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Dive Review of MV Sea Sound in
Red Sea/Hurghada

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Tammy Hauk, MO, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5710
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Turks & Caicos, Fiji, Belize, Bonaire, Roatan, St. Croix, Cozumel,
Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Must have a minimum of 50 dives logged, no night diving offered at all, 60
minute time limit per dive, dive your own profile  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No large table (small cubbyholes), rinse tank not adequate for multiple
large rigs.  Picked up by zodiacs, cameras were at risk.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
The MV Sea Sound was being considered for purchase, and we were the first
group aboard after refitting.  We boarded in Hurghada and took up the
entire boat.  Beautiful boat, very stable in the water compared to larger
boats.  The Egyptian crew were helpful, sometimes overly so.  The two
european DM's were not.  We had been warned by our group leader that the
DM's would most likely only lead us out & get us back to the boat, and
she was right.  Very seldom did one of them elect to point anything out
underwater.  The most interaction underwater with a DM was when she took my
white, round tank number medallion off my tank & tried to coax a
Napoleon Wrasse closer.  We had paid for 4 dives per day, but during our
first briefing the DM's appeared shocked at that, and tried to convince us
that they could only do 3 per day safely.  We prevailed, but they made us
get up very early each day to "squeeze it all in".  Though we
were all diving Nitrox, we were forced to have 2.5 hour surface intervals. 
It was quite different from any other liveaboard operation I have seen. 
That said, the diving was spectacular, the reefs were healthy, and the
critters were beautiful & plentiful.  We had very strong current around
the Two Brothers, but no sharks or rays.  The crossing to Elphinstone
overnight was in 7 foot seas, but the boat handles rough water beautifully.
 Once we headed further south, the seas calmed quite a bit and the current
was much lighter & the vis improved drastically. The chef produced a
tasty variety of food, and even made two different cakes to help us
celebrate two birthdays.  Beer & wine were not free, but they had an
'honor system' where you put a mark by your name for every drink you helped
yourself to.  We had to ask where the beer was kept, so we could re-stock
the fridge ourselves to keep cold ones available.  We had a great week of
diving on a beautiful boat, but I don't know if I'll repeat the trip.
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