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Dive Review of Sea Queen 2 in
Red Sea

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Mr Brent Woods, ON, CA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 5847
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Thousand Islands and Great Lakes, Cuba, Jamaica, Roatan, Bonaire,
Galapagos, Sea of Cortez, Palau, Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, Guam
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
72   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
2 stars   
3 stars    
My trip to the Red Sea was organized by my local dive shop.  We were
originally booked on the MV Hyatt.  It burnt in dry dock 2 months before
the trip.  We were rebooked on the MV Julliet.  It was impounded 3 days
before we boarded due the boat docked beside burning.  We were rebooked
onto the Sea Queen 2.  Conclusion:  there is overcapacity on the Red Sea
and it's being resolved by fire.
We went from a five star boat to a three star with no change in price,
although to be fair the stated capacity of the Sea Queen 2 was for twice as
many people.  It was comfortable for our group of 13.  It would be cramped
for a larger group.
The Sea Queen is an older boat, and while well maintained, is showing its
age.  It is very stable which was much appreciated on a number of days. 
The crew was friendly and helpful.  Their English was limited as was our
Arabic.  The cuisine was Egyptian.
Our dive master was from the MV Julliet.  His English was adequate but his
attitude wasn't.  His time on board was spent whining about how hard done
by he was or on Facebook with his harem.  In Egypt, the dive master is the
senior person on the boat.  The quality of your trip is very dependent upon
him and so much of this review is applicable to the MV Julliet.
The first and last nights were spent in the Sharm-el-Shielk marina.  The
boats were so tightly packed you easily step onto the neighbouring boats. 
There is no electrical service so all boats run their diesels all night to
provide power and A/C.  There may be a worse marina somewhere.  I hope not
to find it.
The diving preferences of our group were evenly split between reefs and
wrecks.  It was agreed the first half of the trip would focus on wrecks in
the Gulf of Suez; the second half on reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba.  We never
made it to the Gulf of Aqaba due to high winds when we were in the Gulf of
Suez.  The Thistlegorm is worth its reputation.  The other wrecks and the
Gulf of Suez reefs were mediocre.  
The direction of the current was checked before each dive and sometimes
changed during the dive.  There were no tides tables on board or perhaps
they don't exist.  Currents can be strong. 
The Red Sea reefs are not spectacular.  This is not surprising as they are
on the limits of coral's range.  However, their reputation is otherwise. 
Sites within reach of shore based operators are crowded and the reefs often
The number of fish species is impressive.  Some sites had large schools of
juvenile fish.  Mature fish are rare and pelagics almost nonexistent.  We
did not see one of the Red Sea's famed sharks during a week of diving.
In summary, I had high expectations of the Red Sea given its reputation. 
They were not met. I feel this would have been the case regardless of dive
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