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

Sinai Divers/Ghazala Voyager, Jun, 2010,

by Hardy Sieck, Louisiana, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 5619.

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

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions All dives were guided due to currents. Rec. depths only.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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 ok.
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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