September 2015 Archives

Huge bouquets to the team at Emperor Sharm El Sheikh who have received a run of fantastic feedback via TripAdvisor recently...
 
SenseOfAdventure
St. Albans, United Kingdom
“Excellent service, great diving”
 
We visit Sharm el Sheikh every year and always go diving with Emperor. My daughter has trained from open water up to rescue diver and I completed my advance qualification with them in 2006. My experience with them has consistently been positive, with some instructors who stay with them for years and new ones joining each season. Whatever length of service, all staff are extremely helpful and friendly and make for some great days out and diving. Facilities and food on the boats are always good and add to the overall enjoyment. I feel totally confident in 
recommending Emperor they run a very tight ship and off great service and value.
 
MelthamTerrier
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
“Very well set up with great guides and excellent value for money”
 
Picked up on time from our hotel and transported to the dive centre which is about 2 minutes from Naama Bay port. Booked in and gear collected within about 15 minutes. Dive boats used are functional and relatively clean, don't expect 5* luxury. Duncan, our guide did a very comprehensive brief for the first dive and made everyone feel comfortable with the dive plan. Second dive was equally well briefed by Paul. The dives themselves were extremely interesting with all the corals and numerous fish species, it was an assault on the senses, there was that much going on. Once back at the centre we needed to wait for all the divers to return before we could get transport back to our hotel, however there is a bar in the attached hotel so a nice cool beer can be had whist waiting. The second day's diving was hosted by both Elise and Hannah who were very good guides and we got 3 dives ( 2 in Ras Mohammed and 1 'local') Extremely good value for money and who recommend without any hesitation. Will be back in December for another day. Note this is a full day 7:30am until about 6pm Visited September 2015
 
MattF1993
Rutland, United Kingdom
“Amazing, Safe Knowledgeable dive centre and boat crew.”
 
This was my first diving experience in the red sea, It was reassuring that safety was the first priority throughout my two days diving in Sharm El Sheik. I dived and my mum (although qualified) just snorkelled and was treated very well as a non diver. I found all of the emperor diver staff and boat crew highly personable and very knowledgeable. I managed to see two white tipped reef sharks on my first day and I swam with a turtle on my second day which was absolutely magnificent! I would not hesitate to recommend Emperor divers to any of my diving friends, I felt so appreciated, safe and happy with everyone. Pete, Saad and Paul were all great with full briefings and debriefings. The boat crew were extremely helpful and friendly at all times both in and out the water. 
The lunch was fantastic on board also. Thanks for a brilliant couple of days diving - problem is I just want to go back now! Thanks to all of the Sharm El Sheik Emperor team and Crew on Boat Marcus!
 
Paulapopop6
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
“Simply the best”
 
My daughter qualified open water with emperor and has since dived with them 4 holidays on. They are amazing, safety is paramount but fun is second. The boats are clean with great staff on all. Non divers are made to feel welcome. Absolutely faultless and I would wholeheartedly recommend. Will use emperor on our return to Egypt
 
 
 

Dive the Maldives!

As you know, the travel industry splits the year into high and low season and prices accordingly. However, we divers might benefit from these seasonal prices if the diving on offer is good during the so called low season. The Maldives is one such place and the sightings our guests have experienced during 2015 confirm that diving between May to November, normally a time when flights and liveaboards are a bit cheaper, is, in fact one of the best times to travel.

Here's why...

It's the South West monsoon and water temperatures are around 28-29°C. The wind is from the South West and the current from the West (last stop Africa) making the best place to dive both Ari Atoll and North Male Atoll. Did someone say MANTAS? The reason it's a good time to see manta (and the odd whale shark) is the clean oceanic water that comes in from the west with the current.

This means the visibility on Ari Atoll is best at this time of year. The water temp is a tad lower, which results in sharks coming up a bit shallower. The pinnacles of Ari Atoll are also great at this time and, along with mantas (East Ari and Eastern side of Male Atolls), whale sharks (South Ari) we think May to November is a time you may wish to consider that dream trip but pay less for it as the airlines tend to be cheaper.

Dive the Maldives!

And the weather? Well it can be a bit more overcast so therefore fewer 'normal' tourists, which means less crowded dive sites and this year many a tan was created when relaxing between dives!

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Superior gets rave reviews via TripAdvisor

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Jimmysboy
Lincolnshire, UK
“One of my best Red Sea trips in 35 years”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

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My first Red Sea Diving tour was in January 1980 when much of this Region was a War Zone. My First Live Aboard was in January 1982. In those 35 years till now I have joined well over a dozen diving trips to the Red Sea, most recently till this visit in May 2011. Red sea diving visits have been interspersed with trips to the Maldives, annual winter diving in the Florida Keys and Caribbean, Spring and Autumn diving in France and Spring and Summer Diving in the North Sea. However my diving tour on Emperor Superior in August 2015 (14th to 21st) was one of the best ever. The en-suite accommodation in which my old diving buddy and I slept in was very clean and comfortable. The food and catering were Superior to many onshore hotels.

The 7 night itinerary (Famous Five) encompassed 11 wreck dives including the Rosalie Moller, the Thistlegorm and the Salem Express. We did 3 night dives, Gubal Barge, Thistlegorm and Sha'ab Shear Reef.

Reef dives included Shark Reef on Ras Mohammed, both the Brother Islands and Panorama Reef off Safaga.

The boat was Skippered so as to maximise our enjoyment. When very large Pod of Dolphins surfaced near us when we were making passage up the Tawila Channel North West of Gubal Island, the Skipper stopped to allow one of the two inflatables to take relays of divers to snorkel with the Dolphins. some excellent footage was obtained. Nitrox ranged between 28 and 29% in keeping with the physiological Maximum Operating Depth and the Dive Insurance limits.

Although it was August the Maximum Shade temperature was 37 degrees, tempered by a 25 knot Northerly Breeze. Water temperatures were 28 to 29 degrees, but a thermocline often functioned to a cool 24 degrees below 25 metres.

Most diving took place off the boat with two shifts of a dozen divers separated by 10 minutes. We did 4 inflatable dives with optional pickups if the current did not bring you back to the boat.

The tanks and lead were satisfactory and most people brought their own empty belts. The dive crew looked after us meticulously both pre and post dive, and the ladders were fine for this 76 year old to climb up with fins and full equipment including 12 litre cylinder and 8 Kg of lead. Crew always collected my camera before I climbed, because that was my priority.

There was ample fresh water for personal and gear washing, and a large tank to soak cameras in Fresh water. At least 8 litres of bottled drinking water per diver per day was provided from large chilled dispensers. Soft drinks, tea and coffee were complimentary, beers were 3.5 Euros, but I preferred their bottles of Egyptian wine for 15 Euros.

3 bottles lasted me the week and I didn't drink it all myself. The Egyptians were drinking wine when Northern Europeans wore woad and skins and lived in Caves.

There were numerous charging points for cameras and gadgets, Eurpean adaptors needed for UK plugs. 3 way UK adaptors could be useful.

Thank you Captain, Crew and management of Emperor Superior for a Wonderful time.

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