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Reviewed July 4, 2014

I'd visited Dahab in August 2013 and dived with Octopus World on that trip. I was completely blown away by the levels of service that they provided.
This year, we decided 1) to send our son off on a 5 week trip to Dahab to get his Divemaster certification and 2) to go on a 2 week diving trip in Dahab for ourselves.
Choosing Octopus World for them both was a no-brainer!
Ashraf at the centre could not have been more helpful in providing advise and guidance about the best way of arranging our son's Divemaster training (along with his EFR, Rescue and Nitrox training) and also sorted out transfers to and from Sharm airport for us. He was also kind enough to help us to rent an apartment there for the whole stay.
There are a lot of dive centres in Dahab and I'm sure that there are others who offer a good service so... why choose Octopus?
1) The location. It's smack opposite the Yalla Bar in the lighthouse area of Dahab. You can - literally - walk out of the centre all kitted up and enter the water for the Bannerfish Bay/Lighthouse sites. Between dives, the Yalla Bar is an ideal place to have a drink and a snack and chill for a bit.
2) The facilities.
Octopus has a dry/office area with chairs, benches where you can sort stuff out, chat, do dive logs etc.
It also has a big spacious wet/changing area with rinse tanks and hangers and a personal secure locker which is exclusively yours for your time there. Any gear that you leave out to dry after rinsing will be dry the next day (In Egypt the sun works properly!). A member of staff stays overnight in the centre overnight so that you know that the gear is safe.
There's also an air conditioned classroom, clean toilets and nice shower facilities.
There's a quiet roof space too that's available to use.
3) The equipment.
Octopus invest heavily in good quality equipment (primarily Aqualung suits, regs and BCDs). If you need to rent any of their gear, you can be confident that it's top quality, relatively new and well maintained
4) Safety/Standards
All of the dives are preceded by a full and thorough briefing covering all aspects of what might be encountered on the dive. There is always an oxygen cylinder/first aid kit available on the dives whether they take place from the centre or from other dive sites round Dahab. The instructors are all experienced and qualified Rescue Divers who leave nothing to chance!
With the expert and skilled guidance of Ahraf, my son tore through all of his training and is now a PADI Divemaster
5) Flexibility.
It is so apparent that the staff at Octopus will move heaven and earth to make sure that they help you to do the diving that you want to do. If you want to do one dive a day, three dives a day, if you want to return to the place where you only just dived yesterday, if you want to do a dive off the beaten track that requires a 90 minute camel ride along the coast track to get to, if you want to do a night dive at short notice, if you want to have a day off..... they will sort it out for you and, most importantly, will do it with humour, good grace and friendship. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble. Ashraf even sorted out some quad biking for us on the last day!
6) The range of diving in Dahab
It's primarily shore diving here but, if you're used to boat diving out of Sharm or Marsa Alam, rest assured that a day shore diving from the other sites around Dahab (including the mind numbing awesomeness of the Blue Hole a couple of miles out of town) is probably the moist relaxed and fun diving that you're going to find anywhere on the Red Sea.
Don't miss diving at Ras Abu Galum (the site that needs a camel ride to get to), Caves, Islands and the Blue Hole.
7) The staff
It seems so impersonal to refer to the people at Octopus as "the staff" as I now consider them all my friends. You will not find a more skilled, conscientious, competent, good natured and downright funny group of people working at a dive centre anywhere. Ashraf, Emad and Mo at the centre and dive guides Salah and Mohsen are all lovely people and, from the off, it was like diving with mates!
DO NOT HESITATE to contact Octopus World if you want to dive in Dahab> Tell them Henry, Peggy and George sent you :)

Date of experience: June 2014
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Reviewed June 28, 2014

Loved diving with their amazing staff, I was amazed with the brand new gears and neat center, well organized and under the water the staff is tuned in with all the group, definitly going back there each time I'll be in Dahab, special thanks to Emad the owner we had loads of fun diving with your center.

Date of experience: June 2014
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Emad A, Front Office Manager at Octopus World Dahab, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2014

Thank you for the great review we loved having you with us. We hope that you feel like you are our friend, and part of our family. We can't wait to see you again :)

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Reviewed June 13, 2014

dahab was an amazing week and the highlight of that was diving with these guys.
it was my first and second time diving and would love to go back.
the guys at the centre are so relaxed and treat you like a friend from the first moment you get there. they put you at ease and everything goes at your own pace. having said this as much as you can laugh and joke here they are extremely professional and you will know you are in safe experienced hands from start till finish. can not recommend this place highly enough.
ps. I also highly recommend renting the underwater camera here as it takes great pics and the things you will encounter down there are breathtaking!!

Date of experience: June 2014
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Emad A, Front Office Manager at Octopus World Dahab, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2014

Thank you for the lovely review, we are really glad you enjoyed your time with us as much as we did with you. We hope you now feel part of our family and its nice that you had some great memories to take home to remind you of your time here. We really hope to welcome you back to the family again soon :)

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Reviewed June 6, 2014

Alof of thanks to the best dive center in dahab . i went there many times with a group of travelers more than 40 people and the feedback was very nice . its about new equipment , organized and friendly people specially Emad the owner of the center . the last dive was 2 days ago with them in lighthouse and it was just Amazing . Thanks :)

Date of experience: May 2014
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

The best place to go for a diving trip when you want to forget everything behind you back home and enjoy diving.
The staff there will make you feel like home while you are with them in the diving center or even under water :D .
the thing I love most about this center is that they will make sure that you have fun and feel comfortable while maintaining their professionalism and quality standards.
Very good equipment and very trustful funny people.what more you can simply ask for?!
:D:D:D

Date of experience: May 2014
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Emad A, Front Office Manager at Octopus World Dahab, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2014

Thank you for the great review, we loved diving with you. Its nice that were able to forget your worries while you were here, although we do hope you will remember us at home. We always hope to extend a friendly, family atmosphere to all who dive with us and we are glad you found this to be the case. We look forward to welcoming you back soon :)

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