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Very disappointed !!! Good for honey moon divers!!!

red sea;trip; sharm el sheik

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#1 Nuno A

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 08:38 AM

i went to the Red Sea for the frist time and stayed in Sharm. Well Sharm is Sharm you like it or not.


I made eleven dives and have been in the Strait of Tiran, Ras Mohamed Blue Hole and  SS Thistlegorm.

I must confess that beside the Thistlegorm it was very disappointing for me, very few marine life !!!

I was not expecting to meet the big animals but resident animals i was expecting some more!!!


I usually go to Azores islands to dive about Octobre each year, but this one i went to the Red Sea and i can say that Azores islands are really a paradise when compared with the places i've been in Red Sea. Well to be honest there´s more live in the Atlantic coasts of Portugal and Spain then in the places i visited in the Red Sea !!!


During my stay i follow the pictures that my friends took in Azores islands during the same days and if i want to see some animals i open facebook at night at the hotel!!!


The other divers i met in the boats, beside they had a lot of dives, still the dive the "Padi" way. People need to stay really close other wise they feel scared !!!! I need space and time to take my pictures i dont loose the group out of sight but its not needed to dive like an old married couple !!! One of the buddys refuse to dive with me again because he said i was to concentrated on my photos and he was scared. Well he never dived in the Atlantic with 2 to 5 meters visibility thats for sure !!!


Well i guess im not going to return at least to those places !!!


Red Sea is a good place for honey moons with some dives !!!


Im wrong ??

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 04:57 PM

Hi Nuno,


I haven't been to the Azores or Sharm but still think the most likely answer to your question is that you just have had bad luck picking your operator. All my Red Sea diving has been along the continental side from Safaga to Marsa Alam and the diving has been great, both with respect to marine life and dive operations. When travelling alone I've always been able to find capable buddies or have been allowed to dive solo. The thing to do is to find dive resorts that are completely focused on diving and attract hard-core divers like you. You will find very few bridal suites in these places but the diving and comeraderie is great.



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#3 Nuno A

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 03:23 AM

Hi Bart


I believe you are right!!  Next time i need to choose the dive operation more carefull and be sure they can do what im looking.


Good advise !!!

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 11:54 AM

It all  depends on what you are after. In my opinion you always have to Research and adjust your expectations to it.

I been plenty of times to Egypt  and I visited the Azores last year ( and elsewhere as well).


The General rule ( my opinion) is the further south you go in Egypt the better it gets.

I think that the main Problem in the Red Sea are the amount of divers.


The Azores have some amazing Bluewater dives, like Princes Alice Banks and the Condor Banks.

However, the reef diving in the Azores were rather dull.

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