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Dive Review of New waves in
Africa/Sharm El Sheik

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by mick keane, ny, USA (1 report)
Report Number 5279
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
30   to 32    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
maximum depth and bottom time  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Sharm is a very large tourist resort isolated from the rest of Egypt by a
very tight secutity cordon and of course the Sinai desert. The resort
spreads along the Red sea for about 5 miles either side of the old town and
is dominated by franchised hotels, stores and restaurants. Its quite
difficult to find anything Egyptian to eat or buy.The resort caters
principally to English, Russian and Italian sun worshippers, night clubbers
and divers. The locals were friendly, always helpfull and very curious
about the USA.With a very visible police presence i felt safer there than
at many Carribean destinations. All dive boats leave from one of two piers
no matter what operator you are using. Dive operators will arrange pick up
at any hotel and place you on a boat going to any  dive site you select for
that day. A 10 dive package with all equipment cost 300 euros including
transfers. Water temp 30 degrees, excellent visibility,Coral healthy and
colourfull. Boats typically with 24 divers but usually dived into small
groups of 4-6. Dive briefings were the best i have encountered. The only 
fault i would have is the excessive time wasted getting that many divers in
and out of the water and the lenght of time it took to move from site to
site.On  a  typical day the boat departed at 9AM and returned at 5 PM for
two morning dives with the afternoon used  for beginner classes, sleeping
and snorkelling which was excellent. We used 'New Waves' divers which had
just been bought out by a young and very friendly Russian couple. The owner
Genady was  funny knowledgeable and highly organised. Generous with his
time. On his recommendation we took a day trip with him about 50 miles up
the coast to Dahab to see a more realistic slice of life in Egypt and
experience 2 faboulous dive sites, a camel ride and some Russian Vodka.
Best bang for the buck. Will go again. Fly directly into Sharm from Gatwick
london to avoid the hassles of a stopover in Cairo. Purchase visa on
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