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Dive Review of Tornado Fleet /Whirlwond in
Red Sea/Northern

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by jack M. Bernstein, OH, usa
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 5106
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean (all over), Costa Rica
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None within reasons  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
This was a workshop for underwater photographers. Lots of recharge stations
and electric plugs (european plugs). My only problem is that there were so
many photographers that it was sometimes difficult to find a place to work.
High powered air to dry camera.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
2 stars   
4 stars    
This was a mixed trip. Wrecks and reefs. We flew on a charter from Gatwick
to Sharm non-stop. We hated the Airline, Monarch. Imagine being a sardine,
but tighter. Didn't arrive 'til almost midnite and got to the dive boat at
2 AM.

In order to avoid crowds of day boats, we frequently dove early in the day.
Currents weren't too bad. Visibility was a little disappointing - water was
relatively warm. When it is cooler, the vis is better. For our group, lots
of dives on Shark reef. Amazing wall. Lots of fish. We loved the Napoleon
wrasse. At this time of year, we also saw lots of schools of fish such as
snappers, unicorn fish and spade fish.

My wife and I personally, didn't like diving from the RIBS (pangas). We
would have preferred to dive off the main boat.

Dive profiles were whatever you could do safely. All the divers were
experienced. Generally 40-70 minute dives.

The boat was comfortable. Cabins large enough but they had an off odor of
sewage on occasion. The crew covered it up with deodorizing sprays.

Food was OK but a bit institutional. No REAL coffee, just instant (thank
you England, where they seem to like instant!).

For the price, this was a good deal. Getting there on the charter was a bit
dodgy (missed our connection on return) but I would consider diving with
Tornado again.
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