I stayed at Dive Urge same time last year and had the most amazing experience. This year it was different. I felt at first that I was returning home and that was very comfortable, but this feeling soon changed.
I had booked my Advanced Course. My instructor Ahmed was very good, very patient and I felt safe with him. My final dive was to be a night dive. I found out that the dive was cancelled ten minutes before it was due to happen. Ahmed was poorly and no other instructor was brought in to replace him- so no contingency plan- I was singularly unimpressed. Someone else then completed my night dive the following night- and she was brilliant.
Having Yvonne reminded me of the brillaint dive experience I had had the previous year. Her dive brief was full and detailed, her english excellent and she had warmth and humour. After the dive, time was given to the debrief. We sat and identified the fish I had seen. After a subsequent dive she had a coffee with me. These are the touches that really make dive holiday, particulary for a single woman.
The staff are lovely at Dive Urge, and the restaurant food is reliable, however the menu was virtually identical to last year and I ended up frequenting 'Shark' restaurant (near the Lighthouse) and El Dorado (just along the front/ fabulous irish coffee and pasta dishes!).
The staff can't do enough for you at Dive Urge but it just needs an injection of enthusiasm and a revamp of the accomodation (the grouting and the showers need checking and freshening up).
There is nothing at Dive Urge which is not easily solvable, but I am sad to say that there are other dive centres which are cheaper and have more enthusiastic dive staff who are likely to get my custom next time.
I love Dahab and I have a special place in my heart for Dive Urge (thanks Mahmoud for the 'extra special attention' you gave me- not) When I come back I will pop in to say hello and have a meal, but it's time for me to try somewhere else now. Lorrie
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dive Urge is a PADI Resort offering a personal,peaceful & professional retreat for divers wishing to holiday away from the crowds. Set on the shores of the famous Eel Garden Dive Site, just five minutes walk from the main bay of Dahab. Our family run club offers a unique 4-1 policy for all divers, which keeps the groups small and your enjoyment level high. We offer the highest standards of attention and care for all our guests. Our home from home feeling appeals to all holiday makers; singles, couples, groups of friends and of course families too. Our number one rating in Trip Advisor and Cert of Excellence, since 2012, also speaks volumes. ... more less
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