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Dive Review of Tornado Fleet /Whirlwond in
Red Sea/Northern

Tornado Fleet /Whirlwond, Jul, 2009,

by jack M. Bernstein, OH, usa (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 5106.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was a mixed trip. Wrecks and reefs. We flew on a charter from Gatwick to Sharm non-stop. We hated the Airline, Monarch. Imagine being a sardine, but tighter. Didn't arrive 'til almost midnite and got to the dive boat at 2 AM.

In order to avoid crowds of day boats, we frequently dove early in the day. Currents weren't too bad. Visibility was a little disappointing - water was relatively warm. When it is cooler, the vis is better. For our group, lots of dives on Shark reef. Amazing wall. Lots of fish. We loved the Napoleon wrasse. At this time of year, we also saw lots of schools of fish such as snappers, unicorn fish and spade fish.

My wife and I personally, didn't like diving from the RIBS (pangas). We would have preferred to dive off the main boat.

Dive profiles were whatever you could do safely. All the divers were experienced. Generally 40-70 minute dives.

The boat was comfortable. Cabins large enough but they had an off odor of sewage on occasion. The crew covered it up with deodorizing sprays.

Food was OK but a bit institutional. No REAL coffee, just instant (thank you England, where they seem to like instant!).

For the price, this was a good deal. Getting there on the charter was a bit dodgy (missed our connection on return) but I would consider diving with Tornado again.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean (all over), Costa Rica
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None within reasons
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments This was a workshop for underwater photographers. Lots of recharge stations and electric plugs (european plugs). My only problem is that there were so many photographers that it was sometimes difficult to find a place to work. High powered air to dry camera.
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