Christmas in Khor Fakkan
Our Christmas weekend was of a different kind: we decided to celebrate the occasion in Khor Fakkan, swimming, diving, wake-boarding, water sliding and having fun. We started by a small tour to what is known by Sandy Beach which was supposed to be our camping spot. However, the site was very crowded and windy that we let our passion for offroad get the best of us and decided to take on a short bumpy road to a beautiful untouched beach with clear water and white sand. Upon our arrival, we got acquainted with some Russian fellows stuck in the sand. All help was offered and they were cleared out after spending their day stuck on the beach.
Our night began with lighting the bonfire as the temperature was decreasing and the weather changed from chilly to cold.
“Our initial camping spot at the shores of Sandy Beach was over crowded”
“An overview of our not-so-secret-anymore beach camping location”
“Now it’s accessible by a 4×4, yet due to rain the route became steep”
“Beach touch down!”
“Mission: Rescue Mother Russia”
After setting up we prepared for our night dive. Unfortunately, my friends diving boat ran into problem. Nothing that couldn’t be fixed in a hour time. I was lucky to watch and learn a few tricks and tips when handling minor technical issues at sea. Once back on track we blindly jumped into the dark cold water. Luckily we had on 7mm diving suits that broke down the cold. Diving at night is a whole different experience. You get the chance to come closer to fish as they sleep and enjoy the calm underwater life as your breath is the only thing you can hear. After the dive, we went back to shore to have a delicious hot BBQ.
“It’s amazing what you can learn when desperate to go diving,
we tried everything until we got the boat running again!”
“Filming underwater at night is not as entertaining when you check your footage the next day
and find out its mostly black”
“The funny thing about diving at night is that the fish are asleep.
You can get really close to them without them swimming away!”
The next day was the most fun of all. After a healthy breakfast of our famous foul and scrambled eggs, we all took the boat for a two hour trip of pure energy and laughter. My activity session started with some wake board action. The weather was amazing and the wind was so refreshing. Although this sports is tiring, it makes you feel as if you are walking or more accurately running on water.
“No adventure is complete without our signature meals of scrambled eggs, chickpeas and beans,
and the famous Barata and Nutella :)”
“While others were having their breakfast, other decided to be healthy and climb the mountain for a morning hike!”
“Sea creatures invading the shores, watch out!”
“Well, I can never complete an adventure without my signature jump pose!”
“Starting the next day with some wake boarding activity, so refreshing”
The biggest surprise yet was when Santa decided to make an early unexpected visit to the shores of Khorfakan lol on a special kind of sledge: the water donut! The water donut the ride was not easy and Santa went flying on every turn. However, all this fun wouldn’t have been possible without my good friends.. Our trip back to Dubai was smooth as the newly introduced highway crossing the mountains of Massafi made it very easy. I was home in no time and was very pleased to go back to my warm bed.
Here are some more photos from our trip, hope you like them!
“Ahmed, the man behind the lens”
“Santa lost his ride”
You can check out Nomad Santa’s action on this link herewith:
“The dream team decided to go for a ride”
“Up close and personal haha”
“The light weight team, Ahmed and my self decided to test our boundaries!”
“We soon discovered how to fly!”
“Unfortunately we didn’t discover how to land!”
“The ladies wanted in on the action too”
“And just before the day ended, we had to say good bye to our friends undersea :)”
“We had such an adventurous day that Ahmed was hiding to avoid returning home, Peek-A-Boo we see you!”
If you want to go diving and you’re low on gear you can rent some from Al Boom Diving Center.
The staff there are friendly and are experts in their field.
I rented a 7mm wet suit for AED 30 a day. Rented out in the afternoon and returned the next day.
It kept me warm and I wasn’t bothered by the cold water at night.
I did also rented Technisub Lumen X4 torch for my night dive however wasn’t happy with its performance.
In the dark nothing beats the LED! The Lumens X4 comes covered in polymer over-molded rubber, batteries required are 4 C-size elements with power only 110 Lumens. Battery lasts over 6 hours. Dimensions: 60 x 165 mm. Water buoyancy negative. Operating depth to 120 m.
Comes with a mechanical switch slide and a safety lock
Earlier to my trip I had borrow the Scuba Pro Nova Light 230 and I can say it helped turn our underwater dark night into day light!
The Nova Light 230 got its name from the 230 lumens (6,000 Kelvin) and is equipped with a five-watt LED. According to SCUBAPRO it has a luminous period between 18 to 20 hours. The approved depth limit is 120 meters. The torch requires three standard C-cell batteries. The estimated life of the LED bulb is 100,000 hours. The lamp is made of a sturdy and durable aluminum enclosure. With a size of 24.5 cm it should fit in any BCD pocket. The weight is 140 grams. According SCUBAPRO the Nova Light 230 is suitable as a primary torch as a backup for technical divers.
If you’re looking to buy either torch for your night dive you can find:
– Technisub Lumen X4 at Al Boom Diving Center
– Scuba Pro Nova Light 230 at GoSport Retail
(Depending on stock and date of purchase you might find the newer versions of these series)
Have a safe adventurous dive, stay tuned!