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

Aggressor Fleet/Red Sea Aggressor: "Red Sea Aggressor Daedelus/St John's Reefs/Fury Shoal", Apr, 2016,

by Phil Johnston, Bayswater, AU (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 8903.

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

Weather sunny, windy Seas 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.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 3 stars
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Comments 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' ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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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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