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Dive Review of Sinai Divers/Ghazala Voyager in
Africa/Red Sea

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Hardy Sieck, Louisiana, USA
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Report Number 5619
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Belize, Cayman, Bahamas, Galapagos, Europe, Truk, Palau, Bikini
Atoll, Australia, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives were guided due to currents.  Rec. depths only.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
  I was part of a group that originated in San Diego.  We flew from JFK to
Cairo and a few hours later to Marsa Alam.  After an hour long bus ride
from  the airport we arrived at the harbor which is more or less an
accessible stretch of beach.  As we climbed out of the bus we were  mobbed
by about 20 or more children and young adults.  They grabbed our luggage 
and demanded money.  The ensuing melee  was alarming since the smaller kids
tried to grab our valets and  luggage all the while the bigger kids urged
them on.  The boat crew that was to take us to the Voyager sat idly in the
Zodiacs just watching.  The bus driver finally came to our aid.  Our
luggage was strewn all over the beach. After approx. 20 min.  we were able
to get on to the Zodiacs and board the Ghazala Voyager.  The boat is older
but it looked like it was in good shape.  The cabins are average size and
have en suite bathrooms that double for showers.  We noticed right away
that it was very hot everywhere on the boat.  Our cabins never got cooler
than 83 degrees and at dinner time the lights had to be turned off because
it was well over 90 degrees there.  Several divers slept on deck since the
night time temps were in the 70 degree range.  The food was not great but
The diving was  done mostly from the Zodiacs and 32% Nitrox was free.   The
diving was interesting .  We took the southern route and the southernmost
dive sites close to the Sudan had somewhat diminished vis due to coral
spawning. As we headed north the vis got better and better ending up at the
100+ range.  The coral formations are something to see, never saw any
better ones anywhere.  Also the macro live was abundant and very colorful. 
What was notably absent were the  bigger fish.  We were diving in two
groups and the other group reported seeing a small Hammerhead.  The largest
thing we saw were some Wrasses.  We did 3 to 4 dives daily depending on the
cruising schedule.  Would I go on this boat again?  Probably not since
there are many other choices.
After we left the boat we took a four hour bus trip through the Desert to
Aswan.  After visiting the High Dam  and several archeological sites we
boarded the Nile Adventurer a  five star cruiser down the Nile to Luxor
stopping along the way at several sites.  We went to the Valley of the
Kings and Valley of the Queens as well as Karnak Temple. After a quick
flight to Cairo we were off to the pyramids in Giza and Saqqara.  The next
and last day was spent at the museum, a mosque and a bazaar.  All things
considered, this was one of the best 16 days  of my life I ever spent. If I
would ever do this again I would not fly Egypt Air again.  Although I had a
business class seat it was not very comfortable for a 14 hour flight.  The
food was very poor at best and when we left JFK we pulled away from the
gate and sat for a solid two hours.  It was very hot and no water or other
refreshment was ever offered.  Not a single announcement from the cockpit
or the other crew either.  I would fly to Frankfurt on an American carrier
and a European airline to Cairo.  In any case If anyone wants to make this
trip only do it with a well organized group.  Traffic and security is such
that this cannot be done individually. We were met, and taken to our
destination at every point.  Armed guards travelled  and escorted us
everywhere.  All of us felt very safe at all times.
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