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Dive Review of Alexandria Dive in
Africa/Egypt

Alexandria Dive, Mar, 2010,

by Mr Brent Woods, ON, CA (Contributor Contributor 13 reports). Report 5843.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Great Lakes and Thousand Islands, Cuba, Jamaica, Bonaire, Roatan, Galapagos, Palau, Chuuk, Yap, Pohnpei, Red Sea, Costa Rica, Sea of Cortez, Guam
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 70 to 65 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 50 to 15 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I was traveling to Egypt for a Red Sea trip and found the Website for Alexandria Dive in Alexandria on Egypt's Mediterranean Coast during my pretrip research. I visited their shop before booking a trip to their two signature dive sites. These are the Lighthouse of Alexandria and Cleopatra's Palace both which ended up underwater due to earthquakes. The trip was an hour late leaving waiting for the boat crew to show up. I was the only customer that day and was billed 10 euros more than the website price.
The dive boat was well equipped but the short ride from the dock to the dive boat was an adventure. The dive master gave an good briefing including a number of custom hand signals.
The first dive was on the Lighthouse which is just outside the Eastern Harbour. The visibility and water quality are significantly better here than inside the harbour. Fish life is limited likely due to both pollution and overfishing. The ruins of the lighthouse are impressive. Massive granite blocks were floated 700 miles down the Nile River over 2000 years ago to build it. There are also 4 sphinx's, 2 wine presses and a number of stone columns on the site.

The second site was Cleopatra's Palace. There is no consensus that this site was actually her palace. It is inside the Eastern Harbour. This site is less interesting. Stone blocks and columns and smaller. Only one sphinx and wine press. There is a WWII warplane and some other modern detritus. The water quality in the harbour in foul. I thought that I had a bad tank of air but it was the water.

I had all the time I wanted on both sites. Both could have been completed on one tank as the sites are very shallow (25 ft at lighthouse; 15 ft at palace).

In summary, these are dive sites are history buffs only.
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