there ;-)
Dream Divers has opened a dive resort in Al Lith, some 200km south of Jeddah. From here day dive-trips are offered to the Farasan Banks, one of the best dive spots in the Red Sea. After the dive you can enjoy the simple but spacious and clean rooms, the large pool and the recreation area with billiard, internet etc. Also a dive shop is included. More info here: www.dreamdiver.net
According to the beach resort manager, Mr. Benjamin, the Sheraton beach is now considered a private beach and access is possible for members and hotel guests only.
It seems on the old location of Al Nakeel Beach the property owner has reopened the beach under a new name: Palm Beach. No further details known so far. Updates on the news will be posted later.
Al Nakeel Beach has closed down it's old location in June
2007 and the new beach is located north of the
shell-roundabout, opposite the petrol station. The beach is
a lot smaller than the old one and the reef seems to be in
rather bad condition with lots of rubble around. Maybe the
management will organize a clean-up to attract divers again
to their site.
Unfortunately our headquarters decided to move our office
from Jeddah to Riyadh and so I had to follow late 2006. This
means I will be far less in Jeddah and not be available for
diving courses in Jeddah. If you are keen to take up diving
in Jeddah, send me an e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org and I will reply with the names
and contact numbers of reputable instructors. For the time-being I am not teaching, but of course this might change again.
Golden Tulip Beach has re-opened after it seems that the new
Al Fau Beach seemed not as popular as planed - especially
It seems that the Golden Tulip (former Albilad Beach) has
closed its gates end of 2005. The rumor goes that the owner
of that beach owns as well the new "Al Fau" Resort, next to
Sheraton Beach, and hopes that all his former guests would
now move to the fancier and more expensive place.
In the recreational hall of the Sheraton Beach resort an exhibition of underwater photographs has been opened. Pictures I took during recent years - mainly form Sheraton Beach Resort - are on display. Motives will be changed frequently.
Beach clean-up on July 28/29, 2005. Over 200 divers cleaning the Jeddah Corniche and bringing up over 3 tons of garbage.
Sheraton Beach upgraded. Thanks to the Beach Manager Benjamin lots of improvements have been implemented. Nicer layout, more sun shelters, more room for divers, ...