We dived with Emperor divers every day from 31st May to 5th June. It would be helpful if the owner's description on this site is changed as it still says the dive centre is at the Movenpick, and mentions the dedicated daily rib and says picks up from all hotels in the resort. We didn't have a good start as went to the Movenpick on the first day as our Regal dive rep and the hotel didn't know the dive centre had moved and the welcome letter in our room just said 'see you at the dive centre' but didn't say where it was. The dive centre staff were very apologetic about this at the time and said they would take on board my suggestion of clarifying the location on the welcome letter to prevent this happening to any other guests. Also, our hotel was only a ten minute walk away but it would have been nice if a pick up on the first day was offered as we didn't know where we were going and had a heavy bag of dive gear.
In general, the dive boat was very good, although sunbathing space was limited, the boat crew were very helpful and the food at lunch was varied and excellent. The dive briefings were very professional and enthusiastic and safety on the boat was taken seriously with a role call when leaving each site. We found the group sizes were ok and smaller than some other places we have dived in the red sea, although there could have been more consideration for differing levels of experience in the groups to maximise everyone's enjoyment. We found Mahmoud (sorry if spelt wrong) was particularly enthusiastic and very good at finding stuff and then ensuring everyone in the group had seen it. He gets mentioned at lot doesn't he! We also enjoyed diving with David and he was very helpful with camera issues on the boat and interested in talking to us. Some of the other guides take the role as guide a bit to literally we felt. I can't comment on the equipment as we use our own, although free nitrox was a bonus but not particularly necessary for the diving on offer.
Overall, we were disappointed with the diving in general as many of the dive sites were a bit samey and unremarkable. We were particularly disappointed not to have the opportunity to visit Abu Nuhas during our week and we understand the windy conditions impacted on this. It was a shame that the only day during our stay that the conditions were ideal (mill pond) to go the Abu Nuhas we went to Dolphin House as 'that's where they always go on a Wednesday'. We noticed Orca divers went to Abu Nuhas on 3.6.14 and then Careless reef on 4.6.14 which was also somewhere we would have liked to go to. We wondered if there were other reasons why we went to nearer dive sites, for instance the cost of fuel or the mixture of levels of experience of the guests and snorkellers on the boat. On our last day diving there were two boats available and if this had been the case on any other days, the diving on offer could have been more varied. We also take any opportunity to do a 3rd dive, which was only on offer on one day during our visit. Why not offer a third dive more often as people like us don't mind paying extra for it and generally other people are happy to enjoy an extra hour relaxing on the boat. We would also have taken the opportunity to do a night dive or two which we didn't think was available.
I don't usually write any reviews or take much notice of what other people have written. I hope you find my feedback is fair and constructive. We have dived many times in Egypt and are very aware that times are hard in tourism at present. All the more reason to ensure the people that continue to support the economy by visiting have a memorable, enjoyable and exciting experience.
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