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Dive Review of Blue O Two/Blue Fin in
Red Sea/Hurghada

Blue O Two/Blue Fin, Apr, 2009,

by Stephanie, Nicosia, Cyprus ( 1 report). Report 4767.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Belize, Honduras, Cyprus, Red Sea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 22 to 23 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20 to 0 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions na
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Dive Masters provided a special UWPhotographer class but also assisted in getting cameras set up to reduce the 'blue' and showed tips/tricks on how to modify pictures in Photoshop.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I had a wonderful time on Blue o Two - Blue Fin(www.blueotwo.com). The boat was full with 24 divers, 2 dive masters, and 10 crew. The week was a special week for HAYAH - Reef clean-up in association with HEPCA (www.hepca.com). We performed 21 dives for the week and 3 of them were reef clean-ups. We collected approx 300kg of trash (cloths, towels, bottles, yogurt cups, oil filters, etc) from the reefs. The dive masters provided daily talks about coral health, impacts, and conservation.

The accommodations and food were good; plenty of hot water, beverages. Blue Fin has a small equipment deck to so we had to get ready in two different groups. Blue o Two paid good attention to saftey making sure that all divers had buddies, understood how to inflate the SMBs, provided detailed dive briefings (we did have some strong currents this week), the crew was always alert for divers while diving and would promptly get the zodiac to get them. The equipment (BCD , computers, and Regs) that were rented was in excellent condition. Wetsuits were branded with BlueoTwo on the chest and right leg which it made it easy to spot fellow divers underwater when there was more than one boat in the area.

The diving was in the Northern Red Sea and out of Hurghada. Sites visited: Small Gubal Island, Abu Nuhas, Ras Mohammed, Thistlegorm, Shaab El Erg, among others . Leave port on Saturday morning 3 dives; Sunday-Wednesday 4 dives, Thursday 2 dives. It was a good mixture of reef diving and wreck diving. We didn't see many turtles (only a few), no sharks or mantas, and a few pods of dolphins. The large fish schools and sharks are just now coming into season (beginning in May) for the northern Red Sea. The fish life was abundant, hard/soft corals are plentiful, and small life good; plenty of blue spotted stingrays, giant moray eels (and other eels), wrasses, nudi branches. Dives consisted of: Diving from/to boat, Diving from/to zodiacs, Drift dives, night dives.

Thistlegorm is a wonderful dive but most operators from Hurghada and Sharm el Sheik are damaging it. They are tying directly onto the wreck! In high season, there are more than 20 day boats with approx 20 people each on the sites. All of the bubbles are rusting the wreck quickly. Blue o Two is one of only two operators that do not tie to the wreck and support a permanent mooring system for the Thistlegorm. Without action, the Thistlegorm will not be able to be penetrated in the next few years.

Diving in the Red Sea is always a challenge with currents, surges, and waves. Divers must know there limits; this is not a place for beginner divers (less than 30 dives).
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