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

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Stephanie, Nicosia, Cyprus (1 report)
Report Number 4767
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Honduras, Cyprus, Red Sea
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
22   to 23    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 0    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
1 stars   
4 stars    
I had a wonderful time on Blue o Two - Blue Fin(  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
(  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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