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Has anyone dived the Farasan Islands, Saudi Arabia? I'm diving there for work in March and need all the info I can get- environment? diving infrastructure (boats etc)? wildlife? etc etc

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Unfortunately not, but I have done a couple of dives at the continuation, the Hanish archipelago, in Yemen. Those islands are dead volcanos, each with a crater at the top. There isn't a lot of coral but there IS a lot of life. I don't think there's much in the way of infrastructure in the Farasans, from what I can remember from articles in various dive mags by Erik Bjurström, a Swedish dentist and well-known underwater photographer and writer who lived in Saudi for many years.
PS Have you seen this ? http://www.saudidiving.com/farasan1.htm
 

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Thanks John,

that's exactly what I wanted to hear (almost!). We don't want coal since it gets in the way of archaeology. Lack of infrastructure may need some working around, but hey, that's not my responsibility!
 
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