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Dive Review of Discovery Divers in
Red Sea/Port Ghalib/Hurghada

Discovery Divers: "Warm waters and amazingly diverse coral and fish", Oct, 2019,

by Joel Snyder, AZ, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 26 reports with 24 Helpful votes). Report 11190 has 2 Helpful votes.

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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
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Comments We spent 2 weeks aboard M/Y Samira (part of Discovery Divers) diving the Red Sea in Sept, 2019. Our overall evaluation was that the Red Sea boats are an excellent value, offering outstanding diving quality and variety at a price that cannot be beat.

Because the boat's schedule is designed for a 7-day trip, with 6 days of diving, we had a lighter schedule than some liveaboards: overall we completed 34 dives, all that were available, including 2 night dives. The diving was outstanding for virtually every dive, with water temperature of 29 C (about 84 F) at most sites, occasional dips down to 27 C. Average depth across all dives was 13m, average dive length 68 minutes, max depth 44m, longest dive 86 min, shortest 55 min. Visibility was excellent on most dives, typically 15-30 meters.

Diving in the Red Sea puts you into an incredible territory of both soft and hard corals, with healthy populations of colorful reef fish on every coral head: Sailfin and Yellowtail tang; Red Sea and Schooling bannerfish; Sohai surgeonfish; Picasso and Titan triggerfish; Regal, Emperor and Arabian angelfish; Red Sea Raccoon, Crown, Black Backed, Exquisite, Lined, and Masked butterflyfish: all of these showed up at least once every day. We had occasional hammerhead sightings, and frequent appearances of oceanic white-tip sharks ("Longimanus") at multiple dive sites. No manta or eagle rays this trip, but we did stumble across a Dugong wandering a bit far from the grassy areas. Turtles and giant moray eels were common, along with barracuda, stingrays and very curious Napoleon Wrasse.

From Port Ghalib, boats usually run a "north" or "south" itinerary, making a big loop during the week. About 2-3 hours from Port Ghalib is Abu Dab'ab, a huge area with many dive sites that boats use as a staging point heading in and out of port--both weeks, we stopped here on the way out for our check-out dives and on the way in before hitting port. The South itinerary will hit the major sites of Rocky, St. Johns (often closed for military exercises), Zabargad, and Daedalus ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Asia; Carib; Mexico; Hawaii; Red Sea
Closest Airport RMF; HRG Getting There Frequent direct & inexpensive flights from European cities

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 27-29°C / 81-84°F Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 10-20 M / 33-66 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions A 60-minute time was requested, but not enforced. Depth limits suggested (and reasonable) but not enforced.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
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 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Advanced photographers may find the Samira challenging, as there is little space or accommodation for cameras. A set of shelves (and outlets) on the deck had plenty of space for chargi ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Gregory S Bruce in WA, US at Oct 21, 2019 12:39 EST  
Great report. Thanks for posting.
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