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Dive Review of Red Sea College/Hyatt Sharm el Sheikh in
Red Sea/Sharm el Sheikh

June, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Graham McGregor, Kilmacolm, GB
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports)
Report Number 6580
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Sipadan, Malapascua, Maldives,Red Sea, Caribbean, Bermuda,
Spain, Hawaii, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
24   to 26    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 50    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Generally all dives guided and not deeper than 30m  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
 I spent 4 nights and days at the Hyatt Sharm el Sheikh, with my son. He
spent two days certifying (PADI AoW; Nitrox and Peak Performance
Bouyancy)and we spent the first day diving the house reef and 3 days on day
boats out of Nama Bay (one day at Ras Mohammed, including dives at Shark
Observatory and Shark/Yolanda reefs and one day in the Straits of Tiran,
including dives on both Woodhouse and Gordon reefs).
The dive shop at the Hyatt is a satellite of the main Red Sea College
operation in Nama Bay.
The hotel itself is 4/5 star and very comfortable, with a choice of
restaurants. The Red Sea College Hyatt dive centre was friendly and
efficient. My son was well treated during his certification process and
dives and enjoyed the experience.
The day boats run efficiently. You get picked up at your hotel around 8am
and taken to the main jetty at Nama Bay. It's a bit of a crowd there, but
generally you get taken onto your boat reasonably swiftly and efficiently.
The form is normally two morning dives and an optional (for an extra
Euros22) third afternoon dive. Following the revolution in Egypt, there
were noticeably fewer people in the hotel and on the day boats. We normally
dived in a group of 6 which was fine. All dives were from and to the boat,
some times they were drifts with the boat following and picking us up. The
dive sites are really good a combination of wall drift dives and coral
gardens. The corals are in good shape, particularly in Ras Mohammed
National Park. We saw schools of snapper, tuna, batfish, jacks as well as
loads of the usual Red Sea benthic species. We saw a turtle and the
highlight of the dives was a sighting of a bumphead parrotfish. Our guide
told us he has been diving in the Red Sea for 10 years and that's the first
one he's seen! There was talk of manatas but we never saw any. Frankly, if
you are looking for big pelagic action you'd best look elsewhere. However,
if you are looking for world class diving at pretty reasonable prices, this
is a good option.
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