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Dive Review of Red Sea Aggressor in
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Red Sea Aggressor: "Red Sea Aggressor December 2021/January 2022", Dec, 2021,

by Gregory S Bruce, Washington, United States (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 21 reports with 16 Helpful votes). Report 12129.

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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
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Red Sea Dive Trip
December 18th to January 7th, 2021/2022

A group of friends and I planned to do a 2-week dive trip to the Philippines during these dates. Unfortunately, they were still not allowing in foreigners unless accompanied by a lengthy quarantine period. So, when it was clear that we needed to choose something else, I received an e-mail from the Aggressor fleet offering deep discounts on the Red Sea itineraries over the same time frame. The cost was so discounted ($1250 per person), that we decided to do two back-to-back weeks, with two different itineraries, but on the same yacht.
There were some additional expenses as there always seems to be on a liveaboard:
$45 per week for port fees
$105 per week for Marine Park Pass
Optional: $100 per week for Nitrox and $75 per week for a 15L or 100cf tank and of course tips.

Week 1 would have us board the boat at 3pm on Saturday, December 18th from the Port Ghalib marina, where we unpacked, had a leisurely dinner and then a detailed boat and itinerary briefing and introductions to our fellow passengers and the crew. We spent the night at the marina before departing the morning of the 19th for our adventure south to dive Daedalus, Fury Shoal and St. Johnís Reef, before the return back north to Port Ghalib on the afternoon of the 24th. Week 2 would take us north to dive The Brothers and Elphinstone region from December 25th to January 1st and then back south to Port Ghalib. We then decided to add a 3rd week of sightseeing on the Aggressor Nile Queen that sails down the Nile River from Luxor to Aswan and takes in many historic sights. The Nile Queen was $999 for the 6 days plus a ground transport fee of $195 per person paid to Aggressor for travel from Port Ghalib to the Nile Queen in Luxor and then back to Port Ghalib from Aswan at the end of the cruise. Knowing what we know now, we could have found our own ground transport for considerably less, but in the moment, it was prudent and easy and seamless.

GETTING THERE
Some of us were coming from Los Angeles and some from Portland, OR. The week before departure, we were notified that the last leg of our journey from Frankfurt to Marsa Alam had been canceled by Lufthansa Airlines. S ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Thailand, Vietnam, Channel Islands, So Cal Coast, Pacific NW, Monterey-CA, Grand Cayman, Bonaire, Belize, Philippines, Red Sea, Sea of Cortez, Florida
Closest Airport Marsa Alam RMF Getting There Lots of ways to get there, but I recommend arriving in Hurghada instead or Marsa Alam

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 74-81°F / 23-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Surface with 500 PSI. Most, not all, dives were dive guide led. Surface together due to variable currents.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None 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 Typical Aggressor liveaboard setup for cameras. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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