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

May, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by DAVID SHEM-TOV, NA, UNITED KINGDOM
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 493
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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