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Dive Review of Orca Dive Clubs/Sheraton Soma Bay in
Red Sea/Soma Bay, Egypt

Orca Dive Clubs/Sheraton Soma Bay, Nov, 2011,

by Kristin W Weck Farrag, IL, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports). Report 6413.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Palau, Fiji, Carribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions
None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments There were no camera specific accomodations at the dive center. There were tables where you could sit and review pics or use a laptop, but there was no dry only area.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I wish we would have stayed at the Breakers Hotel, which is next to the dive center. It was way cheaper than the Sheraton, and the food was much better. Diving for us was shore diving, although the center did offer several boat trips each day. Shore diving was at the end of their very long jetty - you would load gear onto a golf cart and someone from the center would drive you to the end of the jetty. They will pick you up after your dive but a couple of times the golf cart was full and we walked back. It's very windy there so this can be cold.

The fish life was plentiful going to the north, but not so much to the south. We always found interesting things on our dives there, but it's more suited to newer divers and snorkelers. The hard corals there were very beautiful.

The folks at the dive center were helpful, but not intrusive. All in all a good experience.

The Sheraton had great pools, beach, activities, etc. The rooms were good, but the food was very very expensive.
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