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Dive Review of Aggressor in
Red Sea

Aggressor: "Red Sea Aggressors 1, 2, & Nile Queen", Oct, 2018,

by David Grenda, FL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 10794 has 4 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 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 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments We chose the Aggressor-arranged land transfers in Egypt and they went without a hitch. We stayed at the Marinia Lodge at Port Ghalib (Aggressor preferred hotel) the night before boarding the Red Sea Aggressor 1 (RSA1). The hotel had nice grounds with breakfast and late checkout included. There were no elevators to our third floor room, so the porters earned their tip. Hotel WiFi was poor at best. RSA1 tender took us from the hotel dock to the RSA1 at their slip at 3pm. RSA1 is in nice shape overall, although the crew had to tend to our A/C every few days as it kicked off for some reason, a small inconvenience that was always quickly remedied. We had cabin 1 (starboard bow) which was a slightly narrower cabin (a little cramped)- one bed was elevated to house cabinets (plenty of storage). The shower was tiny, but we had plenty of shelf space next to the sink. The chef made great efforts in his meal presentation - the menu was varied but no pork products in Egypt. Crew was VERY attentive, more so than sometimes I wanted (like trying to always zip up my wetsuit before I WAS ready for it). Tank fills were usually around 3,000 psi and Nitrox was 31-32 percent (with an occasional 30%). 80s were standard but you could get a larger tank if desired. Dives were done from the main boat as well as the tenders, depending on site location and conditions. The two boat ladders allowed climbing with fins on. Some divers took off their kits in the water and the crew would haul it aboard the boat. For tenders, all divers did a back roll together. It was expectedly cramped in the tender with 11 divers - my wife was told to make her drop after the rest of the group so she could protect her large camera (a nice way of accommodating her). When coming back to the tender, you'd hand up your camera, weight belt/pockets, take off your kit for the driver to haul aboard, and then pass up fins before climbing the adequate ladder. Two hot showers were on the boat's dive deck - I only showered in my room on non-dive days. Crew had a warm towel and a beverage as soon as you stepped away from the shower. The crew would rinse and hang your wetsuit after each dive. There were plenty of charging outlets aboard that would accommodate US plugs. There were two outlets in the cabins that the crew asked only be used if you were p ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Southeastern/Western USA, Bahamas, Caribbean, Galapagos, French Polynesia, Indonesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Eastern Australia, Chuuk, and Yap.
Closest Airport Cairo Getting There Jet Blue & Egypt Air

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Dive time depended on site, usually led dives of 60 minutes. A few sites you could dive as your own buddy team. No solo diving.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments [None] ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By peter bernsteinin FL, US at Dec 12, 2018 07:43 EST  
Excellent report thank you- have not been to the Red Sea due to reports of too many divers and not a lot of fish
By Ms Lynda Durfeein VA, US at Dec 12, 2018 09:01 EST  
Very thorough review. I did two weeks back to back on the RSA1 in April and am leaving today for another two weeks. I was informed last week that they won't be going to the Brothers because of aggressive shark activity in that area which is being investigated.
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