We’re sailing from Soma Bay in Egypt to Djibouti on Captain Maurizio’s 38-metre schooner. He has been sailing the seas in this part of the world for years and he knows the Red Sea and the countries that surround it like the back of his hand. His personal favourites are Yemen and Djibouti.
Maurizio’s schooner has nine cabins and he regularly hosts groups for weeklong trips. The disadvantage, he admits, is that as the trips are short, he never has the chance to build lasting relationships. “This life may seem like heaven, but I do get lonely sometimes.”
After three days of good winds we sail into the Baie de Ghoubbet and go down the Djibouti coastline. We pass several islands, including l’Ile du Diable, which is covered in hardened lava. The region here is volcanic, which is why the landscape sometimes looks moonlike.
Maurizio lowers the anchor for some kite surfing and snorkelling. The Baie de Ghoubbet is famous for its depth and abundance of fish, but also for its good winds that blow 360 days a year, making it an ideal spot for kite-surfing fanatics. Some of the guys are already getting their kit on and before we know it they are hitting the surf and making impressive jumps.
Back on the boat, a lunch of freshly caught fish, salads and bread is served. The combination of an Italian captain and an Egyptian chef is clearly a recipe for success: delicious food in the sun with a light breeze in the background – perfect!
After lunch it’s time for siesta and we retire to the hammock on the upper deck. It is as though time has stood still in this piece of paradise on earth.
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