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Dive Review of Blue O Two in
Red Sea

Blue O Two, Oct, 2013,

by Ellen Marie Smith, MN, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 7196.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We chose "Best of the Wrecks" itinerary because we wanted to see the famous SS Thistlegorm. We were not disappointed with the wreck but the divemaster raced through the first dive on her. Disappointing given we had already been diving a few days with the divemaster at that point. We missed some of the wreck dives, due to weather, but honestly that didn't matter. Many nice wrecks and the others weren't such a big deal. However, at the end of our trip we spent a whole night getting to the "Brothers Islands" and I awoke VERY EXCITED! Finally, I was hoping to get to see some sea life! (Most of the Northern red sea is small stuff and many sites had trash and fishing line scattered everywhere) When I got up to deck, we were told that there was an Egyptian War Ship that told our ship to leave immediately. It looked like a 1980 American model. (This was during the Syria Crisis) We spent the day getting back to sites around Hurghada, where my dive buddy and I had planned to spend another week. Yes, I was disappointed! I suppose that it wasn't their problem, but we received nothing (other than an extra dive). I've had much better service on the Aggressor Fleet--and I'm not sure I'd book Blue O Two again if I had the choice. The other weird thing about this boat..there was a large group from South Africa didn't assimilate with the rest of the group, which gave the ship a strange vibe. The food was ok and I didn't get sick, so all in all, I suppose that it was a fabulous trip.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 76-79°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 50-150 Ft/ 15-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions The dive times were enforced. And in my opinion, with only 4 dives max a day, it was unreasonable. 45 min night dives and 55 min every other dive. I almost always exceeded and was chastised for it.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The boat has a camera table, but it is used (even by the crew) to serve and store drinks. It is a "wet" table, somewhere you can leave your camera while it dries. There isn't any air to dry cameras with...one must find areas on the ship to open and close camera. Also, the charging situation isn't idea for Americans. Most of the outlets won't fit the chargers (with the adapters) . However, I was offered an extension chord which solved my problem.
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