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Small Boat Charter in Sharm?

Discussion in 'Red Sea' started by hypersonic, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. hypersonic

    hypersonic Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: central U.S.
    Can anyone recommend a dive op in Sharm that offers a smaller boat for private charter?

    The boat would need to accommodate 3 divers and offer some protection from the sun.
  2. Red Sea Shadow

    Red Sea Shadow Scuba Media & Publications

    I can offer you a 20 meters boat (small by Red Sea standards) for private charter out of Sharm. The boat has daily diving as well as live-aboard permission.

    PM me or drop me a line (email address listed hereunder) if interested.
  3. flyfishscubadive

    flyfishscubadive ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Mansfield, TX
    I just got back from Sharm, and I used Emperor Divers. I hired a private guide, a wonderful guy named Dan Zanoni, and he guided me personally through the entire time I was there. I was really surprised how inexpensive it was to hire a private guide. Each day, there were no more than 10 divers on the boat, and there was shade to spare. I cannot say enough good things about Emperor Divers, especially Dan.

    I received my Advanced Open Water certification while I was diving there, and especially since I had Dan's 100% attention on me, I felt that I got everything out of the course that was available. He worked with me on Peak Buoyancy Control, and once I got that down to a science, all of my dives went very, very well.

    Prior to my trip, I was told by a very experienced diver that he would never dive in the Red Sea again because he felt that they ran "cattle boat" trips. I felt that my experience was quite the opposite. The crew was very attentive. By the time I got onto the boat and sat down, one of the crew was helping me off with my BCD. All I had to do was look at one of them, and they would jump to my assistance taking off my wetsuit.

    If it were not for the Cairo Airport, I would probably take another vacation there soon. Be prepared for total chaos if you're flying into Cairo. I spent two days in Cairo / Giza for the obligatory camel ride & pyramid tour. I had a great time overall.

    I stayed at the Tropitel Naama Bay, and Emperor Divers is just up the hill and turn left. It was an easy 5 minute walk each morning. Actually, in my excitement, it was more like 3 minutes... If you stay at the Tropitel, get a massage in their Health Spa. It was a great experience!

    There was a lot of plankton in the water while I was diving, so my photos didn't come out as perfect as I would have liked, but I got some good shots.

    PM me if you would like Dan's contact info. Emperor Divers has an easy-to-find website, and it's quite user-friendly. I highly recommend their services.

  4. hypersonic

    hypersonic Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: central U.S.
    We took Red Sea Shadow up on his 20 meter boat offer. Expect to be on board in about ten days.

    Will write a trip report on our return.

    flyfishscubadive - Good info on Cairo. We managed to avoid the place by flying from Manchester, U.K. direct to Sharm via Thompson Airlines.

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