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Dive Review of Sea Dragon in
Africa/Red Sea - Hurghada

Sea Dragon: "Unremarkable diving with some saftey concerns", May, 2023,

by Richard Hart, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 12429.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments With the recent fires and/or sinking of liveaboards particularly in the Red Sea, I was surprised that there was no mention of smoke detector, fire escape routes, evacuation procedures or how the life rafts work. When I mentioned this both verbally and in writing on the "How did we do" questionnaire at the end, all I got was a shrug.
The M/Y Sea Dragon is one of two vessels in the Amelie Safari group. The Amelie is a much smaller boat with only 2 bathrooms to be shared with all passengers. The Sea Dragon can accommodate 22 guests and does have ensuite bathrooms. The week I was there, we only had 10 guests and that felt to be about t ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Sea Dragon   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palau, Moorea, Fiji, Costa Rica, Belize, Bahamas, Utila, Roatan, Bonaire, San Salvador, Cozumel, St Marteen, Phillipines, Madives
Closest Airport Hurghada International Getting There Dallas (DFW) to London (LHR) then London to Cairo (CAI). The Egypt Air to Hurghada

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 74-72°F / 23-22°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 45 - 60 minutes day dives
30 minutes for night dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments N specific photography accommodations. Lots of plugs, with only a small rinse tank that everything was thrown into (torches, cameras, computers, masks). ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Craig A Wood in PA, US at May 29, 2023 14:13 EST  
Hi Richard, What route did you take, what sites did you visit? Were your dives from the mothership, tender, or both? What was the average duration of your dives? What were the highlights, sharks, mantas, dolphins, other? Thanks, Craig
By report author: Richard Hart in TX, US at May 29, 2023 17:34 EST  
Hi Craig, This was what they called "The Best of Hurghada". All dives but one were from the liveaboard itself. Only one was from a Zodiac. All dives returned to the liveaboard. Frankly, this was a disappointing trip for travelling halfway around the world. Not a single shark or dolphin. Only fish of size were giant travelle. At each site there were from 3 to 7 other boats. Seems this is common. Visibility was good, but the diving was similar to Caribbean diving. There are tons of Red Sea liveaboard and from what I saw, none were in stellar shape. I hate to be negative, but I was really hoping and expecting to see an Oceanic White Tip shark and pods of dolphins. At least creatures different from the usualy tropical reef fish. The diving is pretty easy, but the majority of divers have less than 20 dives under their belts. I did take a couple of extra days to see the pyramids at Giza and also Luxor. Amazing history to see.
By Craig A Wood in PA, US at May 29, 2023 17:49 EST  
So, the best of Hurghasda was not all that great. Thanks for the reply.
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