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Dive Review of Heaven Saphir/None in
Red Sea/Southern Egypt

Heaven Saphir/None: "High level of service on a very comfortable boat with great diving", Nov, 2019,

by Hugh E Aaron, FL, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 15 Helpful votes). Report 11205 has 3 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 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 5 stars
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Comments We were on the Heaven Saphir the week of October 5 through 12, 2019 as part of a one month trip to Egypt. We did the Deep South, St. Johns itinerary. We selected that itinerary because we heard good things about the southern section of the Egyptian Red Sea (which turned out to be accurate) and because that itinerary is more focused on reef dives and less focused on wreck dives.

The boat leaves from and returns to Port Ghalib, a European style marina resort complex in the middle of no where. If you are looking to experience anything that is authentically Egyptian, you will not find it in Port Ghalib. But it is a handy place to leave from as there are a lot of stores (including a pharmacy) to pick up any last minutes supplies.

Heaven Saphir is a large (36 meter) motor vessel. The maximum capacity is 18 guests. The boat was full our week. Even with a full boat, we never felt crowded. One thing they do that is smart is divide the passengers into two groups for purposes of gearing up. One group gears up and then ten minutes later when the first group has moved to the swim platform or hit the water, the second group gears up. They rotate this daily so the group that starts first on one day starts second the next day. To say that the operation is well thought out and well run would be an understatement.

The dive deck is well designed with each guest getting a dedicated tank and gear storage box. The tanks are filled at e ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving USVI, BVI, California, Hawaii, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Caymans, Curacao, Dominica, Roatan, Belize, Saba, St, Barths, St Kitts, Nevis, Saint Martin, Culebra, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Bahamas, Bonaire, Thailand, Australia
Closest Airport Marsa Alam Getting There Fly into Hurghada or Marsa Alam direct from Europe or through Cairo from other international areas. We flew Air Italy (not great) from Miami to Cairo with a layover in Milan. We spent some time in Cairo and then flew to Hurghada on Air Egypt (good).

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 81-86°F / 27-30°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions It theory, dive time was limited to 60 minutes, but they were very relaxed. Most of our dives were a little longer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments I'm not an expert photographer so it is hard for me to rate photo facilities. I used a GoPro ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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