On Christmas day we took a small boat out onto the reef near Safaga in the Red Sea. En route to the reef we spotted a beautiful turtle:
We donned wetsuits and snorkelling gear and got into the Red Sea. I couldnâ€™t wait to get in!
My fish-obsessed son Rupert, whose birthday it was the day before, couldnâ€™t wait to meet up with some piscean pals.
The water was much warmer than I had expected for December (about 22degC) and all my fellow travellers got in happily, except Moth who doesnâ€™t like getting wet and is not a confident swimmer. So he stayed dry on the boat and took photos of us:
The reef was teeming with hundreds of different kinds of brightly coloured fish. Donâ€™t you just so cherish biodiversity?! An evolutionary masterpiece!
My husband Moth took these photos from a glass-bottomed boat. Left to right: masked porcupine fish, sulphur damselfish, regal angelfish
Once weâ€™d snorkelled at a few different places, some of the boys felt confident enough to jump off the top of the boat. Hereâ€™s Charlie Jefford and Rupe taking the plunge!
So what did you do on Christmas day?