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Dive Review of New Son Bijou Diving Center in
Red Sea/Hurghada

New Son Bijou Diving Center, Aug, 2013,

by Ellen Marie Smith, MN, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 7197.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments My dive buddy and I enjoyed the attentive and relaxed attitude of Ahmed Bijou, the owner of New Son Bijou Dive Center. Ahmed really took care of us! He LOVES diving, that much is clear. He is a very careful master diver and we always felt safe. I learned much from him while I was there. We stayed in the apartments above the dive shop. The accommodations were comfortable and close to the dive center family and we found this to be extremely enjoyable because we felt as though we were included. The other thing that we found convenient is that Lidija (Ahmed's wife, who is from Eastern Europe) helped us with countless things. Egypt is a weird place for Americans and I felt very safe, with Lidija's guidance. My dive buddy and I wouldn't have traded this type of experience for a "group" trip. I don't think I could have felt safer! However, we did stay in the dive center most nights (we don't party, we just dive!) and we didn't walk the streets. We used the taxi driver that they recommended and went to the restaurants that we heard about on the boat. The sea life was much different and I found much joy in seeing all the new critters, clams and of course, the dolphins! Many may be afraid to travel to Egypt, but I must say that each day in our country is a gift as well. Be smart and respect the customs. At one point, one of the dive masters tried to engage me in politics -- when I told him that I am a mother and that my own son's don't listen to me, they seemed to understand. Let's change the world one dive at a time.
Websites New Son Bijou Diving Center   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Galapagos, Caymans, Belize, Utila, Hawaii, Bonaire
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 76-79°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 75-150 Ft/ 23-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions It was pure joy. New Son Bijou's Ahmed (owner) is a splendid master diver. He made sure that we were comfortable and then trusted us with the appropriate amount of freedom.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments We went out most days on "Funny Divers" boat. There are no camera facilities. One needed to rinse in the bathroom sink or in the back of the boat with the hose.
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