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Dive Review of King Snefro fleet/King Snefro 5 in
Red Sea

June, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Graham McGregor, Kilmacolm, GB
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports)
Report Number 6581
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Sipadan, Malapascua, Maldives, Red Sea, Mauritius, Caribbean,
Spain, Hawaii, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
24   to 26    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
15   to 50    Meters  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives guided and max depth 30m  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
no 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
The King Snefro fleet offer 3 night, 3 day "mini safari"
liveaboard trips. These have itneraries out of Sharm el Sheikh and go
either to the Straits ot Tiran or Ras Mohammed and on to the Strait of
Gubal. My son and I were on a week's trip during which we spent 4 days on
shore at a hotel and using day boats while he got various certifications.
However, I wanted him to gain a "taster" liveaboard experience
and this 3 day trip was perfect for that.
The boat is not new and at around 20m not that big. It takes a maximum of
12 passengers, which must be tight! We had only six people on board (two of
whom were non divers) and my son and I had a cabin each. The cabins were
typically a bit cramped but did have ensuite facilities. They had air con.
The eating area was small for 12 but OK for 6 and there was a dive deck and
sun deck upstairs. The food was pretty good throughout the trip. The crew
were all Egyptian, including the dive guide. We dived mainly around Ras
Mohammed (including Shark/Yolanda reefs) and then we went out for a planned
two dive visit to the wreck of the Thistlegorm - one of the world's great
wreck dives. The weather was sunny but very windy and sea conditions out to
the Thistlegorm were rough. We eventually got there but were limited to one
dive on the wreck. All credit to the captain for getting us there! My son
was mesmerised by the Thistlegorm. I last dived it almost 10 years ago and
it is showing some signs of deterioration due no doubt to over-diving.
However, the guns on the stern section, the tank in the bombed area, the
tenders and the trucks, motorcycles and rifles in the holds are magical. It
was worth the trip for this dive alone. The rest of the diving was fine but
frankly you could have covered most of it in day boats from Sharm. 
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