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Dive Review of Emperor Divers/Sonesta Club in
Africa/Sharm El Sheik

Emperor Divers/Sonesta Club, May, 2010,

by steve harriss, harrogate, GB ( 1 report). Report 5491.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Tobago, Cayman Islands, Scotland, England, Egypt
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 24 to 28 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15 to 30 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max 30 metres and 60 minutes. Follow dive guide or do own profile with buddy after check dive
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Separate rinse tank on board for cameras with large flat lipped table for set up and tear down.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Emperor Divers have a slick operation that gets you out to Tiran and Ras Mohammed with a minimum of fuss. The guides we had were Terry, Dennis and, for the last couple of days, Laura. All were extremely professional and let you do your own thing once they'd seen you in the water.

We got to do the 'washing machine' between Jackson and Woodhouse reefs which led to us seeing two large grey reef sharks and two huge turtles on the one dive. This was a great dive that rarely gets done.

Another highlight was the dive on Fiasco one afternoon where we got to swim with a manta for nearly five minutes. Terry and Dennis had predicted that conditions were right and whilst the vis was the worst of the entire trip it was a dive to remember.
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