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Dive Review of Alexandria Dive in
Africa/Egypt

March, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Mr Brent Woods, ON, CA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 5843
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Great Lakes and Thousand Islands, Cuba, Jamaica, Bonaire, Roatan,
Galapagos, Palau, Chuuk, Yap, Pohnpei, Red Sea, Costa Rica, Sea of Cortez,
Guam
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
70   to 65    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
7
Water Visibility
50   to 15    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  N/A
Tropical Fish
N/A  
Small Critters
  N/A
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
N/A
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
I was traveling to Egypt for a Red Sea trip and found the Website for
Alexandria Dive in Alexandria on Egypt's Mediterranean Coast during my
pretrip research. I visited their shop before booking a trip to their two
signature dive sites.  These are the Lighthouse of Alexandria and
Cleopatra's Palace both which ended up underwater due to earthquakes.  The
trip was an hour late leaving waiting for the boat crew to show up.  I was
the only customer that day and was billed 10 euros more than the website
price.  
The dive boat was well equipped but the short ride from the dock to the
dive boat was an adventure.  The dive master gave an good briefing
including a number of custom hand signals.  
The first dive was on the Lighthouse which is just outside the Eastern
Harbour.  The visibility and water quality are significantly better here
than inside the harbour.  Fish life is limited likely due to both pollution
and overfishing.  The ruins of the lighthouse are impressive.  Massive
granite blocks were floated 700 miles down the Nile River over 2000 years
ago to build it.  There are also 4 sphinx's, 2 wine presses and a number of
stone columns on the site.

The second site was Cleopatra's Palace.  There is no consensus that this
site was actually her palace. It is inside the Eastern Harbour.  This site
is less interesting.  Stone blocks and columns and smaller.  Only one
sphinx and wine press.  There is a WWII warplane and some other modern
detritus.  The water quality in the harbour in foul.  I thought that I had
a bad tank of air but it was the water.

I had all the time I wanted on both sites.  Both could have been completed
on one tank as the sites are very shallow (25 ft at lighthouse; 15 ft at
palace).

In summary, these are dive sites are history buffs only.
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