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Riffbiologie-Schnupper-Tag / Tagesausflüge


Warum sind Korallen eigentlich so bunt?



Reef Check


Die Antwort auf diese und andere spannende Fragen zum faszinierenden Lebensraum Korallenriff und dessen vielfältige Lebensformen bekommt ihr in unserem Riffbiologie-Schnupper-Tag.

Wann:      Jederzeit nach Absprache mit mindestens 2 Teilnehmern

Wo:        Theorie, Vor- und Nachbesprechung im Kursraum, Tauchgänge an geeigneten Tauchplätzen

Dauer:    1 Tag (1 Stunde Theorie, ausführliche Vor- und Nachbesprechung zu den 2 begleiteten Tauch- bzw. Schnorchelgängen)

Für:          Alle Taucher und Schnorchler mit Interesse

Preis:       50





Tagesausflüge (EcoTrips) in die Schutzgebiete des Sinais (in Kooperation mit Beduinen):

EcoTrip Ras Mohammed National Park – 1 Tag (Mangroven, fossile und rezente Korallenriffe)

EcoTrip Nabq – 1 Tag (Mangroven & Dünensysteme)


Winter-Akademie I - Tagesausflug Nabq Schutzgebiet

It was Thursday of our second week in Dahab and a long an excited field trip was waiting for us.  We woke up with the earlier raising sun of Dahab to make the most of our day in NABQ, a 600 square kilometers Protected Area in the Sinai Peninsula. With big expectations from the presentation we received the day before we packed our snorkeling gear and started to travel to the south.

Our two friendly Bedouin guides drove us to our first stop of the one hour road trip, where a small green spot in the desert was standing in front of us. A prominent Acacia tree, surrounded by other desert plants, hosts more biodiversity than we were expecting. Green spiders, black beetles, dragonflies and butterflies were among the invertebrates that we were able to spot; while the tracks gave us some clues of foxes, lizards and rodents living in the area. This well adapted desert plants with thick leaves, deep roots and lot of thorns; are source of medicine for the Bedouins, who throughout the generations have been keeping an invaluable knowledge of how to use the few resources that the dessert has to offer.

After exploring the area, we head back to our main destiny, the mangrove area. A cozy hut and warm Bedouin tea welcomed us, while we stand in front of a beautiful marine landscape. The green mangroves, white sand and turquoise waters made us felt in the Caribbean Sea.

The white mangroves of NABQ are the northern mangrove specie in the Indian Ocean system. The mangroves are closely connected to the coral reefs and its existence is essential for the reef. Mangroves are nursery spots for many fish species of the reef, resting place for migratory birds, home of many marine invertebrates and great water filters.

To take a closer look at this fabulous environment, we took our snorkeling gear and went into the water.  As soon as we started we were able to spot the Cassiopeia, better known as the upside down jellyfish. These magnificent organisms lay upside down because they contain zooxanthellae which perform the same function as they perform in the corals, obtain energy for the organism by photosynthesis. Regrettably, it seems like winter is not the best time for the fish juveniles and we were able to spot just a few species.

As soon as we went out of the water, a delicious Bedouin lunch was waiting for us. After charging energies, our adventure continued. We took a walk to the Maria Schröder, a ship wreck that crashed into the reef 60 years ago. Along the way, the low tide discovered many shy and elusive fiddler crabs, which hide in the sandy holes as soon as they noticed our presence; while their relatives, the hermit crabs, stay unnoticed in their shells.

The time pass quick and it was time to head back home. In our way back we stopped in the Arak Sand Dunes, 8 to 10 meters sand dunes hold by the extensive and thick roots of the Arak trees; where we also spotted some lizards and had the opportunity to see the desert melons. The desert melon is cucurbitaceous plant well adapted to the arid environment. Its fruits are used by de Bedouins for medicinal purposes and when it dried the seeds inside and the thick pericarp are ideal to transform the melon into a melodious percussion instrument. The trip wouldn’t be over without a final stop at the village, where we watch and spend some time with a couple of camels with a recently born and sweet baby camel.

The trip was a nice experience of knowledge and also a good time to relax. It was interesting to be in another marine environment. We learned some of the invaluable knowledge that Bedouin have about the resources that the desert has to offer and we were astonished by the unexpected biodiversity that a dry environment could host.  Back to Dahab, we can’t avoid thinking on our next experiences and the amazing things that we still have to discover in the upcoming weeks.


Academy 2016

Academy 2016

Academy 2016

Academy 2016

Academy 2016

Academy 2016

Academy 2016


Trip nach Nabq am 30.08.2008

Zu Neunt quetschten wir - alle Volontäre + Nina - uns  ins Auto Richtung Nabq- Nationalpark. Die circa anderthalb stuendige Fahrt führte uns von der schön gepflasterten Straße auf die unebenen Sandwege von Nabq.
An unserem „Schnorchelplatz“ direkt an den Mangroven angekommen, ging es auch gleich ins Wasser, denn die „low tide“ würde bald schon einsetzen.

Jeder hatte eine bestimmte Aufgabe, ob Tiere und Pflanzen an Land oder unter Wasser zu fotografieren. Zum Schnorcheln ist Nabq ideal, in den Mangroven kann man unterschiedliche Jungfische, die Mangrovenquallen und einzigartige Pflanzen beobachten. Man findet hier auch ein Wrack, die „Maria Schroeder“, das man schon vom weitem auf dem Riffdach liegen sieht. Das Wasser ist vom aufgewirbelten Sand etwas trüb, doch bleibt man eine Weile ruhig auf einer Stelle treiben, kann man sogar mal einem kleinen „Babykugelfisch“ begegnen!

Wir verbrachten den Vormittag im Wasser. Anschließend begannen wir gemeinsam anhand gesehener Tiere eine Artenliste zu erstellen. Dann gab’s aber erstmal Mittagessen. Die Beduinen hatten für uns Reis, Fisch und Salat zu bereitet. Es schmeckte wirklich richtig lecker.
Danach fuhren wir ins „Visitor centre“ um uns dort einmal umzuschauen und eventuell Informationsmaterial zu sammeln. Viel zu sehen gab es da allerdings nicht: ein paar ausgestopfte Tiere, Karten vom Nationalpark und ein toller Ausblick aufs Riff. Allerdings fanden wir auch ein gutes Pflanzenbuch, das wir gleich mitnahmen.