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Dive Review of Blue O Two/Blue Fin in
Africa/Egypt / Red Sea

Blue O Two/Blue Fin, Apr, 2008,

by Raymond Lyons, hi, United States ( 1 report). Report 4086.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Great Barrier Reef, Rowley Shoals Western Australia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tahiti, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Domica, Curacao, Palau
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 74 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions nitrox dive limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 2 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments By far the worst live-aboard we have ever been on. We booked the premium cabin only to find we had the second best cabin which is about 35% smaller than the best (although the same price). Inside our cabin was the compressor for the boats refrigeration which worked all day and night. Sleep was with ear plugs only. On arrival the bathroom was disgustingly dirty and stinking. It was cleaned only after we asked twice.
Max number of possible dives for the whole week was supposed to be three per day (a surprise for any live-aboard)but it was less.....a max of 13 for the whole week. One night dive only.
Drives between dive sights in very rough water were 8 hours plus...ridiculous, especially when we arrive to find out one sight was too rough to dive at all.
Each and every dive sight is crammed with at least 6 other live-aboards. On one dive site there were at least 50 divers at the same time.
On the third day I, along with two other guests suffered food poisoning. 24 hours of sheer hell with Mummy Tummy as the locals call it. The boat was well armed with pills so they obviously are used to it.
This was supposed to be "Shark Week".the best of the best but we saw one Thresher Shark (very cool) one hammerhead (they were supposed to be schooling)and one Manta........the one night dive we did was very good, big squid and a crocodile fish being the most memorable.
Overall the boat was very disappointing, particularly since it looks so good on the web site. We found the dive crew mostly unhelpful and unfriendly. The Egyptian boat crew were hard working and pleasant although communications were poor. The highlight of the week was watching the remarkable boat skills of these guys tying up a 120 foot between three other boats in fifteen foot seas. (No diving that day)
Overall advice......don't go.......don't even think about it.
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