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

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Kristin Farrag, IL, USA
Contributor   (16 reports)
Report Number 5136
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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

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
  to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
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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