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Dive Review of Red Sea Aggressor 11 in
Red Sea/Egypt

Red Sea Aggressor 11: "Bucket List - Red Sea", Sep, 2019,

by Debi Moir, VA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 11123 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This destination had been on the list for a while. I gathered 7 friends (one eventually had work issues and didn't go). We spent 3 days in Cairo (which was a must and I would return) before boarding the boat in Hurghada, a short flight from Cairo on Saturday afternoon. We were greeted at the dock and luggage whisked away to our cabins. Check in was very easy, although it is the first time I have been asked to complete a health questionnaire. It was very windy. We travelled to the first site on Sunday morning and followed the dive leader, Zoe. We were offered the opportunity to dive on our own or take a guide and as it was our first time, we took the guide. Salinity is 47% so extra weights were required. Four dives a day were listed (our group left on Friday afternoon so the last two dives on Friday were out for us). Three dives on the SS Thistlegorm towards the end of the week - so if one didn't like wrecks, it might have been a problem.
Currents were stronger than I liked on some dives. There were many other boats around of which the large percentage were probably day boats from Sharm-El-Sheik. Viz was less than perfect due to some high winds and currents. Only one out of 20 earned the iron diver certificate, a young lady earned her advanced certificate and another Nitrox. All the staff were amazing, although the videographer wasn't the best leader (IMHO). I believe he was there on a trial basis. Aggressor's policy is to have a female on board all their vessels, and Zoe did a great job with administration and dive leadership. Her husband, Adel, was also a very strong leader and gave excellent briefings. Cabins? All ensuite. The boat itself was very spacious, plenty of room on the dive deck, two camera tables and wet suits rinsed with a chemical and hung up after every dive. We did not see too much in the way of large pelagics, those are further south. Dolphins located for the final dive were a fitting ending to a great week.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Florida, (East and West Coast) North Carolina, Hawaii, Mexico (Cozumel, Playa, Cabo San Lucas, Baja) US and British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Caribbean (Aruba to Tobago and in between) Indonesia, Phillipines, Thailand, Palau, Roatan,
Closest Airport Cairo Getting There Trip from East Coast - RIC-ATL-Paris- Cairo and on to Hugadah Airport

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas currents
Water Temp 78-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25-100 Ft/ 8-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No more than 110 ft and 60 minutes
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Two tables, instruction available if asked.
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