Unfortunately, I tried a one day dive package at my hotel resort with another company and was left very disappointed and wasted a day! so a quick review of Trip Advisor, a chat with our Thomson rep and a dive package was booked with Emperor Divers.
The next morning I was collected exactly at the time stated from my hotel in Magawish and driven to the dive center in Hurghada in a clean, air-conditioned minibus. I was greeted as if the staff all knew me and after completing all the mandatory paperwork directed onto their newly refurbished boat 'Orchid'. Ehab was the guide for the day and he gave an informative briefing of all the boat facilities including first aid, oxygen, etc. Excellent dive briefings were held for both of the days dives and a real emphasis was placed on safety and buddy checks. The dives were fantastic and Ehab made them relaxed and interesting.
I was so pleased, I booked a further 5 days and arranged for my daughter to take her Junior Advanced Open Water course as well as some daily dives.
Hannah was my daughter's instructor for the course, I have to say a huge thank you to Hannah as my daughter thoroughly enjoyed the course and told me that she felt comfortable at all times and didn't feel any pressure. Each of the five dives required for the JAOW included some 'sightseeing' time which made it even more rewarding.
Amongst all the normal aquatic life we saw dolphins twice, turtles, octopus and an eagle ray (just).
I could not fault the friendliness and helpfulness of the captain and his crew. The lunches provided were excellent and I liked the fact that you could choose on a daily basis whether to have lunch and drinks, just drinks or nothing. The dive center facilities were excellent and the kit that I hired for my daughter was clean and in good condition.
I would agree with a few of the reviews that Emperor Divers are not the cheapest BUT the difference really is just a few pounds and for what I got out of it was really good value for money!
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