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Dive Review of Colona Dive Center in
Africa/El Gouna, Egypt

Colona Dive Center, Sep, 2009,

by Kristin Farrag, IL, USA (Contributor Contributor 16 reports). Report 5136.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving This was my 10th trip to Egypt/Red Sea. Been to Palau, Fiji, Honduras, Turks/Caicos, Utila, Bequia, Saba, Cabo, Cozumel & Caymans.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions They like you to come up after 60 minutes, but if you go a little over it's no problem. You do have to be reasonable because all day boats must be back in the marina by a certain time or fines will be assessed.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The boats have plenty of table space to work on inside. There is one small bucket of fresh water at the stern of the boat. If there are more than 3 photographers it's too small of a rinse bucket. We have seen sharks, turles, & dolphins many times, but not this trip. There had been several sightings of whale sharks during our week there, but unfortunately we did not see them.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our 6th stay in El Gouna (30 min. drive North of Hurghada). Our hotel was the Moevenpick - a 5-star, amenity-full resort with good food. This was my 8th experience with Colona Dive Center. We keep going back to them because the people treat us like family (and have since the 1st time), they are very safety minded, have great dive guides (all instructors), and the boat crews are very helpful and friendly. It's an overall excellent experience! Can't wait until my next trip to the Red Sea!!
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