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Dive Review of Red Sea Aggressor in
Red Sea

Red Sea Aggressor: "Great diving but a dishonest owner.", Apr, 2015,

by Matt Radtke, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 8614 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The Red Sea had been on my bucket list for over 15 years so when the Aggressor had a tempting sale I finally made the leap of faith decision to go to Egypt. It was the right choice and we felt safe the entire time. My husband and I spent some time in Hurghada at the Oberoi diving the shore before heading down for a week on the live-aboard.

The Oberoi was simply amazing in luxury, accommodations and service. The shore diving was abundant with life including multiple pipefish, leaf fish, seahorses, giant morays, torpedo rays and many familiar and nearly-familiar species of fish. The coral heads near shore were in sad shape and looked like they might be dying from pollution but the fish are still there.

From Hurghada we traveled three hours by van to Port Ghalib where the Agressor is docked. All our transfer arrangements were made in advance by the Aggressor folks. Port Ghalib is a charming port with new construction, modern shops and restaurants. We were lucky to be setting sail with only 4 guests for the week on the northern Itinerary which included Brothers islands, Daedalus and Elphinstone. Sadly we were never able to dive Elphinstone due to high winds and rough seas but the Brothers and Daedalus were everything I imagined.
We were treated to the big white tip oceanic sharks at Brothers and schooling hammerheads at Daedalus. If you want to see clouds of fish then the Red Sea is a great place for that. The reefs are healthy and everywhere you look there is something beautiful to look at. I have been diving all over the world and yet was treated to several firsts in the Red Sea. A special appearance by a Dugong (Red Sea manatee) was very exciting. Other firsts were giant morays, several new species of fish and 2 different small crabs on a night dive -- all worth going for.

The crew of the Aggressor was great and the food was some of the best I have ever had on a live-aboard. Erin was the cruise director (female from England) and the rest of the crew was Egyptian and male. Erin was bright, helpful, a great dive guide, and quickly saw to our every need. She even made sure my husband had sea sickness medicine on one of the roughest crossings I (or the RSA crew) have ever been through when the rest of the crew was no where in sight. We learned (not from Erin) that she and one of the male dive masters were fired the next week. The owner of the Aggressor gave her no reason or warning and had her leave an hour before the next guests were to arrive. The owner paid the male dive master for the past few weeks of service but refused to pay Erin. We contacted the home Aggressor
fleet to question this unfair treatment and asked if they would do anything to help Erin get paid for the time we were there and they said no. The owners are all independent and they could do nothing for her. So, I would recommend if you are going to the Red Sea, book with a different live-aboard other than Aggressor since the owner is unfair and dishonest to women.

There are many live-aboards to choose from. We will never book with the Red Sea Aggressor again.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Thailand, Indonesia, Galapagos, Caribbean, and Mexico
Closest Airport Hurgada Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 76-80°F / 24-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 75-80 Ft/ 23-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Limit to 100 ft and one hour. Always stay in a group.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None 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 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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