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Dive Review of Blue-o-Two in
Africa/Egypt - Red Sea

Blue-o-Two: "Fantastic experience despite a few things we wish we had known.", Jul, 2015,

by Lindsay Battles, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 8626.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Itinerary: We booked "Project Shark: Simply the Best," which is the Simply the Best itinerary (Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone) with nightly presentations on shark behavior and ecology by a marine biologist. The presentations were very informative, even for shark junkies. We would book another Project Shark trip based on the quality of presentations alone.

Diving: Spectacular encounters with hammerheads at Daedalus, including one dive with a school of hammerheads. We also saw grey reefs, turtles and massive giant morays.

The boat: Accommodations on the M/Y Blue Fin exceeded our expectations in every way. Our suite was enormous and very comfortable. The crew could not have been more hospitable - after the hammerheads, the crew's warmth is what we will most remember about this trip. We were spoiled in every way. The crew brought coffee to our rooms every morning. They also win the prize for best vegan breakfast on a liveaboard (since I don't eat eggs, they prepared a plate of falafel each morning so I would have something warm and hearty).

Dive operation: Though divers have the option to dive guided or unguided, the operation seemed to encourage diving without guides. Of 25 divers, my husband and I were the only 2 who elected to dive with guides, in part because we have never dove these sites before. We would choose differently next time. We have found on past trips that dive guides generally enhance the experience, especially in locations where we haven't dove. This was true of one dive guide, who was very enthusiastic, shared her expertise of the area, showed us marine life we might otherwise have missed and always let us finish our tanks. The other guide was not so enthusiastic, and overall, we found that diving with a guide was more trouble than it was worth. For divers who elected to dive with guides, PADI's recommended depth limits were strictly enforced. This is contrary to our experience with other liveaboard operators, who generally permit divers to dive within their comfort/experience levels (e.g. briefly descending to 110 feet would not be a big problem for a safe diver with sufficient experience). We ultimately opted to pay for the Deep Specialty to avoid problems should we choose to descend slightly below 100 feet. Wish we had known this in advance so we could have completed the course at home.

Fantastic experience overall - would definitely return.
Websites Blue-o-Two   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Indonesia (Bali & Komodo), Caribbean (Turks&Caicos, Roatan, Cozumel, Cayman, BVI), Zanzibar; California, Spain
Closest Airport Hurghada Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility -100 Ft/ -30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions For divers who elected to have a guide, PADI's *recommended* depth limits were strictly enforced.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
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]
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