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Dive Review of AQUA SPORT/TABA HILTON (but not stayed there) in
Red Sea/TABA

AQUA SPORT/TABA HILTON (but not stayed there), May, 2003,

by DAVID SHEM-TOV, NA, UNITED KINGDOM (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 493.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving COZUMEL, PALAU, TURKS & CAICOS, LOS ROQUES
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 23 to 24 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10 to 15 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Authoritarian dive leader expected strict proximity to buddy.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
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 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Escorted by dive guide Evgeny accross from Aqua Sport's Eilat (Israel) location to their Hilton Taba (Egypt) affiliate, where we boarded a comfortable boat. Dive guide knowledgeable and offered detailed briefings. Once in the water, however, he exhibited excessive authoritarianism which irritated some divers. Clients were expected to set up their own equipment and change tanks. Assistance was offered in climbing to boat. Good lunch and complimentary lunch offered by friendly boat crew. A fair amount of small fish, but none over 1 foot. Abundance of healthy hard coral, but little soft coral. Very few divers reach north Egypt. Many Israelis are reluctant to cross border into Egypt right now. Most foreign divers go further south. Rental equipment available was a little tatty. Management in Eilat was very distrustful of clients and demanded to hold on to C-cards as well as a signed blank credit card voucher until invoice settled. (Ignore my default ratings for accomodation, as I was staying with friends. Good reports from divers staying at the Taba Hilton, which offers substantially better deals that the Eilat hotels accross the border, and where the Taba Aqua Sport office is located.)
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