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Dive Review of Argos Red Sea/M/Y Aeolus in
Red Sea/Northern Itinerary-Sinai area

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Roger D Roth, OH, US
Contributor   (13 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5537
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Papua New Guinea, N. Sulawesi Indonesia, Hawaii, Cozumel, Cabo San
Lucas, Catalina Island, Antigua, Dominique, Barbados, St. Bart's, Cayman,
Exuma Islands, Nassau, Bonaire, Curacao, Belize, Bay Islands, Honduras, and
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
72   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
There are no restrictions for experienced divers except to dive safely.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The Aeolus has a good fresh water rinse tank as well as a number of
charging stations.  There is a large TV in the salon for videographers'
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
The M/Y Aeolus (26 meters long and breadth is 6.7 meters) is a new boat
that's been designed with 4 comfortable double cabins of varying sizes
downstairs.  All cabins have their own private facilities.  Showers are hot
and strong.  The Aeolus is docked in Dahab, which is an hour's drive north
from Sharm el Sheikh.

The boat can desalinate 4500 liters/day.  The dive platform is spacious and
has two fresh, warm water showers.  The dive deck also has plenty of room
for gear storage underneath the bench seats where tanks and BC's are lined
up.  Tanks are filled here immediately upon surfacing so they are ready
after a reasonable surface interval.  Other filled tanks are also ready for
use if necessary.

The owner/captain Karim Eric is very knowledgeable about the Red Sea having
worked it for almost 20 years, and is also a scuba instructor as well as a
tech diving instructor.  Tech diving groups are welcome.  Nitrox is
included in the pricing if desired.  Captain Karim likes to dive as much as
possible with his guests and is a great guide, too!

The staff is very attentive, experienced, and their service is great.  The
chef on board serves three wonderful, filling meals a day as well as snacks
and/or smoothies, juices, or hot chocolate immediately following all dives.
 Meals have many choices and are served buffet-style in the salon with a
crew member standing by to help fill any guests' needs.

The Aeolus has wireless internet when a signal can be received, which is
much of the time except when moored close to the mountains that block the
signal.  There are a number of ID books in the salon for guest use.  There
is also plenty of oxygen on board in case of any emergencies.

The Northern Red Sea itinerary ranges from the Gulf of Aqaba then south to
the tip of the Sinai Peninsula and back north up to the Straits of Tiran. 
There are numerous shipwrecks to dive on this itinerary including the
world-famous Thistlegorm.  Captain Karim can also describe many
"hidden" artifacts on the Thistlegorm that most dive guides don't
know about and he likes to share this information with his guests.  The
Dunraven wreck consistently had a school of 15-20 tuna patrolling around
the wreck.

Some dives are done from the boat and back to the boat wile it's moored. 
Other dives may include using the zodiac to get to a divesite once the boat
is moored then the zodiac will wait for divers to finish their dives for
the quick ride back to the boat.  Some drift dives may begin from the boat
then divers may either be picked up by the boat or the zodiac, whichever
works out best.

Most of the divesites are in good shape as far as sponges, corals and fish
life is concerned.  Many reefs are inundated with schools of anthias,
breams, batfish, surgeonfish, trevalleys, fusiliers, picasso triggerfish,
snappers, soldierfish, and more.  Some divesites have numerous shrimpgobies
and alpheid shrimp as well as lionfish, anemones and their hosted
anemonefish and even pipefish.  The giant green moray is surely a sight to
behold if you haven't seen one before as is the giant Napoleon Wrasse.  One
can also find a number of crocodilefish, scorpionfish, stonefish, longnose
hawkfish, and various species of butterflyfish, angelfish, groupers, and
nudibranchs in a week's time.

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