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“A large, well run organisation with good dives”
Review of Coraya Divers

Coraya Divers
Ranked #6 of 48 Tours in Marsa Alam
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 September 2012

We’ve done over 500 dives in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and the Maldives and this must rank as one of the largest and best run establishments we’ve ever dived with.
Pros:
• Good variety of dive venues, dive times and dive types. House reef, dives from a zodiac inflatables, shore dives, half day boar dives, full day boat dives and night dives.
• Although the strict efficiency with which the organisation is run grates at first when you realise that they are catering for over 400 divers at a time, more than 2,000 individual dives per week with over 70 staff you realise why it needs to be run efficiently.
• Good briefings, safety conscious dive guides, well-appointed half day dive boats, friendly knowledgeable service throughout.
• Good house reef – if you just want easy diving then you could dive this all week. Everything from turtles, dolphin, stingray, hard and soft coral in good condition, wide variety of fish all starting 20m from the end of the jetty.
Cons
• Few half day two tank dives - boats largely leave at 9am and return at 1-2:30pm having just completed one dive – for a two tank you leave early and return late afternoon.
• The shore dives can be more of an ordeal than a pleasure. We went to Marsala Egla on a two tank dive
o An hour in the mini bus. No shelter in 43 degree heat, soft drinks are limited in variety (water, sprite, coke) and charged by the can. No washing facilities – they could just rig up a simple gravity shower for post dive freshener – no food. The bus is parked 75 yards from the entry point over soft sand and the reef then starts 75m from the entry point. Several of the women couldn’t manage the tanks in or out and the staff had to be asked to help – they didn’t volunteer assistance.
o The pickup carrying the tanks and the mini bus raced all the way there and back – fortunately there’s next to no traffic but their fun will eventually lead to someone getting injured in a crash.
o The dive guide – unusually - took almost no notice – gave a perfunctory brief and then just sat in the bus listening to music and on the phone – didn’t bother to even get wet.
• If you stay at the Coraya Beach Hotel the dive centre is half a mile away. You can walk round the bay but it’s a bit of a trek. There are shuttle buses but they only run 4 times per day but when you get there they will run you back anytime you want. Drop off AND pick up on demand would be much better.
• The boats don’t have fresh water tanks for cameras post dive.
This was our first time in the red sea and although we had heard good things about diving here it just never appealed somehow. To put the quality of the diving in place its basically much better than anything in the windward islands of the Caribbean (the local appetite for fish and nitrate run off from agriculture has basically ruined diving in the Caribbean and we’ve done over 300 dives in everywhere from Barbados through St Lucia to the Virgins – diving in Cayman is still very good but the rest is pretty poor). It’s also better than the Med but not quite as good as the Maldives.
The variety and health of the corals is very good – both soft and hard corals with vast Acropora hard coral areas. The variety of the fish and invertebrates is also good but you just don’t see the shoals of fish that are so common in the Maldives and the overall impression is that the Red Sea is lower in nutrients than the Maldives. The number of large fish is also low and I assume that is due to overfishing but we did not see any fishing boats at all.
Turtles and dolphin are common and seem totally unafraid of divers. Nudibrachs , pipe fish, giant clams abound but we saw no shark or any pelagics larger than 1 metre.
Although there is a dive guide on every dive (except the shore dive) certified divers with more than 25 dives can go off on their own after the briefing. On the dives we did there was almost no current and the average depth to see good coral and fish was 10 – 20m.
Conclusion
Coraya divers is well run and on a world scale very good value at €25 per dive. It offers all of the certification courses and has designated areas for reception, good locker and gear drying facilities, excellent wash up areas as well as a separate camera tank on land. The dives are posted for each category every day and you just sign up to the one you want to join. Nitrox is available at no extra cost, there is a snack bar, large meetings areas and overall the staff are friendly and efficient. The guides are very safety conscious.
You even get a free video when you leave and a 10% discount card for any returning “members”.
I would use Coraya Divers again and recommend them to a friend.

11  Thank Devadiver
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

Well organized diving center. You will feel like you have been there many times before from the first hour. They make 10 mint orientation for the diving center system as part of check-in process and dedicate a locker as well as place for your wet gears. They are systematic like Rolex watches as a result of a combination of both German and Swiss systems. Most of Dive Guides are professionals and funny. They know how to make the customers happy. They go for fantastic diving sites either by Zodiac, Speedboat, Boot or bus for shore diving sites. Boat trips are combination from half and full day. Also, the house reef is very interesting and they allow unguided dives subject to have 25 dives at least. The most wonderful dive site you can go with them in a full day boat trip is Eliphonstone, where you can sea different types of Sharks and Dulphins in one place in 30m water visibility. Their prices are very good compared to other diving centers in Marsa Alam. It is highly recommended diving center, which is strategically located in the center of 5 fantastic hotels related to Iberotel and Soly Mar on a beautiful bay suitable for both diving and snorkeling as well as swimming. January till November are the good months for diving as water temperature goes from 21C in January till 31C in July befor it goes back to 21C in November.

5  Thank Amr M
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

We dived with Coraya this June for 5 days and were very pleased with, both, their service and the diving opportunities that they gave us

This is a large operation and there are lots of daily dive options - zodiac, speed boat, day or half day boat trips, as well as house reef.

The guides were excellent, dive sites very good and boats well equipped.
Dive briefs are done in several languages, if needed, and were comprehensive.

The shop is very well equipped (if you forget any of your kit or need parts) and the rental kit looked to be in good condition and equipment was well know brands.

The house reef can be dived without a guide, if you have more than 25 dives and do a check dive with them (free). All the house reef diving, zodiac and speed boat diving is done from a jetty, with a reserved section for divers and a different part for swimmer/snorkellers. Its a trek down the jetty in the heat, but we've done worse! Mr Nice, the donkey, takes the cylinders down twice a day. He is very well looked after and in good condition - we checked this out.

We dived Abu Dabab and Shura in the hope of seeing the Dugong (no we didn't) but the turtles at Abu Dabab are immense!
We did a day trip to Elphinstone (only if you have 50 dives or more) - we were the only boat there, currents were gentle and there were sharks :) Hammerhead, white tip and black tip. Fantastic experience :) I felt very safe with our guides and boat crew, with regards to the current - which can be very strong here.
House reef dives are very well worth doing, but I would suggest on the south reef, you take the zodiac out and dive back - the part furthest away from the jetty has better visibility. The north reef is great all the way along - good vis, lots of fish and other squidgie stuff!
Umm El Ross is the place to go if you want to see Stonefish and Scorpion fish - we saw 12!
If you get the chance you must also do the night dive on the south reef - it's wonderful :)

We will definitely dive with Coraya again if we return to Marsa Alam and I'm happy to answer any questions about them.

8  Thank hillie42
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Reviewed 9 June 2012

We spent 9 - 24 May and did 41 dives between the two of us. The Coraya team were as always outstanding. We were welcomed warmly by the staff we had met on previous trips. As usual there were new sites added to the itinery and a couple of times we had a boat with just 5 of us on it. We had some fab dives with Michael, Andy,Sue and various other divers. Saw many octopi, having only ever seen one or two in our 8 previous trips to Egypt. Snorkelled with a pod of spinner dolphins (approx 16) between dives at Habilly and shabab marsa alam- a wonderful experience. Our highlight was seeing a shark at Korafi, first one we have encountered despite hopeful trips to Elphinestone on previous trips. We cannot recommend Coraya Divers strongly enough, don't hesitate get yourselves booked!

4  Thank brochurequeen
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

We spent a week at Lamaya with the intention of getting some winter sun and diving in. As usual we received a warm welcome from the Coraya team. True to form they had added new dive sites so there is always a new adventure to be had. We did a good mix of day boat, shore and house reef dives. Our highlight was the half day 2 dive trip which threatened the chance to see a dugong. To our joy, whilst I was looking in wrong direction at an impressive Titan, a mother dugong approached. How do I know she was a mother you may ask? Easy she had her calf with her, mind you at about 6 foot long it didn't look like a baby. We were thrilled! Of course there were the usually idiots who rather than watch her feed had to try to get very close to her.... Resulting in her taking off at great speed. We will evetually get the video footage onto utube. The trip was about an hour and a quarter in minibus bus but so worth it. Second dive was on the reef which was one of the most pristine that I have ever seen, anywhere, truly breathtaking. To conclude Coraya are the most professional outfit we have dived with, can't recommend them highly enough and am counting the days till we are back in May.

4  Thank brochurequeen
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