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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet/Red Sea Aggressor in
Red Sea/Southern Itinerary

April, 2016, an Instant Reader Report by Phil Johnston, Bayswater, AU
Reviewer   (4 reports, with 6 Helpful votes)
"Red Sea Aggressor Daedelus/St John's Reefs/Fury Shoal"
Report Number 8903
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia,
Indonesia/Bali, Cocos, Cozumel, Tonga, Galapagos, Tahiti, Maldives,
Mozambique, Cat Island in the Bahamas. 
Closest Airport
Marsa Alam
Getting There
Some European airlines fly
direct from Europe, Egyptair
doesn't fly from Cairo every
day, I had to route through
Hurghada & get a 3 hour
transfer to Port Ghalib  

Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
23   to 25    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
12   to 20    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco diving, stay with buddy, do not exceed recreational diving limits
(30 metres/100 feet). Some latitude was given with depth limits.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
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There were 2 areas for setting up/storing cameras, which was sufficient for
the small numbers of divers on this cruise (3). The Red Sea Aggressor 
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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3 stars   
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This cruise begins & ends at Port Ghalib, which can be a little
difficult to get to due to the small numbers of direct flights from Cairo.
European passengers seem to have higher numbers of daily direct flights
from a number of European countries. Coming from Australia I had to route
through Cairo & Hurghada due to lack of a direct flight that day from
Cairo to Marsa Alam.
Our cruise was the "Southern Itinerary", taking in Daedelus reef
& southern reefs around St John relatively close to the Sudan border.
We encountered hammerheads during almost every dive at Daedelus, including
a school of 9-10 on a mid-day dive. The hammerheads were slightly smaller
than those I' ...
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Subscriber's Comments

By Craig A Wood in PA, US at May 07, 2016 09:15 EST  
Nice, balanced review Phil. Islam and Emad are very skilled RIB drivers,
I'm particularly grateful for their expertise the night of April 27
By Donald frazier in CA, US at May 10, 2016 16:41 EST  
It did get a tad repetitive hitting the same sites again and again.
Elepntine was pretty beat up. Most of the coral had been abused. However
the crew was the tops. The boat was very well maintained. Hard to believe
it's ~ thirty years old.
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