I recently returned from 3 weeks in Egypt including a week of diving in Dahab. Knowing the challenge of finding the right dive shop, I thought I’d share my experience in selecting and using Adventure Spot. Prior to my trip, I read everything available on Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet to identify a handful of good dive shops in Dahab. I wanted to get AOW certification and do a couple of deeper dives, so each shop’s reputation for safety & professionalism was very important. I narrowed my list to the following dive shops: Adventure Spot, Desert Divers, Big Blue, and Sea Dancer. Each received good reviews for safety & professionalism, but differed in their responsiveness to our interests & needs (e.g., AOW, Dive sites, accommodations, etc.). Adventure Spot stood above everyone in their willingness to accommodate us, but when I informed the other shops of our decision to use AS, the reaction was telling. Desert Divers was disappointed, but professional and offered to be of assistance should anything change. The reaction of Sea Dancer however, was disturbing: they lashed out saying that we were obviously not concerned with safety and furthermore, whatever dive shop offered a lower price was likely to be out of business very shortly.
From the moment we met Bassem and his team we were impressed with every aspect of the experience. They arranged great accommodations, which met our limited budget and made every effort to make our experience great. Every aspect of their operation was professional including their obsession with safety. Everything about our experience in Dahab exceeded expectations. Without question, I would highly recommend Adventure Spot, Bassem, and his team.
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