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Dive Review of M.Y. Emperor Divers Elite in
Red Sea/Hargata

May, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Daniel O. Benson, OR, US
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports, with 5 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6098
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Malaysia, Caribbean, Borneo, Indonesia, Hawaii, Mexico, Oregon, Washington
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Don't get bent!  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or  
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
We were with a group of 15 u/w photographers, and the boat was woefully
inadequate for this many photographers.  Camera charging stations are
limited to about 8.  Rinse tank is SMALL.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
1 stars   
3 stars    
The most important information: IS IT SAFE TO GO TO EGYPT?  We went with a
group of 15, and toured Luxor and Cairo before diving.  The tourist areas
were UNCROWDED.  We had ready access to the major displays.  HOWEVER, we
always had an armed guard with us, and a police escort to/from the airport.
 The current rule in Egypt is: THERE ARE NO RULES. The place is as close to
anarchy as I can imagine. Poverty is horrendous.  Petty crime unpunished. 
This is a great time to go, WITH A GROUP!
Fly and Sea Tour of Vancouver, B.C. were  the wholesalers of this trip, and
I would NOT recommend them.  Communication was poor, and they offered no
refund if our trip had to be cancelled because of civil unrest.
Furthermore, trip insurance doesn't cover trip cancellation for civil
It  is possible to fly directly to Sharm or Hargada from Europe, bypassing
the hazards of Cairo.
Now the diving: our itinerary was "The Best of the Best".  In the
middle of the Red Sea be prepared for rough seas and strong currents. 
Diving is done from dingys, and getting into the pitching dingys in full
gear was a challenge.  Indeed, three of our party stepped off the mother
ship, into the dingy and  directly into the ocean!  All to see  the big
boys: hammerhead sharks, etc.  We saw two  or three.  The diving right off 
the coast was excellent with  no currents, excellent viz., and lots of
stuff to see.
The Red Sea is a popular European dive destination, so there are a LOT of
divers in  the Red Sea.  Yet the reefs are in excellent condition.
In my opinion the food and accommodations were average for liveaboards. The
dive staff were superb.
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