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Dive Review of Emperor Divers (Emperor Elite) in
Red Sea/South & St. Johns

Emperor Divers (Emperor Elite): "My 1st Red Sea experience", Apr, 2018,

by Frank Goldsmith, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 10414 has 4 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I chose the Emperor Elite and its southern route to St. John and Fury Shoal based on my travel agentís recommendation (Reef & Rainforest) as one of the better boats in the Red Sea. I had never been there so didnít have anything local to compare to, but the boat was well laid out and comfortable, although it holds 26 guests. The price of the trip was amazing and included nitrox and transportation from the airport. I was the only American onboard, and we had a mix of mostly friendly English speaking Europeans. The group helped make the week special and I hope to dive with them again. The dive guides/managers were quick to recognize diver skills and arranged dive groups appropriately. 2 guides were almost always in the water with the 2 groups who wanted to be guided, and I was assigned to an experienced group of 3 (we are all dive instructors) and we dove on our own. We saw lots of great corals (one dive had some of the best coral Iíve seen anywhere in the world) in stunning coral canyons and swim thruís. We saw occasional sharks, healthy fish life, friendly napoleon wrasse, octopus, mantas, turtles, crocodile fish, and dugong. We went thru fabulous caverns, snorkeled with a pod of dolphins, and went on as many night dives as we wanted to. Elphinstone was a wonderful dive site. The dive guides/managers (Hany & Amr) were excellent, responsive, and fun to be around. The rest of the crew was mostly stoic and not friendly... not bad, but not friendly. They were helpful when needed, but certainly didn't smile. The food was varied and plentiful and the boat had a pastry chef so the desserts were impressive.
Websites Emperor Divers (Emperor Elite)   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Raja Ampat, Maldives, PNG, various Caribbean
Closest Airport Hurghada Getting There Egyptair JFK thru Cairo to Hurghada. Van to Port Ghalib.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 68-75°F / 20-24°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Experienced divers were allowed to dive unguided (with a buddy). One diver basically went on his own even though he went in the water with us.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Few serious photographers on our trip, but dedicated rinse tank and space.
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